Modern Family: Season 5 (2013 - 2014)


Season 5
Modern Family

Critics Consensus

Modern Family returns to its conventional roots with grace in a fifth season that delights in providing reliable laughs and rekindles the show's trademark warmth.



Critic Ratings: 10


Audience Score

User Ratings: 390
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Air date: Sep 25, 2013
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Art imitates life in the sitcom's fifth series as marriage equality comes to California, setting the stage for Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) to finally tie the knot. And since nothing is ever easy for these guys, that means everything from the proposal to the preparations by wedding planner Pepper (Nathan Lane) are fraught with the usual shenanigans. But it's no less chaotic for the rest of the Pritchett clan as Gloria (Sofía Vergara) hires a nanny to look after baby Joe; Claire (Julie Bowen) goes to work for Jay (Ed O'Neill) at his company, which leads to shared secrets at an industry convention; Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and Luke (Nolan Gould) start high school; Alex (Ariel Winter) and Haley (Sarah Hyland) have a crush on the same pizza-delivery boy; and Phil (Ty Burrell), in an attempt to honour his late mother's wish that he visit the country where he was conceived, organises a family trip to Australia. Celia Weston and Barry Corbin guest star.


Ed O'Neill
as Jay Pritchett
Julie Bowen
as Claire Dunphy
Ty Burrell
as Phil Dunphy
Sofía Vergara
as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
as Mitchell Pritchett
Sarah Hyland
as Haley Dunphy
Nolan Gould
as Luke Dunphy
Ariel Winter
as Alex Dunphy
Rico Rodriguez
as Manny Delgado
Amy Yasbeck
as Lorraine
Nathan Lane
as Pepper Saltzman
Celia Weston
as Barb Tucker
Justin Kirk
as Charlie Bingham
Fred Willard
as Frank Dunphy
Andrew Daly
as Principal Brown
Barry Corbin
as Merle Tucker
Jeremiah Birkett
as Fire Marshall
Cameron Watson
as Appraiser
Rob Riggle
as Gil Thorpe
Amy Yasbeck
as Lorraine
Jane Krakowski
as Dr. Donna Duncan
Troy Vincent
as Mr. Powers
Troy Vincent
as Mr. Powers
John Heard
as Gunther Thorpe
Zack Tyerman
as Lifeguard
James Gleason
as Mr. Ingram
Edith Fields
as Elderly Woman
Kirstie Hutton
as Woman Fan
Rick Fitts
as Desk Sergeant
Alicia Martino
as Museum Employee
Steve Cox
as Cab Driver
Sam Vance
as Policeman
Jake Hendrickson
as Another Kid aka Giggles
Ivy Lee
as Masseuse #2
Matt Crabtree
as Mr. Quigley
Sonari Jo
as Kid aka Mumbles
Tracey Leigh
as Bartender
Terrell Lee
as Security Guard
Peter Phelps
as Wise Australian
Darin Toonder
as Lead Guitarist
Efrain Figueroa
as Father Marquez
Patton Oswalt
as Ducky Schindler
Grace Rowe
as Mrs. Bay
Anjali Bhimani
as Nina Patel
Craig Welzbacher
as Office Worker
Makeli Leonard
as Little Girl
Rib Hillis
as Jim Perlowe
Marsha Kramer
as Margaret
Ed Alonzo
as Kaiser Mayhem
Ray Blackett
as Tough Biker
Nike Doukas
as Mrs. Nuttle
Ed Alonzo
as Kaiser Mayhem
Megan Goodman
as Sophomore Girl
Will Sasso
as Senor Kaplan
Bon Ogle
as Booth Operator
Sara Amini
as Teacher
Evan Hofer
as Big Guy
Alyssa Preston
as Frumpy-Looking Mom
Jye Williams
as Hot Aussie Guy
Jon Levenson
as Lawrence
William Leon
as Student #1
Glenn Aldrich
as Croupier
Tim True
as Mr. Lucas
Rhasaan Orange
as M.C. on Stage
Michele Panu
as Student #2
Chelsea Harris
as Receptionist
Caleb Thomas
as Freshman Boy
Kim Renee
as Blackjack Dealer
Nikki Gigiorgio
as Masseuse #1
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Critic Reviews for Modern Family Season 5

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Modern Family... stays fat and happy in its impeccably appointed lane.

Oct 14, 2013 | Full Review…

And yet, in defiance of egos, inertia and historical precedent, Modern Family hasn't just remained funny-it's gotten even better.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's no longer must-see television... So, it was a pleasant surprise to see that "Under Pressure" actually tackled a substantive issue in a way that resonated.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Modern Family has a neat little surprise in store, thematically speaking. What starts as a familiar set-up leads to a sweet wrap-up.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The characters came off strong, the jokes hit, and there were tear-jerking moments at the end.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 8.1/10 | Full Review…

There were some sprinkles of the spritely quick wit that is the show's brilliance.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

In its fifth season, Modern Family appears to have finally arrived at the depressing and predictable low point toward which it's been trending for the past two years.

Nov 6, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

I laughed out loud a few times, got a little misty eyed at moments and did a combination of the two when Jay started crying at Manny's letter... Only the best shows can bring out that kind of dual reaction!

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This isn't a bad show! It's often quite a good show! But by its nature, it's a show that shows you its cards every week, and every week it's the same hand.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Modern Family kicks off its fifth season with big laughs and plenty of heart, while cueing up its characters for many big changes this year.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Modern Family: Season 5

  • Feb 27, 2017
    The previous four seasons of Modern Family all garnered five-star ratings from me. While this Fifth Season still provided a lot of laughs, it also had some "dry" episodes that knocked the star ranking down a notch. A big storyline this season revolves around the upcoming nuptials of Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and all the foibles that event causes both in preparation and execution. Daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) has some of the best lines of the whole season watching her daddies try to pull off the event. All the other principle cast members are spot-on as usual. It is a bit weird to see youngest Dunphy child Luke (Nolan Gould) getting so old, but the show transitions with him pretty well. Where I felt the season was a little stale? The stuff involving Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara), especially their new "Man-ny" Andy (Adam DeVine), a live-in servant not to be confused with the real Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Like I said, this is still a funny season of the show, but there were a few plotlines and even a few whole episodes that just weren't quite as utterly hilarious as the show had been in the past. I hate to call a season like this a "bad year", but I guess it kind of was compared to other seasons previous. I am heartened, however, by the fact that the most similar comedy to this, that being "The Office", fell off the table with a much more resounding thud when it starting wearing out its welcome. Maybe this is the beginning of that route for "Modern Family", but I still enjoyed watching these episodes quite a bit.
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Modern Family season 5 is just the prove that Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are top notch directors, whose were capable of renew this comedy 5 times, and the most part of comedies stay for the 3rd.
  • Jul 05, 2015
    Show building towards a classic is allowed to have a few downsides to it but how the writers manage to bring all of them and their stories together is appreciable and plausible and makes me watch it every time. Especially how character of Phil carries the show even though Alex is my favorite character. Only problem,for me, is Claire and her controlling and manipulative ways.
  • Jun 28, 2015
    The show is still strong after so many episodes.
  • Dec 10, 2014
    This show lives and breathes writing. While the writing has definitely shifted the past couple of years, little under-the-breath comments and bizarre situations are still able to keep the show sailing. There are, once again, plot strands that run through the season. Mitch and Cam get engaged, Claire starts working for Jay, Gloria hires a new nanny for Joe, and Luke and Manny start high school. Woven into this are a series of great premises, including “A Fair to Remember”, “Under Pressure”, “Las Vegas”, and the hilarious finale, “The Wedding”. While not up to the first few years, this season shows that there’s still plenty of life left in Modern Family.
  • Jul 28, 2014
    I cannot get enough of this show. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. Consistently funny, this show has become a staple for me. I hope this show continues to deliver in its next season
  • Jul 20, 2014
    Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy saves this season from becoming another average sitcom.
  • May 26, 2014
    Ya no es lo de antes, pero tiene sus momentos.
  • May 20, 2014
  • May 10, 2014
    It lost it's funny edge after the first two seasons. I gave a recent 5th season episode a chance. It was horrible, the plot and characters are all stuck repeating stuff that was stale by season 3. Put it out of its' misery.

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