17. Modern Family (ABC)
Stars: Ty Burrell, Julia Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ed Oâ€™Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
Premiere date: September 26
Up until now, ABC's Modern Family has coasted on its uniformly likable and expertly written characters, top-shelf comedic performances, and consistency, all of which, of course, make for a sitcom of the highest quality.
There's no reason to wonder if the Dunphys will lose any of their hilariousness at any point in season four, but here's the rub: In the behind-the-scenes world of Modern Family, this past summer was mostly spent battling through contentious salary re-negotiations. The end result is that the cast will reportedly make upwards of $175,000 per episode throughout this 22-episode season. That's a lot of scratch. Now all they have to do is continue to justify such large paydays.