"The way I see it, 'Modern Family' is the story of these three families that is being told documentary style," co-creator Steven Levitan explained during opening night of PaleyFest 2010 last Friday. "But that is apparently up for debate. The thing is, if I believed these families would allow cameras into their homes, into their children's rooms, for these intimate moments, I wouldn't like them as much!"
Funnyman Ty Burrell, who plays hapless dad Phil Dunphy, agreed, adding that he likes that the show hasn't tried to explain the breaking-the-fourth wall elements of the show. He doesn't consider those moments where the characters talk directly to the camera interviews, "The Office" style, but instead as if the family member is turning to another family member to say "Are you seeing this?" "The audience is like a distant relative!"
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