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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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.
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, 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, E19 (First Aired:
The release of a new product Phil wants coincides with his birthday; Mitchell has a newfound desire to toughen up; Cameron gets involved in a neighbor's marital problems.
S01, E24 (First Aired:
Everything seems to be working against Claire's plans for a new family portrait; Cameron gets a gig as a wedding singer, leaving Mitchell home alone with Lily and a wayward pigeon.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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).
S01, E08 (First Aired:
Claire wants to surprise Phil with a private performance by one of their favorite musicians (Edward Norton); Cameron and Mitchell invite their friend Sal (Elizabeth Banks) out for a night on the town.
S02, E20 (First Aired:
Mitchell and Cameron try to choose who would best take care of Lily should anything happen to them.
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.
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.
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.
S04, E20 (First Aired:
Phil gets desperate when Cam and Claire's flipped house is more difficult to sell than expected; Javier brings his new girlfriend along to visit Manny.
S03, E20 (First Aired:
Claire tries to help Luke cope with the death of a neighbor; Phil and Alex spend some time together; Haley throws a party without permission; Cameron's father visits.
S02, E09 (First Aired:
Cameron's mother (Celia Weston) makes Mitchell uncomfortable; Haley breaks up with Dylan.
S05, E04 (First Aired:
When Cam's sister comes to visit, he tries to find a gentle way to break the news of his engagement; Phil and Claire decide to miss one of Luke's games; Gloria is in denial about needing glasses.
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.
S01, E21 (First Aired:
Claire is suspicious when Phil's father shows up for an expected visit; Manny is traumatized by a horror movie.
S04, E07 (First Aired:
Cameron watches Alex and Luke while Phil, Claire and Mitchell deal with Haley's arrest; Jay tries to cut short a surprise visit from ex-wife Dede (Shelley Long), so she doesn't learn about Gloria's pregnancy.
S04, E13 (First Aired:
When Gloria's mother and sister visit, they bring traditions, baby names and family baggage; Phil helps the kids with their problems; Mitchell and Cameron try to correct Lily's bad habits.
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, 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.
S03, E07 (First Aired:
Gloria insists on a night of salsa dancing with Jay; Cameron goes too far when Mitchell and a friend challenge him to get a hot woman's (Leslie Mann) number; Phil builds a tree house.
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, 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.
S03, E09 (First Aired:
A former neighborhood resident, now rich and successful, returns for a visit; Jay thinks Manny needs constructive criticism; Mitchell questions the authenticity of Cameron's colorful childhood stories.
S05, E09 (First Aired:
Cam is extremely focused -- and ruthless -- as a big football game approaches; Claire wants to prove herself at work; Phil tries to teach his children about optimism.
S01, E18 (First Aired:
Claire and Phil each take on one of the kids' school projects; Gloria and Cameron bond during a night out.
S04, E14 (First Aired:
When the lead in the school's production of ``Phantom of the Opera'' gets sick, Manny is willing to do anything to land the lead; Phil and Jay wind up in a golf-off with Mitch and Pepper; Gloria and Alex visit a psychic.
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.
S03, E13 (First Aired:
Claire prepares for her debate with Duane Bailey; Mitch and Cam try to clean up Lily's language before her turn as a flower girl; Jay blames Stella's strange behavior on Gloria.
S03, E16 (First Aired:
Mitchell ruins one of Jay's proudest moments; Phil overhears something about one of his daughters; Gloria accidentally discovers Claire's secret.
S03, E17 (First Aired:
Mitchell feels pressured to make Cameron's birthday extra special; Jay's manliness comes into question; the girls interfere with Phil's leap day plans.
S03, E18 (First Aired:
Cameron runs into his estranged ex-clown partner (Bobby Cannavale); another real estate agent (Ellen Barkin) snags a listing that Phil was trying to land; Jay and Gloria are suspicious when Manny makes a new friend.
S04, E01 (First Aired:
Phil takes Jay on an unconventional fishing trip; Gloria wonders how to break the news about her pregnancy; Dylan temporarily moves in with the Dunphys; Cam and Mitch think about adopting a cat.
S04, E03 (First Aired:
Phil gets a vasectomy; Gloria and Jay can't agree on whether or not they should find out the sex of the baby; Mitchell tries to steer Cameron toward getting a part-time job.
S04, E09 (First Aired:
Mitch and Cam try to save an old tree in the park; Jay takes Manny to a kid's Olympics-themed birthday party; Gloria and Claire have an eventful shopping trip.
S04, E05 (First Aired:
Claire must rein in her enthusiasm for Halloween and keep her celebration kid-friendly; Phil decides to hold an open house on Halloween; Mitch and Cam have a costume party; Gloria's hormones make her more quick-tempered than usual.
S04, E10 (First Aired:
When Manny and Luke's Little League team makes it to the playoffs, Claire and Cameron search for a field to use; Gloria uses a microphone to sing to the baby.
S04, E12 (First Aired:
Gloria and Jay try to make Manny's 14th birthday extra special by planning a surprise party; Haley starts hanging out with a much older guy.
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.
S04, E16 (First Aired:
Things get awkward when Phil shows up at Claire's college reunion; Jay is fixated on winning a big bowling tournament; a wig malfunction during an elaborate photo shoot with Joe leads to unfortunate results.
S05, E13 (First Aired:
Haley turns the tables when Claire and Phil try to talk with her about her future; Jay receives news from his friend Shorty; Cam and Mitch go on a romantic date.
S05, E16 (First Aired:
Cameron feels competitive when a popular teacher returns from sabbatical; Haley goes to a realtor's banquet with Phil; Mitch struggles to get his bearings at his new job; Jay and Gloria babysit Lily.
S04, E08 (First Aired:
When Claire, Manny and Luke go to Alex's academic decathlon for the weekend, Phil throws a guys' night at home; Manny and Luke crash bar mitzvahs looking for a girl; Cam and Mitchell get Jay and Gloria a surprise baby gift.
S04, E18 (First Aired:
Claire and Cam bring in a third party (Wendi McLendon-Covey) when they reach an impasse on a landscaping decision; Phil teaches basic fix-it skills to the kids; Mitch helps Lily with a bully.
S04, E19 (First Aired:
While at the hospital, Claire and Phil see an older version of their family; Manny and Jay visit a private school; Mitch and Cam organize a day for Gloria and Lily.
S04, E22 (First Aired:
Mitch's ex-boyfriend, a personable and successful doctor, invites the whole family to a fundraising event at a roller rink; Phil teaches Gloria how to skate; Haley helps Alex talk to boys.
S04, E11 (First Aired:
Jay and the family plan to celebrate New Year's together at a hotel in Palm Springs, but the hotel doesn't meet their expectations; Alex and Haley are faced with challenges as they try to watch the kids back at home.
S05, E08 (First Aired:
Claire encourages Jay to go to ClosetCon, where he is reunited with former colleagues; for the first time, Cam takes Lily and Mitch to the Tucker farm.
S05, E18 (First Aired:
Jay is determined to get the adults' hotel suite upgraded; Claire tries to win back some money; Phil auditions to be a magician.
S05, E20 (First Aired:
The family joins Phil as he travels to Australia to fulfill his mother's wish that he see the land where he was conceived.
S05, E14 (First Aired:
Claire and Phil spy on Luke and Manny; Jay misinterprets Gloria's anger over a dream she thinks he had for another offense he committed; Mitch tries to keep a secret from Cam; Haley tries to keep her photography exhibit from her family.
S05, E17 (First Aired:
Jay takes Luke to the garage for some male bonding; Gloria and Claire take Lily dress shopping; Mitch, Cam, Alex and Manny spend a day at the museum; Phil helps Andy make an anniversary gift for his girlfriend.
S05, E21 (First Aired:
Phil cannot handle the stress when he tells Claire an elaborate lie; Gloria is tasked with organizing this year's family portrait; Jay covertly enters Stella in a dog show.
S05, E22 (First Aired:
Jay, Gloria and Manny challenge one another to try something new; Mitch and Cam sell a couple of their prized possessions to fund the wedding; the kids play a joke on Phil and Claire.