I want to thank my sister for introducing me to this series. I am one of those people with a TV set who "only" have about 30 channels. Of which about eight or nine can be watched at all, at least sometimes, because the rest is made up of soaps, reality shows (yeah, some reality), talkshows and whatever. I'm not judging anyone who likes to watch that stuff, I don't want to be judged for watching cartoons, so that's just a personal opinion.
The series is running on one of the channels I don't get. As far as I know it's new here although the first season aired in the USA in 2009. Better late than never, though.
This family is, well, unbelievable. There are Jay and his beautiful, much younger second wife Gloria who is from Colombia (and has a great accent) - and her son Manny who is 11, but behaves like a grown up (my favorite must be the burgundy dinner jacket). There is Jay's daughter Claire with her husband Phil who has never really grown up, and her children Haley (one of the popular kids), Alex (the smart girl on the brink to teenagehood) and Luke (who's a lot like his father). And there is Mitchell, Jay's gay son, who just adopted a Vietnamese girl, Lily (I adore the way she looks at everyone), together with his partner Cameron.
And because they are that unbelievable it was extremely hard to pick a quote. This is just one of the many, many that made me laugh out loud. I'm sure it won't be the last one I'll feature.
Jay has a successful business. One day Gloria and Manny visit him at work and one of Jay's employees let's Manny drive the forklift. Right through the wall.
Manny: Mom, I'm fine. The hospital said I could go back to school.
Gloria: No. You suffered a traumatic experience.
Manny: I barely remember it. I remember crashing through the wall ... and the ambulance ride to the hospital.
Jay: That wasn't an ambulance. I drove you.
Manny: Then what was that siren?
Jay: That was your mother.
Gloria: I was not that loud.
Jay: Cars pulled over, honey.
P.S. I never thought I would like Ed O'Neill that much.