Modern Family “Yard Sale” and Suburgatory “Ryan’s Song” Review

Coming into the second season of Suburgatory, show creator Emily Kapnek had some interesting decisions on the table. With so many ancillary characters playing prominent roles in Chatswin, it became difficult at times to tell a coherent story with the adults. The high schoolers shined while the adults floundered (the George-Eden relationship being the most egregious decision). This season, Kapnek and the writers have appeared to strip away a lot of what was problematic about the show. Shifting away from the craziness provided by a lot of the Chatswin denizens we saw last year has been a great decision for the show in the early going. It has allowed the adults to have richer storylines with higher stakes.

With all of the Chatswin’s crazies taking up screen time last year, the show would have struggled to tell the story of a George-Dallas first date. Now, the show is simplified enough that it can devote a great dealof attention to the relationship. Sure, the storyline surrounding their first date was a pretty obvious TV trope, but it was well executed by competent actors. We have to get all of that early awkwardness out of the way so we can move on to more richer storylines between the two. These two people have earned all the moments that a good relationship can give them. Hopefully, Kapnek and friends don’t turn it into another Chatswin parody. Read More...


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