Modern Family: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (23 Sep. 2009)

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Jay must adapt to his young new wife, Gloria and her son. Meanwhile, Claire deals with her own family. Mitchell and Cam decide to adopt a baby.



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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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References High School Musical (2006) See more »


Modern Family Main Theme
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Modern Family – Episode 1 – Review
17 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first episode of Modern Family, just like any other show is to introduce the characters. The director Jason Winer has gone about this by introducing the family as three separate units. Firstly we have the Dunphys, happily married Phil and Claire and their three children, Haley, Alex and Luke. Phil is the typical comedy dad, a good guy, being overruled in his own household by a more powerful wife, Claire, and all three kids too. In this episode Phil is confronted by his eldest daughters first boyfriend Dylan, who is clearly too old for her. Claire is worried that Haley will be like herself, indicating that Claire was naughty at Haley's age, by keeping Haley's door open she believes this will stop this happening, I'm not too sure this will work though.

The second family is made up of Jay, Claire's father, now married to young and sexy Gloria who has joined Jay with a child from another man. We instantly see a fiery side to Gloria while Manny is playing football. Manny is distracted by a girl as the opposition scores the winning goal, Manny then writes a love letter for this girl, but gets rejected, telling the audience that Manny doesn't have great luck with the ladies and could have some funny moments in later episodes.

The final family is composed of Mitch and Cam, a gay couple who are on their way home from Vietnam after adopting a baby. As Mitch is sitting most of the passengers on the plane admire Lily the baby, but when Cam comes to sit down, a couple walk past and makes a comment that Mitch takes the wrong way, Mitch then goes on to make a speech about his sexuality, but half way through he realises he's in the wrong, as Mitch sits down, Cam's head pops up and offers to buy all passenger's their headsets due to being in the wrong.

All three units then come together to create a huge loving family, where the new adopted baby wins all their hearts.

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