Modern Family: Season 2 (2010 - 2011)


Season 2
Modern Family

Critics Consensus

Modern Family's sophomore season sings with ingenious sitcom structure and an ensemble in perfect comedic harmony -- even if the tunes are a little familiar.



Critic Ratings: 16


Audience Score

User Ratings: 306
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Air date: Sep 22, 2010
Air date: Sep 29, 2010
Air date: Oct 6, 2010
Air date: Oct 13, 2010
Air date: Oct 20, 2010
Air date: Oct 27, 2010
Air date: Nov 3, 2010
Air date: Nov 17, 2010
Air date: Nov 24, 2010
Air date: Dec 8, 2010
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Series 2 of the acclaimed mockumentary-style sitcom took home its second Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in as many years, and begins with Phil (Ty Burrell) reluctantly agreeing to get rid of the old Dunphy station wagon, while Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) tries to build a princess castle for Lily (Ella and Jaden Hiller). Other noteworthy stories include Mitchell's aversion to public displays of affection with Cameron (Eric Stonestreet); Jay (Ed O'Neill) sharing a boys' night out with Mitchell and Cameron's friends; Jay's ex-wife, DeDe (Shelley Long), having a fling with Claire's high-school boyfriend (Matt Dillon); and the return of Phil's and Claire's mysterious alter egos, Clive and Julianna, for a Valentine's Day rendezvous. Among the guest stars in Series 2 are Nathan Lane as Mitchell and Cameron's friend Pepper; and Celia Weston as Cameron's mother, Barb.


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
Gina St. John
as Principal Kaizler
Jonathan Banks
as Donnie Pritchett
Justin Kirk
as Charlie Bingham
Celia Weston
as Barb Tucker
Rob Huebel
as Glen Whipple
Shelley Long
as Dede Pritchett
Alice Dodd
as Dr. Klausner
Mim Drew
as Shopper
Munda Razooki
as Counterman
Eva Simone Fisher
as Cater Waiter
Philip Baker Hall
as Walt Kleezak
Sharon Omi
as Mrs. Ko
Adam Kulbersh
as Mike Hoffman
Jeff Staron
as Music Student
Hector Osorio
as Security Guard
Libby Baker
as Stephanie
Stephnie Weir
as Stephanie Hoffman
Kate Rylie
as Waitress
Troy Brown
as Windmill Kid
Anjali Bhimani
as Nina Patel
Nan Tepper
as Old Woman
Rudy Cardenas
as Singing Waiter No. 1
Kaliko Kauahi
as Pedicurist
Ryan McGilvary
as Singing Kid No. 2
Taylor Nichols
as Mr. Plympton
Edward Stanley
as Maitre d'
Kandace Ferrel
as Singing Waiter No. 2
Ajay Mehta
as Vish Patel
Alyssa Peterson
as Singing Kid No. 3
Lauren Cohan
as Receptionist
Joshua M. Greene
as Singing Kid No. 4
Jason Morales
as Singing Waiter No. 3
Melody Butiu
as Babysitter
Joseph Sanfelippo
as Singing Waiter No. 4
Max Katzman
as Singing Kid No. 5
Miranda Barraza
as Singing Kid No. 6
Adrian Schemm
as Singing Kid No. 7
Victoria Madison
as Singing Kid No. 8
Shayna Smith
as Singing Kid No. 9
Kai Selexman
as Singing Kid No. 10
Saundra Rin
as Singing Kid No. 11
Buddy White
as Singing Kid No. 12
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Critic Reviews for Modern Family Season 2

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

It made me feel like I really knew the Dunphy-Pritchets, like we're at that point in our relationship where things just click.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

While certain aspects of the series can be rather on-the-nose or derivative from time to time, it's the performances and spectacular writing and direction... that really puts this in the running to be one of the best comedies on television.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

No show makes me laugh like Modern Family... The Emmy was well-deserved, and the show is off to another great start.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Sofia Vergara's been killing it all season (even episodes I've otherwise not liked very much have been worth it just for her).

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Snappy lines delivered with aplomb by the cast are what keep us entertained on a weekly basis... We can only wish that next season re-tools a little bit, relying less on formula, adding more surprises and keeping the audience on their toes.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The tempo that creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd have set for these characters is a busy but smartly paced one, choreographed by a stable of talented directors and maintained by some very funny writers.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Modern Family continues to balance frenzied slapstick with wit and heart, featuring one of the best ensemble casts on television.

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

Unfortunately, the show crowded some of the funny story lines with ones that felt tacked-on, like a bad fake beard in a school play that you really want to watch but can't because two old dudes are fighting outside the gymnatorium.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

This remains far and away the best prime-time sitcom: crisp and farcical, but very kind.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the beautiful moments in show business is when a great comedian [Ed O'Neill] previously confined to one iconic role emerges with new shades of performance in a role that allows for redefinition and renewed appreciation.

Sep 20, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Modern Family: Season 2

  • Jul 26, 2017
    Even better than the first season. That scene where Cam (Eric Stonestreet) is screaming for Stella like (LITERALLY) a girl still managed to make me laugh out loud!!!!
  • Feb 27, 2017
    Writing a review for a sitcom can be a bit difficult, as comedy is a concept that almost defies explanation. Either something is funny or it isn't, and analyzing it usually only makes it less funny. What I can say about this second season of "Modern Family", though, is that it remains funny for nearly ever single episode and my interest hasn't waned a bit. What's really impressive about a show like this is that it can be hilarious by using the same formula over and over. I mean, through two seasons, the basic premise of the show remains exactly the same. There are really no character arcs or drama plotlines in the show at all...just comedy each and every episode. Though kind of reminiscent of "The Office" with its interview-style premise, there is very little "emotional stuff" (i.e. drama) in this show at all. The comedy is enough. I think this is because the characters are so incredibly strong. Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) is my favorite character, and (truth be told) I think he is kind of the glue that holds this show together sometimes, as well as his interactions with wife Claire (Julie Bowen) and family. Other characters are great too, but I don't know if the should would work without Phil & Co. One other character-centric thing I noticed about this second season: an increased focus on gay partners Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) & Cameron (Eric Stonestreet). Whereas in the first season I found them to be the "weakest" of the show's diverse cast, I really gained an appreciation for the type of humor trying to be conveyed this time around. Overall, the second season of "Modern Family" passes my own personal sitcom litmus test: the next season is already on its way!
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Still refreshing, Modern Family returns with a still funny and well acted season 2.
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Still refreshing, Modern Family returns with a still funny and well acted season 2.
  • Jun 28, 2015
    Every twist, every performance, every line seemed to land perfectly.
  • Sep 28, 2014
    A fantastic season that replicated everything we all loved about the first. All the actors have improved since last year, especially Ed O'Neill. Highlights include "Unplugged," "Halloween," and "Good Cop, Bad Dog".
  • May 26, 2014
    Una de las mejores series y temporadas.
  • Dec 08, 2013
    It's hard to follow the success of a show after an outstanding first season, and Modern Family pulls it off with a bang.

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