Aired: ABC, 2009-Present
The sweet spot on Modern Family, done as a mock documentary, is in exposing the growing pains for a culture confronting the fluid meaning of the mainstream family unit. Sitcom veterans Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan wrestled with how best to capture this in developing the series, knowing that audiences might find it difficult to follow three separate families each half-hour. That is, Lloyd said, until they arrived at a solution what if everyone in this peek into modern American family life was related? The mini-melting pot resonated with viewers, and earned Modern Family an Emmy as best comedy for its debut season, as well as writing honors for Lloyd, a longtime Frasier writer, and Levitan, creator of Just Shoot Me.