2012 offered the return of some much-loved sitcoms, as well as a few new shows that are both entertaining and fun for the entire family. Sitcoms allow for a nice mental break from the day, providing viewers with hilarious yet relatable entertainment. Here are some top picks for 2012 of some of the most loved and popular sitcoms on television.
Modern Family without a doubt is one of the most popular shows on network television. Airing Wednesday nights on ABC, this fun-filled family comedy follows the life of the Dunphy and Pritchett families. Claire is married to Phil Dunphy, and her father is Jay Pritchett, played effortlessly by seasoned actor Ed O’Neil. Phil Dunphy is quirky and loveable, and he and Claire have two daughters that are complete opposites of each other, and one son. Claire’s brother Mitchell is married to his life partner Cam, and the two of them have an adopted daughter. Jay is married to the beautiful Gloria, and Manny, her son, is Jay’s stepson. They are the true definition of a modern family, and this hilarious comedy always ends with a nice, touching message. Modern Family has won various Emmy awards and remains one of the most watched sitcoms today.
Two Broke Girls
Two Broke Girls airs on CBS on Monday nights, and this slice of life sitcom is extremely popular among young adults. The show follows the life of two waitresses brought together by an ironic twist of fate. Max is a struggling twenty-something living in New York with aspirations to become a famous baker. She bakes delicious cupcakes and sells them at the local diner where she works. Caroline is a high society girl whose life has completely turned around after her wealthy father is indicted on fraud charges due to a Ponzi scheme.
Max, who is mistrusting of everyone due to her past, opens up her apartment and offers Caroline a place to stay, and the two end up working at the diner together. Caroline encourages Max to pursue her cupcake business, and since she has a business degree, the two of them form a partnership. This lovely comedy invites us into the world of two young women trying to make it in today’s world, and viewers are entertained once a week with their crazy antics and the silly circumstances they find themselves in. This is a great show that shows the true meaning of friendship while remaining utterly hilarious.
The Middle is a great sitcom that also airs on ABC on Wednesday nights. This is the perfect show for family members of all ages, and it tells the story of a typical family living in the Midwest. Frankie, played brilliantly by Patricia Heaton, is the mother as well as the glue that keeps the family together. She and her husband Mike are a couple of hard-working parents that are raising three very interesting kids. Axl, the oldest son, is the popular guy at school with his own goofy personality, and Sue is his younger sister. Sue is one of the most loveable characters on TV, as she is the typical nerd with a heart of gold.
Complete with goofy clothes and an outrageous personality, she is constantly trying to fit in. The best thing about Sue is that when she doesn’t fit in, she simply smiles and tries again. Brick is the youngest son, who Frankie and Mike worry about the most, mainly because he has an unnatural obsession with books and whispers to himself. However, Brick, like Sue, manages to get along just fine in his own little world. This fun family combination gives viewers something to look forward to on Wednesday nights, as they are completely relatable. The Middle gives the viewer a feeling that everything is going to be okay.
Get Caught Up On the Latest Shows
If you are someone who has fallen behind on the popular sitcoms of 2012, many cable providers offer On Demand viewing for both premium and network channels. Cablenet.net is also a great resource for all things television, where viewers can learn about their cable choices as well as what programs are currently airing. Relaxing with the family in front of the TV with some great friends from your favorite sitcoms is a wonderful way to spend an evening filled with laughter and fun.
Eric Halberg is an aspiring screen writer who, in his spare time, likes to blog about the various sitcoms and shows that are airing at the moment.
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