Modern Family

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Today's American families come in all shapes and sizes. Just ask these three families. One is a traditional family with a working dad, homemaker mom and their two kids; one is a gay couple who have just adopted an Asian baby and the third is an older man married to a much younger Latina woman. Shot from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, this comedy takes a modern look at the complications that come with being a family in 2009.
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Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 22, 2009
    23min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jay has grown children, grandchildren and a gorgeous young wife, who has a preteen son of her own; all together they must bridge generational, cultural and social gaps.
  2. 2. The Bicycle Thief
    September 29, 2009
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Being a good dad can take various forms.
  3. 3. Come Fly with Me
    October 6, 2009
    21min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Being in a family is all about making an effort.
  4. 4. The Incident
    October 13, 2009
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Everyone is on edge when Jay's ex-wife drops in for a surprise visit.
  5. 5. Coal Digger
    October 20, 2009
    21min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    A nice family barbeque gets a bit uncomfortable when a little too much is said.
  6. 6. Run for Your Wife
    October 27, 2009
    21min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    It's an excitement-filled day!
  7. 7. En Garde
    November 3, 2009
    21min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Manny's fencing tournament ends up igniting everyone's competitive spirit.
  8. 8. Great Expectations
    November 17, 2009
    22min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Expectations run high when an anniversary and a big night out are in the works.
  9. 9. Fizbo
    November 24, 2009
    21min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Luke gets the ultimate birthday party and everyone has a say except for maybe Luke.
  10. 10. Undeck the Halls
    December 8, 2009
    22min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The Dunphy kids are in trouble again, but this time Claire and Phil are threatening to take Christmas away. Gloria and Manny want to incorporate some of their Colombian practices into Jay's holiday traditions, but he wants to keep it his way. Meanwhile Cameron and Mitchell take Lily to the mall for her first picture with Santa, however this Santa isn't very jolly.
  11. 11. Up All Night
    January 5, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    No one gets any sleep when Jay fraternizes, Phil dramatizes and Mitchell ferberizes.
  12. 12. Not in My House
    January 12, 2010
    21min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Everyone seems to have an unwelcomed guest.
  13. 13. Fifteen Percent
    January 19, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Things are not always what they seem.
  14. 14. Moon Landing
    February 3, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Jay and Claire are each thrown off their game by some unexpected encounters.
  15. 15. My Funky Valentine
    February 9, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Valentine's Day gets celebrated in unconventional ways.
  16. 16. Fears
    March 3, 2010
    21min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Facing one's fears is easier said than done.
  17. 17. Truth Be Told
    March 10, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The truth comes out.
  18. 18. Starry Night
    March 23, 2010
    21min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Family bonding can take on many different forms.
  19. 19. Game Changer
    March 30, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A happy coincidence on Phil's birthday turns sour.
  20. 20. Benched
    April 14, 2010
    21min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A family is like a sports team... some members are first-stringers and others get benched.
  21. 21. Travels with Scout
    April 27, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Grandpa Dunphy is in town and Cameron joins a rock band.
  22. 22. Airport 2010
    May 4, 2010
    21min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    There's no greater test than traveling with your family.
  23. 23. Hawaii
    May 11, 2010
    21min
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    English
    A relaxing family vacation in Hawaii gets slightly derailed when everyone has their own ideas of fun.
  24. 24. Family Portrait
    May 18, 2010
    21min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Shot from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, this comedy takes a modern look at the complications that come with being a family in 2009.

Bonus

  • Modern Family: Behind The Scenes
    3min
    TV-14

    Behind the scenes look at making of the pilot. With commentary from the executive producers and cast of Modern Family.

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Directors
Gail MancusoSteven LevitanBeth McCarthy-MillerMichael SpillerJason WinerJames R. BagdonasJames Alan HenszFred SavageChris KochJeffrey Walker
Season year
2010
Network
ABC
Content advisory
Smokingalcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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Format
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Louisa MReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Truth Be Told"....This is Great!
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Modern Family has something for everyone! Great acting, clever, orginal scripts, and warmth and humor combine to make this a great series that can (and should) be watched over and over again. As you will see in this Season 1 DVD, the show hits the ground running and has only gotten better as it goes along.

It is great to see the interactions between the characters...parents-children, husbands-wives, in-laws, brothers and sisters, and so on. We get to know them, along with their hopes and dreams, wants and needs, and yes, flaws or quirks, which only serve to endear them to us even more. While we may not understand exactly what attracted the young, fiery Gloria to Jay, or how Cam from Missouri happened to stumble into the Pritchett clan, just be glad they did!

Just to select a favorite episode or two...The Incident (which could more accurately be titled The Calamity) and Up all Night both keep the laughs coming. Airport 2010 makes you wonder if the family will ever get on board the plane, but even if they are not having fun during the seemingly-endless wait, the viewers certainly are! Finally, listen carefully during Coal Digger....is that REALLY what Claire was saying?

Oh, that was four episodes, wasn't it? Well, as each viewer will see, it is very difficult to narrow down! The DVD also includes deleted and alternate scenes, gag reels, and interviews.

We all need a laugh every now and then, and Modern Family provides them in abundance! If you watch Season 1, you will then be hooked on Seasons 2, 3, 4, and all that follow! Enjoy!
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome. Really funny. Great entertainment.
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This is a great season of Modern Family. Good episodes. Great character introductions. The kids are young. Cam is awesome. The kids grow up and change, but Cam stays awesome.
Definitely recommend for binge watching, watching one episode at a time, watching over and over (and over) again, having as background noise after watching over and over again, watching while you’re home sick, watching while you’re with your favorite somebody, watching alone, watching when you can’t sleep at night.

I recommend watching it.
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Niles GetzReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
great season to start off a new show!
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Wow I forgot how long ago season 1 of modern family was! I love modern family! Its a great show that can satisfy all age groups! They don't show the full series on hulu or Netflix, so purchasing on amazon was one of the only ways to watch it! I ended up slowly buying all of the seasons through prime. Keep checking back on the price because i noticed that sometimes the price was lower than other days, so I continued checking every time I bought a new season!
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Obey The Altar NativeReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Moderna Fam
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Kind of late to the party, but this has been my answer to the void The Office left in my heart.

Simply put, this is the funniest show I have seen since Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office. For reference my Recent faves are:
Atlanta
Fresh Off the Boat
The Goldbergs
Superstore
Scrubs

Bottom line is this series is amazing. If you have a large or mixed family, this show is for you. There is something for everyone.
Jack E. LevicReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
FUNNIEST TV SHOW SINCE SEINFELD
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Watch just one episode of MODERN FAMILY and you will be hooked on the outrageously funny adventures of the Pritchett family. Here is a show with charm and humor. No show since SEINFELD has made me laugh so hard and so joyously.

Ed O'Neill is back on TV as Jay Pritchett, the patriarch of this unusual clan. Sixty-something Jay is married to a much younger and totally gorgeous and saucy Colombian woman named Gloria. Along with Gloria comes her son Manny from a previous marriage. Manny is one of the many stand-outs in this show. Overweight and often awkward, Manny is amazingly self-confident thanks to his "don't mess with my son" mother.

Jay's son Mitchell and his partner Cam have adopted a Vietnamese baby to complete their family. Mitchell and especially Cam can be over the top in campy gay stereotypic fashion. Don't miss the episode of a terrified Mitchell trying rid the house of a pigeon that has accidentally and harmlessly flown into their house.
Mitchell's sister Claire is equally as high strung and leaning to drama as he is. She's married to the goofy but loveable Phil. Their three children round out the show as three very different characters.

The writing is so crisp and so funny in MODERN FAMILY. The one-liners are hilarious and the show crosses the bounds of political correctness in a way that we know not to take certain comments too seriously. Gloria is a fiery latina with a fiery temper along with a passionate zest for life. It's easy to believe that she actually loves Jay and they do have a happy marriage. Her Spanish accent is forced to almost the point of ridiculousness. Think of Charo for those of a certain age. I don't know if Sofia Vergara has an accent in real life but definitely she's playing up Gloria's way of speaking. Sofia Vergara must be one of the most beautiful woman around and she sure is a treat to watch.

There is an extra treat in MODERN FAMILY. Don't miss Minnie Driver, Shelly Long, Benjamin Bratt, Elizabeth Banks and Edward Norton in various guest roles. One thing that makes this show so special is that despite all their disagreements and annoyances with each other, in the end this family loves and respects each other. It's over the top at times, not politically correct but MODERN FAMILY is totally delightful.
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Christopher BarrettReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Deserving of each and every award it wins ~
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I recently purchased season one and two for $12.99 and $8.99 respectively during the Black Friday week hoopla. I had previously watched the seasons on loan from my local library but for this price I couldn't say no.

Season one is decidedly better than season two, though both are brilliant. This series is brought to you from the same folks that were responsible for the Emmy hungry series Frasier. The same brilliance in characterization, writing, and acting is present here as well. I would expect nothing less from Levitan and Lloyd (not the Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future!).

If you haven't seen this series, then I will touch briefly on the premise. Especially since they don't really tell you on the show... but on the extras and the website they explain it.

Apparently a Scandinavian film crew wants to document an average, extended American family for either a series or a documentary to be shown in their home country. We never see the crew, and it has a feel similar to 'The Office' where the characters often deliver monologues to the camera or have funny little looks at the camera during scenes.

There are three households. The patriarch is Jay Pritchett. He divorced and was married to a much younger and very attractive Colombian woman named Gloria. She brings her son from her previous marriage, Manny. Jay's son, Mitchell, is gay and lives with his partner Cam and their adopted daughter Lily. Jay's daughter, Claire, is married to Phil Dunphy and they have two girls and one boy. So we see one somewhat conventional appearing household(that might be the most dysfunctional!) and two unconventional households. Cue hilarity.

A lot of the humor is based on awkward moments, and we see each of the household's struggle with their own share of problems. What ties everything together is their affection for each other. Not obvious up front, but we see through their interactions that despite sometimes being short with one another they really are a caring bunch.

The first season has some great moments, real laugh out loud moments. I have struggled with new sitcoms but this is a truly funny show. If you don't laugh out loud with Dylan starts playing his song for Haley in front of the family, then I'm wrong.

The acting is top notch, especially Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy) and Eric Stonestreet (Cam). I think they both won Emmy's, deservingly so. And I like that like Friends, none of the cast would submit their Emmy nominations for Best Lead Actor or Actress, only supporting.

A funny, often heartwarming show about an unconventional family that somehow makes it work. Great stuff!
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Jose R. PerezReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Immediate Comedy Classic
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"Modern Family" is all it's been cracked up to be ... and more. Each week, the three families in this docu-comedy deliver some of the most inspired moments in comedy television since other classics like "Soap", "Bernie Mac" or "The Simpsons." Irreverent, intelligent and often side-splitting, the ensemble cast is brilliant, from the startling hysterical kids to the never-better Ed O'Neill.

The amazing Ty Burrell is unforgettable as Phil Dunphy (check him out hosting the annual Real Estate Awards Ceremony for sheer genius). Jessie Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell - half the gay couple - continues to grow on me week after week (his frightful head trip with a pigeon had me in stitches), as he confronts the utterly inane and made-in-comedy-heaven antics of his partner Cam. Sofia Vergara is drop-dead stunning as Gloria, a no-nonsense Latina traditionalist in a bombshell body, voluptuous yet vulnerable, sensitive and totally unaware of her beauty and sex appeal. The broad caricature required of her character is offset with a delicious delivery that's less stereotype and more human. And her mispronunciations are heaven-sent comedy one-liners that inevitably make me dissolve into a fit of hysterical giggles. When someone "scares the bejessus out of her", it's the Baby Jesus they're messing with! And as a witch on Halloween, Vergara shines in what may be an Emmy performance!

Eric Stonestreet's Cam was the breakout star of the 1st season winning an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor right out of the gate. And while everyone in this delightful cast deserves to be lauded - and all of them will eventually I suspect - Stonestreet matches Vergara in nailing his lines with the lived-in comfort of an overweight insecure and nelly middle aged man. He's a bundle of nervous energy - part Mork (the eternally great Robin Williams), part Jodie (Billy Crystal's ground-breaking character in "Soap"), yet ALL Cameron! Stonestreet puts the force in "tour-de-force" with a grab-you-by-the-nuts conviction and utterly bizarre loopiness that's endearing and HYSTERICAL.

Burrell, Vergara, Ferguson, and O'Neill have moments of pure comedy perfection in the ensemble. But the rest of the cast is uniformly top-notch.

Julie Bowen as Clare - Phil's wife - is sharp as a tack, all drive and energy and focus, despite the inevitable stupidity that she deals with in the warped and utterly relatable family she's surrounded by. The voice of reason for the Dunpheys, she's daddy's little girl, Phil's muse and comic joy-buster, Mitchell's rival and Cam's conscience. She's also a mom juggling a crass and uncensored son, Luke (a truly 3-D boy-joy of a kid - a first in television in my opinion) and two teenage daughters - polar opposites with age-appropriate self-esteem issues that go hand in hand with growing up. All are fantastic. And, finally, there's Rico Rodriguez as Manny, Gloria's older-and-wiser-than-he has a right to be son...is the perfect tonic to O'Neill's gin, infused with both his mom's gumption and guts and the wisdom he inherits from the adults that inhabit his cul-de-sac. He's a rich character who may be worthy of a spin-off as a genius 15 year old in college. Rodriguez - like the rest of this inspired cast nails his lines like nobody's business. Kudos to the writers and casting team, those unsung geniuses to whom we owe this weekly vacation-of-the-giggles!

Together, these families reflect our schools, homes, little league games and neighborhoods. "Modern Family" is a brave, passionate and heartfelt portrait of family life so rarely seen on screen today. It's also familiar, and relatable in a way that actually makes you think (for a change, especially when it comes to family "sitcoms"). And if you don't think it can get any better, it happens to be a miraculous joyous and hopeful comedy filled with foibles and funny moments galore, vivid characters in familiar situations and belly-clenching guffaws that often require a second viewing!

This is comedy at its best - and the reason some of us still watch Network TV. If you haven't given it a shot, set the DVR (please!), settle back in a comfy chair whenever you need a good laugh....and enjoy.
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D. AksReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Starts Out Strong
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'Modern Family' isn't the best comedy ever to be on television and I surely think it can be overrated at times, but the first few seasons really are nicely done. It's also the type of show where you really can't just jump in on any episode; you have to learn about the characters for things to be funny/ironic.

I would say that Cameron and Mitchell are the most hilarious couple, with Cam being very overdramatic while Cam is more shy and reserved. The two adopt a daughter in the first episode and their lives really revolve around her (and their drama). I remind myself a lot of Cam, so I'm biased.

The Dunphy's are my second favorite. At first I hated Phil, but now he's one of my favorites. He can act like a totally idiot and is the "wannabe" cool dad, but it works because the combination of that with his strong work ethic and helping around the house make him a great family member. Although it's interesting that the show is called 'MODERN Family' considering that none of the women have jobs, they have broken some new ground by having husband and wife sharing chores. Phil and Claire will go grocery shopping together and make dinner together; it's not just her taking care of the bumbling husband.

Jay, Gloria, and Manny Pritchett are probably my least favorite. Manny is really funny and Ed O'Neill as Jay really gives some classic Al Bundy looks, but Gloria is just irritating sometimes that I can't stand her. The other storylines are just funnier, anyway.

Some people didn't think it was possible to make another "classic family sitcom" in this day and age because of how much technology is used. Instead of pretending like it doesn't exist, the show successfully integrates technology into the show and just makes it a part of their everyday lives.

Definitely a groundbreaking show in its own right, although the recent episodes (season 4) have been rather disappointing.
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