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Jay and his new younger wife, Gloria, are growing accustomed to their new life together, complete with Manny, Gloria's pre-teen son. However, when Manny develops a crush on a 16 year-old girl, Jay begins to realize the cultural differences he has with his new wife and stepson. Jay's daughter Claire has a family of her own, three kids and a husband who acts more like a fourth child than an adult. Mitchell, Jay's grown son, is adopting a baby girl from Vietnam with his partner, Cameron.
Ratings: 12.60 Million Viewers
Awards and Nominations: The 'Pilot' episode of 'Modern Family' won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Single or Multi-Camera).
Trivia: The title of the series was originally "My American Family."
Phil: I'm cool dad, that's my thang. I'm hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL, laugh out loud; OMG, oh my god; WTF, why the face.
Gloria: We're very different. Jay's from the city. He has big business. I come from a small village, very poor but very very beautiful. It's the number one village in all Colombia for all the (to Jay) what's the word?
Gloria: Yes, the murders.
Claire: I was out of control growing up. There. You know, I said it. I just don't want my kids to make the same bad mistakes I made. If ... if Haley never wakes up on a beach in Florida half-naked, I've done my job.
Phil: Our job.
Claire: Right. I've done our job.
Claire: What did I tell you would happen if you got him a gun? Deal with this.
Phil: Buddy, uncool.
Claire: That's it? No. The agreement was that if he shoots someone, you shoot him.
Phil: We were serious about that?
Claire: Yes, we were, and now you have to follow through.
Luke: I'm so sorry!
Claire: Liar. Go.
Phil: He's got a birthday party.
Alex: What's more important here, Dad?
Claire: You can shoot him afterward. He'll be home at 2:00.
Phil: I can't shoot him at 2:00. I'm showing a house at 2:00.
Alex: What about 3:00?
Claire: No, he's got a soccer game at 3:00, and then-- Oh, we got to leave for that dinner thing at 5:00. 4:15. We could shoot him at 4:15.
Phil: Yeah, I guess that works for me. (Luke groans) Sorry, dude. It's on the calendar.
The Lion King: Cameron raising Lily up while "The Circle of Life" plays in the background.
This is a reference to the Disney film 'The Lion King,' in which a similar scene happens with Rafiki raising Simba into the light.
When Phil gets Luke's head out of the bannister, he says to him, "Be free, Excalibur."
'Excalibur' is the title of a film from 1981 starring Nigel Terry
and Helen Mirren
, set in medieval times.
High School Musical:
When Phil is talking about being cool, he says that he knows all of the dances to 'High School Musical.'
'High School Musical' is the title of a teen film from 2006 starring Zac Efron
and Vanessa Hudgens
Claire tells her daughter that she once got in trouble with a boyfriend while she was watching 'Falcon Crest' as a teenager.
'Falcon Crest' is the title of a film from 1981 starring Jane Wyman
and Lorenzo Lamas