Modern Family (2009– )
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Jay struggles as he returns to the job, and Claire is in a no-win situation having to fire an employee. Mitchell and Cam fight over who keeps Lily for the summer. Meanwhile, Phil and the kids struggle with relationships and change.

Director:

James R. Bagdonas (as Jim Bagdonas)

Writers:

Steven Levitan (created by), Christopher Lloyd (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ed O'Neill ... Jay Pritchett
Sofía Vergara ... Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Julie Bowen ... Claire Dunphy
Ty Burrell ... Phil Dunphy
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ... Mitchell Pritchett
Eric Stonestreet ... Cameron Tucker
Sarah Hyland ... Haley Dunphy
Ariel Winter ... Alex Dunphy
Nolan Gould ... Luke Dunphy
Rico Rodriguez ... Manny Delgado
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons ... Lily Tucker-Pritchett
Jeremy Maguire ... Joe Pritchett
Adam Devine ... Andy (as Adam DeVine)
Joe Mande ... Ben
Illeana Douglas ... Janet
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Storyline

Jay struggles as he returns to the job, and Claire is in a no-win situation having to fire an employee. Mitchell and Cam fight over who keeps Lily for the summer. Meanwhile, Phil and the kids struggle with relationships and change.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Twenty-first appearance of Andy and the fifth time he appears without Beth. See more »

Goofs

Here, Cam is portrayed as forgetful, to the point that Mitch writes up a "contract" for how they'll share time with Lily for the summer, and even has recordings of Cam saying things he claims he didn't say. But in Modern Family: Regrets Only, it's the complete opposite, with Mitch being chronically forgetful, including forgetting to mail Cam's invitations for his benefit, while Cam remembers everything, including things that are unintelligible and things Mitch himself doesn't even remember asking for. See more »

Quotes

Claire Dunphy: Sometimes you have one of those days where you are surrounded by people but you still feel pretty lonely. All you want to do is go home to the comfort of your family. But sometimes, even your family can't give you that comfort; because it turns out, they've all had one of those days too. All you can do is wait for days like that to be over... so you can go to bed, and hope you wake up to a better tomorrow.
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References Rudy (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Modern Family Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Gabriel Mann
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Season Five
4 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

When I reviewed the previous (sixth) season of "Modern Family", I was getting a bit disappointed that the show runners were not fleshing out the characters like any good sitcom needs to do in order to adapt and thrive. Though I made it through this entire Seventh Season, it was much of the same. As such, this will probably be the last season of "Modern Family" I watch on a consistent basis.

For whatever reason, this show staunchly refuses to let their characters grow or take any creative risks. Now, don't get me wrong...characters like Phil (Ty Burrell) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) will probably always be funny just because they are so well-conceived. However, not every character in a show can be that way. It usually takes some sort of growth or change to push events forward.

The lack of growth is especially apparent in the younger characters in the show. Haley (Sarah Hyland) is given a love interest in Andy (Adam DeVine)...but then it isn't fleshed out at all until the final episode when viewers are supposed to magically care. Alex (Ariel Winter) is now gorgeous, and started to have an interesting college angle, but neither of those things get the focus they should. Luke (Nolan Gould) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) have been pretty much just cast adrift. Sure, all these characters can get off a wise crack every once in awhile, but I don't care about them like I did in the early goings of the show.

Another example of a lack of growth/change is how some characters are starting to grow quite stale. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) isn't given anything to do, Jay (Ed O'Neill) is much of the same, & the writers keep playing up the "business" angle of Claire (Julie Bowen) & Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) to little avail.

To put things into perspective, one area where I really gained a lot of respect for "The Office" (probably my favorite sitcom of all-time) was in that show's fearlessness. It wasn't afraid to take a character or plot risk, sometimes playing it out over an entire season. "Modern Family" won't do that. Instead, it is content to make a few good quips each episode and rely on situational humor, all the while cramming each character into every episode and not giving them a chance to expand outward.

"Modern Family" isn't a terrible show now, but any means, but it is just little more than "filler" at this point. I kind of wish it would set an end date (X number of years down the road) so the writers could have a goal to shoot for. Until that happens, I fear that the show will sort of aimlessly drift. Bottom line: this Seventh Season of "Modern Family" is still good for a few laughs, but it really has taken a large step backwards in its ability to make you care about the characters.


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