Hit comedy 'Modern Family' to end in 2020 after 11 seasons on ABC

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PASADENA, Calif. –The Pritchett family will soon clean out its closets.

"Modern Family," the Emmy-winning comedy about an extended Los Angeles family, will end in 2020 after 11 seasons, ABC announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association.

The show has been renewed for a final season of at least 18 episodes, which allows it to delay its exit until after CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," TV's top-rated comedy, says farewell this May after 12 years.

Hit comedy 'Modern Family' to end in 2020 after 11 seasons on ABC
The cast of 'Modern Family,' to end in 2020, in a Season 1 photo from 2009

The series, created by Steven Levitan and Chistopher Lloyd, premiered in 2009, became an instant hit and was long ABC's top-rated sitcom, peaking in 2011. It still ranks among the top 5 TV comedies, but is also among the most expensive, with weekly episodes costing the network more than $5 million.

“Chris and Steve have created one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history,” said Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president, in a statement, adding to TV critics: "I reserve the right to be the saddest person in the room when it ends its remarkable run."

Added Levitan: “Even after 10 years together, we realized there are still some things our writers don’t yet know about each other’s sex lives.”

"Modern" tells the story of patriarch and retired closet-remodeler Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill), his second wife Gloria (Sophia Vergara) and their extended clan of Jay's children, Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), and their families. It broke ground for a network sitcom in depicting gay son Mitchell in a committed domestic relationship with Cam (Eric Stonestreet). They later married and are raising a daughter.

'Modern Family' through the years

When "Modern Family" debuted in 2009, the comedy was lauded for showing a different, more non-traditional version of an extended American family. As it heads into its 11th and final season, here's a look at where they started and where they are now.
Ty Burrell as Phil, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Ariel Winter as Alex, Nolan Gould as Luke and Julie Bowen as Claire in the first season of the show.
Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex, Ty Burrell as Phil, Julie Bowen as Claire and Sarah Hyland as Haley at the start of the 10th season of the show.
Rico Rodriguez as Manny, Sofía Vergara as Gloria and Ed O'Neill as Jay in the first season of "Modern Family."
Rico Rodriguez as Manny, Jeremy Maguire as Joe, Sofia Vergara as Gloria and Ed O'Neill as Jay (with Brigitte as Stella) in the 10th season of the show.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell and Eric Stonestreet as Cameron in the first season.
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell and Eric Stonestreet as Cameron.
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet in season five, in which Mitch and Cam got married with their daughter, Lily, serving as flower girl.
The show included several family vacation like this one to New York City with the Dunphy kids (Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould and Ariel Winter).
The show was also well known for its celebrity guest stars including Benjamin Bratt, Fred Willard and Nathan Lane (left, with Ty Burrell).
"Modern Family" has won 21 Emmy Awards, including best comedy for five years in a row from 2010-14. The full cast is seen here after their win in 2012.

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