What Happened on the Last Season of Modern Family? (Season 11)

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Brief Recap of Season Finale

Full House

The Dunphys’ house overcrowds with Haley Dunphy (Sarah Hyland), Dylan (Reid Ewing), the twins still living there, Alex Dunphy (Ariel Winter). As they move back in after losing her job, and Luke Dunphy (Nolan Gould) still living there after not going to college. Unhappy with the number of people living in the Dunphy household, Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) and Phil Dunphy(Ty Burrell). They move into Phil’s recently dies father Frank’s (Fred Willard) RV parks in the driveway.

They stage an intervention with Haley, Alex, Luke, and Dylan after discovering them. They claim that someone needs to move out since the house is too crowded. The kids outrage, but Claire stands firm, even as Luke appeals to Phil’s emotional side.  He uses  strong connection as a pawn. They give them 24 hours to decide before leaving for Mitch and Cam’s housewarming party.

Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) are throwing a housewarming celebration for their new baby Rexford. The baby arrives at their new home. Ronaldo (Christian Barillas) arrives to set up. Still, as Mitch shows him around. Cam receives a call notifying him that the coaching position he was previously denies for in Missouri s becomes available again. It is posing a problem for him.


He informs Ronaldo that he will not accept it since Mitch is too content in their new home and will keep it to himself. On the other hand, Ronaldo reveals the secret Mitch discovers. He walks away and swears to Claire about the scene after initially reacting enthusiastically in front of everyone.

Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is preparing to bid Manny (Rico Rodriguez) farewell before she and Joe Pritchett (Jeremy Maguire) leave for Colombia for the summer. Gloria feels useless after Jay (Ed O’Neill) purchases Mitch and Cam a terrible housewarming gift and schedules Joe’s haircut.

Next, Alex, who kisses her new coworker Arvin (Chris Geere), informs them that they will be traveling to Switzerland together for work. Luke then appears, telling Phil and Claire that he has permit to the University of Oregon and will also be moving out. Upset at the news, Claire says to Phil, “I’m going to miss this,” to which he responds, “Me too.”.

The family gathers the next day to send Mitchell and Cam off, with Jay expressing his disappointment that “both [his] boys are departing.” As the family says their final goodbyes, Mitch and Cam’s flight delays. ‘You guys remembered my birthday!’ Dylan exclaims as he comes at the door. ‘Surprise,’ says the family, who are unenthusiastic.

Keeping the Porch Light On

When Claire and Phil are upset over the kids leaving, Phil advises her that they must ‘keep the porch light on’ to ensure that they will return. They decide to take an RV road trip now that the kids are not around.

The family comes together to say their final goodbyes. They take a group selfie, hug, and then can’t get enough of each other. Phil tries to set an example by being the first to step away, but he quickly returns, saying, “It was dreadful.” The family sobs as Haley explains how Mitch and Cam are together now but that everyone will separate soon. It’s difficult for Jay to say goodbye since ‘not everyone gets what they have.’

Like Manny, Jay and Gloria are watching Joe play football, but neither can get out of their chairs to get up. As Jay’s speech concludes, the lights turn off in each house, noting that the family’s comfort is vital and helps him sleep at night. Still, the porch light at the Dunphys is kept on, symbolizing that the family will always return.

Fans' Reaction to Modern Family Last Season Finale

After 11 seasons full of touching moments and, of course, plenty of laughs, Modern Family has come to an end. The ABC series originally debuted in 2009. 

The well-loved sitcom aired its series finale on April 8, 2020. It says goodbye on its 250th episode night in a sentimental and sentimental conclusion.

Fans have been following the comedy series for over a decade now, and many were sad to see the show end. They express their emotions about this significant television sign-off on Twitter. Some share how the ending hit their hearts and said heartfelt thanks to the TV show that became part of their lives for 11 years.

Modern Family Quick Facts

  • My American Family is the original title
  • an American television sitcom
  • creation of Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan for the American Broadcasting Company and debuted on ABC on September 23, 2009
  • 11 seasons, 250 episodes from September 23, 2009, to April 8, 2020
  • 6.72 million first-run viewers watch a retrospective documentary before the last episode
  • 7.37 million first-run viewers in the finale episode 
  • from 75 nominations, it receives 22 Emmy wins, including the Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years
  • in 2011, receives the Golden Globe Award for the Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
  • in the fall 2013 premiere, the series’ broadcast syndication rights are sold to NBCUniversal’s USA Network, Fox Television Stations, and many other local stations in other markets
  • the series’ performance earned it the tenth-highest revenue-generating show in 2012, with $2.13 million for each episode

The Plot

The modern family follows three different sorts of households link by Jay Pritchett and his children, Claire and Mitchell. Jay Pritchett is the patriarch of a huge and unusual family. Jay receives a grant of a second opportunity in his second marriage to Gloria, a stunning young woman.

Old habits are difficult to break, and it’s a trial by fire as he tries to adjust to life with the same zeal and vitality as Gloria. She matches by her brilliant 12-year-old son Manny. There are some cultural clashes and misunderstandings along the way, but there are also plenty of sweet successes. Jay’s adolescent daughter.

Claire and her husband Phil have three children with whom they desire an open, healthy, and honest connection. It’s not always easy, especially when you have Haley, an adolescent daughter growing up too quickly. Alex is a middle daughter who’s too brilliant for her own good, and Luke is a scatterbrained youngster.

Add in the fact that Phil is a huge child, even if he has the best intentions. Claire  does her best to keep everything in order to prevent her children from having the same turbulent childhood. Mitchell and Cameron, Claire’s brother, are busy raising their new daughter Lily.

Impact of Modern Family in the LGBTQ Community?

However, Mitch and Cam’s relationship was the most impactful component of the story. The show airs their wedding episode a year after the Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8, California’s constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. 

Despite not being stereotype as mothers, they demonstrate that they can still function perfectly and compensate for what they lack. They have a deep love for each other and their child, and they still do some of the things that normal couples do. LGBTQ viewers felt indeed seen and represent because of their romance.

Was Modern Family Cancelled?

The ABC comedy Modern Family ends after more than a decade of success with the season 11 finale, which is a witness in many significant changes. Modern Family season 11 is still a solid ratings performer for ABC when it finishes. It may seem strange that it left then and does not return for Modern Family season 12.

The Modern Family co-creators and showrunners Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan never gave a definitive explanation for the program’s cancellation after season 11. It is clear that the show will be ending shortly.

ABC was pleased to comply with that request, although Modern Family was not canceled.

Will there be Modern Family Season 12?

Because the series Modern Family has had such a positive reception from viewers, fans eagerly anticipate the 12th season. However, the sitcom series is not for renewal for a 12th season, and there are no plans to do so. Whether or not the Modern Family series gets renewal is still up to the filmmakers.

There are several plausible explanations for the cancellation of Modern Family Season 12. As previously said, Modern Family Season 11 was explicitly ordered, and the filmmakers Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan are not in the mood for it. As a result, the much-awaited Modern Family Season is unlikely for production.

The lead cast’s contracts are signed only for ten seasons, and for Modern Family Season 11 alone. They raise their rates, thus, raising the entire production cost. So, in terms of Modern Family Season 12, production costs will increase, which will significantly influence the decision to renew Modern Family Season 12. It is clear that it would not be possible considering cost measures.

Comparing to Season 8, Season 11 has nearly half the number of viewers. This drop-in viewing and ratings indicate that now is the best moment to end the show to avoid future losses.

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