There can be no two ways about the fact the Modern Family is an absolutely intelligent and hilarious show.
The show and its actors have consistently won Emmys and the scriptwriters are supremely talented. It has the perfect mix of sarcasm, fun, values, and respect.
However, one can’t help but notice that it is a lot like F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
We have all been fanatics of the show for the longest time and the younger generation keeps getting introduced and amazed by this spectacular show.
But the updated lot, the ones who have seen both the TV shows and have loved and admired them thoroughly, will agree with me when I say that there are an awful lot of similarities between the two amazing sitcoms. Here are a few of those:
Remember the time Monica bumped Ben’s head and then covered it with a hat? Well, the same happened with the modern family when Mitchell bumps Lily’s head in the exact same way. Neither Ben nor Lily gets affected but the resemblance of this particular act just gets to the eyes!
Rachel’s sister Amy pierces Emma’s ears when she babysits her for a day. Rachel gets extremely mad at her sister for doing so. Gloria, likewise, pierces Lily’s ears and Mitchell gets super angry at her. Coincidence, much?
Rachel hires a male nanny and so does Gloria. Ross and Jay both ask the same question, ‘Is that even a thing?” Both the males are uncomfortable with the idea of a nanny being a male and they take time to adjust to this fact.
Remember that famous bloopers routine that Ross and Monica do that we all tried to learn at some point? Well, Mitchell and Claire do something similar in the episode where the topic of figure skating comes up. Both are ridiculous to the same extent. But hey! Who doesn’t love a good family dance?
Claire asks Cameron to change his bicycle shorts as he looks hideous in them, and so does Monica. She asks Chandler to lose them as they both decide to go running when she is trying to help him lose weight.
Claire is a lot like Monica. They are both neat freaks, control freaks, hover around people and most importantly, they both have issues with their mothers. Their mothers always ask them to dress better, wear their hair and makeup better, and talk embarrassing stuff about them in front of others.
No One’s Ready
This one episode where no one is ready is hilarious in both the sitcoms. Ross tried to get everyone ready once he is but everyone is busy with some problem or the other of their own. Meanwhile, in MF, Jay is ready and he gets annoyed as no one else is and waits around for them.
Joey is the minister when Chandler and Monica get married and he weds them. Similarly, when Mitch and Cam decide to get hitched, Phil is the minister. They both get the authorization from the internet and it’s as uncanny as it gets!
Number of Episodes
Both these sitcoms have 24 episodes in each season. That may seem petty but it can’t be avoided. There could have been 23 or 25, but no. It had to be 24. Alright, this one’s a bit ridiculous, but you can’t ignore the rest.
Both these shows have accelerated in whatever they do. Their comic timing, natural acting, and facetiousness have everyone rolling on the floors.
Friends gave us insights on how to tackle almost every problem that may or may not arise among friends, and Modern Family taught us how to patiently deal with dysfunctional but loving families of our own.
Pack your bags, put the combination of 17 seasons of both the shows and you’ve got yourself the most fun vacation ever. You won’t ever be alone once you know them.