Modern Family takes a step backwards while furthering Haley's story

It’s a storyline that could easily become fodder for bad jokes and cliché narrative beats, but for the most part the show’s done a good job of treating the material with a certain amount of maturity.

Even though Dylan, and all that he entails, is involved once again, the story of Haley deciding to have a baby and raise it with her kind-of boyfriend has been treated like a serious decision rather than an opportunity to crack jokes.

The season has spent so much time telling us that Haley and Dylan have grown a lot, showing us how they’ve evolved into adults who can hold down a job and care about the people around them.

Taking care of Cal felt like a big change at the end of the previous season, but so far he’s had no real effect on the show and the lives of Cam and Mitchell.

He’s a cursory mention at best, but “A Moving Day” sees Pam manipulating her way into renting the apartment above Cam and Mitchell’s place, which at least gives the show something fresh to work with.

“A Moving Day” doesn’t dismantle all of that, but it does take a significant step backwards, and deliver more of what we could have predicted from a pregnancy storyline on Modern Family .

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