Family patriarch Jay (TV veteran Ed O'Neill) is a lovable curmudgeon who is married to a young, sexy Colombian woman named Gloria (Sofia Vergara). Together they are raising Gloria's 11-year-old son from a previous marriage. Then there's Jay's adult son, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), a gay lawyer who recently adopted a daughter from Vietnam with his partner, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet). The most traditional of the bunch is Jay's adult daughter, Claire (Julie Bowen), who is married to Phil (Ty Burrell) and has three children.
With its fresh take on modern-day family dynamics, some are saying there hasn't been a sitcom like this since The Cosby Show. And now with six Emmys under its belt, including one for Best Comedy, it's clear that critics and viewers alike are embracing this big, happy, gay, straight and multicultural family.