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Britney Spears was reportedly offered a role in the middle of Season 3, but by the time producers heard from her people, they had the rest of the season already planned.
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Nolan Gould, who plays "dumb" Luke Dunphy, has actually been a member of Mensa since he was four.
In a 2010 interview with "Out" Magazine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson said that the running joke that Jay kept "forgetting" that his son, Mitchell, is gay (and Mitchell had to come out to his father repeatedly) is drawn from Ferguson's real life - he had to come out to his real father three different times over many years before his father actually believed it. When Ferguson told the show's writers this story, they found it very funny and decided to add it to Mitchell's backstory.
All the actors made a pact since season 1 to always submit themselves to the awards as Supporting actor/actress, never Leading.
The original show description explained why the show was shot in a "mockumentary" style. It stated a Swedish movie director, who formerly was a foreign exchange student in Phil's home, was shooting a documentary on the American family.
At one point, the creators discussed having the show animated because they were concerned it wasn't going to appeal to children.
Julie Bowen, was pregnant during the pilot
Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam Tucker, is heterosexual in real life but is a great supporter of the LGBT community.
While still living in her native Colombia, Sofía Vergara used to watch the Spanish-dubbed version of Married with Children (1987) featuring her co-star-to-be Ed O'Neill. After she landed the role as Ed's wife Gloria on Modern Family, she was disappointed to learn that Ed spoke no Spanish.
The first ABC series to win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 22 years since The Wonder Years (1988).
Phil's birthday is either on April 3rd or 30th (US release dates of the original iPads). This is due to a joke in which Phil says 'The iPad comes out on my actual birthday, it's like Steve Jobs and God got together to say "We love you, Phil"'
Tied with Frasier (1993) for most consecutive Emmy wins (5) for Outstanding Comedy series (2010-2014).
For the first two seasons, Cam and Mitchell's daughter, Lily, is played by a set of twin girls named Ella Hiller and Jaden Hiller. They are not given an on-screen credit.
The license plate on Cameron and Mitchell's car (2GAT123) is the same as Larry David's on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000). The license plate number has been used in many other movies including Beverly Hills Cop (1984), L.A. Story (1991), Go (1999), Traffic (2000), Pay It Forward (2000), Crazy/Beautiful (2001), She's No Angel (2002), National Security (2003), Harsh Times (2005), and S.W.A.T. (2003). It can also be seen in _"Two and a Half Men"_(2003) and _"Chuck"_.
Phil saying he is "going to fix that step" is a running gag throughout the first season.
Lily goes to Watson Elementary, a play on the often misquoted Sherlock Holmes phrase, 'Elementary, my dear Watson'.
Rob Huebel turned down the role of Phil Dunphy and in later interviews expressed regret over this decision. He would later go on to appear as a nemesis of Phil.
Craig T. Nelson was offered the role of Jay Pritchett, but turned it down.
Full name of Manny's character is Manuel Alberto Javier Alejandro Delgado. This is mentioned in season 6 episode 7.
The only non-family member that appears in every season is Dylan (Reid Ewing).
Everytime DeDe (Jay's ex wife) comes to visit, she arrives at a different family household. In Season 1, she went to the Tucker-Pritchett's. In Season 2, she arrived at the Dunphy's. Then finally in Season 4, she came to the Pritchett's.
Sarah Hyland has had two of her boyfriends appear on the show, and they both have played Alex's (Ariel Winter) love interest. Hyland's boyfriend at the time, Matt Prokop appeared in the third season and her current boyfriend, Dominic Sherwood appears in the seventh season.
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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.
In 2011 the Dunphys featured in a "got milk?" milk mustache campaign print ad from America's Milk Processors.
In Modern Family, Julie Bowen is technically the step-daughter of Gloria, played by Sofía Vergara. In both real life and the show, Julie is older than Sofía.
Luke's birthday is November 28, 1998 and usually falls on Thanksgiving. Haley's birthday is December 10, 1993. Alex's birthday is January 15, 1996.
The names of the Dunphy daughters are a play on the name of "Roots" author, Alex Haley.
Early in the series in the episode where it was Phil's birthday and he wanted an IPad, Jay attempts to teach Mitchell how to fight. As he's applying a choke hold, he tells Mitch he learned it from the Gracies, a family of martial arts experts. In real life, as of 2007, Ed O'Neil has a black belt in Brazilian ju jitzu he earned with the Gracie's training.
This is actually the second show that 'Ed O'Neill' has starred in where a flight of stairs needs a single step to be fixed. On Married with Children (1987), the stairs in the Bundy's basement always has one step in need of repair and several characters often fall down as a result of it.
Nicole by O.P.I. has a line of nail polishes that are marketed and advertised in print as "inspired by TV's Modern Family". Their print ads feature Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould in a family portrait group image.
In the episode The Cover Up the santangelo bowl is clearly on the shelf in Cam and Mitch's house even though baby Joe smashed it in an earlier episode
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The concept of the serie was influenced by the French mockumentary serie "Fais pas ci, fais pas ça" created in 2007.
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Both Reid Ewing (Dylan) and Adam Devine (Andy) share a birthday- November 7. However, in separate years, as Reid is born in 1988, whereas Adam is in 1983. Both actors play love interests to Haley on the show.
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Sal, who is played by Elizabeth Banks, has a son named Sammy. Banks played Kim on the tv-show Scrubs who had a son with J.D. (Zach Braff), that son was also named Sammy.
According to TMZ, Brigitte was on the books of Hollywood animal acting agency Good Dog Animals, who subleased the pup to ABC for the show before season two. But the agency recently decided it no longer wanted to work with the cute pooch and made no bones about it as Brigitte was dumped. They then replaced her with a new dog named Beatrice, who Modern Family decided to hire to take on the role of Stella for season four of the show.
Sarah Hyland is three years older than her character, Haley. She was already an adult when she first started playing the role of 15-year-old Haley.
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One of Phil's "Phil's-osophy" mantras is "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." Ty Burrell actually worked in William Hurt in The Incredible Hulk (2008).
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Sara Hyland dyed her hair blonde.
In season 7 Sarah hyland's hair in one scene was long then in another scene it was short. During the time she was wearing a weave.
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Multiple actors from the movie Pitch Perfect (2012) and its sequel Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) have starred on the show. Most prominently are Adam Devine and Elizabeth Banks. David Cross, John Benjamin Hickey and Keegan-Michael Key have also had a stint on the show.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The episode "Connection Lost" in season 6 (the episode filmed entirely through FaceTime), Alex begs Claire to read her essay that she keeps making revisions to. In the credits we see Claire attempting to read this essay (while being wildly distracted) and if you read closely in the first paragraph it says "I know you're not reading this, mom".
In Season 1 Episode 1, "Pilot", it is not until the final scene do you realise that the three families are connected when they all get together at Mitchell and Cameron's house.
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