Modern Family: Season 3 (2011 - 2012)


Season 3
Modern Family

Critics Consensus

Modern Family settles into a well-oiled groove, consistently delivering inspired farce and making it look effortless.



Critic Ratings: 13


Audience Score

User Ratings: 301
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Air date: Sep 21, 2011
Air date: Sep 21, 2011
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Air date: Oct 5, 2011
Air date: Oct 12, 2011
Air date: Oct 19, 2011
Air date: Nov 2, 2011
Air date: Nov 16, 2011
Air date: Nov 23, 2011
Air date: Dec 7, 2011
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The mockumentary-style sitcom went 3-for-3 with Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series in its third season, which begins with a Pritchett clan vacation at a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where Jay (Ed O'Neill) has a showdown with a cowboy (Tim Blake Nelson) for flirting with Gloria (Sofía Vergara), while Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet, a two-time Emmy winner for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series) plan to break the news of adopting another child, though this revelation may not sit well with their daughter, Lily (new cast member Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). Other series 3 stories include an encounter with an annoying city councilman (David Cross) that has Claire (Julie Bowen) thinking about getting into politics; Cameron's birthday celebration on Leap Day; a surprise announcement by high-school senior Haley (Sarah Hyland) about her future; and the day Christmas came early for the Pritchett clan.


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
David Cross
as Duane Bailey
Philip Baker Hall
as Walt Kleezak
Eric Peterson
as Christmas Tree Salesman
Justin Kirk
as Charlie Bingham
Ellen Barkin
as Verna Roth
Mikey Reid
as Abraham
Zoe Jarman
as Lindsay
Josh Gad
as Kenneth
Benjamin Bratt
as Javier Delgado
Barry Corbin
as Merle Tucker
John DiMaggio
as Capt. Hauck
Joe Metcalf
as Michael
Jonathan Kehoe
as Audience Member
Phil Hendrie
as Booker Bell
Laurel Coppock
as Miss Elaine
Josh Latzer
as Jeffrey
John Vickery
as Cecil Van Gundy
Don Lake
as Dr. Sendroff
Scott Ferrara
as Salesman
Rodney J. Hobbs
as Trapeze Guy
Sarah Baker
as Twins' Mom
Ron Rogge
as Craigslist Guy
Lusia Strus
as Off. Blevin
Amanda Musso
as Attractive Woman
Steve Tom
as Game Show Host
Will Greenberg
as Dr. Goodall
Jonathan Emerson
as Stan Larkin
Kiva Jump
as Cindy
Robin Krieger
as Neighbor No. 1
Nancy Linari
as Patti Larkin
Matt Lowe
as Young Guy
Michaël Cohen
as Neighbor No. 2
Frank Wood
as Reporter
Guilford Adams
as Chuckleberry
Murray Gershenz
as Neighbor No. 3
Alex Quijano
as Latino Man
Anastasia Basil
as Jilted Wife
Gary Morgan
as Pallbearer No. 1
Alyssa Preston
as Receptionist
Bob Levitan
as Neighbor No. 4
Asif Ali
as Technician
Claudia Choi
as Holly's Friend
Michael Tuba Heatherton
as Pallbearer No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Modern Family Season 3

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Slick editing, great acting and super-smart humour.

Sep 20, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was about escalation in the first season. In this third season, it's about staying on top of that energy.

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

The new Lily is adorable and hilarious, so she's a great add to the cast... Overall, this was a great return for Modern Family.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Modern Family threw out some real stinkers this year and sunk to levels the show had never dared go to in seasons past. The season as a whole I would easily deem a creative failure.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Modern Family has become, if not the most original comedy on TV, the finest executed comedy on TV. That brilliant execution was on full display as the series kicked off its third season with an hour-long premiere filled with big laughs.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Enough good material in each episode to serve as a reminder of why this is one of TV's better comedies.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Not all that surprising and a little sentimental, but charming nonetheless.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

O'Neill has really been the MVP this season, and this could be his year to finally nab an Emmy or Golden Globe -- although the promise of a pregnant Gloria stands to give O'Neill an even better year next season!

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It [has] it all. The true mark of a perfect sitcom is a show that can take you from laughing to crying in a matter of seconds.

Sep 20, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I like the idea and the execution, even though it strays further into the realm of fantasy than this show usually ventures.

Sep 20, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Modern Family: Season 3

  • Jul 26, 2017
    Comedy Gold, it's almost impossible, but it improved even more than the first two years of Modern Family. Phil, Cam and Gloria are my fav's!
  • Feb 27, 2017
    Usually, my reviews tend to be more verbose than others here on Amazon. I really like to explain why I liked or disliked a certain product or service. In the case of Season Three of "Modern Family", however, I am going to keep it short and sweet. In a nutshell, I loved this season because it is still hilariously funny. While shot in a formula akin to "The Office" (looks to the camera, individual interviews, etc.), Modern Family doesn't even have the character development of those early "Office" seasons to bolster itself. Instead, it does it on straight comedy. The characters do basically the same things that they have been doing the past two seasons, but they are still just as funny as ever! Obviously, there is some character development that keeps the show from being completely stagnant, but it really is very little. The show is still centered on the three main families and their crazy antics. Thus, because dissecting comedy is the simplest and surest way to ruin it, that's about all I have to say about the third season of Modern Family. It's still funny...and that is the highest compliment I can give it. I can't wait for the next season to arrive in my mailbox!
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Consistently good, Modern Family is absolutely one of the funniest and more captivating comedy series ever made.
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Consistently good, Modern Family is absolutely one of the funniest and more captivating comedy series ever made.
  • Jun 28, 2015
    Slick editing, great acting and super-smart humor.
  • Oct 19, 2014
    Still as sharply witty and heartwarming as ever.
  • Oct 18, 2014
    Astoundingly, Modern Family continues to deliver high-quality comedy into its third season. This season is (slightly) more plot-driven, with Mitch and Cam trying to adopt another baby, Haley applying to college, and Claire running for a seat on town council. However, each episode is still very self-contained and hilarious in its own right. Some of the best episodes of the season are ones that involve the whole family following one plot, such as "After the Fire", "Punkin Chinkin," and "Election Day". Others simply have three great plotlines all separate, most notably "Phil on Wire" and "Lifetime Supply". The acting continues to be great, with Ty Burell and Eric Stonestreet standing out from the pack. There is the addition of Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily (now with cute kid lines and all). This season also makes more complete use of the four older kids in the family, particularly Alex Dunphy, who had appeared the least in the series so far. A well-developed season that is chock-full of great laughs.
  • May 26, 2014
    Comica y entretenida.
  • Dec 08, 2013
    Not as good as the first two seasons (especially the 'Dude Ranch' premiere), but Modern Family is still hilarious and inventive, leaving us wanting more every week.

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