Modern Family: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)


Season 1
Modern Family

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 443
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Air date: Sep 23, 2009
Air date: Sep 30, 2009
Air date: Oct 7, 2009
Air date: Oct 14, 2009
Air date: Oct 21, 2009
Air date: Oct 28, 2009
Air date: Nov 4, 2009
Air date: Nov 18, 2009
Air date: Nov 25, 2009
Air date: Dec 9, 2009
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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.


Ed O'Neill
as Jay Pritchett
Sofía Vergara
as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Rico Rodriguez
as Manny Delgado
Julie Bowen
as Claire Dunphy
Ty Burrell
as Phil Dunphy
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
as Mitchell Pritchett
Sarah Hyland
as Haley Dunphy
Nolan Gould
as Luke Dunphy
Ariel Winter
as Alex Dunphy
Fred Willard
as Frank Dunphy
Andrew Borba
as Mr. Balaban
Edward Norton
as Izzy LaFontaine
Sean Smith
as Photographer
Shelley Long
as Dede Pritchett
Benjamin Bratt
as Javier Delgado
Justin Kirk
as Charlie Bingham
Eddie Diaz
as Gardener
Casey Enovijas
as Pool Attendant
Hayley Erin
as Brenda Feldman
Mo Collins
as Denise
Bruce Altman
as Mr. Jennings
Eric Lange
as Coach Stupak
Lillian Adams
as Passenger #1
Stephanie Barron
as Lei Greeter
Nolan North
as Donald Flum
Brian Oerly
as Gym Member
Julia Lehman
as Danielle
Amy Landers
as Krista Flum
Duane Shepard Sr.
as Passenger #2
Blake Gibbons
as Construction Worker
Jason Sadang
as Ukulele Player
Kevin Fry-Bowers
as Security Guard
Andrew Heffernan
as Gate Attendant
Monti Sharp
as Tournament official
Andrew Harlander
as Creepy Diner
Heather Lee
as Passenger #3
Bruno Oliver
as Tom Mickleson
Laki Kaahumanu
as Hawaiian Officiant
Jenica Bergere
as Soccer Mom
Kofi Natei
as Bike Salesman
Mieko Hillman
as Waitress
Libby Mintz
as Young Woman
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Security Guard
Jackson Odell
as Ted Durkas
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Critic Reviews for Modern Family Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (17)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

It is lifted out of the ordinary by a steady stream of jagged quips; some wonderfully staged set pieces; and performances that struck a finely wrought balance between caricature and naturalism.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Modern Family: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Mar 16, 2017
    When I started watching this show, I honestly had to push myself to keep going because it all felt cliche and superficial to me BUT the character development is SO WELL WRITTEN!!! and seeing the children grow up!! II can't wait for 10 more seasons of this show to be honest. Annoying: how the young kids are constantly dating and having crushes and being so... hetero? It's honestly so ridiculous. ps. As a lesbian, 1000% here for Cam and Mitch and Lily, best family EVAR! ??
  • Feb 27, 2017
    I'm not really much of a sitcom guy. Besides the animated "Family Guy", the only other sitcom I've ever been able to stomach on a weekly basis has been "The Office" (which I absolutely loved). One night while watching television, however, I stumbled across a few episodes of "Modern Family". I laughed out loud on a number of different occasions each episode, and thus decided to give the entire first season a try. It did not let me down! The basis of Modern Family is simple: the show focuses on three families that are all related to each other: -Gay partners Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) & Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and their adopted baby Lily. -Goofy Phil (Ty Burrell), his wife Claire (Julie Bowen), and their children Haley (Sarah Hyland), the cute ditzy one, Alex (Ariel Winter), the conservative smart one, and Luke (Nolan Gould), the clueless one. -Family patriarch Jay (Ed O'Neill), his trophy wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), and their son Manny (Rico Rodriguez). What makes the show so great is that the deep ensemble cast plays so well off of each other. There is also "something going on" with the large crew, and the fact that there is blood relation between the families adds an extra layer of emotional depth. Of course, living up to its sitcom name, "Modern Family" is also just doggone funny! There is something unique and humorous about every single character. Perhaps most importantly, everyone can find something to relate to in the show. That is what made "The Office" so great, and that kind of story/joke telling bleeds over into this show as well. This is just a take on family life instead of being at the office. Simply put, I am glad that I gave "Modern Family" a try. I already have ordered Season Two and am looking forward to laughing at the continuing adventures of the three families.
  • Aug 27, 2016
    It's good fun, but it's been done a million times, more than 3 stars seems too much for something like this.
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Funny and smart, Modern Family has all the necessary elements to become an excellent comedy, including a charismatic cast, strong script, originality and not stereotyped characters.
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Funny and smart, Modern Family has all the necessary elements to become an excellent comedy, including a charismatic cast, strong script, originality and not stereotyped characters.

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