Every year the Writers Guild of America singles out the best written comedies, and these shows have all received at least two nominations--with 30 Rock coming out on top with 8 nominations and 3 awards.
Long gone are the days of 'Leave it to Beaver' and 'The Brady Bunch', along with their rigid, whitewashed ideal of how the American family should look. Frankly, the new models are a whole lot more exciting!
Maybe it's thanksgiving and you need to put your family's dysfunction in perspective; this list of modern sitcoms, featuring the likes of 'Shameless' and 'Parenthood', may be a good place to start. Suddenly a couple drunk uncles and a recent divorce don't seem so bad!
The appeal in these TV comedies is the utterly relatable neurosis of their starring characters, from Larry David to Michael Cera, and across the pond, the British king of over-thinking basic social interactions, David Mitchell.
When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.