“Modern Family” Says Goodbye

Nora Toscano, Reporter

This year marks the ten year anniversary of everyone’s favorite sitcom, “Modern Family.”  While it took me a really long time to understand the family tree, I have always loved “Modern Family,” from the humor to heart-felt family moments.  Looking back at the early seasons, it’s easy to see how everything has changed. The actors and actresses who started as children have grown up on screen, just as we’ve grown up watching them. Unfortunately, the hit TV-show is coming to an end.

The eleventh season started airing this fall, and will conclude the series with its 2019-2020 run.  The final season’s cast includes Ed O’Neill (Jay Pritchett), Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Sofia Vergara (Gloria Pritchett), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker) Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy), Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy), Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy), Rico Rodriguez (Manny Delgado), Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily Tucker-Pritchett), Jeremy Maguire (Joe Pritchett) and Reid Ewing (Dylan). In a tweet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who was Emmy nominated five times for his character Mitchell, said, “Will be hard to say goodbye. Love my family.”  The show and its cast and crew have won 24 Emmys and been nominated for 51.

This season will include lots of guest stars from previous seasons.  Some are Fred Willard, who plays Phil’s father, Elizabeth Banks, who plays Cam and Mitchell’s friend Sal, and Stephanie Beatriz, who plays Gloria’s sister.  There will also be allusions to prior seasons throughout the episodes. Chrisopher Lloyd, who developed the show with Steve Levitan, said, “We’re finding ways to integrate footage from early seasons as kind of a curtain call. People often talk about how different the kids look in reruns, so we’re including snippets here and there.”

Whether you’re watching for the guest stars, hilarious moments, or family drama, we’ll have to say goodbye to “Modern Family” at the end of this season.