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The beloved series ‘Modern Family’ premiered on September 23, 2009, and continued to entertain audiences until its heartfelt finale on April 8, 2020. As one of ABC’s biggest hits, this mockumentary-style sitcom charmed viewers for an impressive 11 seasons, leaving an indelible mark on television comedy. According to Variety, the series finale drew in 7.4 million viewers in 2020, marking its highest viewership since the season 10 premiere in 2018. Over its 11-year run, ‘Modern Family’ amassed numerous accolades, including an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, the 2021 Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, and five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. ‘Modern Family’ remains a beloved show to this day. Its conclusion left a void in the hearts of fans worldwide who had come to adore the Dunpheys and their extended family.

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Hints of a Reunion

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who famously portrayed Mitchell Pritchett, sparked excitement with an intriguing Instagram story captioned, “Haven’t seen this view in a while.” The photo featured the familiar home of Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), along with their children Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter), and Luke Dunphy (Nolan Gould). The image showcased the well-known Dunphy hallway with its red and brown patterned rug, iconic wooden stairs, and, notably, black sheets and lighting equipment overhead, suggesting a possible set visit. This tantalizing glimpse had fans buzzing on X, formerly known as ‘Twitter’, about a potential ‘Modern Family’ revival. Tweets of excitement flooded social media, with fans sharing their enthusiasm and speculating about potential plots. One fan humorously declared, “Quitting my job to focus on this potential Modern Family reboot,” while another suggested, “If the reboot is happening, can Dylan and Haley be divorced, and Haley be remarried to Andy?” Yet another tweet captured the collective sentiment: “A Modern Family reboot is exactly what I need in my life.” The buzz and anticipation among fans were certain as they eagerly discussed the possibility of seeing their favorite television family return to the screen.

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Modern Family Rundown

The ABC series ‘Modern Family’ centers around three interconnected families living in Los Angeles, all linked through the patriarch, Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), and his two children, Claire and Mitchell. Jay’s remarriage to the gorgeous Colombian immigrant Gloria Delgado (Sofía Vergara) adds a dynamic twist, introducing her son, Manny Delgado (Rico Rodriguez), into the mix. As the series progresses, Jay and Gloria welcome a child of their own, Fulgencio Joseph “Joe” Pritchett (Jeremy Maguire), further expanding the family. Throughout the show, the ex-spouses, Dee Dee and Javier make occasional appearances, adding to the rich tapestry of relationships, though they are not series regulars.

 

Jay’s daughter, Claire, initially a stay-at-home mom, eventually finds her ambition rekindled and takes over as Chief Executive of her father’s successful company, Pritchett’s Closets and Blinds. Claire is married to Phil Dunphy, a charismatic realtor with a love for magic, who also teaches real estate at a community college. Phil proudly identifies as a “fun dad,” bringing boundless energy to their family life, especially with his son. Together, they navigate the challenges of raising three children: Haley, the quintessential pretty and ditzy teenager; Alex, the intellectually gifted yet often overlooked middle child; and Luke, their quirky and clumsy son. Their family dynamic is relatable, marked by sibling rivalries and parental disagreements, but always underscored by an abundance of love.

 

Lastly, Jay’s son Mitchell is a lawyer in a loving same-sex relationship with Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet), a former music teacher who later becomes the head football coach. In the pilot episode, the couple adopts a Vietnamese baby girl, Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). In the final season, the same adoption agency informs them that they are eligible to adopt a baby boy. Season 5, which aired in 2014, features the couple’s legal marriage following California’s legalization of same-sex marriage the previous year. This momentous event was celebrated by LGBTQ+ fans and advocates worldwide, marking a significant milestone in the show’s inclusive storytelling.

 

‘Modern Family’ masterfully highlighted the complexities of contemporary familial relationships. It delved into the challenges of maintaining a stable two-parent household, showcased Jay’s unconventional marriage to Gloria, and followed Mitch and Cam’s journey as gay adoptive parents. Amidst the chaos, the extended family managed to love, support, and learn from one another while having fun along the way. The series resonated with audiences for its relatable characters, sharp humor, and heartfelt storytelling. Director and Producer, Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd succeeded in making viewers feel like part of the extended family, creating an enduring bond between the show and its fans.

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Cast Thoughts

As for the reboot rumors, they remain purely speculative, as no one from the cast or crew has officially confirmed or denied them. However, Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Instagram hint has certainly stirred excitement. On the “Awards Chatter” podcast, Sofía Vergara expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “I mean, I would do it in a second,” when asked about a revival in May 2024. Ed O’Neill hasn’t entirely dismissed the idea, admitting, “I don’t like to do that stuff,” but added, “I like everybody involved, so I wouldn’t be the guy who says no if everyone else wants to.” 

Sarah Hyland and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons have also shared their thoughts, indicating they are open but cautious. Sarah told Variety that her participation would depend on how Haley’s character is written in the reboot, while Aubrey told the Daily Mail that it would depend on her ability to finish high school and if her TV dads were on board. With such mixed reactions from the cast, the possibility of a “Modern Family” reboot remains uncertain but intriguing.

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To Be Continued…?

Though it’s only been four years since the finale—a short span by typical reboot standards—‘Modern Family’ remains a beloved series, cherished by fans for over a decade. The prospect of reuniting everyone’s favorite TV family is alluring, and while the feasibility of a reboot is still unknown, none of the cast or crew have ruled it out. When ‘Modern Family’ premiered, it faced skepticism for being a sitcom at a time when the genre was considered dead. However, it defied expectations, finding immense success with its mockumentary style and making television history. The creators drew inspiration from their own family lives, incorporating storylines that resonated with the actors’ real experiences. This authenticity, combined with sharp humor and relatable characters, allowed the show to break barriers and connect with millions worldwide. To dismiss the idea of a reboot would be shortsighted. ‘Modern Family’ has cemented its place in TV history as a treasured and thoroughly enjoyed series. It will be fascinating to see what unfolds next. Will the interconnected Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker family grace our screens once more? Fans are eagerly waiting to find out!

Cast: Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Rico Rodriguez, Jeremy Maguire | Created By: Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan | Music Composer: Gabriel Mann  

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