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Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.
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Series cast summary:
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 Jay Pritchett (186 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Claire Dunphy (186 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Mitchell Pritchett (186 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Cameron Tucker (186 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (185 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Phil Dunphy (185 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Manny Delgado (184 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Luke Dunphy (183 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 (136 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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Three members from SCTV (1976) have guest-starred: Catherine O'Hara, Andrea Martin, and Martin Short. 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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.1 (2011) See more »

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Circle Of Life
Performed by Elton John
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Smart and Funny
22 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Modern Family is one of the best shows on TV in 2009.

It's written by smart and funny people. It shares some DNA with Arrested Development and Fraiser, but has a little bit more heart.

6 episodes in and I am still impressed and still laugh out loud.

I usually avoid ABC because their programming in years past has been terrible and vanilla. Happy to see they have taken some chances on this show and hooray for them, it seems to be finding an audience and critics love it too.

I usually hate shows with little kids in the cast... they usually end up getting used as cute crutches when writers run out of ideas, but Modern Family has been giving the kids sharp dialogue to match the grown ups.

The gay Mitchell and Cameron couple are portrayed honestly and they are hilarious.

The very underrated Ed O'Neill is pitch perfect as the grouchy but soft family patriarch. Sofía Vergara who plays his Colombian trophy wife is excellent and very funny in what could have been written as a terrible bimbo role.

I wasn't sold on Ty Burrell as the dad who tries too hard to be cool after the pilot... but he's a slow burn, and now it works.

Julie Bowen as the slightly off kilter mom adds an anchoring charm to the mix.

Every person on this show gets good lines, and the quality is holding up... I hope they win a boatload of Emmys.


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