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The 25 Best TV Shows of 2012

19. Modern Family (ABC)

Stars: Ty Burrell, Julia Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons

If not for NBC's Parks and Recreation, Modern Family would own the title of "TV's Funniest Sitcom." As it stands, the Emmy-winning ABC series might be second-best, but it's still an incredibly reliable source for laugh-out-loud hilarity.

With such a large ensemble cast of funny actors, it's no small accomplishment that Modern Family continues to afford each of its stars well-developed story arcs and copious amounts of memorable one-liners and high-concept situations. The funniest ones of all this year were, in no particular order, Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) cluelessly bonding with a gay man (guest star Matthew Broderick), Cam's (Eric Stonestreet) costumed attempt to save an old tree, and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and Luke (Nolan Gould) bar-mitzvah-hopping to locate a teenage cutie.

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