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Modern Family - S03E02

Family . Comedy

Lily has problems with Mitchell and Cameron's plans to adopt another child, Jay tries to get Manny to confess to stealing a locket at school, and Claire goes to extreme lengths to prove that she was right in an argument.

Episode Title: When Good Kids Go Bad
Airs: 2011-09-21 at 21:00
  • Troy Patterson

    The pacing of the show's jokes, which heralds a welcome respect for the quickness of the audience, helps all the humor pop. Of course, good-old dumb physical juxtapositions don't hurt, either.

    Slate Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Any one of these families has the potential to power a decent sitcom, but Modern Family manages to juggle all three in a balancing act that is not just funny, but heartwarming, and when was the last time you saw that on TV?

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    ABC is taking it one step at a time as it uses its biggest hit, "Dancing with the Stars," to give three of those shows a fighting chance. At least one of them actually deserves it. That would be Modern Family.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Though I enjoyed NBC’s pilot for Community a little bit more, "Modern Family" has as assured and entertaining a start as you could hope for.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It's like three, maybe four sitcoms all squeezed into one, and quite an enjoyable one.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    For the first time since Married...With Children stood the genre on its head two decades ago, somebody has come up with a new take on the family sitcom, and the results are riotously funny.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    [The mockumentary style is] used not to excess but to success, which is just what this wise, clever and bighearted comedy ought to be.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Modern Family is sharp, timely and fresh, complicated enough to be interesting but with a soft, sweet center because, and I'm speaking loudly so even cable channels can hear, there is nothing wrong with that.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It's not too early, however, to heap praise onto this astute, well-written show and its many specific wonders.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Flitting among three storylines, it's smart, nimble and best of all, funny, while actually making a point about the evolving nature of what constitutes "family."

    Variety Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Modern Family is good. Better than good. Really good. O'Neil--dry and wonderful as ever--and Vergara (considerably less dry) are a winning combination.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Peter Swanson

    Most of the episodes so far have ended with a simulacrum of a group hug, an acknowledgement that, even though they don't always get along, this family loves one another. So far, these moments have worked on the show, but the formula could get tired.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    It's funny, it's vicious, it's politically incorrect--in other words, everything that "Community" wants to be and isn't.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The best of the bunch, and the best new series of the fall, comes first.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This show earns its laughter with sharp writing, brilliant casting and characters that hit very close to home while often striking a nerve (mostly the funny bone).

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The family comedy gets a welcome and winning update in ABC's Modern Family, the fall's best new sitcom.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    Instead of the usual family sitcom curse of clichés and bad "Full House" jokes, Modern Family captures the absurdities, quirks and freakish flaws of today's extended family in ways that feel lively, unique and just dark and mean-spirited enough to be...well, accurate.

    Salon Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    This is the funniest sitcom pilot of the fall.

    Time Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    Tthe best new half-hour of funny television in a season rife with half-hours of funny television.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Long on heart, brimming with great characters, smartly cast, expertly written and funny from start to finish, Family is the obvious choice for best new fall comedy--and possibly best series.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    In a fall season surprisingly flush with good sitcoms, the best new comedy by far--and it's not that close of a race - is Modern Family on ABC.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Modern Family works because it does something the network sitcom hasn't managed in years: It offers a comic equation for almost every audience segment, while never blanding out the characters for mass consumption.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Modern Family has the finest cast of any new fall show and, thank goodness, this excellent comedy gives these talented performers the kind of sharp material they deserve.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    This remains far and away the best prime-time sitcom: crisp and farcical, but very kind. [25 Oct 2010, p.37]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    This fast-paced mockumentary perfectly captures the experience of parenthood.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    For their part, Messrs. Levitan and Lloyd set their ambitious sights on a rare kind of comedy, and they have, it appears, found the gold.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Leigh H. Edwards

    With its deft writing and sharp performances, the show is a telling snapshot of how families live now.

    PopMatters Full Review
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