|TV's most complicated families|
On TV, the craziest households are sometimes the most entertaining
By Robert Isenberg
What makes "Modern Family" about a modern family? The Pritchett family is big, sure, but families have long been big. The Pritchetts are weird, but weird families are as old civilization. When "Modern Family" debuted in 2009, audiences loved it because the Pritchetts were complicated. Their genealogy is confusing. Their kin are all a little off-kilter. And some members hail from as far away as Asia and South America.
Long gone are the days of two parents, 2.5 kids and a dog, and as the times have changed, so have TV families. In a world of constant divorce, remarriage, cosmopolitan lifestyles and every kind of childhood, TV clans get more convoluted than ever. Some of these families are loving and wholesome; others are conniving and fratricidal. But one thing's for sure: They're hard to puzzle out.
To celebrate another successful season of "Modern Family," we offer some of television's most tangled family trees.
The season finale of "Modern Family" airs Wednesday, May 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.