The first season of the television comedy series Modern Family aired between September 23, 2009 and May 19, 2010, on ABC in the United States. The season was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Lloyd-Levitan Productions with series creators Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan as executive producers.
The series focuses on Jay Pritchett, his daughter Claire Dunphy, and his son Mitchell Pritchett who live in Los Angeles. Claire is a homemaker mom married to Phil Dunphy; they have three children. Jay is married to a much younger Colombian woman, Gloria, and is helping her raise her pre-teen son, Manny. Mitchell and his partner Cameron Tucker have adopted a Vietnamese baby, Lily. Season one of Modern Family aired Wednesdays in the United States at 9 p.m. and consisted of 24 episodes.
The season received critical acclaim from most critics, many of whom named it the best new show of 2009. The episode "Fizbo" received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, with BuddyTV naming it the second best show of 2009. It was nominated for 14 Emmy Awards; eight Primetime Emmy Awards and six Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the most nominations for a comedy series after Glee and 30 Rock. The series was also a ratings success and the first season averaged 9.39 million viewers for all 24 episodes. The ratings led to ABC renewing the series for a second season mid-way through the first. The first season DVD and Blu-ray Disc box set was released on September 21, 2010.