NPR sibling series ,last holiday ,spotlighted ABC’s Modern Family . This extended –family sitcom is -fueled-by-sibling-fodder with an adult sibling relationship between Claire and Mitchell, full have scraped nerves and half healed wounds, which grown-up siblings tend to carry around from childhood.
In Modern Family, now in its third season, Claire is a sibling with three kids while her brother Mitchell is a gay married man who just adopted a baby. The writer of the show told NPR’s Renee Montagne “What makes siblings so rich for television, is the fact that siblings can be very different, but they’re stuck together.” Writers for sibling TV sitcoms can create characters that are really at odds, with wildly different personalities, jealousies and fierce competitions
“Modern Family” mirrors the real sibling relationship, showing how old childhood baggage get carried forward into adult years. Sibling rivalry can last until midlife and longer. Mitchell admits to Claire that he’s been upset at her for 20 years for leaving their figure skating duo “Fire and Nice” right before a championship meet. (By the end of the episode, they’re acting out their old skating routine in a parking lot.
This festive season, if you are Cain and Abel rather than the cast of Father Know Best, try forgiveness as the holiday dessert with your family.