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I'm watching Season 8, episode 11: "Sarge and Pea." How did I not notice before that they have Alex referring to browbeating Claire during a 10k as "negative reinforcement"? That's not what negative reinforcement is. 

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When I catch reruns of seasons 1-5, I genuinely LOL at most of the episodes since they are so funny. I think the show started getting less funny when Claire returned to work and was no longer a stay at home mom and the kids started getting older. There are some funny episodes in the later seasons (the Las Vegas one comes to mind) but they are not as consistently funny as the early seasons and some episodes are just not funny at all. I know this is the norm for most sitcoms and shows, but the drop off in funny quality is pretty steep with this show, IMO. 

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I think the show started getting less funny when Claire returned to work and was no longer a stay at home mom and the kids started getting older.

I agree. I stopped watching soon after Cam and Mitchell got married. A lot of the episodes in the later seasons are brand new to me.

A cringey episode for me is the one where Luke hooks up with the older woman at the Country Club. Yes, I realize Luke wasn't a little boy anymore at that point, but it just seemed so inappropriate and gross. Also, something happened to Luke's verbal skills as he got older.

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On 5/31/2022 at 7:08 PM, GiandujaPie said:

When I catch reruns of seasons 1-5, I genuinely LOL at most of the episodes since they are so funny. I think the show started getting less funny when Claire returned to work and was no longer a stay at home mom and the kids started getting older. There are some funny episodes in the later seasons (the Las Vegas one comes to mind) but they are not as consistently funny as the early seasons and some episodes are just not funny at all. I know this is the norm for most sitcoms and shows, but the drop off in funny quality is pretty steep with this show, IMO. 

Agreed. I might be generous and go into season 6, but there's a precipitous drop in the last seasons. 

Ed O'Neil also aged quite significantly by the end, so it's always jarring to me to see an earlier episode and remember when he was an older man but still gave off a powerful vibe that made his relationship to a much younger woman seem plausible and some of those qualities had dimmed by the end. 

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This show is on daily and I have to say it still sucks me in every time. Yes the quality dropped off from earlier seasons but it was still strong right up to the end imo.  Especially compared to what’s cranked out currently, way too many shows and for the most part seasons are way too short.  I’d even go as far as to say this was one of my all time favorite shows.  I miss it (and its 20+ episode seasons). 

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I remember loving the first season and when season 2 started it was like the magic had ended for me. I can't believe it went on for so long!

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On 8/29/2022 at 10:12 AM, LadyIrony said:

I remember loving the first season and when season 2 started it was like the magic had ended for me. I can't believe it went on for so long!

IMO, that's because  the once-evolving multi-dimensional characters' quirks soon devolved into them becoming simplistic and meanspirited stereotypes (yes, I'm looking at you Gloria, Cam, Haley, Manny and Mitch)!

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