If you’re like us (and nearly every other gay on the planet) there were two network TV shows last season that were right at the top of our list: Glee and Modern Family.
The shows couldn’t be more different from one another, but what they share is some of the best writing on TV. And a delightfully wicked sense of humor.
Glee has become a cultural phenomenon with chart-topping covers by the show’s multi-talented cast and in its first season garnered more buzz than Robin Williams getting a full-body manscaping. Modern Family, on the other hand, is one of the first sitcoms to hilariously portray the complex relationships within an extended family, including gay dads Cameron and Mitchell.
But in both shows, it’s two supporting players that have us often foregoing our TiVo rituals and watching the shows live – just to be ahead of the curve around the water cooler the next day.
Glee’s outlandish, track-suit diva Sue Sylvester is one of pop culture’s greatest villains. Sure, she has a soft spot exposed now and again to keep her from being a complete caricature, but this is a bitch we simultaneously fear and secretly strive to be. Lesbian actress Jane Lynch is finally getting the recognition she deserves. Besides, who can’t love her spot-on Madonna impersonation? We watch it at least once a week.
Over on Modern Family, it’s Latin lover Manny who steals the show for us. Sure, he may only be 11 years old, but Rico Rodriguez plays the part with the perfect balance of neuroses and bravado. We know, we know. We’re supposed to root for the gay couple, which we do, but Manny is the most unique character on the entire show.
Today, Glee’s entire first season comes out on DVD with plenty of great extras. There are extended episodes, sing-along karaoke (Don’t Stop Believin’ anyone?), a behind-the-scenes look at “The Power of Madonna” episode, a dance tutorial, and our favorite, never-before-aired installments of “Sue’s Corner.”
Next Tuesday, Modern Family unveils its first-season DVD, and it, too, is busting with bonuses. Tons of never-before-seen material includes cast interviews, backstage featurettes, deleted, extended and alternate scenes, plus one hilarious blooper reel.
Now here’s the best part. We’ve got entire sets of both Glee and Modern Family to give away to our loyal subscribers. Simply fill out the Contact Us form (no other entry will be accepted) with your full name and a valid e-mail address and phone number. Indicate whether you’d prefer Glee or Modern Family and six lucky winners will be drawn at random from all eligible entries.
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‘Glee’ and ‘Modern Family’ Season One DVD Box Sets
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