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(Warning: The following contains references to an upcoming storyline on ABC's Modern Family. If you would rather not know anything at all about the episode in question, then proceed with caution.)

Now, if there's one way to all but guarantee that your show will one day be seen as outdated and old fashioned, it's to include the word "modern" in the title. Time, after all, makes fools of us all — and certainly makes us all look like we just arrived from the 19th century looking for a steamboat to ride. For Modern Family, then, a day is surely coming where its once-pioneering, open-minded approach to family life will look conservative and out of touch. That day, though, is not today. Y'see...

Modern Family Is Set To Feature A Transgender Child Actor On This Week's Episode

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[Modern Family/ABC]

Which, in a world that so often seems inclined to tell transgender people that they are somehow less deserving of equality and respect than everyone else (I'm looking at you, Donald) is actually a pretty darned impressive act of progressive, thoughtful modernity.

This Wednesday (the 28th), in fact, Modern Family is set to not only feature a young, openly transgender kid named Jackson Millarker, but to dedicate part of the episode to addressing the ways in which transgender kids are treated differently, and often subjected to discrimination and abuse. Which is pretty much exactly the sort of storyline that any show desiring to reflect modern family life should be doing. What's more, it sounds as though the episode's director, Ryan Case, had one hell of a great time shooting the episode too:

Something which, from the sounds of Variety's report on the show's content, will be reflected on the screen tomorrow night when the episode — entitled "A Stereotypical Day" airs:

"In the upcoming episode — entitled 'A Stereotypical Day' — parents Cameron “Cam” (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) permit their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) to have her transgender friend Tom over for a play-date. Both parents are filled with pride that they have done well in raising an accepting and open-minded child. But that pride quickly diminishes when Lily insults her friend, which they use as a teachable moment."

Complex, hilarious, and yet incredibly serious? What a very modern approach, for a very modern subject:

Want even more Modern Family, though? Don't worry, we've got you covered right here, with a look at just how much the cast has changed over the years.

In the meantime, what do you think? What other parts of modern life would you like to see Modern Family — and TV in general — more accurately reflect? Let us know below!

via Variety


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