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The television series Modern Family is currently airing it's first season, which premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009 and will end May 2010. It is currently aired on Wednesday's at 9pm after The Middle and before Cougar Town and a rerun timeslot at 8pm. 14 episodes have aired so far.

Critical reception for the series was positive, and it has received numerous nominations, including for the Writers Guild of America, the Golden Globe awards, and won a Directors Guild of America Awards.


Modern Family, produced by Fox Television Studios, was created by executive producers Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, and directed by Jason Winer. The series is filmed in single-camera style in Los Angeles, California. Writers for the first season include creators Lloyd and Levitan, and also Bill Wrubel, Dan O'Shannon, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Danny Zuker, Joe Lawson and Carole Williams.


The season has eleven main characters from several families. The Dunphy Family consists of five characters, including Julie Bowen who portrays overprotective mother Claire Dunphy,[1] Ty Burrell who portrays "cool dad" Phil Dunphy,[2] Sarah Hyland who plays typical teenager Haley Dunphy,[3] Ariel Winter who plays clever sibling Alex Dunphy,[4] and Nolan Gould who plays the highly independant Luke Dunphy.[5] The Delgado-Pritchett family includes ageing Jay Pritchett, portrayed by Ed O'Neill,[6] who is married to Colombian native Gloria Pritchett, portrayed by Sofía Vergara,[7] and outgoing son Manny Delgado.[8] The Pritchett and Tucker family includes mild-mannered husband Mitchell Pritchett,[9] the dramatic Cameron Tucker,[10] and their Vietnamese infant daughter Lily Pritchett-Tucker.

Critical Reception[]


The show received much praise from critics, receiving a 'critically acclaimed' Metacritic score of 86 out of 100.[11] James Poniewozik of Time named it the best show of 2009 after Mad Men,[12] and joined other shows in the ABC Comedy Wednesday as the "Best TV Shows of 2009" according to TV Squad.[13]


Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Modern Family

Modern Family has been nominated for numerous awards losing mostly to Glee. The first award it won was Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series for Jason Winer who direction of The Pilot.[14] Modern Family was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy at the 67th Golden Globe Awards and at the 36th People's Choice Awards for Favorite New TV Comedy, but both lost to Glee for both.[15] Modern Family was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards but lost to Glee again. The show is also nominated at the Writers Guild of America Awards 2009 for Comedy Series and New Series and also Episodic Comedy for Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan for the Pilot.[16]The show was also nominated for Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy for Julie Bowen and her portrale of Claire Dunphy, but lost to Lea Michele of Glee for her portrale of Rachel Berry.


The most viewed episode was Pilot with 12.61 million watching it making the most viewed episode on ABC that night after Dancing with the Stars.[17] Fizbo is the least viewed episode of the season which was low since it aired Thanksgiving eve.[18] Fifteen Percent is also the tied for the top rated episode tied with the Pilot with a rating of 4.2/11.[19] The average viewership is 9.33 million people so far. The high viewership let to a renewal for a second season by ABC.[20]


Series # Title Director Writer(s) Viewers Air Date Production Code
1 "Pilot" Jason WinerSteven Levitan
Christopher Lloyd
12.61September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23)1ARG79
Jay's family tries to function despite the age difference between himself and his wife. Claire's family tries to punish their son and watch over her daughter and her new boyfriend. Mitchell tries to hide the fact that he and his partner Cameron have adopted a daughter in Vietnam from his family until Cameron invites Mitchell's family without consulting him (which is revealed to be the other two families). 
2 "The Bicycle Thief" Jason WinerBill Wrubel9.99September 30, 2009 (2009-09-30)1ARG02
Jay tries to show his stepson he can be a good father; Phil tries to teach his son a lesson by stealing his bike, but gets in trouble when he discovers he got the wrong bike; and Cameron and Mitchell bring Lily to a play group and try to act straight. 
3 "Come Fly With Me" Jason WinerDan O'Shannon8.82October 7, 2009 (2009-10-07)1ARG04
Jay tries to spend some time alone with his model airplane, but Phil ruins it; Alex and Gloria go to a mall and Gloria tries to convince Alex to wear a dress to a wedding; Mitchell goes to Costco for the first time in his life. Jay hits Phil with his model airplane on purpose, but later apologizes. 
4 "The Incident" Jason WinerSteven Levitan9.29October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14)1ARG05
Mitchell and Claire's mother visits the family months after she embarrassed Jay and Gloria in front of their family during their wedding. Phil and Claire try to judge whether Haley's boyfriend is acceptable to take her to a concert or not. Mitchell goes to his father's house to tell him that they are inviting his ex-wife to a party, but doesn't tell Gloria. At the reunion, Gloria and Jay's ex-wife begin to fight, but Haley's boyfriend stops them. 
5 "Coal Digger" Jason WinerChristopher Lloyd8.57October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21)1ARG03
The whole family is invited to Jay and Gloria's for a barbecue and football. However an earlier incident at school between Manny and Luke makes things very awkward for Gloria and Claire, and then things escalate when a not-so-flattering label is uttered. 
6 "Run For Your Wife" Jason WinerPaul Corrigan
Brad Walsh
9.23October 28, 2009 (2009-10-28)1ARG01
It's the first day back at school for the kids and, at the Dunphy house, Phil oversteps when he misreads how Claire is coping with an empty nest. Over at Jay's, he and Gloria are in disagreement over Manny's interesting choice of outfit for his first day of class, and Mitchell and Cameron freak out after Lily gets her first bump on the head. 
7 "En Garde" Randall EinhornDanny Zuker8.59November 4, 2009 (2009-11-04)1ARG06
The whole family comes out to support Manny's newfound interest - fencing. It turns out he's quite masterful in the sport, but Jay's proud enthusiasm triggers an old childhood wound for Mitchell. Meanwhile Phil is determined to find where Luke's hidden talents lie. 
8 "Great Expectations" Jason WinerJoe Lawson9.16November 18, 2009 (2009-11-18)1ARG07
With a history of giving bad gifts, Claire is determined to surprise Phil with an amazing anniversary present: a private performance by one of their favorite musicians, Izzy LaFontaine (Edward Norton). However, it turns out to be unexpected in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron call up their former friend and reputed party girl, Sal (Elizabeth Banks), for a long overdue night out on the town and Jay hosts a party for the children of all three families. 
9 "Fizbo" Jason WinerPaul Corrigan
Brad Walsh
7.12November 25, 2009 (2009-11-25)1ARG09
Nothing is too big when Phil and Claire decide to throw Luke the biggest and best birthday party a boy could ever want, but when Cameron shows up as Fizbo the Clown, it sets off a chain of events that ends with someone in the hospital. 
10 "Undeck the Halls" Randall EinhornDan O'Shannon9.67December 9, 2009 (2009-12-09)1ARG11
Claire and Phil threaten to take away Christmas when the kids get in trouble; Cameron and Mitchell take Lily to get her first picture with Santa. 
11 "Up All Night" Michael SpillerChristopher Lloyd10.22January 6, 2010 (2010-01-06)1ARG10
Gloria is less than pleased with Jay's reaction to the arrival of Javier, Manny's infamously unreliable dad. Meanwhile, Phil is suffering from kidney stones and his dramatics leave Claire no other choice but to call for the hot firemen to rush him to the hospital, and Mitchell and Cameron have a harder time than Lily as they attempt to sleep train her. 
12 "Not In My House" Chris KochCaroline Williams7.85[21]January 13, 2010 (2010-01-13)1ARG12
When Claire finds a dirty picture on the computer and assumes it's Luke's doing, a guilty Phil doesn't necessarily correct her. 
13 "Fifteen Percent"[22] Jason WinerSteven Levitan9.829January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20)1ARG13
Mitchell plants the seed in Jay's head that he thinks one of Jay's old buddies, Shorty, might be secretly gay. Jay doesn't believe it for a second... except for all the questionable signs he now keeps noticing. Meanwhile Gloria gives Manny's date a makeover and Claire faces off with Phil's universal remote. 
14 "Moon Landing"[23] Jason WinerBill Wrubel9.194February 3, 2010 (2010-02-03)1ARG14
Claire feels slightly inadequate when her old friend, Valerie (guest star Minnie Driver), visits and is nothing like Claire remembered. Meanwhile Jay has an unsettling locker room moment when he and Cameron go play racquetball, and Mitchell tries to help Gloria with some legal problems. 
15 "My Funky Valentine"[24] Michael SpillerJerry CollinsFebruary 10, 2010 (2010-02-10)1ARG15
Phil and Claire break from their traditional Valentine's Day dinner date and plan a little "role play" excursion. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria's ideas of romance clash when he takes her to a comedy show, and Mitchell and Cameron play cupid for Manny. 

Nielsen Ratings[]

Order Episode Rating Share Rating/share
1 "Pilot" 7.8 13 4.2/11[25] 12.61 1 1 TBA
2 "The Bicycle Thief" 6.0 10 3.8/10[26] 9.99 1 1 24[27]
3 "Come Fly With Me" 5.4 9 3.4/9[28] 8.82 2 2 TBA
4 "The Incident" 5.8 9 3.6/10[29] 9.35 2 3 TBA
5 "Coal Digger" 5.4 8 3.4/9[30] 8.66 3 4 TBA
6 "Run For Your Wife" 5.5 8 3.7/9[31] 9.33 2 3 TBA
7 "En Garde" 5.3 8 3.5/9[32] 8.77 2 4 TBA
8 "Great Expectations" 5.4 9 3.7/10[33] 9.16 2 3 TBA
9 "Fizbo" 4.1 7 2.4/7[34] 7.12 3 2 TBA
10 "Undeck The Halls" 5.5 9 3.8/10[35] 9.67 1 1 23[36]
11 "Up All Night" 5.3 8 4.1/11[37] 10.22 1 3 24[38]
12 "Not In My House" ' ' 3.2/8[39] 7.847 3 5 TBA
13 "Fifteen Percent" ' ' 4.2/11[40] 9.829 2 4 21[41]
14 "Moon Landing" 5.5 9 3.9/11[42] 9.194 2 4 TBA
  • Episode 9 aired on Thanksgiving Eve in which most of the original shows hit series lows.
  • Episode 12 and aired against American Idol which took approximately 2 million viewers away.


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  20. "Modern Family", "Cougar Town", "The Middle" Picked Up,, January 12, 2010
  21. Robert Seidman (January 19, 2010). "TV Ratings: American Idol Second Night Down; Ugly Betty’s Ratings’ Pants Are On The Ground". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  22. ""Fifteen Percent"". the Futon Critic. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  23. ""Moon Landing"". the Futon Critic. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 

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