It was 10 years ago that a little show about three intersecting families called Modern Family debuted. And now, the TV family has reunited to sit down for the first table read of the sitcom’s last season. Be prepared because things are about to get bittersweet.
The cast came together to go through the first episode of Season 11 but more importantly, recreated a photo from a decade ago taken outside the studio where they film the ABC series. In a split, top-and-bottom image, the stars posed with their respective on-screen families and if you didn’t feel old before, all you need to do is look at the child actors—specifically Rico Rodriguez (Manny), Nolan Gould (Luke) and Ariel Winter (Alex). Heck, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily) wasn’t even in the first shot because her character was a baby when the show premiered, and was played by twins Jaden Hiller and Ella Hiller.
From left to right, in both photos, there’s the Pritchett family, comprised of Sofía Vergara and Ed O’Neill with their arms around Rodriguez once again; the Dunphys are in the middle, played by Gould, Ty Burrell, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen and Winter; and last but certainly not least, we have the Tucker-Pritchetts, a.k.a. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet — with Anderson-Emmons between them in the new pic. Co-creator Steve Levitan posted the then-and-now pic on Instagram and it was almost too much to bare.
Levitan shared another post of the actual table read, adding that it was Rodriguez’s 21st birthday because he really wanted to drive home just how much time has passed.
Ferguson and Anderson-Emmons staged a recreation of their own family photo from seven years ago, and it’s adorable.
And Stonestreet captured all the cast members’ first-day-back reactions on video because apparently we weren’t emotional enough.
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Many were quick to point out that Jeremy Maguire, the young actor who plays Jay and Gloria’s son, Joe, was missing from the epic photo so Vergara did her best to right that wrong.
The mockumentary series, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett, his second wife, stepson and their son, as well as his two adult children and their husbands and kids, quickly became a beloved hit, both critically and with audiences. It first aired on September 23, 2009 and has won just about every television award imaginable including 22 Emmys, 4 SAGs and a Golden Globe.