With ABC's long-running hit comedy series Modern Family set to shuffle off the network's programming coil after eleven seasons, Bleeding Cool's Alejandra Bodden is offering viewers an episode-per-episode critical look at the final season (with her recent review of "A Game of Chicken" here).
Because let face it: after over a decade on the air, everyone's just a little bit curious to see if the writers "land this plane" Breaking Bad-style… or do they pull a Dexter – How I Met Your Mother high dive into an empty pool?
But there's still a ton of family madness to get through until then – including the following preview for this week's episode "The Last Thanksgiving." Aside from the title already crushing our hearts, this week's episode offers Phil (Ty Burrell) a decade-long chance at redemption – but have times really changed?
"Modern Family" season 11, episode 10 "The Last Thanksgiving": Cameron and Mitchell's friends mistakenly assume they have split up and have definitely chosen a side; and Haley attempts to cook Thanksgiving dinner as a thank you for Claire and Phil's support with the twins. Meanwhile, Jay invites Phil and Dylan out to fly his model plane, and Phil thinks this is his chance to reclaim his dignity after their first outing 10 years ago went so wrong.
The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family with Jay Pritchett sitting at the head. By his side is his vivacious, younger second wife, Gloria, and together they are navigating life with their youngest son, Joe, and Gloria's son, Manny, who has headed off to college to explore the world on his own terms.
Meanwhile, Jay's grown daughter, Claire, and her husband, Phil, have officially lost their status as empty-nesters when their eldest daughter, Haley, starts her own family and moves back home with her new husband, Dylan, and a set of twins. The Dunphy's youngest, Luke, is now looking to his next move; and middle daughter, Alex, is learning how to balance life outside of academia.
Then there's Claire's brother and Jay's grown son, Mitchell, and his husband, Cameron, who are still working to understand their gifted teenage daughter, Lily, and juggle busy careers.
These three families are unique unto themselves, and together they give us an honest, and often hilarious, look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.
Modern Family stars Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett, Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett, and Reid Ewing as Dylan Marshall.