Modern Family: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

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Thanks to sharp writing and an eccentric but exceedingly likable cast of characters, Modern Family signals the triumphant return of the family comedy.

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Critic Ratings: 29

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User Ratings: 480

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Air date: Sep 23, 2009

In the premiere of this mockumentary-style sitcom chronicling the unusual kinship of the extended Pritchett clan, patriarch Jay (Ed O'Neill) adjusts to his preteen stepson's views on romance, while his adult son, Mitchell, searches for a way to tell his relatives about his adopted baby from Vietnam with his partner, Cameron.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2009

Phil tries to teach Luke a lesson in responsibility; Mitchell and Cameron sign Lily up for Mommy & Me class; Jay and Manny take time out for a father-and-son bonding experiment.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2009

A reluctant Jay takes Phil on a model-airplane excursion; Gloria goes shopping with Alex after dropping off her son for a playdate with Luke; and Claire and Manny get to know one another as siblings.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2009

Jay's ex-wife, Dede (Shelley Long), pays a surprise---and unwelcome---visit to make up for an unfortunate incident at Jay and Gloria's wedding.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2009

The Pritchett clan gathers at Jay and Gloria's for a barbecue, but a previous incident between Manny and Luke at school creates a dilemma for their mothers and the whole family.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2009

On the first day of school, Phil and Claire have a misunderstanding of the meaning of their empty house, and Jay and Gloria don't see eye-to-eye on Manny's outfit. Meanwhile, Lily's minor incident becomes a major issue for Mitchell and Cameron.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2009

The Pritchetts get behind Manny's interest in fencing, but Jay's fatherly pride stirs up unpleasant memories for Mitchell. Meanwhile, Phil zeros in on Luke's hidden talents---whatever they may be.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2009

Claire hatches an anniversary surprise for Phil by hiring one of their favorite musicians (Edward Norton) to give a private performance. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron plan a night out with a fun-loving friend (Elizabeth Banks).

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Air date: Nov 25, 2009

Cameron makes an appearance as Fizbo the Clown when Phil and Claire pull out all the stops for Luke's birthday bash.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2009

This seasonal special reminds us that Christmas is about giggling as well as giving. Claire and Phil go all Grinch-y, and Lily is taken to see Santa.

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Shot mockumentary style, this Emmy-winning comedy follows the unusual kinship of the Pritchett clan of Los Angeles, led by patriarch Jay (Ed O'Neill), whose much younger, Colombian wife, Gloria (Sofía Vergara), has a son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez), of her own. Jay's daughter, Claire (Julie Bowen), is married to real-estate agent Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell), and they're the parents of two girls, Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Alex (Ariel Winter), and a son, Luke (Nolan Gould), though Phil's endearingly immature side often makes Claire feel she has four children instead of three. Meanwhile, as Series 1 begins, Jay's son, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), has just adopted a baby girl from Vietnam with his partner, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), but they're not quite sure how to break the news to the rest of the family. Guest stars in Series 1 include Fred Willard as Phil's dad; Benjamin Bratt as Manny's absentee father, Javier; and Shelley Long as DeDe Pritchett, Jay's ex-wife and mother of Claire and Mitchell.

Critic Reviews for Modern Family Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (20)

Good acting. Great writing. Human characters played by amazing actors.That might be the one twist network TV hasn't tried quite often enough.

Nov 21, 2019 | Full Review…
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Modern Family has as assured and entertaining a start as you could hope for.

Sep 23, 2009 | Full Review…

Modern Family finds its humor in the variety and eccentricity of the characters.

Sep 23, 2009 | Full Review…

[Ed] O'Neill's presence on Modern Family signals that this highly agreeable new sitcom, upscale though it is, follows Married ... With Children's line of pop commentary, singing America as it is, deliberately off-key.

Sep 23, 2009 | Full Review…
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Our quick glimpses of the characters just being themselves suggests we'll see neurotic, blockheaded, charming, poignant and funny. In a sitcom, funny is good.

Sep 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Modern Family is good. Better than good. Really good.

Sep 23, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Even when the show tries to get heartfelt and honest, it doesn't get preachy or annoying. It keeps its messages subtle and doesn't overdo any sort of normalcy.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a very perceptive, charming and funny series featuring excellent writing and performances that should appeal to a wide audience.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Modern Family takes even the most trodden plot devices and makes them fresh with intelligent scripts and engaging performances.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

In some ways Modern Family is so reflective of where many American families find themselves these days, much of the humor stems from the audience recognizing some of the mistrust and isolation present in their own marital and parental relationships.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

It might take longer to grow a British fanbase, because you need a few spins around the circuit before its contours start to feel familiar, but then suddenly the lights go on and revelation ensues.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not really at all what I was expecting. It's actually funny. Really funny.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Modern Family: Season 1

  • May 31, 2020
    Great sitcom! I saw it with my whole family and it was very funny.
  • Apr 25, 2020
    Every episode is a homerun. What an funny show!
  • Apr 06, 2020
    Unlike some US TV shows it can take a while to get into a show, but not with Modern Family. Each character has a trait you can relate in. Each storyline resonates with the audience. This show is hilarious and for me sits just behind the Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine in recent US TV comedy.
  • Jan 08, 2020
    My fav show forever.
  • Nov 30, 2019
    this is a funny and meaningful series
  • Aug 20, 2019
    This is the best season. It's perfect.
  • Aug 10, 2019
    Finds its humor in the variety
  • Dec 28, 2017
    It's a little uneven in the first half, but by the second half, it's kind of gotten into "a groove" and is less uneven! I still think I like Season 8 the most (even more than Season 9) and I won't be watching the rest of the seasons, because it's too hard having to record them all (all of the episodes.!) This season was alright, but I don't understand all the hype, or the 100% Certified Fresh on here! (Rotten Tomatoes!) I may watch the first three episodes of Season 8 which that I missed, but aside from that, I'll just be watching Season 9 as it airs, and every season after that! Also, the pilot was a very good episode, and maybe probably even the best of the season. After that, these episodes are about as good, but I like more, and they're all tied for my favorite episodes! Mostly because I can't really decide which one I like more! E04 The Incident, E18 Starry Night, E19 Game Changer, and the last two episodes do have decent endings. I'm not all that into the types of endings that they had, but they weren't awful, especially since I've seen the show, and thought it was an alright show!
  • Jul 26, 2017
    It's impressive how such amount of comedy is in this series. Loved Season 1 it's the best comedy series and the 2nd favourite TV Series for me!
  • Mar 18, 2017
    This is the best comedy series right now. There is a plethora of witty word plays.

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