ABC's Wednesday Comedies: The B---- Has a Good Week 3 (Also: What Is Your Current Opinion of Modern Family?)

This week's FTWinsday was more like three reruns and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23, but let's chat about it because Don't Trust the B---- IS slated as the prima donna of the ABC Comedy Block. If the ABC Comedy block was Black Swan, That There Is a Bitch in Apartment 23 is Natalie Portman (especially the crazy parts);Suburgatory is slutty, smirky Mila Kunis; and Modern Family is Winona Ryder, formerly great but threw herself into traffic, all pilled up and effed up and haunted by the inevitable march of time. I love ballet.


The Middle (rerun): I spent this half-hour catching the end of Enough with J.Lo, and my goodness is that movie crazy. J.Lo basically plays Jerry to her husband's weird, abusive, obsessive Tom and pummels him with all kinds of crazy gags. Booby traps! Watches that spray mace! I love it.


Subugatory (rerun): Except that it's also a horrifying tale that makes the hero's journey that of being OKAY with murdering someone, which never sits quite well with me. Same kind of thing is that Ashley Judd movie, Double Jeopardy, where she spends so much time in a prison laundry stewing clothes in a big kettle that it becomes okay for her to shoot her husband "in the middle of Mardi Gras"? It's still a tragic ending, because she dated a psycho who turned her into a psycho. Talk about a great double feature for battered women's shelter movie nite though.


Modern Family (rerun): Okay, can we talk about Blue Ribbon Choice awards early? Because people seem split into two camps in our comments circle about Modern Family (let's call it a comments circle, because I think of it as like a book club where we all sit around and weigh in). Some people LOVE LOVE LOVE Modern family, and Seriously That Bitch Is Crazy in Apartment 23 has re-ignited this passion. Others seem like, "Yuck, stop, it’s done Modern Family, it’s done, put your clothes back on and get out of the room, ho." Yet the show consistently gets low marks from BOTH camps, regularly clocking in behind Suburgatory. Can we discuss? I think the show needs higher stakes, I've said that for a while. Everyone seems so...safe. Like, an actual plotline: They have to rent out a boat for Cam's birthday party. "OH NO," says no one, ever.


Who’s That Bitch in Room 23?! ("The Parent Trap"): So let's talk about Apartment #23 is just a Hive of Heartless Bitches. Last week I expressed concern over the thought of ever being able to enjoy a sociopath wreaking havoc on the world, but this week I just decided to roll with it and enjoy Krysten Ritter’s ability to cut glass with her delivery and swan around like a 2k12 heartless Auntie Mame, and it was awesome. Maybe this age of parsing out human traits into easily slapped-on labels has given us too much permission to disenfranchise people. (“He is a sociopath.” “She is a slut.” “Just plain passive-aggressive, Stan.” “Watta bitch.”) So while Chloe is definitely a sociopath, labeling someone as a psychological profile is a bit like labeling a musical piece “classical.” There’s quite a range there, and similarly much more to the human soul, and let's get back to the episode, which was amazing. James Van Der Beek’s assistant was hilarious when he read scripts aloud, and I loved how Chloe came to a breakthrough moment by reading a bad sitcom screenplay (so meta!), and poor June running alongside her boss in heels and picking up the slack/becoming a weary single mom was awesome (and then she had the flip-out moment! She shook the baby, and it was relatable if you’ve ever dealt with teens, and funny that she finally got to be the unhinged one). In the genre of “funny young people share an urban apartment” I think Bitch! Get out of Apartment 23! is my new favorite, easily defeating its successful thematic predecessors, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, and Are You There, Chelsea?. Let me know if you agree!

Rating: 6.6 (the devil’s score!)


As for our Blue Ribbon Choice Awards from last week:

The Middle: NO ONE VOTED FOR THE MIDDLE WHATSOEVER Y'ALL. WHUUT?

Suburgatory: 7

Modern Family: 6.75

Don't Trust That Big Ole Bitch!: 7.5


See what I'm saying here? People will talk about how much they love Modern Family and then be like, "But yeah this episode sucked, 6.5." So clearly the show has talented actors and beloved characters, it just needs to fix something. What do y'all think? I'd like things to go dark, because I am an evil TV Loki. Although dealing with the demons of poverty clearly isn't helping out The Middle, which none of y'all even bothered to rate, that's how much people are invested in the Heck family. So you tell me: What would re-ignite your romance with Modern Family?


QUESTIONS:

– What can Modern Family do to spice things up?

– Have you ever seen Enough? Should J. Lo get that haircut again?

– Is anyone watching Missing? Is Ashley Judd basically reprising her character from Double Jeopardy?

– Have you ever snapped at a surly teen?

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I would like to defend Modern Family here.. the thing is that we, the audience, don't get enough of anything to the point that the greed leads us to believe that nothing good is being done and everything is plain 'boring'. This relatively childish attitude is not awesome. If nothing as good and real as Modern Family can satisfy its viewers then theres something wrong with us. Season 3? it has been amazing so far! it has given you so many good episodes.. Little bo bleep, punkin chunkin, after the fire, leap day, hit and run, election day, go bullfrogs are just a few.. theres ONE TEENY TINY glitch or a lacking and we all just attack the show like anything.. this is bad. and if you ask it to stop being all 'feel goody' .. i beg to differ.. its one of those rare shows which has morals and lessons in it without being all about something or the other related so sexuality and the like..



Modern Family. Respect
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- MF just seems like a repetitive drag this season. They can't just keep going from 1 episode storyline to another. They need something bigger. Alex is growing up, why not romanticize her more. I like the bit where she has the boyfriend when they're away on vacation. I heard that the little boy is actually really smart in real life, why not do something like that. The dumb schtick is getting old.At least we still have Julie bowen and sofia vergara to watch :-)

- Enough? J. Lo ? is this a trick question?

- Missing ? Ashley Judd ? Another trick question?

- Repeatedly... but the teen in apt. 23 wasn't surly. If you think that's surly than you've never met one!



To conclude I like apt. 23, although it hasn't won me over completely. Except James Vanderbeek which is the high point of the show imo. Suburgatory and happy endings are the best comedies out there and Modern family either needs to pick it up or just call it quits.



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obsessing! Why I dont love "Modern Family"...the main kid character. Take him out of the show, and it is probably one of my favorites. But I dont find any "truth" in his character. He seems like a walking talking cliche to me. Even in the context of a broad comedy.
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I TRIED to VOTE for MIDDLE...but it wouldn't let me. I don't know if there's a glitch in the code or if it's because nobody has written an episode summary yet.
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I watch Missing and really like it. It's basically Taken: the series, which is a very good thing in my book.



Modern Family doesn't need to do anything to spice things up to me. It's still the best comedy on television (along with Parks and Recreation). The B--- in Apt. 23 is so funny!! I love it! Putting Modern Family and Apt. 23 back-to-back makes for one LOL hour of comedy!!
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I agree that Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23 is a great success so far, I am not so sure it outshines New Girl. I liked Are You There Chelsea as well, but it was different than either of these two shows.
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Apt 23 is just getting better. Love it.
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i'll let smarter people argue over which is the better show, but as far as my personal favorites:



1. middle

2. bich

3. suburg

4. mod fam
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New Girl is the best comedy on TV right now. no exceptions.
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Except Happy Endings, Don't Trust the Bitch and 2 Broke Girls.
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Missing is an awesome show,
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-I agree with you about "Modern Family". It's just too safe. That's one area where "Parenthood" excells, and why it's a better show in my opinion. But I do enjoy the (kind of almost, but not really) realistic portayal of family life in the show.

-I could not care less about J. Lo. I do not know what "Enough" is, either.

-Am not watching "Missing", did not see "Double Jeopardy", and am probably one of the few people for whom the name Ashley Judd elicits a "Who?".

-Yes. Surly teens suck. As a former surly teen, I can say this.



Oh, and I did ballet all through college. I do love ballet. (And I don't rate non-new episodes which is why I did not rate "The Middle" last week, when I usually do love that show.)



Pcsjunior002's Ratings:

The Middle: Was not new (I refuse to rate non new episodes because, well, because)

Suburgatory: Was not new

Modern Family: Was not new

Don't Trust The B****: 7 For Der Beek and the girl. That simple gag of mimicry just had me in stiches who knows what reason.
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I loved season one of Modern Family. I thought season two was okay. I think season three is a bore. The reason for the decline isn't necessarily due to worse writing -- although the writing certainly hasn't gotten better -- but more to do with them being so, uh, THE SAME every episode. The show kind of feels lazy; there's only room for one lazy side in this relationship, and it's always the viewer. Sitcoms are generally a bit formulaic, but Modern Family has gotten more formulaic than CSI or Law & Order... and at least those shows have interesting case-of-the-week plots to rely on. Also, almost all the characters have become extremes of their worst qualities (I'll concede the fact that this happens to almost all sitcoms after a couple seasons), to the point where I find all of them very boring and/or annoying (Cam and Gloria, both of whom were great in season one, have turned into the most boring yet annoying characters on the show).
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My current opinion of Modern Family is pretty low. After Season 1 I assumed the show was all about how unique all families are, and how there's no one right way to be a family so long as there is love, happiness, and humor. Now I just think everyone has become a stereotypical characature. The flamboyant gay couple, the uptight housewife, the goofy dad, the loud Colombian. I'm not about it.



Love B in 23!!!!!!!!! My new fav show.
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Are we expecting dark storyline from Modern Family ? Really ?



Spice things up ? Add 2nd baby in Pritchett-Tucker household and more expose on Lily

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B in 23 was slow to get to the crazy last night. It felt pretty canned in the first 10 minutes or so. Then the whole foster child thing was a bit fun. And June's "break" was kind of funny. I do however, agree with you as to that it is by and far better than 2 broke girls, New Girl and Chelsea. 2 broke girls I left at the beginning of the season, just couldn't abide the self bashing and vagina jokes. New Girl is horrible, left that after the toilet humor episode and happily will never go back. It is about Zooey and three completely forgettable guys. And due to the toilet humor they are already running out of material. Chelsea, brought a whole new level of crap tv to the forefront. It was unbelievably bad and somehow worse than Whitney and New Girl combined.



B in 23 has Ritter who just is a better actress and has better timing the whole lot of the women in those shows combined. She is talented and multi-faceted where the others are 1 dimensional and horrible. But B just has potential for amazing plot lines driven by the character of Chloe. I mean really, she is a high end escort for diplomats, that was great. Fostering a child, again great. And that is because of the world that they create due to Chloe, she has her own world where the rest of the shows you are comparing are bland because they try to exist in this world. And the characters traveling in that world, well, they suck.
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actually, I thought this episode of Apartment 23 was the least funny out of the three that have aired..
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agreed. still enjoyed the episode but not as much as the previous two.
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I watched the first two episodes of Apartment 23, does James Van Der Beek get any non-Dawson jokes?
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This week's episode there were no Dawson jokes! (I actually kind of missed it.)
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weren't they reading dawson scripts with assistant?
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The whole reason I watched a whole season (the first) of The Middle was the cast. Janitor from Scrubs, Debra from Everybody Loves Raymond, Chris Kattan and Brian Doyle-Murray from SNL. Then I stopped.



Don't Trust the B---- is getting better with each episode, this one was easily the best.
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I didn't like this episode of Don't Trust the B---- as much as episode two, but still more than episode 1. I'd give it a 7.



Modern Family needs to change its formula a little, stop giving equal time to all its characters, stop being all feelgoody, stop relying on its standard jokes. ("Manny is mature for his age", anything Gloria related, "Claire is mean", "Alex is smart" and "Phil is stupid"-based comedy has been done to death and there is little else.)
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