'Modern Family's' 100th Episode: How Other TV Shows Celebrated the 100-Episode Milestone

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"Modern Family" has reached that all-important 100th episode milestone, and if the cast's reactions to the script are any indication, the episode looks to be a knee slapper. After a table read for the ABC sitcom's centennial offering -- which coincides with the show's syndication status this fall -- the show's stars took to Twitter and Instagram to give the scoop on what to expect.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell Pritchett on the show, tweeted

Ditto for Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy on the show), who wrote

The 100th episode often signals a show's start in syndication (the first four seasons of "Modern Family" are headed to USA Network on Sept. 24), and the magic number frequently features a big theme, like a wedding or a birth. Who can forget Blair's wedding extravaganza on "Gossip Girl's" 100th episode, which featured a fake out on the identity of the show's secret blogger? And speaking of fake outs, "Grey's Anatomy's" 100th episode gave us a wedding, too, but it wasn't the then-highly anticipated union of Meredith and McDreamy. Instead, Izzie and Alex got hitched!

So will "Modern Family" finally throw that long-awaited Mitchell and Cam wedding on the 100th episode? Only time will tell, but while we wait for our invite (we think it's definitely coming!), here's a look at how some other popular shows celebrated the big 1-0-0.

In 1998, "Friends" gave birth to its 100th episode with the birth of Phoebe's triplets. (OK, actually they were her brother's bundles of joy.) In the episode titled "The One Hundredth," babies Leslie, Chandler, and Frank, Jr. Jr. were born after Pheebs was a surrogate for her brother and his wife. Actress Lisa Kudrow told Entertainment Weekly, "There's the Ross-Rachel story and Monica-Chandler and Joey-Rachel, but Phoebe usually isn't that instrumental in driving the main story, so it was nice that Phoebe could play such a big part in something as momentous as the 100th episode."

Watch Lisa Kudrow's emotional "Friends" scene: 

In 1994, "The Simpsons" 100th-episode celebration featured greetings from everyone from Luke Perry to Leonard Nimoy. And this animated series really did live long and prosper well past its 100th show, "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song." In 2012, Fox marked the series' 500th episode by challenging fans to break a Guinness world record for continuous television watching. Two "Simpsons" superfans broke the record by watching 86 hours and 37 minutes of the show, nabbing $10K each and some serious Simpsons swag in the process.

Check out commercial bumpers for "The Simpsons" 100th episode: 

And in 2010, "How I Met Your Mother" went all "Glee" on us for its 100th show, "Girls vs. Suits," when Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) broke out in song and dance. Executive Producer Craig Thomas told TV Guide, "The whole concept of this was to have an on-air 100th-episode celebration party and just [go] nuts and have three minutes of unadulterated, joyful fun and ... just kind of share our joy and pride in 100 episodes and throw a little party for the fans."

And throw a party they did: A splashy musical number boasted 65 dancers and a 50-piece orchestra. Harris told the New York Post that the 100th episode's musical number ranks as one of his favorite scenes from the series. "It might sound glib, but I think standing on top of a taxi cab in front of 60 people wearing well-tailored suits, spinning around like a rock star definitely takes the cake," he said.

Check out the "How I Met Your Mother" cast performing "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit": 

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