Summary: Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life. Parents Phil and Claire yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids. But a daughter who is trying to grow up too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a rambunctious young son make it challenging. Claire's dad, Jay, and his Latina wife, Gloria, are raising two sons together, but people sometimes believe Jay to be Gloria's father. Jay's gay son, Mitchell, and his partner, Cameron, have adopted a little Asian girl, completing one big -- straight, gay, multicultural, traditional -- happy family.
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S07, E17 (First Aired:
Phil decides he wants to take a spontaneous trip to Paris with Claire, but they are both exhausted; Jay's command of the bathroom remodel creates hazards for the rest of the family; Cam's visiting sister's emotional outbursts frustrate Mitch.
S01, E10 (First Aired:
Claire and Phil threaten to take away Christmas when the kids get into trouble; Cameron and Mitchell take Lily to have her first picture taken with Santa.
S01, E11 (First Aired:
Gloria does not like Jay's reaction to the arrival of Manny's father (Benjamin Bratt); Phil is rushed to the hospital; Mitchell and Cameron try to sleep-train Lily.
S01, E13 (First Aired:
Mitchell plants an idea in Jay's head; Manny's date gets a makeover from Gloria.
S01, E14 (First Aired:
A visit from an old friend (Minnie Driver) leaves Claire feeling inadequate; Mitchell tries to help Gloria with some legal issues.
S01, E15 (First Aired:
Claire and Phil plan a Valentine's Day excursion; Jay takes Gloria to a comedy show; Cameron and Mitchell try to play cupid for Manny.
S01, E16 (First Aired:
Phil tries to conquer his fear of the dark when he and Luke go on a discovery expedition underneath the house; Mitchell and Cameron invite Lily's pediatrician over for brunch.
S01, E17 (First Aired:
Phil invites his high school girlfriend (Judy Greer) to the house; Jay accidentally kills Manny's pet turtle, then goes to extremes to cover his tracks; overworked Mitchell stands up to his boss.
S01, E20 (First Aired:
Luke and Manny's hot-tempered basketball coach quits during a game, causing Jay and Phil to jockey to fill the position; Mitchell takes Cameron along to meet a prospective employer.
S01, E21 (First Aired:
Claire is suspicious when Phil's father shows up for an expected visit; Manny is traumatized by a horror movie.
S02, E07 (First Aired:
Claire and Haley are stuck at home sick; the taunting of a chirping smoke detector has Phil preoccupied; Gloria and Manny's surprise visit at Jay's work leads to headaches for him; Cameron takes Lily for a commercial.
S06, E19 (First Aired:
Phil is excited to give Jay a high-tech outdoor grill for his birthday; Claire and Mitchell propose a gift idea they don't expect Jay to accept; Luke and Manny are taught a lesson about drinking; Andy becomes awkward around Haley and her boyfriend.
S06, E22 (First Aired:
When Alex learns she must share the Valedictorian title with a competitor, the principal lets them break a tie with a one mile run; Gloria studies for her citizenship test; Mitch and Cam join a protest against a local restaurant.
S06, E23 (First Aired:
Phil, Luke and Haley force Alex to celebrate senior ditch day; Claire gets a job offer from a hotel chain; Gloria takes advantage of Manny's groggy state after his wisdom teeth procedure.
S06, E24 (First Aired:
Unexpectedly stuck in Seattle, Phil figures out how to be at Alex's graduation party via video chat and a robotic vessel; Claire worries about giving Alex the perfect gift; Mitch doesn't tell Cam about being laid off.
S02, E01 (First Aired:
Phil finally agrees to sell the old station wagon but only after a family trip down memory lane; Cameron asks Jay for help when Mitchell decides to build a life-size princess castle for Lily.
S02, E02 (First Aired:
Gloria decides to honor her late grandmother by cooking more traditional Colombian meals; Claire finds out Alex is interested in a boy; Mitchell's aversion to public displays of affection causes an argument.
S02, E03 (First Aired:
When an earthquake hits, Claire gets stuck in the bathroom with the plumber; Manny experiences an existential crisis while out with Jay; Mitchell and Cameron use the quake as an excuse to get out of a party thrown by a friend (Nathan Lane).
S02, E04 (First Aired:
Claire and Mitchell try to spare their significant others from embarrassment; Haley tries to teach Alex how to be cool.
S02, E05 (First Aired:
Phil and Claire announce a family challenge after noticing how busy everyone is with electronic devices; Cameron and Mitchell try to get Lily into a good preschool.
S02, E06 (First Aired:
Claire prepares to make the Dunphy house spooky for Halloween; Cameron does not like the holiday because of a traumatic childhood experience; Jay and Manny tease Gloria about her accent.
S07, E18 (First Aired:
When Manny and Luke baby-sit Lily so the adults can have a day to themselves, things go awry and Claire is convinced the boys are throwing a party.
S07, E08 (First Aired:
When Gloria wins a family seminar at the school auction, Jay is resistant, Mitch and Cam try to come across as super stable, and Phil and Claire turn it into a competition; Haley and Alex get together to talk about boys.
S02, E09 (First Aired:
Cameron's mother (Celia Weston) makes Mitchell uncomfortable; Haley breaks up with Dylan.
S02, E11 (First Aired:
Claire intends to stop a car that speeds through the neighborhood; Phil deals with a difficult client; Jay teaches Manny to ride a bike; Mitchell and Cameron meet a charming neighbor.
S02, E12 (First Aired:
Alex's dedication to learning makes Claire and Phil question themselves; Gloria tries to make new friends; Mitch runs into an ex-girlfriend while out with Cam.
S02, E13 (First Aired:
Claire and Phil find themselves in a compromising position when the kids try to surprise them with breakfast in bed; an e-mail mars Jay and Gloria's Vegas vacation; Mitch and Cam try to get a hookup at a hot new restaurant.
S02, E14 (First Aired:
Claire and Phil decide to reprise their role-playing adventure from the previous year; Jay's elaborate Valentine's surprise for Gloria keeps getting held up; an admirer comes between Cameron and Mitchell.
S02, E15 (First Aired:
Fizbo is disinvited from Lily's birthday party; Mitchell and Claire's mother DeDe (Shelley Long) comes to the party with Claire's ex-boyfriend (Matt Dillon).
S02, E16 (First Aired:
Gloria and Jay try to help when Phil and Claire get into a huge argument; Cameron asks Mitchell and Luke to help prepare for a big fundraising event.
S02, E17 (First Aired:
Claire wears herself out trying to make peace between Alex and Haley; Phil sneaks off for a day at the spa; Cameron decides to write a book.
S02, E18 (First Aired:
Claire and Phil worry when they learn Luke has befriended their cantankerous old neighbor; Jay tries to avoid attending a symphony concert with Gloria and Manny; Haley baby-sits Lily.
S02, E20 (First Aired:
Mitchell and Cameron try to choose who would best take care of Lily should anything happen to them.
S02, E21 (First Aired:
Gloria and Claire plan a Mother's Day hike with the kids; things becomes awkward when Phil catches Jay in a moment of weakness.
S02, E22 (First Aired:
Phil and Claire shock the kids by switching parenting roles for a day; Jay gives advice to an entrepreneur about his dog-training business; Cameron has the flu, leaving Mitchell to decide what to do with their Lady Gaga tickets.
S02, E24 (First Aired:
The family scrambles to plan a big celebration for Jay's birthday; Phil runs into his college nemesis; Cameron gets into hot water at a bakery.
S03, E02 (First Aired:
Mitch and Cam bring the family together to announce their plan to adopt another child.
S02, E08 (First Aired:
Manny experiences a minicrisis over getting older; Phil and Claire engage in a car race on the way to a restaurant; Mitch and Cam go to the mall to pick up a gift for Manny's birthday.
S03, E01 (First Aired:
The family takes a vacation on a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Jay faces off with a cowboy.
S03, E03 (First Aired:
Jay's relationship with the dog irritates Gloria; Phil and Luke try to master the tightrope; Cameron starts a juice fast.