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 Jay Pritchett (156 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (156 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Mitchell Pritchett (156 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Cameron Tucker (156 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Claire Dunphy (155 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Phil Dunphy (155 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Manny Delgado (153 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Luke Dunphy (152 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Haley Dunphy (150 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Alex Dunphy (147 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Lily Tucker-Pritchett (105 episodes, 2011-2016)
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Jay Pritchett sits at the head of a large and unconventional family. Now in his second marriage to his gorgeous young wife, Gloria, Jay has been given something of a second chance. Still, old habits are hard to break, and it's trial by fire as he tries to adapt to life with the same passion and vigor that Gloria exhibits, which are matched by her precocious 12-year-old son, Manny. There are some culture clashes, a few misunderstandings, but also plenty of sweet victories along the way. Jay's grown daughter, Claire, and her husband, Phil, are the proud parents of three kids with whom they want that open, healthy, honest relationship. It's not always easy, especially when you have Haley, a teenage daughter who's growing up a little fast, Alex, a too-smart-for-her-own-good middle daughter and Luke, a scatterbrained boy. Add to this that Phil is just a big kid himself, even if he does always have the best intentions. Claire is the anchor, trying her best to run a tight ship and determined... Written by ABC publicity

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

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In the 2009 pilot, they say that Phil and Claire have been married for 16 years. This means they were married in 1993. In the Premiere of the 2013-2014 season, Phil says he proposed to Claire in 1994. 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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Phil Dunphy: Gotta fix that step.
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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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