Modern Family is an American television mockumentary family sitcom created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan for the American Broadcasting Company. First aired on September 23, 2009, the show follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. Pritchett's family includes his second wife, their son and his stepson, as well as his two adult children and their spouses and children.
Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan conceived the series while sharing stories of their own "modern families". Modern Family employs an ensemble cast. The series is presented in mockumentary style, with the characters frequently breaking the fourth wall.
The series was renewed for a tenth season on May 10, 2017, which premiered on September 26, 2018. The series was renewed for an eleventh and final season on February 5, 2019.
Modern Family was acclaimed by critics throughout its first few seasons, although reception became more mixed as the series progressed. The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times, twice each for Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell, as well as the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice for Julie Bowen. It won a total of 22 Emmy awards from 75 nominations. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2011. Being on air for 10 years, it is currently ABC's longest-running comedy series.
The broadcast syndication rights to the series were sold to USA Network, the stations of Fox Television Stations, and various other local stations in other markets for a fall 2013 premiere. The success of the series led to it being the tenth-highest revenue-generating show for 2012, earning $2.13 million an episode.
Modern Family revolves around three different types of families (nuclear, step- and same-sex) living in the Los Angeles area, who are interrelated through Jay Pritchett and his children, Claire Dunphy (née Pritchett) and Mitchell Pritchett. Patriarch Jay is remarried to a much younger woman, Gloria Delgado Pritchett (née Ramirez), a passionate woman with whom he has a young son, Fulgencio Joseph "Joe" Pritchett, and a son from Gloria's previous marriage, Manuel “Manny” Delgado.
Jay's daughter Claire was a homemaker, but has returned to the business world. She is now the chief executive of her father's previous business, Pritchett's Closets and Blinds. She is married to Phil Dunphy, a realtor and a self-professed "cool dad". They have three children: Haley Dunphy, a stereotypical ditzy teenage girl; Alex Dunphy, a nerdy, smart middle child; and Luke Dunphy, the off-beat only son.
Jay's lawyer son Mitchell and his husband Cameron Tucker have one adopted daughter, Lily Tucker-Pritchett. As the name suggests, this family represents a modern-day family, and episodes are comically based on situations which many families encounter in real life.
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- HARVEY STREET KIDS JETPACK WHISTLE INFUSED WITH STEAM (Heard once in "I Love a Parade")
- Hollywoodedge, Baby Coo PE143901 (Heard once in "Finale Part 1".)
- Hollywoodedge, Baby Crying Slowly PE144001
- Hollywoodedge, Bird Duck Quacks Clos PE020501
- Hollywoodedge, Bird Rooster 2 Crow PE021501
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- Hollywoodedge, Cats Two Angry YowlsD PE022601
- Hollywoodedge, Commercial Jet By Clo PE340501
- Hollywoodedge, Girl Screams Long Hi CRT028201
- Hollywoodedge, Police Wailer Siren PE080801
- Hollywoodedge, Screams 1 Woman Singl PE133501
- Hollywoodedge, Screams 2 Woman Singl PE133601
- Hollywoodedge, Single Classic Wolf CRT012501/Sound Ideas, COYOTE - LONG HOWL, ANIMAL
- Sound Ideas, ANIMAL, CAT - TOM CATS, FIGHTING, HISSING, GROWLING
- Sound Ideas, HUMAN, BABY - COOING 02
- Sound Ideas, HUMAN, BABY - CRYING (Heard once in "Fears" and "Game Changer".)
- Sound Ideas, SIREN, AIR RAID - AIR RAID SIREN SIGNALING WARNING
- Sound Ideas, THUNDER - BIG THUNDER CRACK AND RUMBLE, WEATHER
- Wilhelm Scream