25. Modern Family
Air Dates: September 23, 2009–present
Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez
It's hard nowadays for modern-day sitcoms not titled Modern Family. For the past three years, ABC's gargantuan half-hour hit has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, an unstoppable force that's left several equally worthy, as well as many inferior, TV programs in its wake. But you know what? It's tough to complain about the accolades thrown Modern Family's way.
As progressive as it is hilarious, Modern Family follows the hijinks of the three related families (one "traditional," one May-December, and one same-sex) that routinely screw things up for one another (see: Ty Burrell's man-child patriarch Phil Dunphy) but always come together through shared love and affection. Just not in the insufferably cutesy ways Full House used to wrap story lines up, thank heavens. —MB