As Modern Family's fantastic first season has progressed, it's just gotten better and funnier, and its characters have become more and more likable with each episode as the show has quickly grown into one of the best on television. With one glaring exception -- Julie Bowen's character Claire. While all the characters on the show are flawed by design, Claire is the standard irreversibly shrill sitcom wife surrounded by otherwise transgressive characters. Even when she does redeem herself by letting her husband win a foot race, or begrudgingly jumping into a pool with her clothes on to satisfy the stepmother she called a gold-digger, she's still a joyless, shrew of a woman, and that's a damn shame.
Oprah has given notice, and people are just setting themselves on fire in the streets over it. No, I do not know why.