Modern Family: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)


Season 4
Modern Family

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Modern Family still has charm to burn and boasts a uniformly excellent cast, but the series' subversive edge has dulled.

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Critic Ratings: 12

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Air date: Sep 26, 2012

Phil takes Jay on an unconventional fishing trip; Gloria wonders how to break the news about her pregnancy; Dylan temporarily moves in with the Dunphys; Cam and Mitch think about adopting a cat.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2012

Claire and Phil embarrass Haley when they drop her off at college; Manny makes Gloria and Jay take a class; Lily gets into a tussle on her first day of kindergarten.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2012

Phil gets a vasectomy; Gloria and Jay can't agree on whether or not they should find out the sex of the baby; Mitchell tries to steer Cameron toward getting a part-time job.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2012

Phil can't accept that Luke wants to quit magic; Gloria's snoring keeps Jay and Manny awake; Mitch and Cam struggle to deal with their reversed role.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2012

Claire must rein in her enthusiasm for Halloween and keep her celebration kid-friendly; Phil decides to hold an open house on Halloween; Mitch and Cam have a costume party; Gloria's hormones make her more quick-tempered than usual.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2012

Jay and Gloria host a yard sale to help with a school fundraiser; Mitch and Cam vet Alex's new friend; Manny finds a trunk full of secrets.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2012

Cameron watches Alex and Luke while Phil, Claire and Mitchell deal with Haley's arrest; Jay tries to cut short a surprise visit from ex-wife Dede (Shelley Long), so she doesn't learn about Gloria's pregnancy.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2012

When Claire, Manny and Luke go to Alex's academic decathlon for the weekend, Phil throws a guys' night at home; Manny and Luke crash bar mitzvahs looking for a girl; Cam and Mitchell get Jay and Gloria a surprise baby gift.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2012

Mitch and Cam try to save an old tree in the park; Jay takes Manny to a kid's Olympics-themed birthday party; Gloria and Claire have an eventful shopping trip.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2012

When Manny and Luke's Little League team makes it to the playoffs, Claire and Cameron search for a field to use; Gloria uses a microphone to sing to the baby.

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Critic Reviews for Modern Family: Season 4

Audience Reviews for Modern Family: Season 4

  • Aug 09, 2021
    excellent series, with very good plot
  • Jul 29, 2021
    A new family member is joining the family and jay and Gloria seem to be stressed about the new baby coming along and make many mistakes on the way. Haley seems to mess up college. Mitchell and Cameron seem to struggle with new jobs. They all struggle but they always have each other to rely on.
  • Apr 04, 2021
    Es una de las mejores series en la historia de la televisión; tiene personajes carismáticos y está llena de momentos divertidos. ¡TOTALEMENTE RECOMENDABLE!
  • Dec 10, 2020
    Honestly, it's still one of my favourite shows, but I just didn't particularly like this season as much. It seemed everyone was so aggressive towards each other, it wasn't as funny as the first 3 seasons and there were a few major personality changes that I didn't particularly enjoy. It started to pick back up towards the end of the season. But it was still just meh, for me.
  • Jul 26, 2017
    4 years in a row and still being the Best Comedy Series of the Century! Best performances: Phil, Claire, Mitchell and Cam
  • Feb 27, 2017
    Any TV show is inevitably going to run out of steam. It happens to the best of them. Fortunately, "Modern Family" is nowhere near reaching that point in Season Four! While the "adult" characters are always as funny as ever, this is the season where the writers really do some good things with the "kids". More specifically, all the kids now have their own unique and changing personalities befitting their age. This is especially true for Alex (Ariel Winter) and Luke (Nolan Gould), who easily have more character growth this season than any point before that. Even Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) get a bit more screen time than the usual. The only knock I have on this season? A couple of episode (but only 1-2) felt a bit "forced" for the first time since I began watching the show. Of course, the only reason that stands out is because the rest of the episodes are so pitch-perfect as usual. So, while this show (like any other) will inevitably reach a quality tipping point, it doesn't start here. On the whole, I enjoyed this five-star effort just as much as the three five-star efforts before it.
  • Oct 27, 2015
    Not as sharp or warm-hearted as the previous seasons. Some of the characters' selfish behaviour really got on my nerves.
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Modern family benefits from a clever cast, that can always make with that the jokes come to the fore with their witness, even if the situation isn't so funny as the actors can transpire
  • Jun 28, 2015
    As standard-issue as we might peg Modern Family to be, it's not going to let us characterize it as lazy.
  • Nov 01, 2014
    While this season is not up to the standard of the previous seasons, it is still a very strong show. The show is more willing to travel and explore different places, and the writers are willing to mix up pairings beyond the immediate family units. There is the ongoing tale of Gloria's baby, Haley going off to college, and Cam and Mitch's weakened resolve to get a new baby. There are some experimental episodes as well, like "Heart Broken," where each act is fully focused on one of the families. Standouts are fewer here, but there are some gems. "Schooled" shows off Phil's hilarity, and "New Year's Eve" shows off the kids. "My Hero sees the whole crew together, and "Games People Play" shows off the whole cast. While still great, it's not quite up the extreme hilarity of the previous three seasons.

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