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Modern Family wins best comedy show at the Emmys

Sitcom featuring gay couple takes four Primetime Emmy awards last night
Eric Stonestreet at the 64th Emmy Awards

Modern Family, which features a gay couple as two of the central characters, has won four Emmys including outstanding comedy series.

This is the third year Modern Family have taken the outstanding comedy series prize, this time beating competition from 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls and Veep.

The show also took the comedy series awards for outstanding director (Steven Levitan), supporting actress (Julie Bowen) and supporting actor (Eric Stonestreet, who plays gay father Cameron Tucker).

The American TV awards were presented last night with the customary glitz and glamour.

CIA drama Homeland attracted most attention by breaking Mad Men’s four-year run winning outstanding drama series, and taking home the actor (Damien Lewis) and actress (Claire Danes) award for a drama series.

Modern Family prompted some criticism from the LGBT community after its first season for not showing affection between the gay couple. An episode in the second season titled The Kiss addressed this presenting Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) as having a problem with public displays of affection.

The popularity of Modern Family has been credited with influencing more mainstream acceptance of same-sex marriage. But Stonestreet has said the series has ‘no agenda’.

‘Jesse and I certainly don’t feel like we’re the flag bearers for that [gay marriage], but we gladly accept the opportunity to educate people and open people’s minds and hearts,’ Stonestreet said in a recent interview with Kansas City Star.

‘I personally believe that gay people should have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else in the marriage department. But our only agenda and our only goal is to make people laugh.’

The mainstream appeal is such that even wife of Republican presidential nominee Ann Romney has said that it is her favorite show. This prompted Modern Family’s creator Steve Levitan to tweet:

'Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal.'

The fourth season of Modern Family starts this Wednesday (26 September) on ABC.

Watch Stonestreet talking at the awards last night about how the cast of Modern Family are one big happy family here:
 

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