Even if I hated the rest of Season 4 (mostly just seven eighths of it, really), “Goodnight Gracie” was one of the best episodes of Modern Family ever. The plotlines were fun and unpredictable, the ensemble was well-used and the conceit was incredibly sweet. Were there hints of the same problems this show always has, with lazy stereotypes and unadventurous jokes? Sure, but the acting was pretty stellar, and at the end of the day, the episode was fun — so much so that I already look forward to watching it again.
Juliette dating Sean “Tim Tebow” Butler was a season highlight. We knew we liked the direction of the storyline when the writers finally showed us a soft side to Juliette after she paid off a paparazzo to not sell unflattering pictures of her man… but having the two crazy kids elope so that Sean would have sex with her, and then our girl turning into a runaway bride? Just plain brilliant.
Grade: A. Even if the annulment demands that followed were a bit far-fetched, the show made up for it with Juliette’s character development.
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Trying to Guess What Hit List Is Actually About
Is it a romantic comedy? A tale of doomed love a la Rome and Juliet? A satire about the price of fame, as Jimmy and Kyle keep insisting? Who knows?! We like to think that the audience is watching a different show every night, one with just enough content to run all of 30 minutes that mainly consist of Karen and Jimmy staring blankly at each other in between Rent-inspired songs. (Thanks to this terrific article, we now have a full synopsis of Hit List, but honestly, our guessing game is still more fun.)
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The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), whose membership includes two TWoP staffers, has announced the nominations for its 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.