I just started watching Modern Family. It's AWESOME but I can't figure how does this one extended family can afford not 1, not 2, but 3 nice large houses in CALIFORNIA. I need to breath into a paper bag whenever I look at the home prices! Those houses can't be under $800K. Hell, even in fucking Wyoming you need mortgage! I want to know their credit history and occupations!
I know that the dad makes a lot of money, but is he enough of a billionaire to buy himself, his daughter and his son expensive houses? Some American parents won't even pay for their kid's college education saying they should make the money themselves!
There are 6 adults and one teenager who can legally work in the show and the blonde woman is a stay-at-home mom! STAY-AT-HOME MOM! How can you afford not to work? *hyperventilates*
Most Helpful Guy
I already asked myself this question back in the 90s when I watched Kevin Home Alone. I mean, I get that the dad might be some successful stock broker or something (though he doesn't exactly look like it) but let's face it: this couple has a HUGE house with 4 floors (including the basement), about 9 children and almost every child has its own room. Plus the parents' bedroom and bathrooms... it just doesn't quite add up. Especially if we consider that with so many kids, one of the parents has to stay home and look after them, which means there is only one breadwinner in the family.
There are also sitcoms form the 80s and 90s where you scratch your head and wonder "how can they possibly afford that?" So yeah... I think the only good answer to this question is: it's TV. Part of the reason these shows (or movies) are so popular among millions of people is because the viewers strongly identify with the characters. We want to be LIKE them. While there are also other reasons for this, one reason is certainly the financial one. We admire these characters for their financial status and that awakens our phantasy and our dreams, keeping us hooked to the show.
If you want to watch an economically realistic show, try Breaking Bad. It's also realistic in almost all other aspects, which is why I love it.1
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Most Helpful Girl
Because it's a TV show. And also because the old guy (the grandpa, who's married to the girl played by Sofia Vergara) is apparently super rich. If I remember correctly he helped buy either his daughter's or his son's (or both of their) houses.2