Modern Family has made incredible progress since its start in 2009 with various comedy stories. This season means new comic drama stories which start with the gathering of Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker tribe under the new great marshal, Jay. Haley and Arvin's relationship turns gravely when she goes to state farewell to him and find a stunning truth.
Who knows where these stories are headed, or if Modern Family will follow through with them at all. For now though, they're solid building blocks, in terms of both narrative and emotional storytelling.