Modern Family’s Farewell Heralds End of Broadcast Sitcom Era

Beloved by audiences and Emmy voters, the comedy signs off Wednesday after 11 seasons

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Modern Family won the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy for five consecutive years. ABC

During its upfront presentation in May 2009, ABC was so confident in the quality of its new sitcom, Modern Family, that it screened the entire pilot episode for buyers at the event—a show of faith that hasn’t been repeated since by any network at an upfront.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.