With 22 Emmy Awards and 75 nominations, ABC's Modern Family established itself as one of TV's best sitcoms through its sharp dialogue, relatable storylines, and most of all, great characters. For eight seasons, Modern Family's hilarious family members have made fans empathize, laugh, and cry, becoming some of TV's most memorable personalities. This list features the very best characters on Modern Family.
Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, and Julie Bowen have each won two Emmys for their performances as Phil Dunphy, Cameron Tucker, and Claire Dunphy, respectively. However, Modern Family has also won four SAG Awards for Best Ensemble Cast thanks to comedy stars Sofía Vergara, Ed O'Neill, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Nolan Gould. We also can't forget about the show's many guest stars, like Benjamin Bratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Adam DeVine.
Vote up who you think are the best characters on Modern Family. You can vote for your favorite Modern Family characters, the funniest characters, or even the best written characters. Feel free to add any Modern Family characters missing from this list regardless of how many episodes they appeared in.
- Photo: flickr / CC012,574 VOTES
As the picture-perfect goofy dad, this character wins hearts with his charm and heartwarming love for his family. His innovative parenting style and never-ending pursuit of being the "cool dad" consistently provide some of the show's most memorable comedic moments. This character’s zest for life and his endless support for his equally quirky children make him arguably the show's warmest character.
- 21,881 VOTES
This fiery Colombian beauty is full of sass, spirit, and fierce loyalty to her family. A balance of glamour and motherly wisdom, she navigates the challenges in a blended family with grace, all while flaunting her fabulous wardrobe. Despite an age gap and cultural differences, her unwavering love and support for her husband become the backbone of their relationship, making her a fan-favorite.
- 31,775 VOTES
This lovable patriarch evolves from a seemingly stoic character into a tender-hearted presence in his family's life. His determination to be a better father and husband than he was in his previous marriage demonstrates the show's theme of personal growth. With his dry humor, resilient demeanor, and touching moments of vulnerability, this character evokes laughter and empathy from the audience.
- Photo: satin_shirt / Flickr41,648 VOTES
As the glue that keeps her family together, this character is fiercely dedicated, hilariously controlling, and constantly attempting to maintain order in the chaos. Her neurotic tendencies and perfectionism lead to some of the show's most outrageous comedic moments. Yet, her unwavering love for her family and the lengths she will go to ensure their happiness make her a beloved and relatable character.
- 51,472 VOTES
As the voice of reason in his unconventional family, this character embodies both a strong sense of responsibility and endearing vulnerability. His journey as a gay man coming into his own, navigating parenthood and partnership, showcases pivotal moments in the show's narrative. This character's intelligence, wit, and occasional dorkiness provide a grounded and delightful contrast to the ensemble.
- 61,873 VOTES
This larger-than-life character bursts onto the scene with a flair for drama, contagious enthusiasm, and impeccable comedic timing. As a devoted father, partner, and friend, he constantly puts others' needs above his own and demonstrates the importance of empathy. Beneath the flamboyant exterior, this character proves that vulnerability and unconditional love are the ultimate strengths.