We’ve been hooked to their antics and shenanigans for years now, and our bond with the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan just gets better and better. It has catered for its audience with uncompromising humour and tongue-in-cheek commentary and, to be honest, there’s always that one family member that we all can relate to.
Be it Haley’s airhead demeanour, Manny’s old soul or Phil’s hopeless romantic ideals – we just can’t get enough of them and M-Net (101) is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to Modern Family. It’s small wonder that the show has been applauded as reviving the comedy scene for the 21st century. With the 11th and final season of the multi award-winning comedy coming to our screens this autumn, we’ve rounded up some of Modern Family’s most unforgettable moments and some surprising titbits about the characters that you might not have known.
- Nolan Gould, who plays the not-so-academically-inclined Luke Dunphy, is actually highly intelligent and is a member of Mensa, the high IQ society.
- Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy) was pregnant with twins during the first two seasons and constantly carried a laundry basket to hide her growing baby bump.
- You wouldn’t say it from looking at his character, but Eric Stonestreet, who plays the flamboyant Cameron “Cam” Tucker is heterosexual in real life. He often cites his playing Cam as one of the main reasons why he supports the LGBTQI community.
- Creator of the show Steven Levitan based all the characters on his own family and friends.
- Michelle and Barack Obama say this is one of their favourite shows, along with Black-ish and The Americans, all DStv shows.
- Probably the biggest shocker of them all was when Haley gave birth to twins; okay, that’s not really much of a shocker, it’s been coming. The idea of bringing twins into this world didn’t bother her as much as not being able to drink for nine months. You’ve got to love Haley, right?
- Lily reaches a womanly milestone and her fathers are completely ill-equipped to deal with it, and try as they might, they finally concede that maybe, just maybe, Gloria or Claire may actually be helpful in this situation.
- It was a busy year for the Dunphys as they welcomed their grandchildren in true Lion King style when Cam and Mitch carried the twins in, swaddled in their blankies and raised up high like when Simba (and his daughter) was born. And of course, the Lion King theme song echoed through the halls of the labour ward in the hospital. No one can accuse Cam and Mitch of being dull.
- Modern Family has created a first for TV with two gay main characters and is hailed for reviving the 21st century comedy scene.
- Throughout its 11-year run, the comedy has won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series and over 20 Emmy Awards.
In season 11, Alex has a new swanky job, Jay’s new dog business is doing well, and a Christmas dinner turns out to be a not so jolly affair for the family. The whole Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan heads to Paris for business and Cam decides that the streets of Paris should meet Fizbo the clown.
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