Modern Family Season 7 DVD Review
“Modern Family” is losing its creative spark in season 7.
In the 22 episode seventh season, the family drama continues for the Dunphey family (Phil, Claire, Haley, Alex and Luke), the Tucker-Pritchett family (Mitchell, Cameron, and Lily), and the Pritchett-Delgados (Jay, Gloria, Manny, Joe, and Stella). Among the key plots included in this season are Alex’s college life, preschool for Joe, Mitchell getting new jobs, ducks, Phil and Claire’s teenage kids getting into trouble, the complex relationship of Andy and Haley, Thanksgiving, emotional junk, a retirement, hot sauce, Claire getting a promotion of sorts, Lily growing up, Cameron renting out an upstairs apartment, and a party.
Like many long running sitcoms past and present, “Modern Family” is starting to exhaust its characters and premise. Granted, this is still one of the better network series out there (not that that is saying much these days), but the once fresh series is starting to wear out its welcome.
Despite having funny moments and true to life stories about relationships, family, business, responsibilities, and life, season 7 feels like a filler season. Not only do all of the plots feel familiar, but there’s not enough forward movement this season. It’s like the series is stuck in a loop now and the writers try to keep things interesting by overloading episodes with subplots and characters. It all becomes flat-out tiring to watch after awhile.
Additionally, the once unique documentary style comedy feels archaic at this point. It’s clear that with comedies like “Silicon Valley” and “Master of None” that TV has evolved past the docu style comedy. It just feels too staged and overdone now.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? This DVD set boast crisp episode transfers. Note: There is not a Blu-ray release for this season.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The dialogue and music sounded A-OK to this reviewer.
* Fox ads.
* “Storming The Set: The Making of an Episode”- A behind-the-scenes look at the writing and filming of “The Storm” episode.
* 6 ½ minutes of deleted and alternate scenes.
* A 7 minute gag reel.
* “Growing Up Modern Family”- The younger cast members talk about growing up on the show on and offscreen.
* “Kids In The Spotlight”- The cast talks about the charity organization.
* An extended version of “Thunk In The Trunk.”
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