Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 23, 2009
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network
Genre

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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 saying he is "going to fix that step" is a running gag throughout the first season.
  • In a 2010 interview with "Out" Magazine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson said that the running joke that Jay kept "forgetting" that his son, Mitchell, is gay (and Mitchell had to come out to his father repeatedly) is drawn from Ferguson's real life - he had to come out to his real father three different times over many years before his father actually believed it. When Ferguson told the show's writers this story, they found it very funny and decided to add it to Mitchell's backstory.
  • For the first two seasons, Cam and Mitchell's daughter, Lily, is played by a set of twin girls named Ella Hiller and Jaden Hiller. They are not given an on-screen credit.
  • Nolan Gould, who plays "dumb" Luke Dunphy, has actually been a member of Mensa since he was four.
  • The first ABC series to win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 22 years since The Wonder Years.
  • In 2011 the Dunphys featured in a "got milk?" milk mustache campaign print ad from America's Milk Processors.
  • Phil's birthday is either on April 3rd or 30th (US release dates of the original iPads). This is due to a joke in which Phil says ''The iPad comes out on my actual birthday, it's like Steve Jobs and God got together to say "We love you, Phil."
  • The license plate on Cameron and Mitchell's car (2GAT123) is the same as Larry David's on Curb Your Enthusiasm. The license plate number has been used in many other movies including Beverly Hills Cop, L.A. Story, Go, Traffic, Pay it Forward, Crazy/Beautiful, She's No Angel (2002) (TV), National Security, Harsh Times, and S.W.A.T.. It can also be seen in _"Two and a Half Men"_(2003) and _"Chuck"_.
  • Britney Spears was reportedly offered a role in the middle of Season 3, but by the time producers heard from her people, they had the rest of the season already planned.
  • Craig T. Nelson was offered the role of Jay Pritchett, but turned it down.
  • Nicole by O.P.I. has a line of nail polishes that are marketed and advertised in print as "inspired by TV's Modern Family". Their print ads feature Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould in a family portrait group image.
  • Rob Huebel turned down the role of Phil Dunphy and in later interviews expressed regret over this decision. He would later go on to appear as a nemesis of Phil.
  • Lily goes to Watson Elementary, a play on the often misquoted Sherlock Holmes phrase, ''Elementary, my dear Watson''.
  • At one point, the creators discussed having the show animated because they were concerned it wasn't going to appeal to children.
  • Tied with Frasier for most consecutive Emmy wins (5) for Outstanding Comedy series (2010-2014).
  • Everytime DeDe (Jay's ex wife) comes to visit, she arrives at a different family household. In Season 1, she went to the Tucker-Pritchett's. In Season 2, she arrived at the Dunphy's. Then in Season 4, she came to the Pritchett's.
  • According to TMZ, Brigitte was on the books of Hollywood animal acting agency Good Dog Animals, who subleased the pup to ABC for the show before season two. But the agency recently decided it no longer wanted to work with the cute pooch and made no bones about it as Brigitte was dumped. They then replaced her with a new dog named Beatrice, who Modern Family decided to hire to take on the role of Stella for season four of the show.
  • The original show description explained why the show was shot in a "mockumentary" style. It stated a Swedish movie director, who formerly was a foreign exchange student in Phil's home, was shooting a documentary on the American family.
  • Full name of Manny's character is Manuel Alberto Javier Alejandro Delgado. This is mentioned in season 6 episode 7.
  • Julie Bowen was pregnant during the pilot.
  • While still living in her native Colombia, Sofía Vergara used to watch the Spanish-dubbed version of Married ... with Children featuring her co-star-to-be 'Ed ONeill. After she landed the role as Ed's wife Gloria on Modern Family, she was disappointed to learn that Ed spoke no Spanish.
  • In Modern Family, Julie Bowen is technically the step-daughter of Gloria, played by Sofía Vergara. In both real life and the show, Julie is older than Sofía.
  • All the actors and actresses made a pact since the first season to always submit themselves to awards ceremonies in supporting roles, never leading.
  • Sal, who is played by Elizabeth Banks, has a son named Sammy. Banks played Kim on the tv-show Scrubs who had a son with J.D. (Zach Braff), that son was also named Sammy.
  • Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam Tucker, is heterosexual in real life but is a great supporter of the LGBT community.
  • The only non-family member that appears in every season is Dylan (Reid Ewing).
  • Luke's birthday is November 28, 1998 and usually falls on Thanksgiving. Haley's birthday is December 10, 1993. Alex's birthday is January 15, 1996.
  • SPOILER: The episode "Connection Lost" in season 6 (the episode filmed entirely through FaceTime), Alex begs Claire to read her essay that she keeps making revisions to. In the credits we see Claire attempting to read this essay (while being wildly distracted) and if you read closely in the first paragraph it says "I know you're not reading this, mom".
  • This is actually the second show that ''Ed O'Neil'' has starred in where a flight of stairs needs a single step to be fixed. On Married ... with Children, the stairs in the Bundy's basement always has one step in need of repair and several characters often fall down as a result of it.
  • Early in the series in the episode where it was Phil's birthday and he wanted an iPad, Jay attempts to teach Mitchell how to fight. As he's applying a choke hold, he tells Mitch he learned it from the Gracie's, a family of martial arts experts. In real life, as of 2007, Ed O'Neil has a black belt in Brazilian ju jitzu he earned with the Gracie's training.

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