TV-PG, ABC studios, Season 1 available on DVD, season 2 premiere September 22 2010. 25 episodes, 22 minutes each.

Created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan. Starring: Ed O Neill, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet.

Modern Family is a pleasant surprise. It took me a few episodes to get really hooked, but now I love it. This was another one of those shows that I picked up on a little late. It got unanimous critical acclaim and recently won the emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series of 2010.

From the little previews I had seen of it, it looked like another cheesy sit com to me. Then I finally sat down and decided to give it a try with an impartial mind. I am glad I did. What makes this show different than most others is its wit and how grounded in reality it really is. There’s also the fact that it’s just damn funny.

The show follows the family of Jay Pritchett (Ed O Neill from Married with Children at his grumpy best here), his daughter Claire Dunphy, (the perfectly uptight Julie Bowen who you may recognize from Lost), and his son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who live in LA.

Claire is a homemaker mom married to Phil Dunphy, (the hilarious Ty Burrell) a dad who thinks he is super cool when he really is not and they have three children together.

Jay is married to a much younger colombian woman Gloria, (the bootilicious Sofia Vergara) and is helping her raise her pre-teen son, Manny.

Mitchell is gay and his partner Cameron Tucker (fantastic newcomer Eric Stone Streetsreet) have adopted a vietnamese baby called Lily, who they are raising together.

The show is shot in a mockumentary style, with a character/characters being interviewed on a subject and then usually this is the topic of that particular episode. We mostly follow the day to day lives of these ordinary individuals — yet the show does it to hilarious results.  Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet definitely give the most stand out comedic performances in the show but everyone is in top form.

The writing and dialogue is also top notch so kudo’s go to the creator’s of this show which includes Christopher Lloyd (or “doc”) of the Back To The Future Trilogy. It’s great to see him around —  I had wondered what had become of him!

The episodes are short but sweet and thoroughly entertaining. Season 2 just premiered and if you want a good laugh after a hard days work, then I highly recommend you start tagging along with this witty new comedy. 4/5 stars.