Modern Family Won at Twitter
I still remember the day Modern Family premiered on TV like it was 11 years ago.
I was sitting on the couch at my mothers place, eager to watch the new sitcom that conservative Australian networks were using as their gay ticket into the hearts of millennials.
They had been advertising the show relentlessly for months, and if nothing else, I just wanted to watch this show and get it over with.
But counter to my expectations, I really liked the pilot. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the rest of the season and didn’t intend to watch any more.
I hated the way that everyone on the show always made so much drama over every situation and tiny problem. The entire family always fell apart fighting over the smallest and most solvable problems and it annoyed the hell out of me.
I figured that if everyone just tried a little more communicating and a little less jumping to assumptions, 80% of their problems would be solved before they spiralled out of control.
I didn’t revisit the show again until I met my current partner two years ago and was forced to try it again.
I started watching with the same resentment that everyone feels while being forced into something by someone they care about.
Luckily for me though, I was allowed to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild while I watched. Maybe the feelings I got from that amazing video game somehow transferred onto the show, or maybe the show just got better; but as the show went on, I got progressively more attached to the characters and the story.
The situations started to feel more plausible, and the reactions made by the characters started to make more sense. The show never entirely left the realm of the ridiculous, but it’s a sitcom after all. Ridiculous is its bread and butter.
I’ve since come to love the show, and know the characters very well. I often have episodes of the show playing when I’m working, playing games, or trying to fall asleep.
At some point the show stopped being one of the many sitcoms I watch, and started feeling like a family that’s just living their lives in the background of my life.
The kids all grew up while I watched, and the adults all got richer.
Whenever a new season premiered, I’d enjoy playing “which actor got the most nipped, tucked, plucked, sucked, or injected.”
People do say that actors tend to get better looking the longer a show goes on.
But I won’t be able to enjoy the privilege of being mean to the actors on this show anymore, because we’ve had every first episode of this show that we’re ever going to get.
Every episode now is just one more in the final season until it all ends on April 8th 2020 after more than a decade of television.
While the show won’t continue to make any new episodes, I will still have them playing in the background of my life. And I’m 100% convinced that a spin-off is in the works.
Here’s my guess, I’m betting that the spin-off will be centred on Mitch and Cam’s lives in Missouri and it’ll be called “Modern Farm.”
Most of the current cast won’t be brought back, but a few will make cameo’s from time to time.
That’s my prediction, so I’ll be writing a big fat ‘told ya so’ if I’m right.
Fans of the show will be pleased to know that on March 11th they can tune into ABC from 8:00–11:00pm EDT to catch the Twitter-pole marathon.
The marketing team behind the show ran a Twitter-pole that asked fans which were the five best episodes of the entire series. Their plan was to air each of them back to back in one night of glorious Modern Family enjoyment.
Luckily for ABC, the pole didn’t go the usual Twitter way of turning into an all out offensive mess. Instead, fans of the show cast their honest vote and the five best episodes were chosen. The chosen episodes will be played in chronological order after the pilot episode.
Because of this pole, the marathon will feature the following episodes starting at 8pm:
Season 1 Episode 1: The Pilot, originally aired 23/09/2009
The first ones with all the snappy one-liners and the subtitles introducing everyone. Oh, and the first version of Lilly, remember her?
Season 2 Episode 13: Caught in the Act, originally aired 19/01/2011
The one where Phil and Claire get caught by the kids having sex and they have that whole misunderstanding with Jay and Gloria over the email.
Season 3 Episode 4: Door to Door, originally aired 05/10/2011
The one where Manny doesn’t want to sell wrapping paper door-to-door so he tricks Jay into buying it by giving him that ego boost.
Season 5 Episode 18: Las Vegas, originally aired 26/03/2014
The one where they go to Vegas and there’s that whole Scooby-Doo fiasco with connecting hotel rooms and constant misunderstandings. God, season 5 was a drag sometimes.
Season 6 Episode 16: Connection Lost, originally aired 25/02/2015
That weird one where they tried the whole screen-capture thing. Claire is at the airport and she’s trying to get in touch with Hayley and everyone ends up thinking she married the ugh guy but she didn’t.
Season 8 Episode 8: The Alliance, originally aired 14/02/2016
The one where the non-Pritchett’s have that secret orange juice code and use it to trick everyone into agreeing on the vacation they wanted.
Those are your winners
Those are the results and according to Twitter are officially the best episodes of the series.
I’m betting the final episode in April is going to be really tough, let’s hope we can get through it. #strongertogether
In an effort to lift our spirits, let’s remember back to a time when McDonald’s tried to use Twitter.
Dear God McDonald’s
A few years ago, McDonald’s tried a Twitter pole too, except for McDonalds it went entirely differently.
McDonald’s was just coming off the high of their successful #meetthefarmers campaign, an online marketing effort to convince people that their meat isn’t pink sludge.
Feeling confident, they launched into a new campaign called #McDStories asking people to tell their experiences at McDonald’s.
The responses were horrifying stories from the public that ranged from stories of parental abandonment, to abuses on the slide.
Here’s just a couple:
- One time I walked into McDonald’s and I could smell Type 2 diabetes floating in the air and I threw up. #McDStories
- These #McDStories never get old, kinda like a box of McDonald’s 10 piece Chicken McNuggets left in the sun for a week.
And others that were far, far worse.
McDonalds ended the campaign, but the same year started a website where people could design their own burgers.
They had clearly learned nothing about the online community.
They told the world that all burgers created would be published on the website, and that the top voted creation would be featured on the official McDonald’s menu.
The Twitterverse set to work.
Here below are just a sampling of some of the choicest burger creations. Thanks to Internet Historian for his video where he talks about this amazing moment in time.
*A warning, these burgers were created by trolls, so some may be offensive to some readers.
A list of fan-made burgers posted to McDonald’s own website.
The Sad European — 2 buns and a slice of cheese
Thin Privilege — An enormous burger with seemingly everything on it
Bag of Lettuce — 20 pieces of lettuce stacked
Mein Kampf — Looks like a regular burger
Atheists Delight — Just the paper with no burger
Toddler Body Bag — Beef wrapped with tomato, bacon and lettuce
Rektal Prolapse — Cheese and onions on a bun
Pound My Behind Daddy — A lot of chicken and cheese
Girth — 7 beef patties stacked
The Aryan — Chicken and cheese
A Whole Pineapple — dozens of pineapple slices stacked
Bernie Socialist Feast — Just the bun
Rons Creamy Surprise — Just mayonnaise
Is there a burger you’d choose as the winner from this list? No actually, don’t answer that. I don’t want to know.
Watch Modern Family instead, it’s nice and wholesome. Then delete Twitter, bad things happen there.