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Modern Family - S07E15

Family . Comedy

The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family with Jay Pritchett sitting at the head. By his side is his young, vivacious second wife Gloria, who resists his old-fashioned ways -- an impulse that will become all the more interesting now that he and Gloria have a new baby of their own. This exciting addition will bring more adventures to the family just as Gloria's son, Manny, is about to embark on an adventure of his own as he enters high school. Jay's grown daughter, Claire, and her husband, Phil, also have their son, Luke, heading to high school; their middle daughter, Alex, is full steam ahead on the college track, and the eldest, Haley, is back home figuring out her future. With the kids all growing up, this new chapter means Claire can explore returning to the workforce, which will have its fair share of missteps and victories. And this will be a big year for Claire's brother and Jay's grown son, Mitchell, who alongside his loving partner, Cameron, and daughter Lily, will have a lot of reasons to celebrate. Together these three families give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.

Episode Title: The Cover-Up
Airs: 2016-03-02 at 21:00
  • Troy Patterson

    The pacing of the show's jokes, which heralds a welcome respect for the quickness of the audience, helps all the humor pop. Of course, good-old dumb physical juxtapositions don't hurt, either.

    Slate Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Any one of these families has the potential to power a decent sitcom, but Modern Family manages to juggle all three in a balancing act that is not just funny, but heartwarming, and when was the last time you saw that on TV?

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    ABC is taking it one step at a time as it uses its biggest hit, "Dancing with the Stars," to give three of those shows a fighting chance. At least one of them actually deserves it. That would be Modern Family.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Though I enjoyed NBC’s pilot for Community a little bit more, "Modern Family" has as assured and entertaining a start as you could hope for.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It's like three, maybe four sitcoms all squeezed into one, and quite an enjoyable one.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    For the first time since Married...With Children stood the genre on its head two decades ago, somebody has come up with a new take on the family sitcom, and the results are riotously funny.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    [The mockumentary style is] used not to excess but to success, which is just what this wise, clever and bighearted comedy ought to be.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Modern Family is sharp, timely and fresh, complicated enough to be interesting but with a soft, sweet center because, and I'm speaking loudly so even cable channels can hear, there is nothing wrong with that.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It's not too early, however, to heap praise onto this astute, well-written show and its many specific wonders.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Flitting among three storylines, it's smart, nimble and best of all, funny, while actually making a point about the evolving nature of what constitutes "family."

    Variety Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Modern Family is good. Better than good. Really good. O'Neil--dry and wonderful as ever--and Vergara (considerably less dry) are a winning combination.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Peter Swanson

    Most of the episodes so far have ended with a simulacrum of a group hug, an acknowledgement that, even though they don't always get along, this family loves one another. So far, these moments have worked on the show, but the formula could get tired.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    It's funny, it's vicious, it's politically incorrect--in other words, everything that "Community" wants to be and isn't.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The best of the bunch, and the best new series of the fall, comes first.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This show earns its laughter with sharp writing, brilliant casting and characters that hit very close to home while often striking a nerve (mostly the funny bone).

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The family comedy gets a welcome and winning update in ABC's Modern Family, the fall's best new sitcom.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    Instead of the usual family sitcom curse of clichés and bad "Full House" jokes, Modern Family captures the absurdities, quirks and freakish flaws of today's extended family in ways that feel lively, unique and just dark and mean-spirited enough to be...well, accurate.

    Salon Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    This is the funniest sitcom pilot of the fall.

    Time Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    Tthe best new half-hour of funny television in a season rife with half-hours of funny television.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Long on heart, brimming with great characters, smartly cast, expertly written and funny from start to finish, Family is the obvious choice for best new fall comedy--and possibly best series.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    In a fall season surprisingly flush with good sitcoms, the best new comedy by far--and it's not that close of a race - is Modern Family on ABC.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Modern Family works because it does something the network sitcom hasn't managed in years: It offers a comic equation for almost every audience segment, while never blanding out the characters for mass consumption.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Modern Family has the finest cast of any new fall show and, thank goodness, this excellent comedy gives these talented performers the kind of sharp material they deserve.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    This remains far and away the best prime-time sitcom: crisp and farcical, but very kind. [25 Oct 2010, p.37]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    This fast-paced mockumentary perfectly captures the experience of parenthood.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    For their part, Messrs. Levitan and Lloyd set their ambitious sights on a rare kind of comedy, and they have, it appears, found the gold.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Leigh H. Edwards

    With its deft writing and sharp performances, the show is a telling snapshot of how families live now.

    PopMatters Full Review
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