Modern Family is a mockumentary style sitcom that premiered back in 2009. In its 5 seasons, this show has brought tons of laugh-out-loud moments with its stories of a truly modern American family. They fight, they fall, and they get into the craziest shenanigans, but most of all, they really love each other. Though it was hard to narrow it down, here are our Top 5 Episodes of Modern Family, in chronological order. Read on to relive the hilarity!
Season 1, Episode 4 – “The Incident”
Claire and Mitchell’s mother and Jay’s ex-wife, DeDe, shows up for a surprise visit. This is the first time the family has seen DeDe since she drunkenly made a scene and Jay and Gloria’s wedding. Meanwhile, Haley is trying to convince her parents that she should be allowed to attend a concert with her older boyfriend, Dylan.
As the whole clan gathers for dinner at Claire and Phil’s house, DeDe’s interactions with her ex-husband, her kids, and Gloria cause awkwardness for everyone. Dylan lightens the mood by singing a love song to prove to the family that he is good enough for Haley. It seems to be going well until the song takes a turn for the majorly tasteless. Though Haley is forbidden to go to the concert, it is clear the song made an impression on the whole family – hilariously enough, they all continue humming it to themselves for days to come, inappropriate lyrics and all!
Season 2, Episode 4 – “Strangers On A Treadmill”
When Claire and Mitchell are embarrassed about their spouse’s behaviors, they enlist each other’s help. Claire is tasked with getting Cameron to stop wearing tight, bright blue bicycle shorts. Mitchell is supposed to stop Phil from telling bad jokes. Mitchell can’t face disappointing Phil, so he tells him the jokes are hilarious. But Claire holds up her end of the bargain, and tells Cameron the shorts aren’t flattering. Cam is deeply offended and starts crying. Later, Claire confronts Mitchell about not stopping Phil’s jokes. Mitchell apologizes but thanks her for telling Cam about the shorts. Cam overhears this, and is upset to learn it was Mitchell who hated the shorts all along.
Meanwhile, Alex has recently befriended a popular girl at school named McKenzie. Haley overhears the girls talking, and tells Alex she is being too clingy and will soon lose the McKenzie’s friendship if she doesn’t become “cool”. With Haley’s tutoring, Alex adopts a cooler attitude and even blows off McKenzie’s later phone calls. However, when Alex gets overconfident she accidentally tells McKenzie she’s having fun doing homework – reinforcing her previous “nerd” status for good.
Season 2, Episode 6 – “Halloween”
Since Halloween is Claire’s favorite holiday, she is determined to make their home into a very spooky haunted house. But Phil has just heard that a neighbor is getting a divorce, and develops irrational fears about his own marriage. Rather than helping Claire with the house, he follows her around trying to be romantic, and ends up just annoying her. Meanwhile, Mitchell goes to work as Spider Man, but quickly puts a business suit on over his costume when no one in the office is dressed up. He spends the whole day with Spider Man’s fake muscles under his suit, prompting hysterical comments from unknowing coworkers.
Over at Jay and Gloria’s, he and Manny have spent the day criticizing her for her strong accent. They bring up a hilarious example – the time she tried to order a box of miniature cheeses (“baby cheeses”) and ends up with a box of tiny Jesus figurines (“baby Jesus”). When she arrives at Claire’s to play her role in the haunted house production, Gloria puts on an over-the-top American accent which doesn’t sound spooky at all. At first Claire is disappointed, but in the end, the family works together to make the Halloween night a great one.
Season 3, Episode 22 – “Disneyland”
The entire family heads to Disneyland for the day, and hilarity ensues. Before they leave, Phil brags about his strong stomach and ability to ride roller coasters with son Luke all day. Gloria insists she can walk around the park all day in her high heels. As the day goes on, they are both wrong – Phil is queasy after just one ride, and Gloria’s feet are killing her! Additionally, Mitchell and Cam struggle to keep toddler Lily from running away. They feel forced to put her on a child leash, much to the disapproval of the other adults.
Claire spends the day trying to set up Haley with a smart young man named Ethan, to a jealous Alex’s chagrin. This plan backfires when the family runs into Haley’s ex, Dylan, who is now working as a character at Disneyland. Ethan and Dylan get into a fistfight, which is made hilarious by the fact that Dylan is dressed in a giant Little John costume. In the end, Claire is left groaning as Haley chooses Dylan.
Season 4, Episode 7 – “Arrested”
After just short time as a college freshman, Haley is already in major trouble; Phil and Claire are awoken in the middle of the night to a call from police saying she has been arrested for underage drinking. They, along with lawyer Mitchell, drive up to her school to bail her out of jail and deal with the consequences from her college. During her disciplinary hearing with the school, Haley decides that “honesty is the best policy” and blurts out every single thing she has done wrong since arriving at campus – a long list. She is expelled.
Back at home, Cameron is supposed to be taking care of Alex, Luke and Lily, but is not doing a great job. He unknowingly serves Luke soy products and has to rush him to the hospital since Luke is deathly allergic. While there, Alex gets queasy at the sight of another patient’s blood and faints, hitting her head badly. In a series of funny phone calls to Phil and Claire, a panicked Cam tries to insist that he has everything under control.
Even More Modern Family Merriment
With Season 5 well underway and a renewal for a sixth season likely in the works, we won’t have to say goodbye to the Dunphy/Pritchett clan anytime soon. And thank goodness for that! Thanks to all of their side-splitting shenanigans, this Modern Family makes weekday nights much more fun.