IMDb Ranks the Top 15 Episodes of ‘Modern Family’

The beloved ABC sitcom Modern Family, consisting of 11 seasons, concluded in 2020, leaving many devoted viewers saddened despite the show’s happy ending. The show’s clever and creative approach to addressing everyday family topics makes viewers feel like they are part of the family. As a result, Modern Family is undoubtedly one of the most popular television sitcoms and highly regarded by fans. With an IMDb rating of 8.5, the show features several episodes that both fans and critics consider the best and deserving of a rewatch. Updated on June 20, 2023, by Jessie Nguyen: Although it has been some time since Modern Family went off the air, its popularity has endured. The sitcom has received numerous accolades and has a wealth of rewatchable episodes, many of which have high ratings. It remained a fan favorite for over 11 seasons.


15 “Hawaii” Season 1, Episode 23
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
In episode 22, Gloria (Sofia Vergara) gives Jay (Ed O’Neill) a birthday present for a trip to Hawaii, and the story continues with the family there in Ep 23. However, Jay’s plans for a relaxing vacation are disrupted by a reality check. Meanwhile, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) argue about sightseeing, Phil (Ty Burrell) tries to make the trip romantic for Claire (Julie Bowen), and the kids get into mischief. This episode depicts the chaos of family vacations, where everyone has different ideas of relaxation and fun. Despite the mishaps, the bond between the family members grows stronger, as seen in every Modern Family episode.

14 “Family Portrait” Season 1, Episode 24
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
This episode showcases the dysfunction within the family as Claire attempts to take a family photo but faces resistance from everyone who is too busy with their own lives. Gloria and Manny accompany Phil and Alex to a Lakers game, leading to an unpleasant incident on the jumbotron. Meanwhile, Cameron becomes a wedding singer, Mitchell takes care of Lily and a wandering pigeon, and Luke interviews Jay for a school project. It accurately portrays how families often fail to appreciate one another’s efforts when one person plans something for the whole family. Despite the imperfections, the family coming together for the photo is a sweet ending to the first season.

13 “A Year of Birthdays” Season 10, Episode 22
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
As Haley’s and Dylan’s twins’ due date approaches, the family relives their birthdays from the previous year. While Phil takes piano lessons and Claire realizes she’s perceived as uptight, Manny’s failed proposal and subsequent sadness overshadow Cam and Lily’s birthdays. The episode becomes emotional when Haley gives birth to a boy and a girl, showcasing the growth and changes in each character over the year. It strikes a perfect balance between emotional and humorous moments.

12 “The Party” Season 7, Ep 18
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
Manny and Luke are tasked with babysitting Lily, allowing the adults to have a day to themselves. Jay and Cam go to a sports bar, Phil and Mitch enjoy the movies, and Claire and Gloria plan a spa day. However, things go awry when Claire mistakenly believes the boys are throwing a secret party that sets off the fire alarm. This episode showcases each character’s personality and routine while also pairing unlikely individuals together, adding adventure and unexpectedness to the mix.

11 “Phil’s Sexy, Sexy House” Season 7, Episode 7
IMDb Score: 8.6/10
In this unique Thanksgiving episode, Phil assists Mitchell and Cameron’s friend in selling his stylish and modern home. Unbeknownst to them, everyone else also plans to sneak into the house for some “fun” time. The timing and writing of each plot component in this episode are executed flawlessly. The episode also takes Haley and Andy’s love story to new heights, captivating fans with their chemistry.

10 “The Wedding, Part 2” Season 5, Episode 24
IMDb Score: 8.6/10
This episode revolves around Mitchell and Cameron’s wedding as they deal with unexpected events that prevent them from having their dream wedding. Despite the unexpected turns, the wedding is still perfect. The emotional high points of Mitch and Cam’s wedding are accompanied by Jay mending fences with Mitch, addressing their past falling out in a meaningful way. The scene of Jay and Gloria walking Mitchell down the aisle while Cameron’s parents accompany him is considered by many viewers as the most moving moment of the entire series.

9 “Schooled” Season 4, Episode 2
IMDb Score: 8.6/10
Phil and Claire find it tough to see their daughter, Haley, off to college, leading to some embarrassing moments for her. Meanwhile, Manny convinces Jay and Gloria to attend a baby class, and Mitch and Cam drop Lily off on her first day of kindergarten, encountering combative parents when Lily gets into a fight. This episode connects with viewers on a relatable level, as it explores the struggles parents face when their child leaves the nest or gets into trouble at school.

8 “My Funky Valentine” Season 1, Episode 15
IMDb Score: 8.6/10
This Valentine’s Day episode centers around Claire and Phil’s role-playing at a bar. Claire decides to surprise Phil by stripping and wearing only her coat but things go wrong when they get stuck on an escalator. Fortunately, Jay and Gloria come to their rescue, while Mitchell and Cameron help Manny pursue a love interest. This episode incorporates different Valentine’s Day celebrations that viewers can relate to, especially Claire and Phil’s role-playing, adding a humorous escalator subplot.

7 “Fizbo” Season 1, Episode 9
IMDb Score: 8.6/10
Phil and Claire plan Luke’s birthday party, while Cameron decides to embody his alter ego, Fizbo the Clown, to entertain the kids. However, chaotic events unfold throughout the episode as each character deals with their own challenges and comedic moments. The episode highlights the unique personalities of each character and their interactions outside of the family setting, strengthening the bond among them and providing a sense of adventure and unexpectedness.

This is only a selection of the best Modern Family episodes, as the show has consistently provided entertaining and relatable content throughout its 11-season run.


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