Modern Family does promote the Nuclear Family. Clair and Phil and their kids are the archetypical Mom at Home, Dad at work, parents still married, three kids family. (My husband and I have to laugh, because their kids so often do and say things our own 3 kids do.) Cam and Mitch are also a Nuclear Family. Cam only went back to work part time when Lily started school. He's home by the time she gets home. They just happen to be gay. Jay and Gloria are also a Nuclear family, albeit, her son from her first marriage is living with them, and Jay is older than Gloria. (I don't have a problem with that.)
I think this show and others like it (although I've never seen The New Normal) do promote tolerance, without preaching or pushing. There are so many channels and so many different types of TV shows, that there is something for everyone. F'rinstance, My Man and I have nothing
in common with the people on such shows as Happy Endings, The B---- in Apartment 3
and The Mindy Project
but we occasionally have them on for background noise or when we're too lazy to do anything else.
There's something for everyone, and I appreciate the good writing on shows such as Modern Family
. It's something we watch every week in fact.