Phil Dunphy = Michael Scott

Phil Dunphy = Michael Scott

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Evie Jean

Athens, Greece

#1 Dec 4, 2010
I have recently started to watch "Modern Family". It took me a few episodes before I could really get into it but I am now into the second season and I LOVE IT!!
The only thing that bugs me, is that the character of Phil Dunphy seems to be a rip off "Michael Scott" (from The Office)- I'm a HUGE "The Office" fan!
I've read similar forums where a few people have said the same thing and people have argued that yes Phil Dunphy is similiar to Michael Scott, but he is "the family guy Michael dreams of being".
I understand this point of view but not only is Phil VERY similiar to Michael, there are alot of "Michael moments" that seem to have been taken right from a script from "The Office" with a few minor changes.
Steven Jones

Columbus, OH

#2 Jan 24, 2011
I completely agree, although I don't mind very much. I love the office and have recently fell in love with modern family, and there are many moments where i find Phil to be a near replica of Michael Scott. But they are totally different characters, its just every now and then where they are similar. I, personally, as sad as I am to admit it, think that Phil is funnier than anyone on The Office, aside from the Dwight/Jim duo.

Aurora, CO

#3 Mar 9, 2011
Hey Evie, I totally agree with you! I actually had this thought since the first time I saw "Modern Family", and needed to chat it with someone. The problem is that nobody I know watches both shows!

Like you, I'm a major "The Office" fan myself, and began to see "Modern Family" not so long ago (awesome show!). The resemblance was so obvious between the two characters that I started checking if any of the writers were the same. It is exactly as you say, Phil is "the family guy Michael dreams of being". Phil has even said the same "jokes" as Michael, like this time when he was in the couch and said "well, does this make me a hero?? yes.." Just like Michael did once.

Well I could go on and on, talking about these twins separated at birth.. but it is cool to see that it was clearly noticeable for someone else!

Farmington, MI

#4 Sep 29, 2012
Good call, I noticed this too and googled it, here I am.

Graz, Austria

#5 Oct 6, 2012
Me too:D

United States

#6 Oct 26, 2012
Hmmm thought it was just me. Jus started watchin Modern Fam last night, and it's totally like I'm watching Michael Scott. His looks kind of resemble Steve too lol. I'm an Office fan... esp when Steve Carrell was still on the show... N now I'm a Modern Fam fan... So ges I gta just accept it lol.

Sunnyside, NY

#7 Oct 8, 2013
Same as everyone else...I just started watching the reruns on tv now. Maybe 2-3 episodes was all it took. It's robbery. I hope Steve Carrell is getting a check in the mail or something.
Eyeofthehurrican eEm

Madrid, Spain

#8 Aug 6, 2016
I have never seen the American version of The Office. However, I was watching Modern Family, the first episodes, and some moments of Phil Dunphy were exactly the same as Ricky Gervais in the British version of The Office. I couldn't find anything on this character being based on Ricky, so I looked up his American equivalent and I found this, that he is like the so called Michael Scott. All I can say is original source: Ricky Gervais, and from him stems all.

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