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Modern Family - A Comedy TV Show Hit

Updated on May 26, 2012
The cast of Modern Family
The cast of Modern Family

I first heard about Modern Family about a year ago. Someone on Twitter was raving about this "hilarious" show and I didn't think much about it. I thought it was just another comedy TV show, something along the lines of Arrested Development or Community - both shows I'd never really gotten into (and no offence to those that enjoy these shows).

For those that haven't had the pleasure of watching this show, you are going to be pleasantly surprised. It's fresh, funny and relate-able. And, it has a ton of incredibly talented actors (not to mention writers) on board!

It's even been said that President Obama enjoys watching this show with his family - now THAT says a lot about a show!

What is Modern Family about?

Modern Family is a comedy TV show set in a semi mockumentary style that explores the lives and the day-to-day happenings of an unconventional extended family in California, USA. This extended family consists of three separate families who are interrelated through Jay Pritchett and his two children, Claire Dunphy and Mitchell Pritchett.

Phil, Claire, Hayley, Alex and Luke Dunphy
Phil, Claire, Hayley, Alex and Luke Dunphy

The Dunphy's

The central family of the show includes mom, Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) - a stay at home mom, and dad, Phil Dunphy (Ty Burnell) - a Real Estate Agent and wanna be "cool dad."

They have three children with whom they try and have an open, honest and healthy relationship: Hayley (Sarah Hyland), the popular, image conscious teenager, Alex (Ariel Winter), the too-smart-for-her-own-good middle child, and Luke (Nolan Gould), the youngest child who is known as the "scatterbrain."

Jay, Manny and Gloria Pritchett
Jay, Manny and Gloria Pritchett

The Pritchett's

Claire's dad Jay (Ed O'Neill) comes across as a tough guy with a dry sense of humour, who also has a hidden soft heart. He is married to the beautiful and much younger Colombian born Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and they live together with Gloria's son, the very precocious but wise Manny (Rico Rodriguez).

Cameron Tucker, Lily and Mitchell Pritchett
Cameron Tucker, Lily and Mitchell Pritchett

Mitchell and Cameron

Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is Claire's brother and Jay's son who lives together with his life partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet). Mitchell - a Lawyer is slightly more uptight than Cameron (Cam) - who has a flair for the dramatic, but both balance each other out perfectly as they take on their roles as doting fathers to their adopted baby daughter,Lily.

An Intro to Modern Family...

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    • MelChi profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi weestro - they are my favourite two characters as well! Can't wait for next season! Thanks for the comment :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi traslochimilano - I know exactly what you mean. Comedy is like an addition for me, especially Modern Family! I can't get enough of it. Thanks for reading :)

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      6 years ago from USA

      Hi Melchi,

      I like comedy show and comedy movie as like as fish can't live without water. Comedy show is like a freshness tonic for me. Thanks for sharing this hub

    • MelChi profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi learner365 - it really is one of the best comedy shows I've seen since Friends. Thanks for reading! :)

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      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      Like you, i always thought its just another TV comedy show till i watched it and changed my viewpoint.I absolutely love it especially Phil Dunphy and Gloria.They really make me rofl...:D

      This Hub is a good introduction to the show for those who still haven't watched it !!!

    • MelChi profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Pinkchic18 - this show is AMAZING, I love it and can't get enough. A real pick-me-up you want to laugh (sometimes until you cry!) Thanks for stopping by and for the comment :)

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Whoa boy, there is a lot to learn about this show! But I've also heard that it's funny - I haven't watched it yet though! Soon hopefully.


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