In last night’s episode of the sitcom smash “Modern Family,” Phil (the father) takes his oldest daughter to visit his alma mater, which appears to be Fresno State — though the university is never mentioned by name. Beehive reader Cliff Nitschke writes:
Did you see “Modern Family” tonight? Phil took his daughter to his Alma Mater Fresno State, but it was filmed at UCLA. They even mention street names where the Frat Houses are located. Interesting…one of the writers must have a connection to CSUF. Nice Fresno reference although it isn’t directly mentioned.
How do we know it’s Fresno State in the episode? The clues:
- In the opening scene we see Phil wearing a red “Bulldog” sweatshirt, and there’s a running gag between him and Claire (his wife) about whether the mascot is the Bulldogs or the Bullfrogs.
- Claire mentions that she has a free night because her husband is “upstate” with her daughter.
- And the clincher: When Phil uses GPS to track his daughter, he learns her location is at “Cedar and Los Alamos” at a fraternity house. (I couldn’t find a Los Alamos on Mapquest, but there is indeed a Fresno intersection of Cedar and Alamos right by campus.)
By the way, it’s one of the funniest “Modern Family” episodes I’ve seen recently.