It’s hard to believe, but it’s been three years since the beloved sitcom Modern Family aired its series finale. For a solid decade, this show brought laughter and heartwarming moments to viewers as it chronicled the amusing escapades of a blended family. The Pritchett-Dunphy-Delgado clan took us on a journey through the ups and downs of marriage, parenthood, teenage years, and all the quintessential family drama. Over the years, we watched these characters mature, find love, endure heartbreak, and experience everything that makes us human. With a stellar ensemble cast portraying these comedic personalities, Modern Family truly stands as one of the most unforgettable series of the past two decades. So, as we reflect on this iconic show and the time that has passed since we bid farewell to the Pritchett-Dunphy-Delgado family, let’s take a moment to revisit where each character ended up in the final episode.
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Jay, Gloria, and Manny
When it comes to delivering some of the series’ most comedic moments, the Pritchett-Delgado side of the family takes the cake. Jay and Gloria, portrayed by the fantastic Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara, brought us endless laughter as they navigated their cultural differences and strong-willed personalities while raising their sons, Manny and Joe, played by Rico Rodriguez and Jeremy Maguire. Over the span of eleven seasons, Gloria’s journey from being resented by Jay’s children to becoming an integral part of the family was a remarkable transformation. And Jay, once the stoic patriarch, gradually melted into a more affectionate and involved father and husband. So, where did this spirited couple end up in the series finale?
Their storyline concluded with a fitting role reversal. Jay bid farewell to his classic closet business and wholeheartedly encouraged Gloria to pursue her own career ambitions. Gloria, initially grappling with the perception that she was insincere or taking advantage of her relationship with Jay, consistently proved that her love for him was genuine. Having faced the challenges of being a single mother before meeting Jay, she embarked on her own entrepreneurial journey by launching a successful hot sauce company. Eventually, she even ventured into real estate alongside Phil, played by the hilarious Ty Burrell. In a fitting twist, as we left them, Jay was finally relishing his well-earned retirement, while Gloria was fearlessly pursuing her dreams.
As for Manny, he embarked on a transformative journey of his own. He reconnected with his long-absent father, who extended an invitation for Manny to accompany him on a year-long adventure around the world. Manny’s childhood had been somewhat sheltered, and he grappled with fitting in with kids his age. His decision to explore the world was a fantastic way to wrap up his character arc as he embarked on his own exciting adventures.
Mitchell, Cameron, and Lily
Let’s talk about the beloved duo, Mitch and Cam, portrayed by the brilliant Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet. Throughout the series, they faced their fair share of trials and tribulations, tackling challenges related to their careers, parenthood, the adoption process, and more. Their on-screen chemistry was pure comedic gold, blending cynicism and flamboyance in the most delightful way. It all kicked off when Mitch and Cam introduced their adopted daughter, Lily, played by the talented Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, to the family.
As the series approached its finale, it appeared that Mitch and Cam had finally found their groove after overcoming numerous obstacles. Mitch’s relationship with his father, which had been strained due to differences in sexuality and personality, had undergone a remarkable transformation. They were all set to embark on a new chapter in their dream house, putting past conflicts behind them. They had grappled with the decision of expanding their family through adoption, experienced the heartbreak of a failed adoption, but ultimately, they welcomed a new member into their loving family.
During a housewarming celebration, Cam received an unexpected job offer to become a football coach in Missouri. This opportunity was like a dream come true for him, and it meant they would be starting a new adventure in a different place. So, they made the bold decision to pack their bags, move to Missouri, and let Cam pursue his dream job while continuing to grow their beautiful family.
Phil, Claire, Haley, Alex, and Luke
Now, let’s talk about the Dunphy family, the heart of the show. Phil and Claire, played by the wonderful Julie Bowen, always brought their quirky and endearing relationship to the forefront. Their three bickering kids constantly stirred up some delightful household chaos. Parenting was quite the adventure for this pair, with Phil’s carefree spirit often dancing on the nerves of Claire’s neurotic tendencies. While they might seem like an odd couple at times, their unyielding support for each other and their children always proved they were meant to be. As the series wrapped up, their kids had all grown up, and the Dunphys were gearing up for a new chapter in their lives.
Haley, the eldest of the brood, often found herself at odds with her parents and siblings due to her rebellious nature. Trouble seemed to follow her like a shadow. But in the end, she became a parent herself, alongside her longtime boyfriend, Dylan. Twins entered the picture, and it didn’t take long for her to understand the trials her parents faced. Her growth over the years became evident as she and Dylan moved into their own apartment, ready to embrace the challenges of raising their family.
Now, onto Alex, the middle child known for her pessimism and overachieving tendencies. She’s come a long way from her days as an awkward teen constantly butting heads with her sister. However, after meticulously following the rules, she realized her dream job wasn’t as fulfilling as she’d hoped. Encouraged by her sister, she took a bold step, quitting her corporate job and confessing her feelings to her former professor. This decision led her to join him on a research trip to Switzerland. After years of all work and no play, Alex is finally taking a risk and pursuing something she’s truly passionate about.
Now, let’s talk about the youngest and perhaps goofiest sibling, Luke, portrayed by Nolan Gould. He’s embarking on a significant journey of his own. Despite facing academic challenges throughout his life, Luke has received an acceptance letter to college and made the decision to attend the University of Oregon. This means Claire and Phil are officially becoming empty nesters, all within the span of a few days. With their kids scattering to different places, and Mitch and Cam starting a new chapter as well, the prospect of an empty house leaves them feeling somewhat uncertain. So, what do they do? They seize the opportunity to embark on a road trip, a tribute to Phil’s late father, and a chance to relish some quality time together without the hustle and bustle of family life.
In the final episode of this influential show, they reflect on what life will be like now that their family is dispersed across the globe instead of just a few blocks away. As that chapter of their lives draws to a close, they recognize that all they can do is keep the porch light on for their family and find solace in the fact that they will always have each other’s company, even when they’re physically apart.