The BEST Episodes of Modern Family

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

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.

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The Escape

#1 - The Escape

Season 9 - Episode 21 - Aired May 9, 2018

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
60 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Danny Zuker, Jack Burditt

#2 - Yes-Woman

Season 10 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 3, 2019

In an effort to be less negative, Claire is rebranding herself as the girl who says “yes” and inadvertently approves of Luke’s new relationship with someone from his work. Phil tries to surprise Alex at school right before she receives an award she didn’t tell him about.

star 8.38
58 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Brad Walsh, Paul Corrigan
Las Vegas

#3 - Las Vegas

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 26, 2014

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

star 8.20
4,059 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Bill Wrubel, Brad Walsh, Paul Corrigan
The Wedding (2)

#4 - The Wedding (2)

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired May 21, 2014

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 8.12
3,767 votes
Directors: Alisa Statman
Writers: Dan O'Shannon, Megan Ganz
Five Minutes

#5 - Five Minutes

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 29, 2017

Mitch and Cam have five minutes to catch a new flight while fighting the effects of sleeping pills they took prematurely. Then at Rainer’s birthday dinner, Haley and Rainer are forced to reevaluate their entire relationship in the five minutes before the birthday cake arrives. Phil and Claire pay a surprise visit to Alex and are given a five-minute surprise introduction to her new boyfriend. With only five minutes to catch a movie, Manny has to find the perfect parking space and endure Jay and Gloria’s backseat argument.

star 8.11
291 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Elaine Ko
Connection Lost

#6 - Connection Lost

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 25, 2015

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
3,520 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Megan Ganz, Steven Levitan

#7 - Fulgencio

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 23, 2013

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 8.04
4,713 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Bill Wrubel
Caught in the Act

#8 - Caught in the Act

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 19, 2011

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 8.04
6,320 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Jeffrey Richman, Steven Levitan
Finale (2)

#9 - Finale (2)

Season 11 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 8, 2020

The entire family discovers saying goodbye is much harder than it seems.

star 8.04
597 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Brad Walsh, Christopher Lloyd, Danny Zuker, Elaine Ko, Jack Burditt, Paul Corrigan, Vali Chandrasekaran

#10 - Hawaii

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 12, 2010

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
6,601 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Brad Walsh, Paul Corrigan
Baby on Board

#11 - Baby on Board

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 23, 2012

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
4,628 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham
Pool Party

#12 - Pool Party

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 2019

Mitch and Cam help Lily overcome her insecurities about wearing a bathing suit to a pool party, but discover some of their own. Now that Gloria’s new internship is taking up so much of her time, Jay is feeling particularly neglected.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham, Jon Pollack
American Skyper

#13 - American Skyper

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired May 20, 2015

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
3,007 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Elaine Ko

#14 - Schooled

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 10, 2012

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 7.96
5,044 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Dan O'Shannon, Steven Levitan

#15 - Treehouse

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 2, 2011

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 7.95
5,868 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Steven Levitan
The Late Show

#16 - The Late Show

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 16, 2013

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 7.92
4,649 votes
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham
Under Pressure

#17 - Under Pressure

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 15, 2014

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 7.92
4,297 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Elaine Ko
Best Men

#18 - Best Men

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 27, 2013

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
4,544 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham, Dan O'Shannon

#19 - iSpy

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 2014

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 7.91
4,205 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham
The Feud

#20 - The Feud

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 26, 2014

Luke competes against the son of Phil’s nemesis (Rob Riggle) in a wrestling match; Cam and Mitch ask Claire to pick up Lily from school without mentioning the recent lice incidence in her class; Gloria chaperones a field trip.

star 7.91
3,959 votes
Directors: Ryan Case
Writers: Christopher Lloyd, Dan O'Shannon
New Year's Eve

#21 - New Year's Eve

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 9, 2013

Jay and the family plan to celebrate New Year’s together at a hotel in Palm Springs, but the hotel doesn’t meet their expectations; Alex and Haley are faced with challenges as they try to watch the kids back at home.

star 7.91
4,443 votes
Directors: Fred Goss
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham, Jeffrey Richman
Finale (1)

#22 - Finale (1)

Season 11 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 8, 2020

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
1,076 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham, Jeffrey Richman, Jon Pollack, Morgan Murphy, Ryan Walls, Stephen Lloyd, Steven Levitan
Party Crasher

#23 - Party Crasher

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 16, 2013

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 7.89
4,692 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Christopher Lloyd, Danny Zuker
My Funky Valentine

#24 - My Funky Valentine

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 10, 2010

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 7.89
6,143 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Jerry Collins
Family Portrait

#25 - Family Portrait

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 19, 2010

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 7.89
5,945 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Ilana Wernick