Sep. 23, 2009
Returning Series
30 min.
ABC TV Network

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Modern Family

ABCs Modern Family is comedy that everyone can relate to. Today's American families come in all shapes and sizes. A satirical look at three different families and the trials they face in each of their own uniquely comedic ways.

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Phil Dunphy is Claire's husband of 16 years who sees himself as the "cool dad." He dotes on his wife Claire and constantly tries to find ways to bond with his three kids. He is seen as very competitive, one example being his nature of always beating his son at basketball. He has a very juvenile attitude, and is referred to by Claire as the "kid [she's] married to." He uses a parenting method that he calls "peerenting", which is a combination of talking like a peer but acting like a parent. He is a real estate agent who is very confident in his work, once saying "I could sell a fur coat to an Eskimo." Phil has a severe case of Coulrophobia, which is first revealed when despite his objection, Cameron comes to Luke's party dressed as a clown. He at times shows a sort of crush-like affection for Gloria, however he says "[He] would never stray from Claire." In college he was a cheerleader and his birthday is April 3.

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07x19 - Man Shouldn’t Lie
Season 7, Episode 19
03x06 - Go Bullfrogs!
Season 3, Episode 06
06x18 - Spring Break
Season 6, Episode 18
04x16 - Bad Hair Day
Season 4, Episode 16
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Phil Dunphy Quotes

08x04 - Weathering Heights Season 8 / Episode 4: - Weathering Heights

Claire Dunphy: [entering the kitchen] Oh, thank god I smell coffee. This morning has gotten off to a bit of a rocky...

Claire Dunphy: ...Horror Picture Show. What did you do to your face?
Phil Dunphy: Just a little color to make my eyes pop. Like yours are now.
Haley Dunphy: Is this how we find out you're transitioning? Oh, please don't pick a young name. The world doesn't need a fifty-year old Jasmine.
07x22 - Double Click Season 7 / Episode 22: - Double Click

Andy: Hey. Got your message. I know you probably didn't mean "Come over right away," but you know how paranoid-y I can be, so...
Haley Dunphy: We should talk in my room.
Andy: [smile fades] O... kay
Phil Dunphy: Andy! Hey, hold on a sec. Um... I know we didn't get to finish our talk earlier because of Alex's surprise pop-in. Listen, if you're not taking that job in Utah because of me, you're making a mistake. I love you and me together, but it would break my heart if I was the reason you gave up this dream career opportunity, because, honestly, I don't know how much of a future there is here. But if our bond is as strong as I think it is... we'll work our way back to each other.
Andy: Okay.

Haley Dunphy: [tearfully] What he said.
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