TV Couples Therapy: Analyzing Primetime’s Prime Pairings


With the return of Emmy-hogger Modern Family—and same-sex sweethearts Cameron and Mitchell—tonight, we decided to take a look at five preeminent gay couples on the small screen. Below, we offer some armchair analysis on who’s in it for the long haul and who’s breaking up on the shores of love.



“Modern Family”Cam & Mitch

Where we last left off: Cam and Mitch got their hopes up over adopting a baby from a surrogate only to have their dreams dashed when the surrogate’s mother decided to raise the child instead. Coupled with that news, hot mama Gloria is now pregnant. With Lily already a handful, were Cam and Mitch really ready for another baby, or were they just trying to fill a void in their relationship? And will Gloria’s good fortune rub them the wrong way?

Diagnosis: As some of our readers pointed out, Cam and Mitchell’s relationship doesn’t always seem believable since they’re always fighting and not as overtly affectionate as the show’s other couples, Phil and Claire and Gloria and Jay. As America’s favorite comedy, showrunners tend to tread lightly when it comes to Cam and Mitch and their intimacy. Though their relationship – and its portrayal – are less than perfect, those kids were meant for each other; during last season’s finale when Mitch, tired of being the “rock” of the relationship, broke down, Cam was there to pick him back up. They’ll survive the storm. And besides, Lily would literally eat a sibling alive.