The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes

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Vote for your favorite Modern Family episodes, no matter how popular they are.

This list of the best Modern Family episodes is determined by voters like you. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Modern Family episodes of all time are. Family show fans will also be interested in the best Malcolm in the Middle episodes and the best episodes of another ABC sitcom, The Goldbergs

Fans of Modern Family are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists - so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is after eleven seasons and so many years watching everybody grow up. Some of the best quotes have come from Modern Family, as they bicker

List ranges from "Halloween" to "Starry Night," plus much more. What is the best Modern Family episode of all time? Look below and find out. Featuring the funniest and newest episodes, consider this your guide.


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  • Five Minutes

    Five Minutes

    March 29, 2017

      Season 8, Episode 18

      So much can happen to the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan in five minutes! Mitch and Cam have five minutes to catch a new flight while fighting the effects of sleeping pills they took prematurely. Then at Rainer’s birthday dinner, Haley and Rainer are forced to reevaluate their entire relationship in the five minutes before the birthday cake arrives. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire pay a surprise visit to Alex and are given a five-minute surprise introduction to her new boyfriend. Finally, with only five minutes to catch a movie, Manny has to find the perfect parking space and endure Jay and Gloria’s backseat argument.

    • Fight or Flight

      Fight or Flight

      February 18, 2015

        Season 6, Episode 15

        Jay shows Manny how to defend himself whilst Mitch and Cam decide to throw Sal a belated baby shower.

      • The Wedding (2)

        The Wedding (2)

        May 21, 2014

          Season 5, Episode 24

          The wedding day chaos continue as the entire party shifts from one contingency plan to another. Guests start to get testy, Mitchell and Cameron are feeling discouraged and poor Claire shows physical wear and tear, but an unexpected turn of events leads to the ceremony we’ve all been waiting for.

        • Connection Lost

          Connection Lost

          February 25, 2015

            Season 6, Episode 16

            Claire does some online snooping that causes drama with the rest of the family.

          • The More You Ignore Me

            The More You Ignore Me

            November 11, 2015

              Season 7, Episode 6

              Phil is surprised by Claire's reaction to Luke's arrest; Mitchell helps Gloria figure out the secret to her family sauce recipe.

            • Yes-Woman


              April 3, 2019

                Season 10, Episode 19

                In an effort to be less negative, Claire is rebranding herself as the girl who says “yes” and inadvertently approves of Luke’s new relationship with someone from his work. Meanwhile, Phil tries to surprise Alex at school right before she receives an award she didn’t tell him about.

              • The Day We Almost Died

                The Day We Almost Died

                January 7, 2015

                  Season 6, Episode 11

                  A near miss from a crash has everyone in the car either on edge or adopting a new carpe diem mentality.

                • Express Christmas

                    Season 3, Episode 10

                  • Spread Your Wings

                    Spread Your Wings

                    January 13, 2016

                      Season 7, Episode 11

                      Claire and the kids seize an opportunity to help expedite the ducks leaving the nest while Phil is off visiting Alex at college. Jay helps Mitch with Lily’s sleepover with her friends from her Vietnamese dance troupe. Gloria and Cam are off on a hot pepper heist carefully orchestrated by Manny in order to meet a big hot sauce delivery deadline.

                    • Tough Love

                      Tough Love

                      December 6, 2017

                        Season 9, Episode 9

                        After leaving his real estate firm to strike out on his own, Phil decides a solo camping trip in the wild will be just what he needs to boost his confidence. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s plan to teach Cam a lesson in gullibility and Lily a lesson in responsibility backfires.

                      • The Day Alex Left for College

                        The Day Alex Left for College

                        September 30, 2015

                          Season 7, Episode 2

                          Phil and Claire are hurt when Alex lies about her college move-in date and Luke doesn't want to spend the day at Phil's open house; being landlords stresses out Mitch and Cam.

                        • Family Portrait
                          May 19 2010

                            Season 1, Episode 24

                          • Las Vegas
                            March 26, 2014

                              Season 5, Episode 18

                            • Disneyland
                              May 09 2012

                                Season 3, Episode 22

                              • A Sketchy Area

                                A Sketchy Area

                                October 10, 2018

                                  Season 10, Episode 3

                                  Phil stumbles into an exciting new career after dropping by Luke’s college. Claire deals with her dad, and the merger of Pritchett’s Closets with a tech-savvy, hipper company. Mitch’s new high-profile case as an assistant district attorney is marred by an unflattering courtroom sketch by the resident artist.

                                • Good Grief

                                  Good Grief

                                  October 24, 2018

                                    Season 10, Episode 5

                                    It’s another epic Halloween full of costumes, tricks and treats for the Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker clan as they deal with huge, unexpected news.

                                  • Daddy Issues

                                    Daddy Issues

                                    Daddy Issues

                                      Season 9, Episode 18

                                      When Gloria’s ex-boyfriend Jorge stops by for a visit, his striking resemblance to Manny makes Jay question if he might be Manny’s real dad; Phil agonizes over getting the perfect anniversary gift for Claire; Cam and Mitch are out of their depth when Lily gets into a fight at school over bras.

                                    • The Long Honeymoon

                                      The Long Honeymoon

                                      September 24, 2014

                                        Season 6, Episode 1

                                        Cameron isn't ready to conclude his honeymoon with Mitchell after their wedding. Gloria takes Jay to task over his appearance. The Dunphys must ready themselves for the return to school.

                                      • Playdates


                                        January 6, 2016

                                          Season 7, Episode 10

                                          Haley, Alex and Luke scramble to fulfill their promise of a special day for Cameron; Gloria arranges a playdate with a couple at Joe's school.

                                        • Spring Break

                                          Spring Break

                                          March 25, 2015

                                            Season 6, Episode 18

                                            Claire tackles spring cleaning; Haley tries to distract Alex by taking her to a music festival.

                                          • Grill, Interrupted

                                            Grill, Interrupted

                                            April 1, 2015

                                              Season 6, Episode 19

                                              Jay's birthday comes with a number of interesting gifts, including Phil's high-tech outdoor grill, and Claire and Mitchell's offer to pay back some ancient loans—though they don't think he'll actually accept it. Meanwhile, Gloria teaches Manny and Luke a lesson about drinking; and Andy finds himself in an awkward situation when Haley brings her new doctor boyfriend.

                                            • Caught in the Act

                                                Season 2, Episode 13

                                              • Other People's Children

                                                  Season 5, Episode 17

                                                  It’s male-bonding day when Jay takes Luke into the garage to show him the way around tools and impart some manly wisdom, and Gloria goes with Claire and Lily to shop for Lily’s flower girl dress. Elsewhere, Mitch, Cam, Alex and Manny go for a cultured day at the museum but it eventually becomes survival of the smartest. And Phil enthusiastically offers to help Andy with his anniversary gift to his girlfriend, which is an elaborate video expression of his love.

                                                • Halloween
                                                  Oct 27 2010

                                                    Season 2, Episode 6

                                                  • Hawaii
                                                    May 12 2010
                                                    • Series: Modern Family

                                                    Season 1, Episode 23