In case you were wondering, there won't be a time jump next season on "Modern Family."
While Season 3 of the hit ABC sitcom signed off with the shocking revelation that Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is pregnant, executive producer Steve Levitan told Entertainment Weekly that the pregnancy storyline will play out through the next season. "We will play it continuously," he said. "Everyone begins learning about it. There are a number of possibilities!"
That means fans will get to see Glo in all of her pregnant glory. Food cravings, ultrasounds, maybe even a baby shower!
As we get set for Gloria's pregnancy and those endless possibilities, here's a look back at some of the most memorable sitcom pregnancies of all time.
Once upon a time, you couldn't even say the word "pregnant" on TV. So back in 1953, Lucy was enceinte. From Lucy's clever way of telling her busy bandleader hubby their baby news to the hilarious birth that caught dad Ricky in full tribal voodoo makeup, "I Love Lucy's" pregnancy episodes were groundbreaking. In real life, actress Lucille Ball gave birth to son Desi Arnaz Jr. just hours before her character gave birth to Little Ricky on the January 19, 1953, episode "Lucy Goes to the Hospital." Lucy's baby even made the cover of the very first national issue of TV Guide. The new mag boasted a pic of newborn Desi with the headline "Lucy's $50,000,000 Baby." You can check out "Lucy Goes to the Hospital" here.
Season 2 of the 1960s sitcom, "Bewitched," kicked off with the news that suburban witch Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) was "having a baby." According to TV Radio Mirror, Montgomery -- who was pregnant in real life -- told producer Danny Arnold, "You'd better think pink and get your script-writers to create their situations around a little girl." Montgomery's baby turned out to be a boy, but that didn't stop producers from giving her character, Samantha, a baby girl. Mini witch Tabitha was born in 1965, after a slew of pregnancy-themed episodes, including one that had proud papa Darrin (Dick York) under a spell that made him feel like he was pregnant. Watch Sam deliver her baby news here.
Nothing like a pregnant cartoon character! In 1963, a prehistoric stork paid a visit to Fred and Wilma Flintstone. A multi-episode story arc featured nervous dad Fred moonlighting as a cab driver to earn extra money for baby expenses, as well as a maternal visit from Wilma's mom, Mrs. Slaghoople. When Wilma finally went to the hospital to deliver baby Pebbles, animated versions of characters from the then-popular medical drama "Ben Casey" were part of the medical staff. Check out the Flintstones' blessed event here.
When lawyer Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) became pregnant by her ex-boyfriend Steve, she considered terminating the pregnancy. Instead, "Sex and the City" fans got to watch this single lady attempt to date while pregnant, express faux joy over ultrasounds, and dictate what kind of baby shower she got (no storks or cutesy foods allowed, but fried chicken was on the menu!). In the end, this busy working girl grew to love being a mama -- even if the only kid she liked was her own. Check out Miranda's stork-free baby shower here.
A decade before SATC tackled the single mother issue, "Murphy Brown" did it -- to controversial reviews. When newswoman Murphy (Candice Bergen) opted to give birth and raise her baby alone (her ex wasn't interested in changing his lifestyle to be a dad), Vice President Dan Quayle slammed the choice in a 1992 campaign speech, accusing the fictional character of glamorizing unwed motherhood. "It doesn't help matters when prime-time TV has Murphy Brown -- a character who supposedly epitomizes today's intelligent, highly paid, professional woman -- mocking the importance of fathers, by bearing a child alone, and calling it just another 'lifestyle choice," Quayle famously said, sparking a national debate on family values. But enough bad press! Murphy's baby shower boasted real life journalist guests like Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, and Paula Zahn. Now that's glamorous!
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