It's hard to get excited about ABC sitcoms since, as noted in Zap2it's Modern Family Review, ABC either has comedy flops, or those either canceled too soon or in constant cancellation danger like Samantha Who?, Miss/Guided, and Better Off Ted.
But this one looks special. And, after watching the Pilot, I give this one a big thumbs up for not only not being a disappointment, but for being fantastically funny!! This isn't one of those silly, over-the-top sitcoms like Arrested Development and its wanna-be, Better Off Ted, but is a comedy about the humor in real life, and thank the TV gods, the unconventional family... for real.
We're not just talking a wacky family still with a mom, a dad, two kids and a dog, but a truly modern family with all sorts of normal, everyday issues right along with the big ones like good ol' dad not accepting his gay son now not only living with his boyfriend, but adopting a baby.
I felt like the pilot was perfectly funny but understated as it introduced the families, let us get a feel for the hilariousness of aspects like modern dad trying to be hip to the texting and lingo, and the little things like dealing with telling one's parents about something you know they won't like, forget that you're a full-grown adult. Then there's all the rest of that everyday stuff taken up a notch, much like The Office perfectly captures the ridiculous funny moments of office life, but exaggerated juuust right. (May I note Modern Family Pilot moments here including cream puffs, "The Circle of Life," and WTF = what's with the face?)
So what did you think? Did ABC find a real comedy hit here, or will this be another one that is actually great, but no one catches on to? Or did you expect something a lot more laugh-out-loud hilarious, or something else entirely different leaving you disappointed?