18. Modern Family

Network: ABC
Stars: Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Sofie Vergara, Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eris Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez

Few things in life are as guaranteed as the laughs that come from ABC’s Modern Family. Thanks to sharp writing, uniformly appealing characters, and performances anchored by expert comedic timing, Wednesday night’s best sitcom is always good for six or seven genuine laugh-out-loud moments, a consistency that never wavered during the show’s 24 episodes this year.

Amongst 2011’s highlights: buffoonish dad Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) poorly building a treehouse with his dryly hilarious son, Luke (Nolan Gould); Cam (Eric Stonestreet) picking up a hot blonde (guest star Leslie Mann) just to spite his partner, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson); and Haley’s (Sarah Hyland) college campus visit to Phil’s old alma mater.