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The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes  

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List Rules 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.

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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Family Portrait is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Family Portrait May 19 2010

Season 1, Episode 24

"Family Portrait" is the 24th episode and the season finale of the first season of Modern Family. It originally premiered May 19, 2010 on ABC. The episode was written by Ilana Wernick ...more
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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Sep 23 2009

Season 1, Episode 1

The pilot episode of the television series Modern Family, written by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd and directed by Jason Winer, premiered on ABC in the United States on September 23, ...more
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Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
May 12 2010

Season 1, Episode 23

Jay's plans to do nothing but relax on vacation are interrupted by an unwelcome reality check. Meanwhile, Phil tries to make the trip romantic for Claire, Mitchell and Cameron disagree on ...more
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Caught in the Act is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Caught in the Act Jan 19 2011

Season 2, Episode 13

It's Phil and Claire's anniversary, and when the kids go to surprise them with breakfast in bed, they get a surprise of their own. Jay and Gloria's plans for a Vegas vacation are ruined because ...more
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Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
May 09 2012

Season 3, Episode 22

When the family travels to Disneyland, Phil struggles to keep up with Luke, Claire is shocked when they run into Dylan, Jay and Gloria disagree about what are sensible shoes for the day, and ...more
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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Oct 27 2010

Season 2, Episode 6

Claire gets ready to spookify the Dunphy house for the trick or treaters during her favorite holiday. She gives each family member a role to play, but nothing goes right. Cameron won't stop ...more
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Coal Digger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Oct 21 2009

Season 1, Episode 5

A family barbecue gets uncomfortable for Gloria and Claire after an incident at school involving Manny and Luke.
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Little Bo Bleep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Little Bo Bleep Jan 18 2012

Season 3, Episode 13

Claire prepares for her debate with Duane Bailey. Mitch and Cam try to clean up Lily's language before her turn as a flower girl. Jay blames Stella's strange behavior on Gloria.
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Connection Lost is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Connection Lost February 25, 2015

Season 6, Episode 16

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

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My Funky Valentine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
My Funky Valentine Feb 10 2010

Season 1, Episode 15

"My Funky Valentine" is the 15th episode of first season of Modern Family. It premiered on ABC on February 10, 2010. It was written by Jerry Collins and directed by Michael Spiller.
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Manny Get Your Gun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Nov 17 2010

Season 2, Episode 8

It's Manny's birthday and the family is gathering at a restaurant to celebrate, though Manny himself is depressed about getting older. Phil and Claire decide to engage in a not-so-friendly car ...more
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Strangers on the Treadmi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Strangers on the Treadmill Oct 13 2010

Season 2, Episode 4

"Strangers on a Treadmill" is the fourth episode of the second season of the American sitcom, Modern Family and the 28th episode of the series overall. The episode originally aired ...more
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Arrested is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Arrested Nov 07 2012

Season 4, Episode 7

"Arrested" is the 7th episode of the fourth season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 79th episode overall. It aired November 7, 2012. The episode was written by ...more
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The Incident is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Oct 14 2009

Season 1, Episode 4

Claire and Mitchell's mother, Dede, drops in for a surprise visit and is determined to make amends with everyone she offended during what has been deemed "the incident" at Jay and ...more
15
Express Christmas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Express Christmas Dec 07 2011

Season 3, Episode 10

The Pritchett clan decide to celebrate Christmas a little early (and in a hurry) so they split up to gather the holiday trappings as Mitchell, Alex and Lily hunt for a tree, Gloria and Luke ...more
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Fizbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Fizbo Nov 25 2009

Season 1, Episode 9

Nothing is too big when Phil and Claire decide to throw Luke the biggest and best birthday party a boy could ever want, but when Cameron shows up as Fizbo the Clown, it sets off a chain of ...more
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Moon Landing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Moon Landing Feb 03 2010

Season 1, Episode 14

Claire is upset to find that her friend Valerie is better than her. In the meantime Mitchell helps Gloria with legal issues and Jay had a hard time in the locker room.
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Someone to Watch Over Li... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Someone to Watch Over Lily Apr 20 2011

Season 2, Episode 20

Mitchell and Cameron assess their family members in trying to decide who would best take care of Lily should anything happen to them.
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The Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
The Kiss Sep 29 2010

Season 2, Episode 2

"The Kiss" is the second episode of the second season of the American sitcom Modern Family and the 26th episode overall. The episode aired September 29, 2010. It was written by Abraham ...more
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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
AbhishekPillai(SupaDUDE) added Las Vegas March 26, 2014

Season 5, Episode 18

"Las Vegas" is the 18th episode of the fifth season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 114th overall. It was aired on March 26, 2014. The episode was written by Paul ...more
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Tableau Vivant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Tableau Vivant May 16 2012

Season 3, Episode 23

Gloria and Jay bicker while trying to order lunch at a diner. Claire and Cam have different theories on how to discipline kids. Luke accepts an award under false pretenses. Phil has a hard time ...more
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Earthquake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Earthquake Oct 06 2010

Season 9, Episode 3

When an earthquake hits, Claire gets stuck in the bathroom with the plumber; Manny experiences an existential crisis while out with Jay; Mitchell and Cameron use the quake as an excuse to get ...more
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Good Cop Bad Dog is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Good Cop Bad Dog May 11 2011

Season 9, Episode 22

Jay advises a dog trainer, while Phil and Claire switch parenting duties to the kids' chagrin. Mitchell has an extra Lady Gaga ticket when Cameron ends up sick.
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Slow Down Your Neighbors... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Slow Down Your Neighbors Jan 05 2011

Season 2, Episode 11

"Slow Down Your Neighbors" is the 11th episode of the second season of Modern Family and the 35th episode overall. It originally aired on January 5, 2011 on the American Broadcasting ...more
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Schooled is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Schooled Oct 03 2012

Season 4, Episode 2

Claire and Phil embarass Haley when they drop her off at college; Manny makes Gloria and Jay take a class; Lily gets into a tussle on her first day of kindergarten.