Modern Family will soon be part of TV history. The family comedy will be ending after Season 11.
The announcement was made by ABC president Karey Burke at the 2019 Television Critics Association winter press tour. It means we’ll say goodbye to the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker crew in 2020.
— Kellie Freeze (@KellieFreeze) February 5, 2019
While Twitter is flooded with show GIFs in reaction to the news — like Eric Stonestreet’s Cam crying and Sofia Vergara’s Gloria motioning cut — cast members are reacting, as well. Jesse Tyler Ferguson wrote that it will be “hard to say goodbye. Love my family.”
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 5, 2019
Rico Rodriguez called it an “amazing ride.”
— Rico Rodriguez (@StarringRico) February 5, 2019
The show posted this hip-hop clip featuring Stonestreet and Burrell:
— Modern Family (@ModernFam) February 5, 2019
Modern Family, created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, debuted in September 2009. The show, which features a mockumentary style where the characters sometimes talk into the camera, won early acclaim — and a ton of awards — as it followed the family’s escapades under patriarch Ed O’Neill.
Sofia Vergara became TV’s highest-paid actress thanks to her role as O’Neill’s wife. Ed alum Julie Bowen had a triumphant return to the tube. Burrell, Ferguson and Stonestreet all became stars. And we watched the “kids” — Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez — grow up onscreen. They are all in their 20s now.
The show also provided visibility for gay couples with kids, thanks to Cam and Mitchell’s storyline.
The final season is expected to kick off in September and conclude in May 2020.