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Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.
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 Jay Pritchett (185 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (185 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Claire Dunphy (185 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Mitchell Pritchett (185 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Cameron Tucker (185 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Phil Dunphy (184 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Manny Delgado (183 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Luke Dunphy (182 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Haley Dunphy (180 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Alex Dunphy (177 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Lily Tucker-Pritchett (135 episodes, 2011-2017)
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Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life. Parents Phil and Claire yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids. But a daughter who is trying to grow up too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a rambunctious young son make it challenging. Claire's dad, Jay, and his Latina wife, Gloria, are raising two sons together, but people sometimes believe Jay to be Gloria's father. Jay's gay son, Mitchell, and his partner, Cameron, have adopted a little Asian girl, completing one big -- straight, gay, multicultural, traditional -- happy family. Written by Jwelch5742

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One big (straight, gay, multi-cultural, traditional) happy family.

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Comedy | Romance

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Lily goes to Watson Elementary, a play on the often misquoted Sherlock Holmes phrase, ''Elementary, my dear Watson''. See more »

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Mitchell and Cameron adopted a child from Vietnam. This is legally impossible as Vietnam's laws forbid a child to be adopted by single parents or same sex couples. They could still adopt the child illegally but then it would be impossible to bring it back to the States. See more »

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Claire Dunphy: The way he looked at me, it was like I wore a tube top in church.
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.161 (2013) See more »

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The Evolution of Comedy
15 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those still in withdrawal from the cancellation of Arrested Development, let me write you a prescription: Modern Family.

The comparisons are obvious and with good reason. The postmodern comedy for the 21 century was ushered in by The Office(UK) and Arrested Development, but I, for one, doubted something could come along and satiate my longing for another truly, original comedy.

Albeit, you may initially be wary to see yet another mockumentary-style show, but by the end of the pilot, you'll be smiling/laughing way too hard to stay cynical. Thus far, the plot lines have been really fresh and the characters are so, for lack of a better word, lovable. This show fulfills all my comedy needs, and I feel like I must resort to the listing of relevant adjectives: Witty, dry, smart, outlandish, silly, clever, cute, sarcastic, subtle, not-so subtle. HILARIOUS.

I hate to say it, but the laugh tracks and raw goofyness of classic sitcoms like 'Seinfeld' and 'Friends' are obsolete and leave something to be desired. You will find that something in Modern Family.

And who knows, maybe some of the more painfully funny and poignant scenarios will reveal insight into the changing dynamics of both the modern family and modern comedy.

Great f_cking show. Period.

And let's get it right this time around: don't cancel good TV shows. Pretty please?


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