Phil Dunphy is not exactly Fonzie. But, unlike many modern stereotypes, Phil Dunphy didn’t lose his cool when he became a dad because he never had it in the first place. His inherent nerdiness – from magic, to cheer squad, to his love of technology – was deeply rooted before he had children. But this persistent childish enthusiasm is exactly what makes him a very cool dad. And despite being the constant comic relief, his emotional availability and undeniable affection for his children make him a powerful and respected father figure.
Eliminated: Final 2