Lead Actors: Ed O'Neil, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen
|Jeffrey Morton||...||co-executive producer / executive producer / producer (130 episodes, 2009-2014)|
In which we meet the Pritchett/Dunphy family - a dysfunctional unit in the Los Angeles area who care very deeply about one another. They have managed to clump their houses together in an upper middle class neighborhood. This is made possible, most likely, by the father of the whole pride, Jay Pritchett, played beautifully by Married With Children's Ed O'Neil.
Pritchett is a much more successful salesman than Bundy. While Bundy was a disgruntled shoe salesman, Pritchett does very well for himself by selling closets. He is really winning in life, though, because he convinced Gloria Delgado to marry him and become Gloria Delgado Pritchett. Sofia Vergara plays Delgado, and in so doing is one of the sexiest women to ever be on television.
Gloria had Manny Delgado from a previous marriage. He ages from about eight years old on in the show. He is smart and sophisticated and sees Jake as his real father.
With all of Jay Pritchett's knowledge of closets, he couldn't stop his son Mitchell Pritchett from coming out of the closet. Mitchell is as gay as his dad is a beer swigging football-watching male. Comedy ensues.
Mitchell Pritchett is played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. With his shock of red hair and orange ruffy beard, Mitchell holds down a job as an environmental lawyer and is married to Cameron Tucker. Tucker is played by Eric Stonestreet. It would be a crime to designate ANYONE in this entire cast as the star or star, but if you did, these two would be in the running.
They adopt a daughter from birth, and we get to watch her grow up. Her name is Lilly Tucker-Pritchett and she is absolutely adorable. As she grows she learns to match her snarky parent's sarcasm with a biting wit of her own. When she does it is poetry in motion.
Perhaps the busiest household is that of the Dunphy clan. Claire Dunphy is married to Phil Dunphy, and they have three beautiful kids - Alex, Haley and Luke.
If Jay Pritchett is the senior father figure of this pride, Claire is a lioness who runs the Dunphy household with loving growls and calculating menace. Her lighter half, Phil, played by Ty Burrell is quick with a joke and even quicker to let Claire wear the pants in this family. In fact, he prefers to not wear any pants at all when Claire's not home.
Haley is the oldest Dunphy child, attractive, social and already into boys.
She is more social and has matured much quicker than her younger sister Alex, who is smart as a whip and wears glasses. They are close enough in age to be fierce rivals even though for now Alex always gets the boy, but Haley is always messing with Alex's somewhat vacant head.
Luke inherited his father's affability and good-natured humor. He is also very smart and he and his father form a sort of duo which is touching.
Who Would Like it and Why
One thing is for sure - it's impossible to watch more than two episodes and not fall in love with this family.
Who Might not Like it and Why
It would make me nervous to be around them because they are constantly lying to one another and scrambling to cover up their lies. They are also constantly insulting one another.
The never-ending one-upmanship and the long-lasting insultathon is like watching a Shakespeare comedy.
Sofia Vergara oozes sex appeal while still maintaining her ability to be funny and mix in with this nutty family experiment.
Also, the overall acting is amazing. I now know why they have won so many accolades over the last few years.
Three Mike and Ikes.