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Modern Family (season 8)
Modern Family Season 8 poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Starring
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) – May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17)
Season chronology
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List of Modern Family episodes

The eighth season of Modern Family was ordered on March 3, 2016, by ABC. The season premiered on September 21, 2016. The show airs on ABC on Wednesday nights and is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Steven Levitan Prods., and Picador Productions, with creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd as showrunners.[1] The season concluded on May 17, 2017.

Contents

CastEdit

Modern Family employs an ensemble cast. The series focuses on Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill), his daughter Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), and his son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who live in Los Angeles. Claire is a homemaker-turned-company worker mom married to Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell); they have three children, Haley (Sarah Hyland), the college dropout,[2] Alex (Ariel Winter), the smart middle child[3] and Luke (Nolan Gould), the offbeat only son.[4] Jay is married to a much younger Colombian woman, Gloria (Sofía Vergara), and is helping her raise her teen son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Mitchell and his husband Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) have adopted a Vietnamese baby, Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons).

ProductionEdit

Modern Family was renewed for an eighth season on March 3, 2016, with several other ABC shows.[5] Sofia Vergara shared a photo on Instagram of the cast doing a photo-shoot for the eighth season on July 26, 2016.[6] The table read for the season occurred the same day, with filming beginning shortly after.[7] The Hollywood Reporter announced on August 4, 2016, that Castle-alum Nathan Fillion had been cast in a recurring role of three episodes as the weatherman Rainer Shine.[8] It was also announced that Martin Short will appear in a guest role in the second episode of the season as a promotional maven.[9] A promotional poster was released on August 23, 2016.[10] Variety reported on September 26, 2016, that Modern Family would feature the first openly transgender child actor on network-television. The 8-year old actor Jackson Millarker will appear in the second episode as Lily’s playmate Tom.[11] "The Hollywood Reporter" reported on November 7, 2016 that Peyton Manning will guest star in the 12th episode of the season. "Manning will play Coach Gary, baby Joe's sports tutor, whom Gloria (Sofia Vergara) brings in to help teach Joe how to throw and catch. When Coach Gary also starts doing things around the house, Jay (Ed O'Neill) is left feeling a bit emasculated." [12] Kelsey Grammer guest-starred in a January 2017 episode of the series, portraying Cam's ex-boyfriend Keifth.[13] The Hollywood Reporter reported that NBA stars Charles Barkley and DeAndre Jordan will guest-star in a late January 2017 episode, playing themselves. The source stated "For their part in the show, Barkley and Jordan will be attending a charity basketball game that Phil (Ty Burrell) has been training all year for in an attempt to redeem himself after a disastrous turn at the previous year's game. When they both start getting a little too involved, Phil tries to not buckle under the pressure."[14]

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
167 1 "A Tale of Three Cities" Chris Koch Elaine Ko September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) 8ARG01 8.24[15]
In New York, the Dunphy family decides to stay a few days longer, with the parents and the kids each lying to the other about prolonging the vacation. In Missouri, Mitchell faces some discontent from Cam's family due to his treatment of Cam's comatose grandma. In Mexico, Gloria clashes with her sister over the hot sauce business, leading to Sonia kidnapping Manny.
168 2 "A Stereotypical Day" Ryan Case Vali Chandrasekaran September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28) 8ARG03 7.41[16]
An African American family moves in across the street on the same day Jay happens to be installing new security cameras, leading Jay to go to extreme measures to ensure he is not seen as a racist. Meanwhile, the Dunphy family takes advantage of Alex when she becomes sick, which leads to her skipping a semester at Cal Tech. Mitchell and Cameron reevaluate their views of each other as open, non-judgmental, supportive parents when Lily calls an openly transgender boy a weirdo.
169 3 "Blindsided" Jim Hensz Christy Stratton & Danny Zuker October 5, 2016 (2016-10-05) 8ARG02 6.97[17]
Luke decides to run against Manny for class president. Claire becomes his manager while Jay and Gloria help Manny. Now that Haley wants to create her own company, Phil introduces her to an eccentric marketing expert, while Cameron decides to house his star football player without consulting Mitchell.
170 4 "Weathering Heights" Gail Mancuso Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh October 12, 2016 (2016-10-12) 8ARG04 7.50[18]
Phil gets to meet his weatherman hero (Nathan Fillion) when he is on the local news in a real estate segment, but later regrets the decision to introduce him to Haley. Meanwhile, Jay tries to help with Manny's video application to Juilliard and Lily tries to get rid of Cam's football player who's living with them.
171 5 "Halloween IV : Revenge of Rod Skyhook" Chris Koch Stephen Lloyd October 26, 2016 (2016-10-26) 8ARG06 7.38[19]
Luke's Halloween party isn't the monster bash he dreamed it would be and is at risk of being the worst party of the year. Sensing trouble, the rest of the Dunphys realize all his party needs is a visit from Rod Skyhook, a little promotion, and some adult supervision to get it started. Meanwhile, Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis and, when Jay finds out that Manny is going to a party at the home of an old enemy, he enlists him in his revenge scheme.
172 6 "Grab It" Beth McCarthy-Miller Jeffrey Richman November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09) 8ARG05 7.23[20]
Jay's country club, his favorite place in the world and only refuge, may be losing some of its charm when Phil considers becoming a member. At the Dunphy house, Claire mistakes her influence on Alex's life choices, and Gloria seeks refuge from her sons. Meanwhile, when Cam doesn't give Mitchell the full story on what his play is really about, it really puts Mitchell in the spotlight.
173 7 "Thanksgiving Jamboree" Steven Levitan Jon Pollack & Chuck Tatham November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16) 8ARG08 7.33[21]
Cameron spares no expense for his Thanksgiving jamboree; Haley tells Phil she'd rather spend the holiday with her new boyfriend; Jay works to keep his blood pressure down; Alex and Dwight get closer.
174 8 "The Alliance" James Bagdonas Andy Gordon & Ryan Walls November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30) 8ARG09 6.81[22]
Phil, Cam, and Gloria have a secret meeting, while Luke helps Jay at his club and Haley chaperones Rainer's daughter.
175 9 "Snow Ball" Beth McCarthy-Miller Christy Stratton & Stephen Lloyd December 14, 2016 (2016-12-14) 8ARG10 6.81[23]
Luke and Manny are in charge of the winter dance, Claire and Gloria want to mellow out a PTA mom, Phil tries to spend time with Jay, and Mitch confronts a bully.
176 10 "Ringmaster Keifth" Jim Hensz Vali Chandrasekaran January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04) 8ARG11 7.57[24]
Cameron reunites with his ex-boyfriend, a former ringmaster turned concierge played by Kelsey Grammer. Phil learns that his father is dating his childhood babysitter and Jay and Gloria decide on a guardian for Joe.
177 11 "Sarge & Pea" James Bagdonas Abraham Higginbotham January 11, 2017 (2017-01-11) 8ARG07 7.59[25]
Cam is helped by his nieces in seeking revenge against a mother who, according to him, deprived him of a beautiful moment at Lily's dance recital. Phil and Gloria have different visions for Luke and Manny's future college lives. Mitch, Claire, and Jay meet Dede at a relative's wedding.
178 12 "Do You Believe in Magic" Gail Mancuso Jon Pollack February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08) 8ARG15 7.34[26]
Claire decides to hire a magician who could help her and Phil bring some mystery on Valentine's Day. Cam and Mitch teach Haley and Sal (Elizabeth Banks) to stand -up against their men with unexpected results. As Jay has developed the habit to prefer Joe over Manny, Alex discovers that Ben, Claire's assistant, has a crush on her.
179 13 "Do It Yourself" Jeffrey Walker Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15) 8ARG12 6.92[27]
Jay helps Phil to co-invest in a property but also has to deal with the fact that Gloria just hired a sport handyman and coach (Peyton Manning) who could replace him. Claire and Haley go to a culinary lesson given by a big chef (Victor Garber). Mitch and Cam initiate Lilly at hard work, causing a wasp attack and a defigurate face for Cam.
180 14 "Heavy is the Head" Ken Whittingham Danny Zuker February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22) 8ARG14 6.65[28]
Phil has to rethink his plan when his investment goes wrong. Gloria tries to surprise Claire with an amazing birthday but Claire has a secret of her own. And Cameron is still haunted by a traumatic incident which forces him to refuse to have an MRI.
181 15 "Finding Fizbo" James Bagdonas Abraham Higginbotham & Chuck Tatham March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01) 8ARG16 6.41[29]
Phil goes to Frank's bachelor party and is going to meet his soon step-brother. Manny asks Haley, Gloria, Alex, and Claire to tell him what they honestly think of his play while Alex is trying to bail to meet with Ben. Cam discovers what happened with his Fizbo's costume.
182 16 "Basketball" Jim Hensz Elaine Ko March 8, 2017 (2017-03-08) 8ARG13 6.49[30]
Phil attends a charity basketball game in order to redeem himself after the previous year turned to be a disaster. Two players, (Charles Barkley) and (DeAndre Jordan) are here too, putting him to pressure. Also, Claire has a big secret to hide to Jay who fears Joe won't respect his authority. Gloria and Donna Duncan's rivalry return with interesting result.
183 17 "Pig Moon Rising" Chris Koch Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15) 8ARG17 6.12[31]
Mitchell accidentally spreads Cam's pig's ashes and devises a cover-up in order to not tell him.
184 18 "Five Minutes" Gail Mancuso Elaine Ko March 29, 2017 (2017-03-29) 8ARG18 6.79[32]
A look at 300 seconds in the lives of the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan includes Mitch and Cam hurrying to catch a flight for which they prematurely took sleeping pills; Haley and Rainer reevaluating their relationship at dinner before his birthday cake arrives; Phil and Claire meeting Alex's new boyfriend; and Manny trying to find a parking spot at the movies while Jay and Gloria argue.
185 19 "Frank's Wedding" Beth McCarthy-Miller Andy Gordon April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05) 8ARG19 6.25[33]
Frank Dunphy's wedding has a Roaring '20s theme, so Phil gets his family to show up in costume, but Claire and the kids realize it's time for an intervention with Phil when they're the only ones who dressed up. Meanwhile, Jay comes to regret mastering the art of saying "no"; and Cam finally gets the courage to stand up to his sister Pam but during it Pam goes into labour and has a baby boy.
186 20 "All Things Being Equal" Michelle MacLaren Christy Stratton & Ryan Walls May 3, 2017 (2017-05-03) 8ARG20 5.65[34]
Gloria, Claire, Haley, Alex, Lily Luke and Manny show support for gender equality and the women's movement in their own ways; Jay and Phil butt heads over their parking attendant; Cam feels jealous when Pam prefers Mitchell's help with the baby.
187 21 "Alone Time" Jim Hensz Abraham Higginbotham, Stephen Lloyd & Danny Zuker May 10, 2017 (2017-05-10) 8ARG21 5.71[35]
188 22 "The Graduates" Steven Levitan Jon Pollack, Jeffrey Richman & Chuck Tatham May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17) 8ARG22 6.20[36]

RatingsEdit

Live + SD ratingsEdit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m) 18–49 Rank Viewership rank
167 1 "A Tale of Three Cities" September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) Wednesdays
9:00 p.m.
2.6/9[15] 8.24[15] 9[37] 24[37]
168 2 "A Stereotypical Day" September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28) 2.3/8[16] 7.41[16] 14[38] N/A
169 3 "Blindsided" October 5, 2016 (2016-10-05) 2.2/8[17] 6.97[17] 12[39] 24[39]
170 4 "Weathering Heights" October 12, 2016 (2016-10-12) 2.4/8[18] 7.50[18] 12[40] 25[40]
171 5 "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" October 26, 2016 (2016-10-26) 2.3/7[19] 7.38[19] 13[41] N/A
172 6 "Grab It" November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09) 2.3/8[20] 7.23[20] 12[42] 23[42]
173 7 "Thanksgiving Jamboree" November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16) 2.2/8[21] 7.33[21] 12[43] N/A
174 8 "The Alliance" November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30) 2.2/8[22] 6.81[22] 12[44] N/A
175 9 "Snow Ball" December 14, 2016 (2016-12-14) 2.0/7[23] 6.81[23] 11[45] N/A
176 10 "Ringmaster Keifth" January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04) 2.4/8[24] 7.57[24] 5[46] 19[46]
177 11 "Sarge & Pea" January 11, 2017 (2017-01-11) 2.3/8[25] 7.59[25] 6[47] 12[47]
178 12 "Do You Believe in Magic" February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08) 2.3/8[26] 7.34[26] 5[48] 18[48]
179 13 "Do It Yourself" February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15) 2.0/7[27] 6.92[27] 5[49] 21[49]
180 14 "Heavy is the Head" February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22) 2.0/7[28] 6.65[28] 9[50] 24[50]
181 15 "Finding Fizbo" March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01) 2.0/7[29] 6.41[29] 5[51] N/A
182 16 "Basketball" March 8, 2017 (2017-03-08) 1.9/7[30] 6.49[30] 6[52] 21[52]
183 17 "Pig Moon Rising" March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15) 1.9/7[31] 6.12[31] 8[53] 24[53]
184 18 "Five Minutes" March 29, 2017 (2017-03-29) 2.1/7[32] 6.79[32] 8[54] 21[54]
185 19 "Frank's Wedding" April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05) 1.9/7[33] 6.25[33] 6[55] 25[55]
186 20 "All Things Being Equal" May 3, 2017 (2017-05-03) 1.7/6[34] 5.65[34] 7[56] N/A
187 21 "Alone Time" May 10, 2017 (2017-05-10) 1.6/6[35] 5.71[35] 8[57] 25[57]
188 22 "The Graduates" May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17) 1.7/6[36] 6.20[36] 6[58] 17[58]

Live + 7 Day (DVR) ratingsEdit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) 18–49 rating increase Viewers
(millions) increase
Total 18-49 Total viewers
(millions)
Percent gain Ref.
167 1 "A Tale of Three Cities" September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) Wednesdays
9:00 p.m.
1.7 4.12 4.3 12.35 65% [59]
168 2 "A Stereotypical Day" September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28) 1.7 4.15 4.0 11.56 74% [60]
169 3 "Blindsided" October 5, 2016 (2016-10-05) 1.6 3.78 3.8 10.75 73% [61]
170 4 "Weathering Heights" October 12, 2016 (2016-10-12) 1.6 3.90 4.0 11.40 67% [62]
171 5 "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" October 26, 2016 (2016-10-26) 1.8 4.20 4.1 11.58 78% [63]
172 6 "Grab It" November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09) 1.6 3.87 3.9 11.10 70% [64]
173 7 "Thanksgiving Jamboree" November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16) 1.6 4.08 3.8 11.41 73% [65]
174 8 "The Alliance" November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30) 1.6 3.89 3.8 10.70 73% [66]
175 9 "Snow Ball" December 14, 2016 (2016-12-14) 1.7 4.09 3.7 10.90 85% [67]
176 10 "Ringmaster Keifth" January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04) 1.6 3.99 4.0 11.56 67% [68]
177 11 "Sarge & Pea" January 11, 2017 (2017-01-11) 1.7 3.95 4.0 11.54 74% [69]
178 12 "Do You Believe in Magic" February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08) 1.6 3.99 3.9 11.33 70% [70]
179 13 "Do It Yourself" February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15) 1.6 3.74 3.6 10.66 80% [71]
180 14 "Heavy is the Head" February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22) 1.6 3.78 3.6 10.42 80% [72]
181 15 "Finding Fizbo" March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
182 16 "Basketball" March 8, 2017 (2017-03-08) 1.6 3.99 3.5 10.48 84% [73]
183 17 "Pig Moon Rising" March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15) 1.5 3.63 3.4 9.76 79% [74]
184 18 "Five Minutes" March 29, 2017 (2017-03-29) 1.4 3.50 3.5 10.29 67% [75]
185 19 "Frank's Wedding" April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05) 1.4 3.32 3.3 9.57 74% [76]
186 20 "All Things Being Equal" May 3, 2017 (2017-05-03) 1.5 3.67 3.2 9.32 88% [77]
187 21 "Alone Time" May 10, 2017 (2017-05-10) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
188 22 "The Graduates" May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

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