Hit ABC Show 'Modern Family' To End After 11 Seasons

It seems like we've all been a part of it at one point or another, but the funny family from 'Modern Family' isn't forever. ABC announced the hit show will end following its 11th season next year.

The sitcom began in 2009, finishing just three seasons short of the longest-running sitcom ever. One year later in 2010, 'Modern Family' won an Emmy for best comedy, an award it wouldn't relinquish until 2015. Actors Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy) and Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker) have each won two Emmys.

At one point, 'Modern Family' attracted more than 11 million viewers per season and regularly more than 10 million per episode, but viewership has been declining in recent years. Critics have said the show has been running thin creatively, relying on guest stars and unrealistic story lines.

Any suggested decline aside, 'Modern Family' revolutionized TV comedies, captured the attention of millions and partly reflected but also partly encouraged the changing social atmosphere of interracial, LGBTQ and blended families. It will surely be missed.

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