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"Modern Family" Pilot (2009)

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Original Air Date:
23 September 2009 (Season 1, Episode 1)
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Jason Winer 
Writing credits
Steven Levitan (created by) &
Christopher Lloyd (created by)

Steven Levitan (written by) &
Christopher Lloyd (written by)

Produced by
Steven Levitan .... executive producer
Christopher Lloyd .... executive producer
Jeffrey Morton .... producer (as Jeff Morton)
Original Music by
Gabriel Mann 
Cinematography by
David Hennings (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ryan Case 
Casting by
Jeff Greenberg 
Production Design by
Richard Berg 
Art Direction by
Robert Vukasovich (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Christopher Carlson 
Costume Design by
Marissa Borsetto 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Coffey .... makeup department head
Mary Ann Hennings .... hair department head
Production Management
Howard Griffith .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Helena Lamb .... second assistant director
Alisa Statman .... first assistant director
Shannon Speaker .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Greg Hamlin .... construction coordinator
Melody Miller .... property master
Mick Cukurs .... set designer (uncredited)
Erin Fite .... set decorating buyer (uncredited)
Justin Freibrun .... greensman (uncredited)
Kale Jessen .... graphics playback operator (uncredited)
Adee Serrao .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Brett V. Shirley .... set dresser (uncredited)
Hilary E. Smith .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Gerald Willard .... set dresser (uncredited)
Corina L. Zuniga .... electronic graphics (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tamara Johnson .... re-recording mixer
Steve Morantz .... production sound mixer
Dean Okrand .... re-recording mixer
Lisa Varetakis .... supervising sound editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mitch B. Cohn .... sound utility (uncredited)
Dan Lipe .... boom operator (uncredited)
Blake Marymor .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Kevin Meltcher .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
David Torres .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Aaron Wallace .... boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Miles DeLong .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Nicki Kreitzman .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Eroc Moralls .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Cliff Welsh .... inferno compositor (uncredited)
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles John Bukey .... key grip (as Charles Bukey)
Gary L. Camp .... camera operator (as Gary Camp)
David Morton .... chief lighting technician
Chris Moseley .... camera operator (as Chris Mosley)
Noah Bagdonas .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Chad Rivetti .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Anders Yarbrough .... digital imaging technician (uncredited)
Andy Young .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Allen Hooper .... casting associate
Carla Lewis .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cassandra Conners .... key costumer (uncredited)
Kristina West .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ken Woodburn .... assistant editor
Russell Lynch .... colorist (uncredited)
Kyle Weber .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Location Management
Matthew B. Chamberlin .... location manager (as Matt Chamberlin)
Damon Rivetti .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
George Shockley .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Paventi .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Tom Chung .... production accountant
Iwona Kanclerz .... script supervisor
Tina Tholke .... production coordinator
Meghan Burchfield .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Bryan Murphy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Resnick .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Michael Riley .... title designer (uncredited)
Carol Shook .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mike Staheli .... set medic (uncredited)
Bob Swensen .... main title producer (uncredited)
Kate Yerves .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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30 min
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Did You Know?

In this episode there is a solid wall at the bottom of the stairway next to the front door. From the second episode on, there has been an entryway into another room there.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Movie Connections:
References High School Musical (2006) (TV)See more »
Modern Family Main ThemeSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Modern Family – Episode 1 – Review, 17 March 2013
Author: Ben Readings (bjreadings) from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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