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The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes 

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Updated April 8, 2020 17k votes 1.4k voters 98.4k views 201 items

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. 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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Caught in the Act is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Caught in the Act Episode: 13, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Episode: 1, Season: Modern Family - Season 1

Original Airing: 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
Episode: 23, Season: Modern Family - Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Family Portrait is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Family Portrait Episode: 24, Season: Modern Family - Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Disneyland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Episode: 22, Season: Modern Family - Season 3

Original Airing: 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
Episode: 6, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: 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
Episode: 5, Season: Modern Family - Season 1

Original Airing: 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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My Funky Valentine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
My Funky Valentine Episode: 15, Season: Modern Family - Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Connection Lost is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Connection Lost

Original Airing: 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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Little Bo Bleep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Little Bo Bleep Episode: 13, Season: Modern Family - Season 3

Original Airing: 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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Manny Get Your Gun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Episode: 8, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: 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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The Incident is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Episode: 4, Season: Modern Family - Season 1

Original Airing: 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
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Strangers on the Treadmi... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Strangers on the Treadmill Episode: 4, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Express Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Express Christmas Episode: 10, Season: Modern Family - Season 3

Original Airing: 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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Moon Landing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Moon Landing Episode: 14, Season: Modern Family - Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Slow Down Your Neighbors... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Slow Down Your Neighbors Episode: 11, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Good Cop Bad Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Good Cop Bad Dog Episode: 22, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Tableau Vivant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Tableau Vivant Episode: 23, Season: Modern Family - Season 3

Original Airing: 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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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
AbhishekPillai(SupaDUDE) added Las Vegas Episode: 18, Season: Modern Family - Season 5

Original Airing: 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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Someone to Watch Over Li... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Someone to Watch Over Lily Episode: 20, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Fizbo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Fizbo Episode: 9, Season: Modern Family - Season 1

Original Airing: 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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The Kiss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
The Kiss Episode: 2, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Leap Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Leap Day Episode: 17, Season: Modern Family - Season 3

Original Airing: Feb 29 2012

Season 3, Episode 17

"Leap Day" is the 17th episode of the third season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 65th episode overall. It aired on February 29, 2012. The episode was written by ...more
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Boys' Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
Episode: 18, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: Mar 23 2011

Season 2, Episode 18

Luke becomes friends with a curmudgeon old neighbor, which does not please Phil and Claire. Meanwhile, Gloria and Manny try to get Jay to join them at the symphony, but in an attempt to avoid ...more
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See You Next Fall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 'Modern Family' Episodes
See You Next Fall Episode: 23, Season: Modern Family - Season 2

Original Airing: May 18 2011

Season 2, Episode 23

The whole family is gathering at Jay's before heading out to Alex's graduation ceremony from middle school, but while at the house, Jay is preoccupied hiding a botox mishap from everyone, ...more