Top Five: Give It Up for TV’s Top Comedy: ‘Modern Family’

by | May 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM | Top 5, TV News

For two of its three seasons, “Modern Family” has been the most honored and critically acclaimed comedy series on TV.

To us, that alone qualifies this week’s season finale of the ABC sitcom for the top slot in today’s Top Five.

1) More than 10 million can’t be wrong: That’s how many people tuned in for the third-season finale of “Modern Family” Wednesday night on ABC.

It might not be quite as highly-rated as the sitcoms on CBS — such as “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” — but it’s more respected, by both TV critics and the TV industry.

It’s won the Best Comedy Series Emmy the last two years, and it’s a shoo-in to receive multiple nominations and an armload of wins at this year’s Emmys in September (nominations are announced in July).

In the season finale this week, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jessy Tyler Ferguson) raced to adopt a new baby, but found themselves in the middle of a Spanish-language telenovela. One word: Hilarious.

Watch the season finale of “Modern Family”:

2) “Dancing” with joy: We had a feeling Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver would win the mirror-ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars” this week.

There’s something about these NFL’ers — they are nothing if not ultra-competitive. And physically and mentally, Driver just never let up all season. And when he won, we loved his exuberant reaction. For the record, the NFL stars have done particularly well on “DWTS”: Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Driver have all won; and Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor and Warren Sapp were all second-place finishers.

Watch this week’s season-ending “DWTS Results Show”:

3) Last but not least: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” ended its 13th season this past Wednesday — NBC’s longest-running prime-time scripted series and the last of the once-storied “Law & Order” spinoffs. And it’s not dead yet: “L&O: SVU” will be back next fall.

Watch the season finale of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”:

4) And now, the music of Fallon and Smith: We loved this sketch from “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” this week in which Fallon persuaded movie superstar Will Smith to participate in a “Saturday Night Live”-style sketch.

The two played their “grandfathers,” who apparently performed together on NBC Radio back in the 1920s, according to Fallon (which would actually make them great-grandfathers, if they existed, which they did not). A couple of things we liked about this: Its creativity, for one thing; and its kinship to “SNL,” the show that made Fallon famous and continues to serve, obviously, as a huge comic influence on him.

Watch this Will Smith/Jimmy Fallon sketch here:

5) Final vengeance: Occasional viewers of ABC’s “Revenge” can be forgiven for thinking that the episode seen a week earlier was this first-year series’ season finale. That’s a testament to how much action takes place each week on this prime-time soap, which by its very nature, tends to end each episode in the cliffhanging manner typified by TV serials.

To set the record straight, this past week’s episode was the season-ender — and the last episode of “Revenge” to air Wednesday nights at 10/9c on ABC. Next year, it’s off to Sunday nights at 9/8c, replacing the now-cancelled “Desperate Housewives.”

Watch this week’s season finale of “Revenge” here:
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