10 Jokes That Are on Every Modern Family Episode

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I don’t know if you’ve been keeping track, but Modern Family had its fifth season finale this week. Fifth! That’s five seasons — how did I lose track of that? I knew it had been on for a while, but I guess it all just blended into one long season in my brain.

Probably because that’s one of the things the show is really good at — making it so you can jump in anywhere. No matter how long it’s been since you saw your last episode, you can tune in while you’re doing the dishes and chime right in as a one-person laugh track just in time for the next joke. Why? Because you saw something pretty similar the last time you watched, whenever that was, and pretty much nothing in the plot has changed since then.

Think about it! Over five years later, everyone is pretty much exactly where they started , with the addition of a baby or two. We saw the second half of Mitchell and Cam’s wedding on Wednesday, so that’s something, but pretty much everything else is just where we left it on day one, including the running gags.

I’m not super into that style myself, but before I throw shade at the formula, I’ll point out that it makes the show ideal for syndication. It’s almost better suited even than a show like Friends because it doesn’t have all those pesky plot points to deal with; just the same familiar characters making the same ten familiar jokes in every twenty-two minute episode.

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