Created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, Modern Family is comedy series that is largely presented in a mock documentary style a.k.a mockumentary. This half-hour is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
Today is quite a monumental revolution of fathers solely raising their kids. “Modern Family” depicts this painstaking reality.
The story presents the modern families of the old-fashioned American Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), his daughter and homemaker Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), and his gay son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).
The nuclear family has expanded as Claire married a real estate agent Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) and now raising three uncontrollable children namely Haley, Alex and Luke; Mitchell partners the enthusiastic Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet), who both adopted a precious Vietnamese baby named Lily Tucker Pritchett; while Jay re-married a much younger fiery Colombian woman Gloria (Sofía Vergara) and is now helping her raise her pre-teen son Manny Delgado (Rico Rodriguez). The two met when Gloria bartended at a pool party Jay threw himself the day his wife left him. The Delgado-Pritchett home can sometimes be muddled due to the cultural differences between the two heads.
The comedy show became the first comedy mockumentary series of ABC which was premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, garnering 12.61 million viewers. The show receives positive acclaims from critics and has already won multiple awards and nominations. On January 12, 2010, American Broadcasting Company Entertainment President Stephen McPherson announced its renewal for a second season. Because of its consistently high on ratings, Modern Family was renewed for its third season on January 10, 2011.
Perhaps you wonder how Modern Family was conceptualized, well, there’s a story to tell. While working in the office, creators Lloyd and Levitan were talking and telling stories about their own families. Both have then thought how they could actualize the conversation in a mockumentary style show. In two shakes of a lamb’s tail, the two decided to make it a three-family show presenting their experiences. The comedy series was initially called “My American Family” but later on changed it to the now famous “Modern Family.”
Wait, there’s more to tell. The creators have actually hurled the concept to three major U.S. networks, excluding Fox due to Lloyd’s existing dispute with previous shows against the network. Anyway, CBS turned down the project because the network was not ready yet to use the single-camera style of filming. On the other hand, NBC already has two running shows that are similar in style (mokumentary) with Modern Family. Finally, after the creators resorted to ABC, Modern Family was accepted and picked up for a full season.
Since its debut, the comedy TV series remains popular as ever. During its debut season, Modern Family became the sixth highest rated American show among adults aging from 18 to 49. It was also appraised as the third highest rating new show then. In its sophomore season, it triggered to be the highest rated show on a Wednesday during its premiere week. No wonder, the success in ratings has been positively compared to The Cosby Show.