Modern Family: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets
Modern Family has easily become one of the most popular shows on air right now. The show premiered back in 2009 as a mockumentary American sitcom about a blended family living in Los Angeles. The cast is stacked with great actors like Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara and Ed O’Neill and the humorous storylines are a constant hit. Modern Family has won numerous awards throughout all 9 seasons and received rave reviews from critics as a successful comedy series. We always want to know more about our favorite Dunphy-Pritchett family, so here’s a look at some fun behind-the-scenes secrets from our favorite family sitcom:
10. The Storylines are Real
Many of the storylines that appear on the show have actually happened in real life! These are the true tales lived by the creators of the show. “What will happen is we’ll be at the kitchen table…I try to very quietly take out my phone and start to type what people are saying,” said co-creator Christopher Lloyd. “My kids will notice it and they’ll say. ‘Put that away. That better not be in the show.’ That happens a lot.” A lot of Cam’s backstory comes from his actual childhood. Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam who grew up in Kansas, changed that part of his backstory to Missouri so that he wouldn’t be poking fun at his actual home state. On the show, Cam comes from Tonganoxie which is the rival school of Stonestreet’s high school. He also used the name Don Jolly in an episode which is a man who lives across the street from Stonestreet’s parents. In addition, Jesse Tyler Ferguson told producers the story about how in real life he had to come out to his father three times before he actually accepted it, and the writers made that part of Mitchell’s story.
9. Shared Bedrooms
When working on a television set, there’s limited space. So sometimes one space operates as several different locations. On Modern Family, the bedroom shared by Alex and Haley doubles as Phil and Claire’s bedroom! On the days when the producers need to shoot a scene in the girls’ bedroom, all the furniture that makes it Claire and Phil’s bedroom is taken out and stowed away. There tends to be more scenes featuring the Dunphy girls’ room rather than the parent’s bedroom.