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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S05, E10 (First Aired:
Jay and Manny set out to cut down their own Christmas tree; Gloria is on edge when her mother visits; Mitchell does last-minute shopping to find the perfect gift for Lily.
S05, E11 (First Aired:
Phil ends up in jail after tricking Luke into taking a dance class; Jay and Gloria plan birthday parties for Manny and Joe; Mitch and Cam try to book a wedding venue.
S06, E17 (First Aired:
When their competitor releases a catchy ad, Claire and Jay scramble to shoot a commercial of their own; Phil, Luke and Manny try to take down a drone that a neighbor keeps using to spy on Gloria; Andy is rushed to the hospital.
S06, E18 (First Aired:
Claire tackles spring cleaning; Phil has a difficult time when Luke seems to outperform him at many things; Haley tries to distract Alex by taking her to a music festival; Gloria attends Cameron's faculty talent show.
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, E20 (First Aired:
Jay agrees to sub in on Cam's bowling team, not knowing it's an all-gay league; Phil and Clair have an unexpectedly nice time with their neighbors; Gloria and Mitch agree to go out with Haley.
Claire is convinced there's a mole in the company; Phil confronts Auntie Alice about stealing Gloria's hot sauce recipe; Jay teaches Joe how to be a handyman.
S01, E04 (First Aired:
Jay's ex-wife, Dede (Shelley Long), tries to make amends with everyone she offended at Jay and Gloria's wedding.
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, 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.
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, 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).
S03, E11 (First Aired:
When Phil misses a call from his doctor with test results, he immediately assumes the worst; Javier stops by to take Manny to the horse races; Mitchell's winning of an environmental law award sparks a competition.
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, E09 (First Aired:
Cameron's mother (Celia Weston) makes Mitchell uncomfortable; Haley breaks up with Dylan.
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, 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, E19 (First Aired:
Cameron is overzealous in his planning of the spring musical performance at Luke and Manny's school; Jay's brother visits; Phil convinces the family to be in his new ad.
S02, E20 (First Aired:
Mitchell and Cameron try to choose who would best take care of Lily should anything happen to them.
S06, E21 (First Aired:
Claire won't let Phil buy a video game console; Jay and Gloria get into a disagreement over the types of toys Joe plays with; Haley wants to stand up for herself at work; Claire attempts to bribe the school principal.
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, 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, E23 (First Aired:
As the family prepares for Alex's middle-school graduation, Jay tries to hide a cosmetic-procedure mishap, Cameron is upset about Mitchell laughing at his expense, and Phil antagonizes Claire.
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.
Manny talks the family into taking the train to attend Dede's wedding; Claire and Mitchell work on a toast; Phil and Cam are excited to spot their favorite author on the train.
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