From the perspective of an invisible documentary, the series offers an honest, often insane perspective on family life. Parents Phil and Claire yearn for an honest and open relationship with their three children. But a daughter who tries to grow too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a young rambunctious son make it a challenge. Claire’s father, Jay and his wife Gloria, raise two children, but people sometimes believe that Jay is the father of Gloria. Jay’s gay son, Mitchell and his partner, Cameron, adopted a small Asian girl and completed a large, straight, gay, multicultural, traditional, and happy family.
Release date: 23rd September 2009
Writers: Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan, Danny Zuker
Creators: Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd
Stars: Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen
A Dutch filmmaker records the lives of three families, including one he stayed with as an exchange student. In one household, the dad works and the mom stays at home with their kids; in another, a gay couple experiences first-time fatherhood with the Vietnamese child they just adopted; and in the third home a 60-year old man becomes an instant father when he marries a thirty something Latina mother. Shot documentary-style. Modern Family won six Emmy Awards, including the one for Outstanding Comedy Series. It also brought home a Peabody Award, Writers Guild Award, Directors Guilds Award and Television Critics Award.