In many ways, Modern Family was an era-defining sitcom. Shot like a mockumentary, it was among the most popular “single-camera” comedies as it focused on all the branches of a, well, modern family, including a same-sex couple and a patriarch on his second marriage to a much younger single mother. Modern Family won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for each of its first five seasons, as well as individual trophies for Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), and Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker).
But that was all a long time ago. The 2019-2020 season is the aging sitcom’s eleventh, and it will also be its last. “For 10 years, our characters have bravely faced turning points in life and moved through them to great personal enrichment,” co-creator Christopher Lloyd said in a statement linked to the show’s final season announcement. Lloyd has hinted at why it’s time to end the show, as the characters have reached so many major life events together that there aren’t that many more to depict. Back in 2009, all the kids on the show were living at home. Now they’ve been raised to adults, moved out, gone to college, and one of them, Haley Dunphy (Sarah Hyland), has children of her own now.