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Why on earth is ‘Modern Family’ still getting nominated for Emmys?

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The Emmys were announced on Thursday morning by Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Anthony Anderson (black-ish) and it was a mostly dull affair, periodically rescued by Anderson rooting for his own comedy and cast members at every opportunity. The Emmys are not known for surprises, generally opting for safe choices over critical darlings. It’s pretty insufferable really, and it’s not fair to take the Emmys to task for every wrong. Where would we stop? But there is one recurring sin that has been forgiven too many times, and we need to talk about it.

Why in the hell is Modern Family still getting nominated for Outstanding Comedy?

Look, it’s 2016, the golden age of television. People can’t keep up with all the good TV out there, even when you have the option of saving it for later! There was a time, perhaps, when Modern Family deserved a spot on this list of peak television. It was a fresh take on the Arrested Development mold, with a little bit of The Office‘s docu-style hijinks thrown in. But that was in 2009 when the show first dropped. When was the last time you really watched Modern Family? When was the last time you cared? When was the last time someone asked you if you saw the most recent episode of Modern Family?

And yet the Emmys choose to nominate this show? Again? It’s been nominated for Outstanding Comedy every year it’s been on television, and only lost in 2015 to Veep, thank God. But even so, the show still gets nominated! Over Broad City. Over Bojack Horseman. Over You’re the Worst. Over Archer. Over Lady Dynamite. Over Angie Tribeca. Over Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Over Bob’s Burgers. Over Girls. Over Inside Amy Schumer. Hell, even New Girl had a return to form this year.

Make no mistake, the Emmys nominated some dynamite comedies this year. Master of None, black-ish, Silicon Valley, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Veep are all televised laughing gas, churning out some beautiful comedy. And in the middle of that lineup stands Modern Family, a show that seems to keep getting nominated as part of some sort of cynical need to keep the streak alive well past its due date.

Look. It’s not interesting to complain about Emmy snubs. Every year, certain shows are nominated that don’t seem to deserve it, and worthy shows are overlooked. That’s how things go. But at this point, Modern Family isn’t just a surprise at all. It’s assumed that the show is going to be nominated, and a coveted spot is going to be taken from another comedy. And at a time when there are too many good comedies out there for any one person to take in, this is unforgivable. How does it keep happening?

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