Comedy’s Most Wanted

2 Mar

Comedy on TV has been sparse at best for the last five or six years.  That is all changing now and comedy is becoming one of the most sought after forms of programming again. 

Throughout television history, there have always been sitcom classics that are never far from the mind.  I Love Lucy, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, Seinfeld and Friends are some of the most popular TV comedies of all time.  CBS seemed to be the only network willing to bet on comedies for the last few years with any success.  Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory have cult followings in addition to bringing in the ratings for the juggernaut that has become CBS.  Sure, NBC continues to stand behind its historical Thursday night comedy block, but The Office and 30 Rock, while critic favorites, don’t come close to the numbers of viewers that the CBS comedies are bringing in.

The 2009-2010 television season has seen more successful comedies than have been around for a long time; probably since Friends ended in 2004.  ABC has jumped back into the funny pool and finds itself with three breakout hits.  The Middle and Cougar Town received early pickups for a second season and are building a fan base.  The most popular of ABC’s Wednesday night comedies is Modern Family

Modern Family has rejuvenated the concept of family sitcoms.  From the first episode, the show has been firing on all cylinders.  The writing is outstanding and the cast couldn’t be more perfect.  The creators of ‘Family’ brought in old faves, such as Married with Children’s Ed O’Neil and Ed’s Julie Bowen.  They also hit the jackpot with a variety of relative newcomers such as Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell.  Even these three actors have had some success in Hollywood, but Modern Family’s success has shot them into an entirely different realm of popularity.

Some critics said that family sitcoms were dead.  ABC’s newest hits prove that they are not dead, but evolving into a new age of comedy.


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