Good Grief

Series 10 - Episode 5 Good Grief



If you’re any sort of fan of Modern Family, this is an episode you shouldn’t miss. Now and then the show takes full advantage of the mighty cast of characters it has, with all their quirks and rich backstories, and does something special. “Good Grief” is that sort of episode.

It’s Halloween and the family gets unexpected news (spoiler alert): Claire and Mitchell’s mother DeDe has died on a trip to Greenland. Now DeDe was a difficult person (Shelley Long had fun playing her in guest appearances) and as the family try to remember her fondly, the anecdotes and throwaway gags tumble out beautifully. The end credits sequence, where they finally learn how she died, is a peach.


It is another epic Halloween full of costumes, tricks and treats for the Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker clan as they deal with huge, unexpected news.