After watching about half the series, I'm still not sure what to think. Okay, it is one of the best shows on TV right now (The Good Wife is good; so is The Middle), but that's only because everything else is pretty much crap. And there are some brilliant moments, like the "I Want To Do You" song and the moment the gay couple describes bonding over Charades. And Ed O'Neill is as great as always, playing pretty much the straight man in the midst of a loony bin. And yet ... why is it so tedious? It's like they said, "Ohh, we like Arrested Development — and The Office — and Bernie Mac — let's do something like that!"
The worst tedium is the Phil character. Why is he so unrelentingly stupid? His stupidity is no longer a character trait but bad schtick.
Some bright spots: Ariel Winter's Alex (and yet they do very little with her), Rico Rodriguez's Cameron (I loved his tête-à-tête with the clueless mom, Claire) and Reid Ewing's Dylan (I hope they don't turn him into a Potzie).