As popular as Modern Family is, it’s always helpful to give background of a show. Plus, how shows developed, who joined in the cast and crew and studio info is always interesting to me, so there’s that.
Since 2009, Modern Family has aired on ABC as part of the Disney-owned network’s comedy block. Show creators Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan come from two popular NBC comedies that aired in the early and late ’90s – Fraiser and Just Shoot Me, respectively.
I never watched those shows. But I do watch Modern Family, so I imagine ABC may have picked up the show in part because of the level of success they had with the past NBC sitcoms. Makes sense. The mockumentary-style show is about three nuclear families that make up one big extended, charismatic, and hilarious family. With so many quirky personalities, humorous situations are central to each episode.There’s the traditional family: Phil and Claire Murphy and their three kids Alex, Haley and Luke. There’s a blended family: Claire’s father Jay Pritchett and his younger, Colombian wife (Claire’s stepmother) Gloria Delgado-Pritchett and his stepson Manny Delgado. The third family is related by Claire’s brother, Mitchell Pritchett, and his partner Cameron Tucker, along with their daughter Lily Tucker-Pritchett. So, in effect, this certainly is a Modern Family (sorry).
Character profiles will come later, but one of the most interesting things about the show, to me at least, is the cast. Popular TV dad Ed O’Neill (Married, With Children) plays the head patriarch Jay, and that’s a wise casting choice on the part of, again, playing up on the familiarity of popular sitcoms. Sofia Vergara, who plays Gloria, is probably the biggest breakout star of the show.
On the production side, creators’ Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan’s own production company Lloyd/Levitan and 20th Century Fox Television are in charge. Both are probably pretty happy with the show, because it has consistently performed well in ratings since it aired. It’s Wednesday night time slot at 9pm has had ratings of 3.8, 4.9, 5.5 and 4.9 for seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively.