Modern Family was renewed for an 8th Season, which was announced on the 3rd of March, 2016. It is unknown about the episodes and the cast or the storylines. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the actor who plays Mitchell, posted an Instagram photo [1] stating that there will be a Season 8.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Please: Assign Characters here when they have been in 3 or more episodes.

Guest Cast

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  • An 8th Season was announced on March 3rd, 2016. [5]
  • ABC has confirmed a release date for Season 8 of Modern Family, September 21, 2016.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the actor who plays Mitchell, posted an Instagram photo stating that there will be a Season 8. [6]
  • Phil may start to take a stand as he felt like Claire does too much in the last few episodes of Season 7. [7]
  • Steven Levitan, co-creator of the show stated "I think my personal goal at this point would be 10 seasons. I don't know if it's attainable or not. I think we'll have to look at it every year, and if we feel like we're just running out of things to say then it will be time to make that tough call." when asked about multiple Seasons. [8]
  • At the 2016 TCA press tour, Steven Levitan has announced two new characters will be appearing in season 8: Nathan Fillion in multiple episodes as Rainer Shine and Martin Short in the second episode as Merv Schechter. [3]
  • It was announced that Kelsey Grammer will be in a future episode in January as a character name Keifth, Cam's former boyfriend.[9]
  • The Premiere episode is entitled "A Tale of Three Cities". [10]
  • Robert Costanzo was casted as Earl Chambers for Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook and future episodes after the death of Jon Polito, who died of multiple myeloma on September 1, 2016.


  • These episodes didn't air in order.
    • Unconfirmed episodes.
Image Title Writers Director Airdate No. in Season No. in Series
A Tale of Three Cities
"A Tale of Three Cities"


Elaine Ko [11] Chris Koch [11] September 21, 2016 [11] 01 167
After recent trips take the Dunphys to New York; the Tucker-Pritchetts to the Midwest; and Jay and his clan to Juarez, Mexico; the entire family reunites for Father's Day. [11]


Christy Stratton & Danny Zuker [12] Jim Hensz[12] *October 5, 2016 [12] 02 [13] 168
The Dunphys and Pritchett's are going head-to-head when Luke decides his best chance at getting into college is running for senior class president against Manny; Phil insists on introducing Haley to marketing guru Merv Schechter. [12]
A Stereotypical Day
"A Stereotypical Day"


Vali Chandrasekaran [14] Ryan Case [14] *September 28, 2016[14] 03 [13] 169
Jay wants to make a good impression on a family moving in across the street; Manny tries to attract a radical thinker; the Pritchett family uses Alex's bout of mono to their advantage; Cam and Mitchell try to teach Lily a message of acceptance.
Weathering Heights
"Weathering Heights"


Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh [15] Gail Mancuso [15] October 12, 2016 [15] 04 170
Phil is ecstatic when he's invited to appear in a news segment and gets to meet his "weatherman" hero: Rainer Shine and introduced him to Haley; Jay infuses a little grit into Manny's video interview for college; Lily takes matters into her own hands. [15]
TBA "Grab It" Jeffrey Richman Beth McCarthy-Miller November 9, 2016 05 171
H4 - The Revenge of Rod Skyhook
"Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook"


Stephen Lloyd


Chris Koch [16] October 26, 2016 [16] 06 172
Luke's Halloween party is going wrong, but family helps; Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis, his family try to help; Jay finds out Manny is going to a party at the home of an old enemy, he enlists him to deliver a trick he will never forget. [16]
TBA "Sarge & Pea" ** TBA TBA TBA 07 173

Character Appearances

= Appears | X = Absent.


Episode (This Season)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101112131415161718192021222324Total
Jay Pritchett 24
Gloria Pritchett 24
Manny Delgado 4
Joe Pritchett 3
Phil Dunphy 24
Claire Dunphy 24
Haley Dunphy 4
Alex Dunphy 4
Luke Dunphy 4
Mitchell Pritchett 24
Cameron Tucker 24
Lily Tucker-Pritchett X X X 9

Viewing Rates

The viewing rates are the amount of people viewing the episodes (U.S.A).

No. Episode Viewing Rate
01 "A Tale of Three Cities" 8.24 million [17]
02 "A Stereotypical Day" 7.41 million [18]
03 "Blindsided" 6.97 million [19]
04 "Weathering Heights" 7.50 million [20]
05 "Grab It" TBA
06 "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" 7.38 million

Character Storylines

The Pritchett Family


Jay does not want to give the new family moving in across the street the wrong impression and goes out of his way to make sure they know he is the best kind of neighbor.




Manny decides that the best way to an attractive and radical-thinking teenage girl's heart is through his actions.



The Dunphy Family











The Tucker-Pritchett Family









  1. Jesse Tyler Ferguson confirms an 8th Season, via his Instagram Account (Photo)
  2. Nathan Fillion switches to Comedy in Modern Family role.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Steven Levitan says Nathan Fillion and Martin Short will be appearing as new characters Rainer Shine and Merv Schechter.
  4. Jackson Millarker to join the Modern Family Cast
  5. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the actor who plays Mitchell, announced in an Instagram photo that there would be a Season 8
  7. Phil will start to take a stand against his family in Season 8
  10. The Futon Critic released the title and plot for the premiere episode of Season 8
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Season 8 Episode 1 - "A Tale of Three Cities" [via abc, IMDB & Futon Critic]
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Season 8 Episode 2 - "Blindsided" [via abc, IMDB & The Futon Critic]
  13. 13.0 13.1 Modern Family Season 8 Episode Orders.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Season 8 Episode 3 - "A Stereotypical Day" [via abc, IMDB & The Futon Critic]
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Season 8 Episode 4 - "Weathering Heights" [via abc, IMDB, The Futon Critic]
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Season 8 Episode 6 - "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" [via thefutoncritic]
  17. A Tale of Three Cities - Viewing Ratings [via tvbythenumbers/screenertv]
  18. "A Stereotypical Day" - Viewing Rates [via tvbythenumbers/screenertv]
  19. "Blindsided" - Viewing Rates [via tvbythenumbers/screenertv]
  20. "Weathering Heights" - Viewing Rates [via tvbythenumbers/screenertv]
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