“Modern Family” (ABC)
Emmy history: Four nominations, one win
The case: All the characters experience their share of embarrassing situations, but Phil often seems to have it the worst, especially this past season when he tried to attend career day at his son’s school. Burrell also got to play the drama of Phil’s mother’s death in the show’s fourth-season finale.
Trivia: Phil experienced an earthquake in a season-two episode of “Modern Family” and Burrell did, too, while improvising a scene in college at Southern Oregon U.
— Rob Owen