The end of “Modern Family” after almost 11 years could be another herald of the end of the American sitcom – but the series can be counted among the icons of the genre.
Wednesday’s two-hour finale on the American network ABC began with a documentary and ended with a two-part episode.
The half-hour “bogus documentary” followed several branches of the clumsy but loving Pritchett clan for 248 episodes over 11 seasons.
The nearly four million viewers of this season per episode are still far from the series’ peak popularity in 2013 and 2014, when it gathered at least 14 million watches per week – and when video streaming had not yet reached its peak.
The series’ debuts caused a stir with audiences and critics, winning a Golden Globe for best comedy series in 2012.
He combined fake interviews on set – like “The Office” – with an optimistic tone.
The episodes signature structure has often seen loose intrigue pay off with a central joke in the final act.
“We started in 2009, when the comedy leaned heavily towards the cynical,” wrote the series’s co-creator, Christopher Lloyd, on The Hollywood Reporter website.
“And much of it was terribly funny. But there seemed to be an opening for comedy with a heart. “
The formula worked, proving that there was still a demand for a simple style that many had previously said was endangered.
But the recipe was anything but outdated.
The series was credited with helping to normalize gay characters by including two men who adopted a baby girl – a much more unexpected sight on television ten years ago than in 2020.
And the near matriarch of Sofia Vergara, Gloria, was one of the only major Hispanic characters on television at the time, although some accused the portrayal of playing in the negative stereotypes of a Colombian woman.
While some film and television projects have been delayed due to the spread of the coronavirus, production of “Modern Family” was completed before the closings began.
And now Luke Dunphy’s actor Nolan Gould hopes the end will be a positive one.
“I am happy that in the midst of everything going on in the world, there is a finale for Modern Family,” he said on Hollywood Life.
“We can bring a little bit of positivity and a little bit of joy into people’s lives and give people a feeling of closure. “