Modern Family

Modern Family is an American mockumentary comedy that ran on 23 September 2009 on the U.S. television channel ABC for the first time. The half-hour series that invented Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, is produced by Fox Television Studios. The program deals with the families of Jay Pritchett, his son Mitchell Pritchett and his daughter Claire Dunphy.

  • 4.1 Main Cast
  • 4.2 Guest Stars
  • 5.1 Episode list


The mockumentary accompanied the families of Jay Pritchett ( Ed O'Neill ), his daughter Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen ) and his son Mitchell Pritchett ( Jesse Tyler Ferguson ). As Claire has the role of the housewife in a traditional family, Jay is married to a much younger woman with whom he educates his stepson. Mitchell and his partner have an adopted Asian baby.


After the pilot very well sections in a target group test, ABC ordered thirteen episodes, and added them to the schedule for 2009/2010. The series received on 8 October 2009, a full season with 24 episodes. On 12 January 2010 ABC ordered a second season of Modern Family, which aired from 22 September 2010.

While the extension of a third season in January 2011 was, ABC announced in May 2012, the production of a fourth season known. Finally, the series has also been extended for a fifth season in May 2013.

Towards the end of July 2012 sued a part of the "Modern Family" ensemble, namely Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell, the production company 20th Century Fox Television, since the existing contracts valid under California law contract maximum duration exceed 7 years. The actual cause of action were the unsuccessful negotiations on the salaries of the actors. The suit was withdrawn a few days later, as production company and cast about new, higher fees have been agreed.


The series lives from its very different, yet harmonious figures.

The family Delgado - Pritchett

Jay is the patriarch of the family and the father of Claire and Mitchell. In addition, he has been married for six months with Gloria and thus stepfather of Manny. He is the head of a construction company and belongs to the upper class, drives Porsche, Mercedes and Audi and is usually only at home and emotionally rather closed (only under duress, he says to his son that he loves him ).

Gloria is Jay's much younger wife and the mother of Manny. She is from Colombia and places great value on their ethnic origin. You want to achieve through their education that her son " Manny " Forget not this. Furthermore, it attaches great importance to its exterior appearance, which is reflected in its partially extravagant clothing style. However, it is, in contrast to the rest of the family, a very religious woman who attended church regularly.

Manny is Gloria's son from a previous marriage. His behavior is usually very grown up, and he stunned many a time with his older serenity. So he often drinks espresso, although he does not like this, but just want to act grown up. His intelligence and knowledge are in contrast to his often childish behavior. He has, for example, fear of monsters and butterflies.

The Dunphy Family

Claire is the daughter of Jay and caring mother of the Dunphy family. She is a full -time mother and housewife. Many a time, there are allusions to her youth, in which she was far from being a good daughter.

Phil is Claire's husband, who describes himself as a cool dad. He works as a real estate agent. Every now and then he breaks his own rules or those which he has drawn up jointly with Claire. You can hatch as his favorite child, respectively. With it, he established from time to time, sometimes at imbecility.

Haley is the eldest daughter of Claire and Phil, who has her first experiences with boys watching. Your clothing style is always very provocative, what specifically her mother dislikes ( Claire: " You know that you're a girl, you need not prove it to them !"). But when growing up they cooked up not only with their clothing style with her parents and her grandfather, but also with their behavior, especially parties and guys on.

Alex is the second daughter of Claire and Phil Unlike Haley her the school is very important. So she wants to learn, for example, rather than attend a Halloween party. Alex also has a very black humor, is somewhat precocious and often speaks very openly what she thinks about her family, especially her siblings.

Luke is the son and the youngest child of Claire and Phil Luke is playful, somewhat clumsy and often lost in his own thoughts. His mother Claire is happy that at least one of their children seem to rely on their help and care.

The family Pritchett - Tucker

Mitchell is Jay's gay son, who with his partner Cameron recently adopted a baby from Vietnam. He is a lawyer and breadwinner of the family. He shows his homosexuality do not like to open and holds also not much of kissing in public. However, once he gets home, he is a loving father, but the - would also promote the independence Lily - in contrast to Cameron. Once he even physically prevented that Cameron looks after their daughter at every cry. He partially fulfilled essential stereotypes. So he's a fan of Lady Gaga and is technically untalented.

Cameron is Mitchell's current life partner. He is actually a musician, but his work has been largely abandoned to devote himself entirely to Lily's education. Lily is next to Mitchell his everything. He is very caring and spends the whole day with her, which ends in part in abstruse panels. Cameron lives in contrast to Mitchell his homosexuality much more openly. He describes himself like a " diva " or "Drama Queen"; Moreover, he shows a great interest in sports and is gifted artisan.

Lily is the Vietnamese adopted daughter of Cameron and Mitchell. She is very pampered and spoiled with gifts like a giant castle in the garden.

Instrumentation and synchronization

The German synchronization was created by the company synchronous Arena Synchron GmbH in Berlin.

Main cast

Guest Stars

In the series have, among others, Jonathan Banks, Shelley Long, Edward Norton, Elizabeth Banks, Fred Willard, Mo Collins, Chazz Palminteri, Jennifer Tilly, Minnie Driver, David Brenner, Judy Greer, Justin Kirk, Eric Lange, Kobe Bryant, Benjamin Bratt, Danny Trejo, Nathan Lane, Brandy Ledford, Matt Dillon, David Faustino and Jami Gertz guest appearances.


In the U.S., had the series on 23 September 2009 on the ABC network premiere. By May 2013, a total of four season have been completely aired. A fifth season is sent since 25 September 2013.

The channel 3 , the series has secured for Switzerland, and initially planned a broadcast from autumn 2011. However, this was postponed because there were no dubbed version. The first part of the first season was aired eventually on April 3, 2012 to May 9. For Germany, RTL Group has acquired the rights. The series should - also from Autumn 2011 - to be aired on Super RTL, but this idea was rejected. From April to June 2012, the Original of the first season was to see the free TV broadcaster RTL Nitro. The second season aired between September 10, 2012 and February 25, 2013. The third season will be broadcast since 29 August 2013.

Episode List

Awards (selection)

DVD Release

  • Season 1 was released on September 21, 2010
  • Season 2 was released on September 20, 2011
  • Season 3 was released on September 18, 2012
  • Season 4 was released on September 24, 2013
  • Season 1 was released on 4 October 2010
  • Season 2 was released on September 5, 2011
  • Season 3 was released on October 1, 2012
  • Season 4 was released on October 14, 2013
  • Season 1 was released on September 14, 2012
  • Season 2 was released on March 22, 2013
  • Season 3 was released on April 4, 2014