The Best Episodes Directed by Steven Levitan

The Escape

#1 - The Escape

Modern Family Season 9 - Episode 21

Haley meets Arvin’s parents but when things don’t go as planned, fate leads to an unexpected reunion with all of her ex-boyfriends. Meanwhile, the family seizes on a nursing home visit with Jay’s mean sister, Becky, to settle old scores. But as Jay, Claire and Mitchell compete for her time, Phil, Cam and Gloria end up getting trapped in the home’s basement with no way out.

star 8.38
58 votes
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Slow Donnie

#2 - Slow Donnie

Just Shoot Me Season 3 - Episode 11

Jack and Finch discover a pneumonic-message system in the wall. Meanwhile, Elliott invites Maya to his house for his "slow" brother's birthday party. At the party, Donnie reveals to Maya that he's not really "slow." Maya tries to tell Elliott that Donnie's not stupid, but just ends up looking silly herself. Jack's inanity causes Donnie to reveal his act. And a gift of a parakeet explodes into a living nightmare for Nina.

star 8.29
90 votes
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Rescue Me

#3 - Rescue Me

Just Shoot Me Season 2 - Episode 23

An ordinary office blood drive turns into a storytelling session, as Finch, Elliott, and Nina relate to queasy donor Maya and nurse Tisha the tales of how Jack rescued them from rather desperate situations. Finch applied his shiftiness to a job as movie usher before the manager fired him for trying to sneak a customer into a sold-out show. Luckily, the customer, Jack Gallo, took notice of his methods. Elliott was a down-and-out amateur photographer reduced to selling his output on the street and faced with the prospect of taking a job at a grocery store in New Jersey, but in the nick of time, his talent was noticed by a patron named Jack Gallo. Finally, Nina had come a long way from her successful modeling career--she wore a mermaid suit at a boat show before someone stopped by who remembered her keen fashion sense--none other than Jack Gallo.

star 8.12
83 votes
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Connection Lost

#4 - Connection Lost

Modern Family Season 6 - Episode 16

Claire’s computer becomes the hub of all the family’s activities when she gets stuck at the airport and is desperate to reach Haley after a big fight. After FaceTiming with Phil and the rest of the family to help track her down, Claire quickly turns to online snooping which inevitably becomes disturbing real quick and everyone gets sucked into the online drama.

star 8.09
3516 votes
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#5 - Hawaii

Modern Family Season 1 - Episode 23

Jay's plans to do nothing but relax on vacation are interrupted by an unwelcome reality check. Meanwhile, Phil tries to make the trip romantic for Claire, Mitchell and Cameron disagree on whether they should go sight-seeing, and the kids get themselves into trouble.

star 8.02
6598 votes
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Baby on Board

#6 - Baby on Board

Modern Family Season 3 - Episode 24

Gloria’s bilingualism comes in handy on Mitchell and Cameron’s quest to adopt another child. Meanwhile, Jay and Manny help Lily get ready for a dance recital. Alex goes to her first prom, and Haley announces her future plans, which come as a shock to her family.

star 8.01
4625 votes
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American Skyper

#7 - American Skyper

Modern Family Season 6 - Episode 24

The whole family is at Jay & Gloria’s for Alex’s graduation party, except for Phil, who ingeniously figured out a way to be there via skype and a robotic vessel after being unexpectedly detained in Seattle on a business trip. During the celebration, Jay frets about Gloria’s cousin who has overstayed his welcome, Claire stresses out about giving Alex the perfect gift, Mitch hides news of being laid off from Cam and Andy’s girlfriend, Beth, is in town stirring up a whole lot tension with Haley which finally leads to a realization that may have come too late

star 7.99
3004 votes
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Best Men

#8 - Best Men

Modern Family Season 4 - Episode 17

Mitch and Cam’s friend Sal announces she’s getting married the next day and they are in the wedding; Gloria doesn’t trust her new nanny; Claire bonds with Haley; Phil helps Luke with a girl.

star 7.92
4543 votes
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Finale (1)

#9 - Finale (1)

Modern Family Season 11 - Episode 17

Mitchell and Cam settle in on their new normal, and Phil and Claire decide that one of the kids needs to move out in order to take control of the house again. Meanwhile, as Gloria becomes more successful at work, she notices Jay, Manny and Joe don't seem to need her as much.

star 7.89
1075 votes
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The Wedding (1)

#10 - The Wedding (1)

Modern Family Season 5 - Episode 23

Mitch and Cam’s big day is finally here and nothing can ruin it, until nothing turns into a whole lot of somethings and puts wedding planner extraordinaire Pepper Saltzman to the test. Jay and Gloria host the Tuckers, Phil squeezes in an eye procedure before the festivities and Claire embraces her role as 'best woman'.

star 7.88
3976 votes
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Bringing Up Baby

#11 - Bringing Up Baby

Modern Family Season 4 - Episode 1

Phil takes Jay on an unconventional fishing trip; Gloria wonders how to break the news about her pregnancy; Dylan temporarily moves in with the Dunphys; Cam and Mitch think about adopting a cat.

star 7.87
5230 votes
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The Party

#12 - The Party

Modern Family Season 7 - Episode 18

Manny and Luke babysit Lily so the adults in the family can have some fun, which includes Phil and Mitchell seeing a movie, Claire and Gloria going to a spa, and Jay and Cameron hitting a sports bar to watch a big fight, but Claire suspects the boys are going to throw a party.

star 7.86
4118 votes
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A Year of Birthdays

#13 - A Year of Birthdays

Modern Family Season 10 - Episode 22

As the birth of Haley and Dylan’s twins approaches the family member look back on how they celebrated their birthdays this past year.

star 7.86
1425 votes
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#14 - Australia

Modern Family Season 5 - Episode 20

The family joins Phil as he travels to Australia to fulfill his mother’s wish that he see the land where he was conceived.

star 7.84
4038 votes
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Goodnight, Gracie

#15 - Goodnight, Gracie

Modern Family Season 4 - Episode 24

Everyone flies down to Florida to be with Phil after his mom’s passing. Claire helps Phil with Gracie’s last wish for Frank, and the kids reflect on the gifts grandma left for them. Gloria has to contend with an outstanding arrest warrant in Florida, Cam finds himself fitting right into an elderly women’s group at Frank’s retirement community, and Jay runs into a pivotal person from his past.

star 7.83
4213 votes
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When a Tree Falls

#16 - When a Tree Falls

Modern Family Season 4 - Episode 9

Mitch and Cam try to save an old tree in the park; Jay takes Manny to a kid’s Olympics-themed birthday party; Gloria and Claire have an eventful shopping trip.

star 7.82
4555 votes
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Three Dinners

#17 - Three Dinners

Modern Family Season 5 - Episode 13

Haley turns the tables when Claire and Phil try to talk with her about her future; Jay receives news from his friend Shorty; Cam and Mitch go on a romantic date.

star 7.79
4155 votes
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The Wow Factor

#18 - The Wow Factor

Modern Family Season 4 - Episode 18

Claire and Cam bring in a third party (Wendi McLendon-Covey) when they reach an impasse on a landscaping decision; Phil teaches basic fix-it skills to the kids; Mitch helps Lily with a bully.

star 7.79
4489 votes
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First Days

#19 - First Days

Modern Family Season 5 - Episode 2

Luke and Manny have their first day of high school; Claire returns to the workforce; Mitch juggles an important meeting and Lily’s first day of grade one.

star 7.78
4746 votes
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See You Next Fall

#20 - See You Next Fall

Modern Family Season 2 - Episode 23

With the whole family gathered at Jay's before going to Alex's middle school graduation, Jay is hiding a botox mishap, Cameron is upset about Mitchell's habit of laughing at his expense, and Phil tries sympathetic and critical of Claire's worries over the kids growing up too fast that they might miss Alex's big moment.

star 7.77
5530 votes
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The Graduates

#21 - The Graduates

Modern Family Season 8 - Episode 22

When Manny’s father arrives for his graduation and takes him out on a wild night to celebrate, Jay steps in to restore matters; the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker crew gets emotional as they prepare for Luke and Manny’s big day.

star 7.70
3914 votes
Send Out the Clowns

#22 - Send Out the Clowns

Modern Family Season 3 - Episode 18

Cameron is reunited with his estranged ex-clown partner, Lewis. Phil is serious about landing a very important listing, only to be trumped by a notorious bulldozer of an agent, Mitzi Roth. Manny has a cool new friend, which makes both Jay and Gloria suspicious.

star 7.69
4986 votes
Fight or Flight

#23 - Fight or Flight

Modern Family Season 6 - Episode 15

After a long reunion weekend with Phil’s old cheer buddies, Claire jumps at the chance to snag the only first class seat left on the return flight home, leaving Phil in coach. Gloria forces Jay to teach Manny how to defend himself against a bully in his cooking class, but when things backfire it seems that the real bully might be someone else. Mitch, Cameron, Pepper and the whole gang throw Sal a belated baby shower.

star 7.67
2861 votes
Kiss and Tell

#24 - Kiss and Tell

Modern Family Season 10 - Episode 2

Haley needs a little help deciding whether to tell Arvin about her kiss with Dylan and goes to Mitch and Cam for their advice. Gloria suspects Manny's Canadian girlfriend is made up and wants to find out the real truth.

star 7.66
1858 votes
All I Want for Christmas Is My Dead Uncle's Cash (a.k.a. Silent Night, Holy Crap)

#25 - All I Want for Christmas Is My Dead Uncle's Cash (a.k.a. Silent Night, Holy Crap)

Yes, Dear Season 1 - Episode 11

Jimmy receives an inheritance from his late uncle, but instead of paying Greg and Kim back some money like he promised to do, he spends it on Christmas presents for his kids.

star 7.65
26 votes
Clean Out Your Junk Drawer

#26 - Clean Out Your Junk Drawer

Modern Family Season 7 - Episode 8

Gloria wins a silent auction to have a therapist come for an afternoon to work with the adults; Haley and Alex consider dumping their respective boyfriends.

star 7.64
3638 votes
In Your Head

#27 - In Your Head

Modern Family Season 9 - Episode 13

Luke goes missing after a night out in a sketchy neighborhood. Haley is desperate to land an interview with the creator of a popular lifestyle website and interrupts one of Alex's classes to get her help, which upsets Alex's professor.

star 7.50
2532 votes

#28 - Pilot

Stacked Season 1 - Episode 1

When beautiful and free-spirited Skyler Dayton wanders into The Stacks, a small, family-run bookstore owned by Gavin Dewitt and his brother, Stuart, looking for a self-help book on relationships, no one expects this to be the beginning of the most unexpected chapter of their lives. In the series opener, Skyler enlists the bookstore gang's help in ending her relationship with her philandering rock-star boyfriend while Gavin begrudgingly asks Skyler to return the favor to make his ex-wife jealous.

star 7.45
22 votes
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Thanksgiving Jamboree

#29 - Thanksgiving Jamboree

Modern Family Season 8 - Episode 7

Cameron spares no expense for his Thanksgiving jamboree. Hayley tells Phil she’d rather spend the holiday with her new boyfriend. Jay works to keep his blood pressure down. Alex and Dwight get closer.

star 7.44
4850 votes
The Odd Couple (1)

#30 - The Odd Couple (1)

Just Shoot Me Season 3 - Episode 24

Finch is very frustrated when an old nemesis, Barry, shows up one day to gloat over his success. Not only does Barry own a successful business, but he is also engaged to their high school homecoming queen. Finch agrees to a double date with Barry and his fiancée, and he wants desperately to show Barry up by scoring a better looking date. He finds his answer in the form of Adrienne, a gorgeous supermodel. Adrienne would normally be way out of Finch's league, but by manipulating her many insecurities, he makes her fall for him. However, he still has one more obstacle to overcome-Adrienne's ex-boyfriend has decided he wants her back. Finch is forced to take desperate action if he wants to hold on to her, and does-he asks Adrienne to marry him, and surprisingly enough, she says yes. Meanwhile, Jack makes plans to have his photo taken in front of a new painting in his office, but unfortunately, he doesn't realize that the painting depicts an obscene act.

star 7.28
54 votes
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Hello Goodbye

#31 - Hello Goodbye

Just Shoot Me Season 4 - Episode 6

Finch realizes that he and Adrienne are very different from one another and begins to doubt their marriage. Meanwhile, Jack asks Maya to do the annual employee evaluations.

star 7.25
59 votes
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Fast Times at Finchmont High

#32 - Fast Times at Finchmont High

Just Shoot Me Season 4 - Episode 24

Finch goes undercover at a high school and winds up becoming incredibly popular, and having the head cheerleader ask him to the prom. Jack discovers that the office mail guy is an incredible opera singer. Nina becomes celibate, following some advice from Elliott. Nina and Finch kiss.

star 7.20
50 votes
The Odd Couple (2)

#33 - The Odd Couple (2)

Just Shoot Me Season 3 - Episode 25

Finch announces the engagement at the office, but it takes several minutes to make everyone believe it. When they finally do, though, it begins a heated argument between Maya and Elliott over whether Finch's and Adrienne's love is for real. It may not matter either way, though, because once the news of the engagement spreads, Adrienne's ex-boyfriend Brian shows up at Blush with plans to beat up Finch. Finch manages to avoid Brian temporarily, but the incident forces him to speed things up yet again-with a wedding that very day. Finch and Adrienne are married after Brian punches Finch. But...Elliott and Maya are also married while looking for Finch in a mass wedding.

star 7.15
55 votes
The Yips and the Dead

#34 - The Yips and the Dead

LA to Vegas Season 1 - Episode 2

The flight crew must manage the passengers' unease after they realize they have a corpse onboard. Plus, Captain Dave struggles to land the plane.

star 7.12
631 votes
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#35 - Pilot

LA to Vegas Season 1 - Episode 1

The series premiere introduces the shoestring budget airline crew and its eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take the roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind: to come back a winner. It won't be easy, but this unlikely group of miscreants and dreamers will eventually go from being strangers on a plane to a supportive, if unconventional, family—well, at least from Friday to Sunday.

star 6.98
830 votes
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The Singing Mailman

#36 - The Singing Mailman

Greg the Bunny Season 1 - Episode 5

Dottie is blackmailed by a guy who has a dirty tape of her -- and plans to post it on the internet if she can't get him a role on the show.

star 4.47
32 votes