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"The most successful shows, comedies especially, have families that you can look at and see parts of your family in them." Walter Podrazik, consulting curator of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois, said television has always been about the business of identification and entertainment.
"[Family] is a shortcut to instant identification," he said.
"During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew or participated in any of the ridiculous activities being reported," he said.
"They are not only false but hurtful to me and my family ...
The show revolves around a patriarch who is married to a younger woman and raising her son, the patriarch's daughter who is married with three children and the patriarch's son who is one half of a gay couple raising an adopted daughter.
The show occupies what The New York Times has called "a sweet spot in television" and this week scored Emmys for best comedy and best writing as well as for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for Eric Stonestreet, who portrays Cameron Tucker.
Long gone are the days of series such as "The Donna Reed Show" or "Father Knows Best" with the picture-perfect home life.
Today's television families are more apt to be discussing interracial dating or single motherhood à la "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" or the challenges of a gay couple parenting like on "Modern Family." Fancast managing editor Todd Gold said those two shows also feature "blended families in a way that 'The Brady Bunch' could have never imagined." "There's a family for just about everyone on TV today," Gold said.
(CNN) -- Through the years, the structure and definition of "family" has changed in many households -- including the ones on television.
"We have moved from what's most ideal to what's most entertaining," said James Hibberd, TV editor for The Hollywood Reporter.
"During the golden age of television, the focus was on these families that everyone would like to have that were also amusing and entertaining.
With the advent of reality television, we introduced the dysfunctional family in the 1990s." And audiences seem to love it.
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