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Modern Family (Episode 1)

The first episode in Season 1

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A Quick Tip by TheJohn

  • Dec 29, 2010
A "normal" family full of bratty kids and bewildered parents, an older man with his smoking hot wife and her son and a gay couple who adopted a Asian baby all have adventures that intertwine.
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review by . April 09, 2010
posted in Modern Family Fans
I have to imagine that writing a good pilot has got to be one of the hardest things in TV writing.  You not only need to lay the foundation and develop all of the characters, but you need to do it in a way that is still interesting.  And if you can't do it, then your show is toast... talk about pressure.        The creators of Modern Family did such a great job and got this show off to such a great start.  Let's just hope they can keep it going for many years …
review by . February 19, 2010
posted in Modern Family Fans
 Remember the first time you saw "Modern Family"? for me it was love from first sight (or from first episode). The moment that sealed the deal for me was Cam presenting baby Lily to the family with "The Lion King" song in the background.      The pilot episode introduces us to three family units: The traditional family, the Dunphys, mom, dad and their three kids, the older-man hot young woman and her son, the Pritchetts, and the modern …
Quick Tip by . April 09, 2010
posted in Modern Family Fans
Thank goodness for this pilot, otherwise I wouldn't have all these great quotes & laughs!
Quick Tip by . March 31, 2010
posted in Modern Family Fans
FINALLY sat down and saw this show. Totally worth the hype!
Quick Tip by . March 18, 2010
posted in Modern Family Fans
Best ever first episode. Most shows start slowly until they find themselves. Modern Family hit the ground running!
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
posted in Modern Family Fans
it was a fantastic pilot. I really set up the entire series so well and left me wanting to learn more about each and every character.
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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, 2009. The pilot introduces viewers to three sets of people who make up a single family. The episode is shot in a mockumentary style, with a cameraman following the characters around their everyday lives and interviewing them characters at various intervals. It cuts between the experiences of the three separate units before they all come together at the end of the episode. Jay's family tries to function despite the age difference between himself and his wife. Claire's family tries to punish their son and watch over her daughter and her new boyfriend. Mitchell tries to hide the fact that he and his partner Cameron have adopted a daughter in Vietnam from his family until Cameron invites Mitchell's family without consulting him (which is revealed to be the other two families).

Reviews for the pilot episode compared Modern Family to shows such as Married...with Children, Frasier, Malcolm in the Middle and, most strongly, Arrested Development. In the United Kingdom, reviewers saw similarities between Modern Family and Outnumbered.

The episode begins at the home of Phil and Claire Dunphy and their three children Haley, Alex and Luke. Claire and Phil shout up the stairs to the children and, when Haley emerges, Claire tells her that her skirt is too short. Phil, however does ...
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