The hilarious hit mockumentary format recounts the life of the "Pritchett/Dunphy" family and their day-to-day troubles. From the patriarch now married to a stunning young Latina; the neurotic married daughter with three children and the youngest son who adopted a baby with his goofy partner. The series stayed on the air for 11 seasons winning countless awards.
The idea for Modern Family arose on the set of The Office when producers Lloyd and Levitan recalled stories about their families and it occurred to them that those stories could be the basis for a television series. They began to work on the idea of the family being observed in a series with a mockumentary format. Then they decided that it could be a series about three intertwined families and their experiences.
It's also worth noting that, despite the laughs, Modern Family belongs in the great tradition of sitcom pioneers, both with a gay wedding and Jay overcoming his initial doubts about the ceremony a year before the historic Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
Not only does Modern Family share the record for best comedy Emmy awards won by a series (five, along with Frasier ), but it was the last show on a television network to have that title. And every time a major sitcom ends, it seems like we're much less likely to see another like it.