After twelve years and 250 episodes, Modern Family, one of America’s most popular comedies, has finally drawn to a close.
There are no spoilers in this article.
The hit US ‘mockumentary style’ show, over eleven seasons, follows three modern-day families from California. We see the families try to deal with their kids, quirky spouses and jobs in their own unique ways, often falling into hilarious situations. It has been a huge success with viewers and critics alike since it debuted on ABC in 2009.
The two-hour finale on Wednesday evening began with a documentary and concluded with a two-part episode. Viewers in the UK will get to see the finale on Sky One in May as we are six episodes behind the USA.
Actor Josh Gadd, who has previously guest starred on the show, congratulated the show on Twitter.
Congrats to all my #ModernFamily friends on the completion of their 11 year journey. So honored to have been a small part of such a wonderful series & so sad to see this incredible family leave us. Thank you to the incredible cast and crew for your tremendous work! pic.twitter.com/DKfOpFI3IU
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 8, 2020
And Ellen DeGeneres tweeted her thanks.
Thank you to every single member of the cast and crew of #ModernFamily for consistently making us laugh and cry for 11 seasons. You’ve been a huge part of all of our lives and we miss you already.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 9, 2020
After the show aired an emotional Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of the show, tweeted:
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) April 9, 2020
An award-winning modern family
Modern Family reached its peak popularity in 2013-2014, when it would attract audiences of over 14 million viewers each week. But as streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu became more popular, it struggled to maintain its popularity, dropping to four million viewers in later seasons.
Over its twelve year run the show won several major awards, including a 2012 Golden Globe for best comedy series. It also won five consecutive Emmy awards for outstanding comedy series.
When it won five awards in a single night at the 2011 Emmys, host Jane Lynch famously joked after a commercial break: “Welcome back to the Modern Family Awards.”
The finale of Modern Family was unaffected by coronavirus as it had already been filmed before the outbreak and subsequent worldwide lockdown.