'Modern Family' is WISE.
We all remember growing up to Growing Pains and Family Ties, but so much has changed since the '80s and '90s. We were in need of a family sitcom that portrays life as we know it today, and ABC's Modern Family does just that.
The mockumentary comedy explores the day-to-day stories of a same-sex couple (Mitchell and Cameron), a couple with three kids (Phil and Claire), and a multi-ethnic and generational-gap couple who are in both their second marriage (Jay and Gloria). And it's more than a hysterical TV show. Modern Family is filled with life and love lessons.
We've picked the best three:
1. Trust your partner, even in sticky situations. He/she has your best interest at heart—no matter what.
Sensitive Mitchell and sometimes-dramatic Cameron complement each other perfectly. In one episode, Mitchell is too frightened of his family's response to adopting a baby girl, Cameron plans a get-together at which he presents the baby with arms stretched out above him to the Lion King song, "Circle of Life."
The point is: Cameron knew they needed to introduce their new family member and took the initiative to do so. Unsurprisingly, the families come together over the new addition. Problem solved.
2. Be yourself. No matter whom you're trying to impress.
Traditional couple Phil and Claire try hard to stay connected to their kids. Phil is especially over-the-top as he tries desperately to talk in teenage lingo to his daughter's BF: "I surf the web, send texts, use LOL ... I'm a cool dad. I know all the dances to High School Musical."
Instead of trying to be the cool or perfect parent, be yourself. Your kids will be less embarrassed and confused by your odd behavior, and your spouse will appreciate you more for it. Don't forget, they fell in love with the real you in the first place.
3. Support your loved ones, even when it's a challenge.
Middle-aged Jay has a much younger, sexy wife, Gloria, from Colombia. Her 11-year-old son, Manny, is a true romantic. Jay is thoroughly against this putting your-heart-on-your-sleeve mentality, but Gloria reminds him about the importance of supporting your family no matter what.
Each of these wildly differing couples brings something to the table, creating a rich, dynamic, supportive environment. Not only are they related, but as Manny says in the song he writes about them, love is what binds them.