Eight seasons in and “Modern Family” continues to be a ratings powerhouse for ABC, winning each Wednesday night with around eight million viewers.
And the popular sitcom, which took home the Emmy for outstanding comedy series five years in a row, owes a great deal of that acclaim to its hilarious actresses.
Stars Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Sofía Vergara and Julie Bowen make perfect comic foils to each other.
ENTITY looks at the four characters who help make “Modern Family” a hugely entertaining ratings giant.
Haley was having a bit of a hard time for a while, having moved into in her parents’ basement after getting expelled from college and losing her position as a fashion designer’s assistant.
But she seems to have found her new calling this season, impressing her parents with her successful career as a promoter.
Her skills even come in handy in the Halloween episode, when she helps to save younger brother Luke’s (Nolan Gould) party.
Sarah may play the ditzy foil to brainiac Alex (Winter) on “Modern Family,” but she manages to keep the character relatable, funny and even give her a little bite with sassy one-liners.
She’s a fan-favorite, boasting a combined following of over six million on Instagram and Twitter.
Sarah can also be seen in the upcoming “Dirty Dancing” TV reboot as Baby’s sister Lisa Houseman as well as Hulu series “Dimension 404.”
Stay-at-home mom Gloria has set off on her own business ventures – selling her family’s hot sauce – while raising her and Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) young son Joe (Jeremy Maguire) in addition to her son Manny (Rico Rodriguez) from a previous relationship.
She’s arguably the leader of the Pritchett clan, able to manipulate and scare fellow family members into staying in line.
This was most recently seen in the episode “The Alliance,” in which she, Phil (Ty Burrell) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) trick the rest of the family into picking their suggestion for a vacation.
Sofía is recognizable by her thick Colombian accent and show-stopping figure, though she is a lot more than that.
In addition to “Modern Family” she has a Covergirl contract, and is set to appear in comedies “The Brits Are Coming” and “The Female Mind,” both due out this year.
Alex is the voice of reason in the Dunphy household, the smartest of Claire and Phil’s three children.
The co-valedictorian of her high school, Alex left home to study at Caltech, but finds herself back this season thanks to a case of mono, “the kissing disease.”
Her character still sees a bit of growth, however, after a “Lean In”-style book – called “Grab It!” – inspires her to take a few business classes at community college as well as a position at a local cafe.
Of course, this season she also memorably throws the family’s Thanksgiving dinner into a tailspin after Cam catches her hooking up with his football player ward Dwight (Winston Duke).
In real life, Ariel is an outspoken activist for body positivity, often sharing messages of hope and clapbacks to haters on her Instagram account, which boasts 2.9 million followers.
It’s been a big season for Claire, as she continues to work out her new role as the head of the family company, Pritchett’s Closets & Blinds, after her father retires.
And Claire has a touching moment with younger daughter Alex after the two attend a speaking engagement for self-help book “Grab it!”
Alex is blown away by the author, a woman CEO who also raises a family – not unlike Claire. And though Claire isn’t explicitly given any credit by Alex for being a role model, she feels comforted by the end of the episode when her daughter takes her advice in getting a job.
Julie has made countless appearances in other movies and television programs, such as “Horrible Bosses” and “Boston Legal.” She will next appear in upcoming comedy “Life of the Party.”
ENTITY loves the comedy Haley, Gloria, Alex and Claire add to the critically acclaimed “Modern Family,” but also that they’re all take charge, powerful #womenthatdo.
To find out what makes them four of the most watchable characters on TV, check out “Modern Family” on ABC each Wednesday night.
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