The Modern Family cast plays one great, big dress-up party

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 04, 2013 03:00 PM
Credit: Bob D'Amico/Abc

Hold the laugh track!

Modern Family is already a TV classic – but members of its cast are looking to the past and paying homage to iconic shows in a new photo. In this exclusive shot, the ensemble from ABC’s Emmy-winning hit comedy takes on the personas (in full hair and makeup) of beloved characters from 60-plus years of classic sitcoms. For fuller-sized images, click through the carousel of photos above.

Who among these was your favorite?

The Honeymooners: In the early ’50s, Jackie Gleason‘s Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden and his sewer-worker neighbor and pal Ed Norton (Art Carney) were the fateful Everymen under the thumbs of their spouses. Though Ralph often threatened to send wife Alice (Audrey Meadows) to the moon, by the fadeout he’d always concede she was “the greatest.” Check out Eric Stonestreet (far right, as Ralph), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (as Ed) and their on-screen daughter Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (who also seems to be channeling Pebbles Flintstone).

Bewitched: Beautiful Elizabeth Montgomery cast a spell on viewers as Samantha Stephens in the sprightly 1964-72 ABC sitcom loosely based on the 1942 movie I Married a Witch. Hubby Darren Stephens (actor Dick York, later succeeded by Dick Sargent) was an ad man who forbade his wife to use any magic at home. She never listened, thank goodness. Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen re-create the sexy suburban couple in the photo.

I Love Lucy: Voted the best sitcom of all time last September in a survey conducted by PEOPLE and ABC News, the 1951-57 escapades of crazy redhead Lucy Ricardo and her bandleader husband Ricky – played by real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz – continue in popular reruns today. In the photo, Sofia Vergara and Ed O’Neill dress up as the beloved duo, with Rico Rodriguez as the Ricardos’ musically-inclined son, Little Ricky.

Gilligan’s Island: Never a hit with critics, the 1964-67 adventure about castaways who get lost after a three-hour tour from Honolulu nevertheless lived on, spawning fan clubs, a cartoon adaptation, a musical stage version – and such young admirers as (from left) Ariel Winter, who here poses as the sensible Mary Ann Summers (played on the original series by Dawn Wells); Sarah Hyland, as movie star Ginger Grant (Tina Louise); and Nolan Gould as First Mate Gilligan (Bob Denver).

New episodes of Modern Family return Wednesday.