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The critically acclaimed comedy, Modern Family, which premiered in 2009, is the brainchild of Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, who serve as writers and executive producers of the television series. Set in Los Angeles and filmed in mockumentary style with only one camera, the show features a well-crafted cast and cleverly written plots surrounding the daily travails of a father and his two adult children's respective families.

The series opens with aging newlywed Jay (Ed O'Neill) Pritchett and his much-younger buxom Latina bride, Gloria (Sofia Vergara), settling in together with Gloria's studious and precocious tween, Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Jay's sensitive son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), featured with his equally sensitive life-partner and stay-at-home-dad Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), prepare for new beginnings with their adopted Vietnamese daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). Jay's daughter, stay-at-home wife Claire (Julie Bowen), is married to self-proclaimed "rad-dad" Phil (Ty Burrell). They are the proud yet exasperated parents of Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter) and Luke (Nolan Gould).

In addition to a brilliantly assembled regular cast, the show features top-billed guest stars, such as Benjamin Bratt portraying Manny's dead-beat dad Javier Delgado. Shelly Long made an appearance early in the first season, playing Jay's ex-wife and mother to Mitchell and Claire. In season three, Greg Kinnear plays the role of Phil's business partner while he attmepts to woo Claire.

The show and cast have earned numerous nominations, awards and accolades throughout all three seasons. In 2010, the series won Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series. Eric Stonestreet also won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The same year, the show was recognized with a GLSEN Respect Award for its portrayal of diverse American family life, and the entire cast from the show won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy.

In 2011, the show was nominated for 17 Emmys, winning awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and Ty Burrell's Outstanding Supporting Actor for a Comedy Series. In 2012, Modern Family earned the Golden Globe in the Best Comedy Series category. Additionally, the series has won awards recognizing excellence in cinema editing, production design, directing and outstanding achievement in cinematography.

Modern Family's satirical take on the 21st century's diverse family life has hit a chord in the collective funny bone of the American audience, with ABC renewing the series for a fourth season. In the 2010 interview, "Solo Talk with a Family Man," Ty Burrell attributes the shows success in part to the warm relationships shared between members of the cast and crew, "... we have a real, authentic affection for each other, and we are an odd little family off-camera. We just don't have a bad egg on set, and that's counting the writing staff and the directors."

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  • In the sixth season finale, the family celebrates Alex's graduation at Jay & Gloria’s, except for Phil who ingeniously figured out a way to be there virtually.

  • Phil, Luke and Haley coerce Alex to participate in senior ditch day; Claire gets a job offer.

  • When Alex is named Co-Valedictorian with her rival, their parents persuade the principal to allow the kids to compete in a 1-mile run to break the tie.

  • Haley decides to stand up for herself at work. Claire attempts to bribe the principal at school.

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'Modern Family' Star Ariel Winter Wears Gorgeous Gown (With Plunging Neckline) to Prom

"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter is no stranger to getting dressed up in a fancy gown, considering how many red carpet events she's gone to in her teenage years. So naturally, senior prom should be a breeze! Winter posted photos to her Instagram account showing off her stunning prom look as she posed in a full-length black lace gown with her date and current boyfriend, Laurent Claude Gaudette. "Shmoopberry and I take prom," she captioned the photo. We're assuming Gaudette is "Schmoopberry," which is totally what we're calling him from now on.

'Modern Family' Editor Live-Tweeted the Worst Airline Passenger Ever

Elan Gale's "Diane in 7A" may have been fake, but this story of a terrible airline passenger is so horrifying that it just has to be real. "Modern Family" editor Ryan Case was on a flight from JFK (New York) to LAX (Los Angeles) where she was stuck behind quite possible the worst airline passenger ever. Mind you, that's a pretty long flight. So, what was Case to do? Live-tweet the whole incident, of course! Case started by noting that she was sitting behind "the worst person in the world.

Sarah Hyland of 'Modern Family' Granted Restraining Order Against Ex-Boyfriend

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland has been granted a restraining order in an ongoing case against her ex-boyfriend. Hyland met Matthew Prokop while the two were working together on "High School Musical 3." They dated for five years after that, but Hyland claims that Prokop became physically and verbally abusive just one year into their relationship. The restraining order states that Prokop hurled offensive slurs at Hyland over her clothing choices, and on at least one occasion choked her, according to TMZ.

Is 'Modern Family' Star Sofia Vergara Expecting?

Is Sofia Vergara expecting? Rumor has it that Vergara and her fiance, Nick Loeb, have a baby brewing… through a surrogate! Reportedly, the “Modern Family” star has asked a very close friend (her “healthiest” and “closest”) to carry a child for her. A source close to the star revealed earlier, “The child will be biologically Sofia and Nick’s baby… A procedure has taken place, and Sofia and Nick will find out in a few weeks if it was successful, if the surrogate is pregnant, and if they will become parents.

CBS Snags Robin Williams for Upcoming Comedy Series Titled 'Crazy Ones'

It has been decades since Robin Williams has had steady a television gig, but this movie funny-man may be returning to our televisions very soon. CBS has ordered a pilot for “Crazy Ones”, a half-hour comedy produced by David E. Kelly, set to star the “Mork & Mindy” alien himself. They describe the series as a father and daughter workplace comedy, centering on the world of advertising. The pilot is set to be directed by Jason Winer, whose screen cred includes “Modern Family” and “New Girl”.

Sofia Vergara and Fiance Kicked Out of Nightclub On New Years

Party-goers at a Miami nightclub got to ring in the new year with a special sight, after “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara and her fiance, Nick Loeb, got into a fight. Apparently as they argued, Vergara’s ample bosom proved too much for her low-cut strapless dress, and patrons got quite a happy eyeful. The incident happened early morning on New Year’s Day at Story nightclub. Another guest at the club accidentally spilled Vergara’s drink, prompting Loeb to lash out and yell at the man.

'Modern Family' Season 4, Episode 6: 'Yard Sale' Recap

Out with the old and in with the new. After last week's laugh out loud episode, hopes were high for this one. This episode was funny (there really hasn't been a weak one yet) but not up to the standards that the show has set for itself. We started off the episode learning that Manny and Luke were holding a garage sale for their social studies class. If you asked Manny it was to learn about global altruism, if you asked Luke it was about beating Ms. Coopers class to have a pizza party.

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