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.

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The Wild

#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.

star 7.10
29 votes
Directors: Jim Bagdonas
Writers: Elaine Ko
New Kids on the Block

#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.

star 7.28
1,448 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Brad Walsh, Paul Corrigan
Dead on a Rival

#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.

star 7.29
1,161 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Jeffrey Richman, Ryan Walls
A Game of Chicken

#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.

star 7.32
1,247 votes
Directors: Helen Lamb
Writers: Vali Chandrasekaran
The Prescott

#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.

star 7.33
3 votes
Directors: Elaine Ko
Writers: Elaine Ko
I Love a Parade

#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.

star 7.33
1,859 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Brad Walsh, Paul Corrigan
Blasts from the Past

#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.

star 7.34
1,580 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Stephen Lloyd, Vali Chandrasekaran
CHiPs and Salsa

#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.

star 7.35
2,109 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Bill Wrubel, Brad Walsh, Paul Corrigan
I'm Going to Miss This

#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.

star 7.35
1,080 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Danny Zuker, Jack Burditt
Tree's a Crowd

#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.

star 7.36
1,207 votes
Directors: Julie Bowen
Writers: Ryan Walls
Ten Years Later

#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.

star 7.36
3,009 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Danny Zuker
No Small Feet

#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.

star 7.37
2,626 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Matt Plonsker, Ryan Walls

#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.

star 7.39
1,421 votes
Writers: Stephen Lloyd, Vali Chandrasekaran

#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.

star 7.39
1,362 votes
Directors: Mike Spiller
Writers: Elaine Ko
He Said, She Shed

#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.

star 7.39
2,622 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Richman, Ryan Walls
Sex, Lies & Kickball

#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.

star 7.39
233 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham
On the Same Paige

#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.

star 7.40
1,720 votes
Directors: Ryan Case
Writers: Ryan Walls

#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.

star 7.40
2,019 votes
Writers: Jon Pollack, Ryan Walls

#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.

star 7.40
1,479 votes
Directors: Helena Lamb
Writers: Jack Burditt, Jon Pollack
All Things Being Equal

#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.

star 7.40
4,054 votes
Writers: Christy Stratton, Ryan Walls
Good Grief

#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.

star 7.41
1,779 votes
Writers: Stephen Lloyd, Vali Chandrasekaran
Clash of Swords

#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.

star 7.41
1,906 votes
Directors: Jim Hensz
Writers: Elaine Ko, Stephen Lloyd
The Last Thanksgiving

#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.

star 7.41
1,200 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Richman
Spanks for the Memories

#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.”

star 7.41
2,321 votes
Directors: James Bagdonas
Writers: Brad Walsh, Paul Corrigan
A Sketchy Area

#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.

star 7.42
1,837 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Walker
Writers: Elaine Ko