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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01x06 - Run For Your Wife
Season 1, Episode 06
05x07 - A Fair to Remember
Season 5, Episode 07
02x07 - Chirp
Season 2, Episode 07
03x06 - Go Bullfrogs!
Season 3, Episode 06
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Phil Dunphy Quotes

08x22 - The Graduates Season 8 / Episode 22: - The Graduates

Phil Dunphy: Riddle me this: what has two hands, is wound tight, and has a lot of tics?
Luke Dunphy: Alex?
Phil Dunphy: Yes, but no, this was made in Switzerland, not in a Disneyland hotel.
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.
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