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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 (188 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (188 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Claire Dunphy (188 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Mitchell Pritchett (188 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Cameron Tucker (188 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Phil Dunphy (187 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Manny Delgado (186 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Luke Dunphy (185 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Haley Dunphy (183 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Alex Dunphy (180 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Lily Tucker-Pritchett (138 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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All the actors and actresses made a pact since the first season to always submit themselves to supporting roles, never leading. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Claire Dunphy: The way he looked at me, it was like I wore a tube top in church.
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Connections

Spoofed in The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards (2016) See more »

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Circle Of Life
Performed by Elton John
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The funniest, most believable comedy in years
19 November 2009 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Because I have not one, but two, DVRs I'm able to give all the new shows a chance, which I did with "Modern Family". Am I ever glad I did!! I have found that everything about this show is believable. Though the situations that occur during any given half-hour show would obviously never all happen in that short a stretch, I have no difficulty in believing that they would all happen. I never feel that anyone's exaggerating to draw a laugh or milking a laugh. It's just the only "laugh out loud for the whole show" on TV today. It is, IMHO, the funniest show since MASH, and that's saying some.

There are some parallels to another of my favorites, the little appreciated "Arrested Development", "Modern Family" has its own unique flavor; and the flavor is . . . hilarious!!!


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