Season 1
Country of Origin United States
Episodes 24
Original Channel (USA - ABC Family)

(UK - Sky1)

Original Run September 23, 2009 -
May 19, 2010
Premiere "Pilot"
Finale "Family Portrait"
DVD Release Date September 21, 2010
Season Chronology
"Season 2"

Season 1 for Modern Family premiered for the first time on September 23, 2009, with "Pilot" and released it's finale "Family Portrait" on May 19, 2010

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

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Guest Cast

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Image Title Writers Director Airdate No. in Season No. in Series
1x01-Pilot "Pilot" Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd Jason Winer September 23, 2009 01 01
Jay's family functions despite the age difference between himself and his second wife, Gloria. Claire's and Phil's try to punish their son and watch over their eldest daughter and her new boyfriend. Mitchell tries to hide the fact that he and his partner Cameron have just adopted a baby daughter in Vietnam from his family: Jay, Claire, Phil and their families.
1X02-The-Bicycle-Thief2 "The Bicycle Thief" Bill Wrubel Jason Winer September 30, 2009 02 02
Jay tries to show his stepson he can be a good father; Phil tries to teach his son a lesson by stealing his bike, but gets in trouble when he discovers he got the wrong bike; and Cameron and Mitchell bring Lily to a play group and try to act straight.
1x03-Come-Fly-with-Me7 "Come Fly with Me" Dan O'Shannon Reginald Hudlin October 7, 2009 03 03
Jay tries to spend some time alone with his model airplane, but Phil ruins it; Alex and Gloria go to a mall and Gloria tries to convince Alex to wear a dress to a wedding; Mitchell goes to Costco for the first time in his life.
1x04-The-Incident "The Incident" Steven Levitan Jason Winer October 14, 2009 04 04
Mitchell and Claire's mother visits the family months after she embarrassed Jay and Gloria in front of their family during their wedding. Phil and Claire try to judge whether Haley's boyfriend, Dylan, is acceptable to take her to a concert or not. Mitchell goes to his father's house to tell him that they are inviting his ex-wife to a party, but does not tell Gloria.
S1E05-Coal-Digger "Coal Digger" Christopher Lloyd Jason Winer October 21, 2009 05 05
Manny and Luke get into a fight at school. The family gathers at Jay and Gloria's to watch football. Claire and Gloria get into an argument.
1x06-Run-for-Your Wife "Run for Your Wife" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Jason Winer October 28, 2009 06 06
It is the first day of school and Jay and Gloria fight about Manny's outfit. While the kids are at school, Claire wants some quiet time, but Phil has other ideas. Mitchell and Cameron freak out about a minor incident with Lily.
1x07-En-Garde "En Garde" Danny Zuker Randall Einhorn November 4, 2009 07 07
Manny takes up fencing and he is quite talented. Jay is very proud of Manny, which stirs up resentment in Mitchell. These feelings cause Mitchell to confront Claire about something from their past.
1x08-Great-Expectations "Great Expectations" Joe Lawson Jason Winer November 18, 2009 08 08
It is Claire and Phil's anniversary and Jay is having the grand kids over for the night. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron reunite with an old friend.
1x09-Fizbo "Fizbo" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Jason Winer November 25, 2009 09 09
When Phil and Claire try to throw a party for Luke, things go wrong and leads to a trip to the emergency room; Cameron decides to dress up as his clown character Fizbo; Manny has a hard time impressing a girl after taking advice from Jay.
DunphyChristmas "Undeck the Halls" Dan O'Shannon Randall Einhorn December 9, 2009 10 10
Claire and Phil threaten to take away Christmas when the kids get in trouble; Cameron and Mitchell take Lily to get her first picture with Santa.
1x11-Up-All-Night1 "Up All Night" Christopher Lloyd Michael Spiller January 6, 2010 11 11
Manny's father, Javier visits; Phil takes a trip to the hospital. Mitchell and Cameron dispute over a parenting technique.
Not in my house "Not in My House" Caroline Williams Chris Koch January 13, 2010 12 12
Gloria hates Jay's life-sized dog butler statue. Claire freaks out when she thinks Luke has been looking at naughty pictures on the computer, but they were actually sent to Phil. Mitchell gets upset at Cameron for helping other people too much.
1x13-Fifteen-Percent "Fifteen Percent" Steven Levitan Jason Winer January 20, 2010 13 13
Mitchell convinces Jay that his friend might be gay. Claire tries to learn how to use the TV remote. Manny has a blind date.
1x14-Moon-Landing "Moon Landing" Bill Wrubel Jason Winer February 3, 2010 14 14
Things get a little awkward for Jay and Cameron when they go to the gym. An old friend from work visits Claire. Gloria gets into a minor car accident and Mitchell agrees to be her lawyer.
MF S1E15 "My Funky Valentine" Jerry Collins Michael Spiller February 10, 2010 15 15
Claire and Phil spice things up on Valentine's Day. Mitchell and Cameron help Manny with a bully. Jay and Gloria go to a comedy show.
1x16-Fears "Fears" Steven Levitan Reginald Hudlin March 3, 2010 16 16
Phil and Luke go into the crawlspace under the house, Haley takes her drivers test, Manny tries to get over his fear of roller coasters and Lily says "Mommy" which upsets Cameron and Mitchell.
1x17-Truth-Be-Told "Truth Be Told" Joe Lawson Jason Winer March 10, 2010 17 17
Phil meets an old girlfriend on Facebook. Jay accidentally kills Manny's turtle. Mitchell tells his boss the truth.
1x18-Starry-Night "Starry Night" Danny Zuker Jason Winer March 24, 2010 18 18
Claire and Phil take rival approaches to keeping Haley and Luke focused on projects that are due the next day. Manny's ribbing of Mitchell during a trip with Jay causes tension between the three. Cameron tries to make amends with Gloria for past awkward encounters with a night out in her old neighborhood.
1x19-Game-Changer "Game Changer" Vanessa McCarthy & Joe Lawson Kevin Sullivan March 31, 2010 19 19
iPad release day falls on Phil's birthday, giving Claire an opportunity to finally score an ideal gift for her technophile husband. Manny and Gloria humor Jay—a sore loser at board games—by suppressing their superior chess skills. Mitchell questions his ability to protect his family, while crossed baby monitor signals compel Cameron to secretly intervene in the love life of a neighboring couple.
1x20-Benched "Benched" Danny Zuker Chris Koch April 14, 2010 20 20
Phil and Jay have a series of encounters regarding authority and basketball. Mitchell meets his new boss, then he and Cameron accidentally destroy his Ferrari. Gloria and Claire's children demand less coddling.
1x21-Travels-with-Scout "Travels with Scout" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Seth Gordon April 28, 2010 21 21
Claire is suspicious when Phil's father shows up for an unexpected visit. Manny is traumatized by a horror movie. Cam fills the void in Dylan's band for a drummer.
Airport 2010 4 "Airport 2010" Dan O'Shannon & Bill Wrubel Jason Winer May 5, 2010 22 22
Gloria surprises Jay with a trip to Hawaii for his birthday, but he isn't pleased to find out that the entire family is tagging along. When everyone arrives at the airport, chaos ensues with forgotten identification, breaches of security, and flying phobias.
Hawaii "Hawaii" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Steven Levitan May 12, 2010 23 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 whether they should go sight-seeing, and the kids get themselves into trouble.
Familyportrait "Family Portrait" Ilana Wernick Jason Winer May 19, 2010 24 24
Claire makes an effort to take a new family portrait, but everybody is too busy to cooperate: Gloria and Manny go with Phil and Alex to a Lakers game and share an awkward moment on the jumbotron, Cameron gets a job as a wedding singer while Mitchell takes care of Lily and a stray pigeon, and Luke interviews Jay for a school project.

Character Appearances

= Appears | X = Absent.


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Jay Pritchett 24
Gloria Pritchett 24
Manny Delgado X 23
Joe Pritchett X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 0
Phil Dunphy 24
Claire Dunphy 24
Haley Dunphy X X 22
Alex Dunphy X X 22
Luke Dunphy X 23
Mitchell Pritchett 24
Cameron Tucker 24
Lily Tucker-Pritchett 24

Viewing Rates

# Title Views (in millions)
01 "Pilot" 12.60 million
02 "The Bicycle Thief" 9.99 million
03 "Come Fly with Me" 8.82 million
04 "The Incident" 9.35 million
05 "Coal Digger" 8.66 million
06 "Run For Your Wife" 9.32 million
07 "En Garde" 8.77 million
08 "Great Expectations" 9.16 million
09 "Fizbo" 7.12 million
10 "Undeck the Halls" 9.67 million
11 "Up All Night" 10.2 million
12 "Not in My House" 7.83 million
13 "Fifteen Percent" 9.83 million
14 "Moon Landing" 9.19 million
15 "My Funky Valentine" 9.84 million
16 "Fears" 8.01 million
17 "Truth Be Told" 8.95 million
18 "Starry Night" 9.18 million
19 "Game Changer" 9.51 million
20 "Benched" 8.88 million
21 "Travels with Scout" 10.0 million
22 "Airport 2010" 9.48 million
23 "Hawaii" 10.3 million
24 "Family Portrait" 10.1 million

Character Storylines

The Pritchett Family

Jay and Gloria, despite their age differences manage to stick together as a family, but also argue when it comes to Gloria's son and Jay's new stepson, Manny. Jay argues that Gloria gives him bad advice when it comes to Manny's friendship and love life.




The Dunphy Family

The Parents of the Dunphy family: Phil and Claire, have to deal with their eldest daughter, Haley's, growing pains and her new boyfriend, who Claire doesn't approve of. Along with the ride is their only son, Luke, who they try to protect from himself, as he seems to be the dumbest of the kids. And the only one they don't have to protect is their middle child, Alex, the smartest of the family, they often go to her for help and she considers them to be sometimes stupid.






The Tucker-Pritchett Family

Mitchell and Cameron adopt a baby girl called Lily. Mitchell doesn't want to deal with his families opinions but when Cameron secretly invites them over. Their opinions aren't what he thought they would be and they welcome Lily to the family.



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