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Modern Family

the-series-philsopher-Modern_Family_TitleModern Family (stylized as modern family) is an American television mockumentary family sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. Pritchett’s family includes his second wife, her son and his stepson, as well as his two adult children and their spouses and children. Christopher Lloyd (Cybermatt, Granite Flats) and Steven Levitan (Wings, Frasier, Back to You) conceived the series while sharing stories of their own “modern families”. Modern Family employs an ensemble cast. The series is presented in mockumentary style, with the fictional characters frequently talking directly into the camera. The series premiered on September 23, 2009, and the ninth season premiered on September 27, 2017. The series was renewed for a tenth season on May 10, 2017.

Modern Family was acclaimed by critics throughout its first season, although reception has become more mixed as the series has progressed. The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times, twice for Eric Stonestreet and twice for Ty Burrell, as well as the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice for Julie Bowen. It has so far won a total of 22 Emmy awards from 75 nominations. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2011.

The broadcast syndication rights to the series were sold to USA Network, the stations of Fox Television Stations, and various other local stations in other markets for a fall 2013 premiere. The success of the series led to it being the tenth-highest revenue-generating show for 2012, earning $2.13 million an episode.

Premise

Modern Family revolves around three different types of families (nuclear, step- and same-sex) living in the Los Angeles area who are interrelated through Jay Pritchett and his children, Claire Dunphy (née Pritchett) and Mitchell Pritchett. Patriarch Jay is remarried to a much younger woman, Gloria Delgado Pritchett (née Ramirez), a passionate Colombian with whom he has an infant son, Fulgencio (Joe) Pritchett, and a son from Gloria’s previous marriage, Manny Delgado. Jay’s daughter Claire was a homemaker, but has returned to the business world. She now works in her father’s closet business. She is married to Phil Dunphy, a realtor and self-professed “cool Dad”. They have three children: Haley Dunphy, a stereotypical ditzy teenage girl; Alex Dunphy, a nerdy, smart middle child; and Luke Dunphy, the off-beat only son. Jay’s lawyer son Mitchell and his husband Cameron Tucker have an adopted Vietnamese daughter, Lily Tucker-Pritchett. As the name suggests, this family represents a modern-day family and episodes are comically based on situations which many families encounter in real life.

Cast and characters

Main characters

  • Ed O’Neill (Married… with Children, L.A. Dragnet) as Jay Pritchett
  • Sofía Vergara (Amas de Casa Desesperadas) as Gloria Pritchett
  • Julie Bowen (Ed, ER, Boston Legal) as Claire Dunphy
  • Ty Burrell (Out of Practice, Back to You) as Phil Dunphy
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The Class, Do not disturb, Web Therapy) as Mitchell Pritchett
  • Eric Stonestreet (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as Cameron Tucker
  • Sarah Hyland (Lipstick Jungle) as Haley Dunphy
  • Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy
  • Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy
  • Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado
  • Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett (main seasons 3–present; portrayed by Jaden Hiller and Ella Hiller in seasons 1 and 2)
  • Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett (recurring seasons 5–6; main seasons 7–present)
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