Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life. Parents Phil and Claire yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids. But a daughter who is trying to grow up too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a rambunctious young son make it challenging. Claire's dad, Jay, and his Latina wife, Gloria, are raising two sons together, but people sometimes believe Jay to be Gloria's father. Jay's gay son, Mitchell, and his partner, Cameron, have adopted a little Asian girl, completing one big -- straight, gay, multicultural, traditional -- happy family. Written by
Pitching the show to network executives on what stories would be told, Steve Levitan pulled out a home video of him shooting his 10-year-old son with a BB-gun after his son accidentally shot his cousin. This exact situation was then recreated in the pilot episode. See more »
Mitchell and Cameron adopted a child from Vietnam. This is legally impossible as Vietnam's laws forbid a child to be adopted by single parents or same sex couples. They could still adopt the child illegally but then it would be impossible to bring it back to the States. See more »
Family is family. Whether it's the one you start out with, the one you end up with, or the family that you gain along the way.
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At the beginning of each episode, the actors' names appear on screen in order of their character's ages. (Oldest to youngest) See more »