Modern Family: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (23 Sep. 2009)

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Jay recently married Gloria. Now Jay is trying hard to keep up with his much younger and hotter Colombian wife, along with her passionate pre-teen son, Manny. Claire is having a hard time ... See full summary »



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Jay recently married Gloria. Now Jay is trying hard to keep up with his much younger and hotter Colombian wife, along with her passionate pre-teen son, Manny. Claire is having a hard time raising her own family. Her husband Phil is great, except that he thinks he's "down" with their three kids, much to all their embarrassment. And, Mitchell and his enthusiastic partner Cameron have just made a major life change by adopting a Vietnamese baby named Lily. Written by

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The pilot script was originally titled "My American Family" See more »


In the scene where Dylan visits Haley at home, when Claire grabs Dylan as he's going up the stairs you can see a member of the crew in the mirror in the background behind Claire. See more »


Claire Dunphy: Honey, do you have anything to say to your daughter about her skirt?
Phil Dunphy: Sorry. Oh yeah, that looks really cute sweetheart.
Claire Dunphy: No, it's way too short. People know you're a girl you don't need to prove it to them.
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Spoofs The Lion King (1994) See more »


Modern Family Main Theme
Written by Gabriel Mann
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11 January 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The pilot show for "Modern Family" serves to introduce the three families that will be the basis of future programs. The three families are as different from one another as day and night.

There are the Dunphys, the happily married Phil and Claire and their three children, Haley, Alex and Luke. Phil is the typical sitcom dad, a good guy, overruled in his own household by a more asserting Claire, as well as the three kids. On tonight's episode, he has to deal with Haley's new friend, Dylan, a senior, clearly much older for her. Claire, who remembers her younger days, is up in arms because Haley's insistence of keeping her bedroom door closed, while wearing a skirt too short for her, obviously.

The second family is composed by Jay, who is Claire and Mitch's father, now married to a younger and sexy Gloria. She comes to the marriage with a child by another man, but they seem to have it together. On the opener Gloria shows her fiery nature while Manny is playing soccer. Jay, who looks his age, sticks out like a sore thumb at the mall where they have taken Manny to see his latest crush.

Mitch and Cam are returning with the Vietnamese daughter they adopted. As Mitch is sitting, most of the passengers admire Lily, the baby, but things change as Cam comes to sit next to him. Cam gets up to make a speech about accepting people that are different than them. He ends up offering to buy headsets for the entire plane. The three families meet as a unit at Cam and Mitch's place, where the infant girl wins all their hearts.

The episode was directed by Jason Winer and written by Stephen Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, the creators of the series. All the principals were on hand as a form of introduction to the audience.

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