The Best Episodes of Modern Family

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2019

This mockumentary explores the many different types of a modern family through the stories of a gay couple, comprised of Mitchell and Cameron, and their daughter Lily, a straight couple, comprised of Phil and Claire, and their three kids, Haley, Alex, and Luke, and a multi-ethnic couple, which is comprised of Jay and Gloria, and her son Manny.

Connection Lost

#1 - Connection Lost

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 8.26
2,351 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Steven Levitan, Megan Ganz
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Las Vegas

#2 - Las Vegas

Season 5 - Episode 18

Jay is determined to get the adults’ hotel suite upgraded; Claire tries to win back some money; Phil auditions to be a magician.

star 8.26
2,514 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel
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The Wedding (2)

#3 - The Wedding (2)

Season 5 - Episode 24

The wedding day chaos continues as the entire party shifts from one contingency plan to another. Guests start to get testy, Mitchell and Cameron are feeling discouraged, and poor Claire shows physical wear and tear.

star 8.20
2,302 votes
Directors: Alisa Statman
Writers: Megan Ganz, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O'Shannon
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Baby on Board

#4 - Baby on Board

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 8.19
1,688 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham
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Caught in the Act

#5 - Caught in the Act

Season 2 - Episode 13

The kids get a surprise of their own when they take breakfast in bed to Phil and Claire on their anniversary. Jay and Gloria's Vegas vacation plans are ruined by a brutally honest email accidentally sent to Claire,. Mitchell and Cam try to get into a new restaurant owned by a mom at Lily's preschool.

star 8.14
1,648 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Steven Levitan, Jeffrey Richman
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Family Portrait

#6 - Family Portrait

Season 1 - Episode 24

Claire makes an effort to take a new family portrait, but everybody is too busy to cooperate: Gloria and Manny go with Phil and Alex to a Lakers game and share an awkward moment on the jumbotron, Cameron gets a job as a wedding singer while Mitchell takes care of Lilly and a stray pigeon, and Luke interviews Jay for a school project.

star 8.13
1,542 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Ilana Wernick
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Fulgencio

#7 - Fulgencio

Season 4 - Episode 13

When Gloria’s mother and sister visit, they bring traditions, baby names and family baggage; Phil helps the kids with their problems; Mitchell and Cameron try to correct Lily’s bad habits.

star 8.12
1,934 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Bill Wrubel
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Hawaii

#8 - Hawaii

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 8.10
1,646 votes
Directors: Steve Levitan
Writers: Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh
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My Funky Valentine

#9 - My Funky Valentine

Season 1 - Episode 15

Phil and Claire break from their traditional Valentine's Day dinner date and plan a little "role play" excursion. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria's ideas of romance clash when he takes her to a comedy show, and Mitchell and Cameron play cupid for Manny.

star 8.10
1,674 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Jerry Collins
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Treehouse

#10 - Treehouse

Season 3 - Episode 7

Gloria persuades Jay to commit to a night of salsa dancing after seeing how much his friend Shorty and his girlfriend do together. Cameron makes a bet that he can get a woman’s phone number at the bar. Phil builds a tree house for Luke.

star 8.08
1,778 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Steven Levitan
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Goodnight, Gracie

#11 - Goodnight, Gracie

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 8.07
2,026 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Steven Levitan, Jeffrey Richman
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Disneyland

#12 - Disneyland

Season 3 - Episode 22

When the family travels to Disneyland, Phil struggles to keep up with Luke, Claire is shocked when they run into Dylan, Jay and Gloria disagree about what are sensible shoes for the day, and Mitch and Cam must contain Lily’s new affinity for running.

star 8.06
1,736 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Cindy Chupack
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Schooled

#13 - Schooled

Season 4 - Episode 2

Claire and Phil embarrass Haley when they drop her off at college; Manny makes Gloria and Jay take a class; Lily gets into a tussle on her first day of kindergarten.

star 8.06
1,930 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Steven Levitan, Dan O'Shannon
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Little Bo Bleep

#14 - Little Bo Bleep

Season 3 - Episode 13

Claire prepares for her debate with Duane Bailey. Mitch and Cam try to clean up Lily’s language before her turn as a flower girl. Jay blames Stella’s strange behavior on Gloria.

star 8.06
1,683 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Cindy Chupack
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The Future Dunphys

#15 - The Future Dunphys

Season 4 - Episode 19

At the hospital Claire and Phil see the older version of their family; Mitchell and Cameron plan a day for Lily and Gloria; Manny and Jay go to a private school to look around.

star 8.03
2,054 votes
Directors: Ryan Case
Writers: Elaine Ko
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The Late Show

#16 - The Late Show

Season 5 - Episode 5

The adults struggle to make it to a hot new restaurant in time for the reservation Jay pulled a lot of strings to get.

star 8.03
2,491 votes
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham
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Party Crasher

#17 - Party Crasher

Season 4 - Episode 12

Gloria and Jay try to make Manny’s 14th birthday extra special by planning a surprise party; Haley starts hanging out with a much older guy.

star 8.03
1,859 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Danny Zuker, Christopher Lloyd
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Message Received

#18 - Message Received

Season 5 - Episode 22

Jay, Gloria and Manny challenge one another to try something new; Mitch and Cam sell a couple of their prized possessions to fund the wedding; the kids play a joke on Phil and Claire.

star 8.02
2,344 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Walker
Writers: Steven Levitan
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Leap Day

#19 - Leap Day

Season 3 - Episode 17

Mitchell feels pressured to make Cameron’s birthday extra special. People start to question Jay’s manliness, and the girls interfere with Phil’s leap day plans.

star 8.02
1,674 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Danny Zuker
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Under Pressure

#20 - Under Pressure

Season 5 - Episode 12

Gloria has an encounter with a mean mom (Jane Krakowski) during the high school open house; Mitchell meets a judgmental neighbor (Jesse Eisenberg); Alex goes to a therapist.

star 8.01
2,425 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Elaine Ko
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The Wow Factor

#21 - The Wow Factor

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 8.01
2,077 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Ben Karlin
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Suddenly, Last Summer

#22 - Suddenly, Last Summer

Season 5 - Episode 1

Phil and Claire try to orchestrate a kid-free week during Luke, Haley and Alex’s summer activities; Cam and Mitch try to have a memorable summer.

star 8.01
2,759 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Jeffrey Richman
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iSpy

#23 - iSpy

Season 5 - Episode 14

Claire and Phil spy on Luke and Manny; Jay misinterprets Gloria’s anger over a dream she thinks he had for another offense he committed; Mitch tries to keep a secret from Cam; Haley tries to keep her photography exhibit from her family.

star 8.01
2,373 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham
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Boys' Night

#24 - Boys' Night

Season 2 - Episode 18

Phil and Claire are not pleased when Luke befriends a curmudgeonly old neighbor. To avoid an invite to the symphony with Gloria and Manny, Jay goes with Mitchell and Cameron on their "boys' night out" while Haley babysits Lily.

star 8.00
1,560 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Steven Levitan, Jeffrey Richman
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Aunt Mommy

#25 - Aunt Mommy

Season 3 - Episode 15

Phil and Claire go overboard with drinks, and divulging personal information, on a night out to celebrate the sale of a house to Mitchell and Cameron’s friends.

star 7.99
1,697 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham, Dan O'Shannon
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