"Modern Family" won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical on Sunday, January 15, marking the show's first win and third nomination in the category.
The Emmy-winning ABC mockumentary-style family series beat nominees "Enlightened," "Episodes," "Glee," and "New Girl."
"Modern Family," which debuted on ABC in 2009, has won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series both years that it has been eligible for one. It has never won a Golden Globe before.
On "Modern Family," Ed O'Neill plays Jay Pritchett, the patriarch of an eclectic family. Sofia Vergara plays his younger, second wife. Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays Pritchett's son and he and Eric Stonestreet's character are a homosexual couple raising a Vietnamese baby girl.
Julie Bowen plays Pritchett's daughter and Ty Burrell portrays her husband. Both actors won an Emmy last year. Stonestreet won one in 2010 and was nominated for a Golden Globe this year, as was Vergara.
On stage, the actress enthusiastically thanked presenters Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in her native Spanish, earning laughs from the audience.
"'Modern Family' has been the best thing that has ever happened to me, professionally," Vergara told OnTheRedCarpet.com in December. "I've had the career that I never, ever, even dreamed about, even though it was hard because of my accent and because of the way I look. I really, really have to be thankful."
The actress wore a teal-colored custom Vera Wang peacock-style, strapless mermaid gown with a pieced knife-pleated bodice and swirling sheared bias flange skirt detail to the Golden Globe Awards (see more photos from the red carpet).