The WORST 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.
#1 - The Wild
Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 13, 2019
Mitch, Cam, and Phil crash Jay’s annual hiking trip to find an elusive bald eagle after Gloria asks them to keep an eye on him. Gloria, Alex, Claire, and Haley get together to plan her baby shower.
#2 - New Kids on the Block
Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2019
Haley is determined to follow the advice in her parenting books with the twins, but Phil and Claire think their old methods are better. Manny is set to direct Jay’s dog bed commercial in the hopes of winning his ex-girlfriend back.
#3 - Dead on a Rival
Season 11 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 22, 2020
Mitchell learns a valuable life lesson when a former resident of the house shows up unexpectedly. The Dunphy's old neighbor-turned-tech-titan comes to visit with a big surprise for Phil. Manny's dad has a big opportunity for his son.
#4 - A Game of Chicken
Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2019
Gloria is using her alone time with the twins as an opportunity to secretly baptize them before Haley and Dylan get home. Claire is still dealing with the fallout from the smart closet fiasco. Cam is at war with his school’s mascot who is threatening his chance at securing a new college coaching job.
#5 - The Prescott
Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 8, 2020
Alex's company puts her up at a new luxury apartment building with a number of high-profile residents that the family is eager to take advantage of. Phil is on a mission to review the restaurant's famous sliders for his food blog.
#6 - I Love a Parade
Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2018
The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan get together at the annual Fourth of July parade where Jay will be acting as the grand marshal. Haley's goodbye with Arvin before his trip to Switzerland doesn't go as well as she pictured it and is distracted by the return of an old flame.
#7 - Blasts from the Past
Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 16, 2019
Phil and Claire decide to take a cycling tour through Italy, while Dylan's hippy mother comes for a visit. Cameron and Mitchell discover some interesting reading material in Lily’s room. Meanwhile, Gloria and Manny investigate the legend of Jay's heroic great uncle.
#8 - CHiPs and Salsa
Season 9 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 11, 2018
When Haley hears that her loopy boss is looking for a product with the magical properties of peppers, she tries to gain favor by convincing Gloria to sell her salsa to NERP. Mitchell gets Cam the police ride-along he’s always dreamed of. Also, Phil and Claire compete against one another while Luke has a meeting with a dean of university.
#9 - I'm Going to Miss This
Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 1, 2020
Mitchell is having a hard time letting go of his old life and Gloria steps in to help him say goodbye. Haley, Luke and Alex decide to throw a party at the Dunphy house when Claire and Phil leave for a trip. Dylan’s mom takes the twins for the night.
#10 - Tree's a Crowd
Season 11 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 4, 2019
The Dunphy house is bursting at the seams when Dylan’s hippie mother moves in and Claire’s lonely stepdad wants to pay them a visit. Jay and Gloria attempt to help Manny get over his big breakup with Sherry.
#11 - Ten Years Later
Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2017
Claire is determined to make up for her less-than-joyful mood at Jay and Gloria’s wedding by throwing their tenth-anniversary party. Phil discovers that he failed to become a magician decades earlier due to a betrayal.
#12 - No Small Feet
Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2017
When Claire lands a big opportunity for Pritchett’s Closets, Jay expects validation for his contribution. Pam’s ex-boyfriend shows up and Mitchell sees this as an opportunity to get Pam out of the house. Luke and Alex find a business opportunity.
#13 - Commencement
Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired May 1, 2019
Cam finally gets a chance to shine when he is asked to preside over the high school graduation ceremony at the last minute. Jay gives the commencement address. Claire runs into her former high school rival who brings out the worst in her.
#14 - Snapped
Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2019
Claire needs to get everyone out of the house before they make her look bad in front of a reporter from an important women’s business magazine. Jay invites Manny to a little wine tasting in an attempt to spend some quality time together.
#15 - He Said, She Shed
Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 3, 2018
Claire’s request to build a “She Shed” in their backyard is denied by the homeowners association. Pameron lets Cam in on a family secret that forces him to visit Mitch’s therapist to work through this new information. Meanwhile, Jay teaches Joe how to play golf but he and Gloria both push him into becoming too competitive.
#16 - Sex, Lies & Kickball
Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 2017
Jay’s best friend, Shorty, is back from Costa Rica but spends more time with Gloria than Jay. Alex is ready to shed her good-girl image and is going to prove to Claire that her relationship with Ben is definitely a sexual one.
#17 - On the Same Paige
Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 2018
Phil learns that his real estate class will be cancelled if any additional students drop it. Jay may unknowingly be flirting with the mother of Joe’s classmate and tries to set boundaries.
#18 - Mother!
Season 9 - Episode 20 - Aired May 2, 2018
When Dede drops in unexpectedly, Mitchell and Cam come to a realization about her effect on their lives. Phil, Luke, Alex and Haley all have different bad news to break to Claire and compete about when to do it.
#19 - SuperShowerBabyBowl
Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 20, 2019
Jay hosts a Super Bowl party, while Claire also hosts a baby shower for Haley at Jay's house.
#20 - All Things Being Equal
Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired May 3, 2017
Gloria, Claire, Haley, Alex, Lily, Luke and Manny are equally committed to showing their support for gender equality and the women’s movement in very different ways. Meanwhile, Jay and Phil are at odds on how their parking lot attendant, Joan, should be running their lot, and jealousy ensues when Pam prefers Mitchell’s help over Cam’s with her baby.
#21 - Good Grief
Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 24, 2018
It’s another epic Halloween full of costumes, tricks and treats for the Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker clan as they deal with huge, unexpected news.
#22 - Clash of Swords
Season 9 - Episode 22 - Aired May 16, 2018
Mitchell sneaks out to “Hero-Con” with fanboy Phil, dressed as their favorite characters from the show “Clash of Swords.” It’s great until Phil commits the ultimate fan faux pas. In a clash of another kind, Gloria’s dinosaur party for Joe is ruined when her nemesis, Dr. Donna Duncan, upstages her with a far bigger and better party right next door.
#23 - The Last Thanksgiving
Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 20, 2019
Cam and Mitchell’s friends mistakenly assume they have split up and have definitely chosen a side. Haley attempts to cook Thanksgiving dinner as a thank you for Claire and Phil’s support with the twins. Jay invites Phil and Dylan out to fly his model plane. Phil thinks this is his chance to reclaim his dignity after their first outing 10 years ago went so wrong.
#24 - Spanks for the Memories
Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 7, 2018
When Jay overhears Gloria on the phone talking about spanking, he assumes she is frustrated in the bedroom. Now that Mitchell has an amazing new job, he and Cam throw a party to rub it in Cam’s friends’ faces so they can no longer give him “the look of pity.”
#25 - A Sketchy Area
Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 10, 2018
Phil stumbles into an exciting new career after dropping by Luke’s college. Claire deals with her dad, Jay, and the merger of Pritchett’s Closets with a tech-savvy, hipper company. Mitch’s new high-profile case as an assistant district attorney is marred by an unflattering courtroom sketch by the resident artist.