1.  Debuted on September 23, 2009.

2.  The series has twice won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and is up again this year.  (It was the first ABC series to cop that particular award since The Wonder Years did it 22 years before.)

3.  In 2012, it was also awarded the “Golden Collar Award” for “Best Dog in a Television Series.”

4.  The show was co-created by comic actor Christopher Lloyd, who is the uncle of  comic actor Sam Lloyd (Ted Buckland on Scrubs.)  (OOPS!  Color my face red – it has been pointing out to me that the Christopher LLoyd who created this show is NOT the same as the comic actor – and not related to Sam Lloyd.  But he is a talented writer with many good credits to his name!)

5.  Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy) wears a pacemaker.  (And rocks it, I might add.)

6.  Sofia Vergara (Gloria Delgado-Pritchett) was named by Forbes as the highest-paid actress on TV in 2012 (largely due to her work representing Pepsi and Cover Girl).  She made an estimated $19 million.

7.  Nolan Gould, who plays the not-so-bright Luke Dunphy, has belonged to Mensa since he was a mere four years old.  (Mensa has never once even hinted at my existence.  But I’m not jealous. )

8.  Mitchell and Cameron adopted a child directly from Vietnam – which apparently couldn’t happen in real life, as Vietnam forbids adoption by gay couples (or single parents, for that matter.)  Fortunately, we like Lily (and her dads) enough to overlook this.

9.  Cameron’s “clown name” is Fizbo.  And Fizbo is not gay; he is asexual.

10.  Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill) seems to have knowledge of Brazilian jiu-jitsu; in fact, actor O’Neill himself is trained in this particular martial art.