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An oral history, with the full participation of cast and crew, of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. Since premiering in 2009, the groundbreaking television sitcom Modern Family has garnered tens of millions of devoted fans, earning 75 Emmy nominations and 22 Emmy Awards, including five in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series (one of only two sitcoms to e An oral history, with the full participation of cast and crew, of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. Since premiering in 2009, the groundbreaking television sitcom Modern Family has garnered tens of millions of devoted fans, earning 75 Emmy nominations and 22 Emmy Awards, including five in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series (one of only two sitcoms to ever achieve that feat). Professors have written about it. Psychologists have lectured on it. Leading publications, such as The New York Times and Washington Post, have explained their love for it. With funny, heartfelt and relatable stories about family, Modern Family has gained a worldwide following of hundreds of millions of viewers in countries as diverse as England, Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, and South Africa. As much as people love the show, few know the stories behind it. How did a kernel of an idea by Emmy-winning writers Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd morph into a television juggernaut? Where did they find the cast? How did they come up with story ideas and film favorite episodes? What went on behind the scenes? Up until now, there have been individual stories and interviews about the show, but nothing comprehensive that captures the complete story of the series. Marc Freeman's Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms is the only major book ever written that explores this show as told by those who created it. More than seventy people, including the entire cast, crew, and creators, detail the full history of this iconic sitcom. The cast recalls their memories of the trials and tribulations of casting. They share their impressions from the first table read through the last light turning out. Writers, directors, and performers walk readers through storylines, production and favorite episodes. Guest stars such as Elizabeth Banks, Josh Gad, Adam Devine, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane recall their appearances on the show while others recount their experiences working with Kevin Hart, Barbara Streisand, Ed Norton and more. Readers get to go behind the scenes and experience the show like never before, including personal photos. Theyโ€™ll also discover the never-told fallout and divorce of the two showrunners, making the show two separate series blended into one. Even people unfamiliar with the show will gain deep insight into what it takes to put a series on television. Typically, oral histories come out as retrospectives, based entirely on recall. This one will have the benefit of having the ending occur in real-time. From script development to final season (the 11th season will be the show's last) readers will get a glimpse of the castโ€™s relationships with each other and the emotions attached to saying goodbye to the best and longest-running workplace many of them expect to ever experience. Much like the series itself, this book shares a story of family, of conflict and collaboration, that went into this timeless, groundbreaking series.


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An oral history, with the full participation of cast and crew, of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. Since premiering in 2009, the groundbreaking television sitcom Modern Family has garnered tens of millions of devoted fans, earning 75 Emmy nominations and 22 Emmy Awards, including five in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series (one of only two sitcoms to e An oral history, with the full participation of cast and crew, of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. Since premiering in 2009, the groundbreaking television sitcom Modern Family has garnered tens of millions of devoted fans, earning 75 Emmy nominations and 22 Emmy Awards, including five in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series (one of only two sitcoms to ever achieve that feat). Professors have written about it. Psychologists have lectured on it. Leading publications, such as The New York Times and Washington Post, have explained their love for it. With funny, heartfelt and relatable stories about family, Modern Family has gained a worldwide following of hundreds of millions of viewers in countries as diverse as England, Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, and South Africa. As much as people love the show, few know the stories behind it. How did a kernel of an idea by Emmy-winning writers Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd morph into a television juggernaut? Where did they find the cast? How did they come up with story ideas and film favorite episodes? What went on behind the scenes? Up until now, there have been individual stories and interviews about the show, but nothing comprehensive that captures the complete story of the series. Marc Freeman's Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms is the only major book ever written that explores this show as told by those who created it. More than seventy people, including the entire cast, crew, and creators, detail the full history of this iconic sitcom. The cast recalls their memories of the trials and tribulations of casting. They share their impressions from the first table read through the last light turning out. Writers, directors, and performers walk readers through storylines, production and favorite episodes. Guest stars such as Elizabeth Banks, Josh Gad, Adam Devine, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane recall their appearances on the show while others recount their experiences working with Kevin Hart, Barbara Streisand, Ed Norton and more. Readers get to go behind the scenes and experience the show like never before, including personal photos. Theyโ€™ll also discover the never-told fallout and divorce of the two showrunners, making the show two separate series blended into one. Even people unfamiliar with the show will gain deep insight into what it takes to put a series on television. Typically, oral histories come out as retrospectives, based entirely on recall. This one will have the benefit of having the ending occur in real-time. From script development to final season (the 11th season will be the show's last) readers will get a glimpse of the castโ€™s relationships with each other and the emotions attached to saying goodbye to the best and longest-running workplace many of them expect to ever experience. Much like the series itself, this book shares a story of family, of conflict and collaboration, that went into this timeless, groundbreaking series.

30 review for Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Over a decade ago, I began watching Modern Family. It became a quick favorite and I watched it every week. When the last episode aired a few weeks ago, I was definitely sad. How could I keep up with all my favorite characters? Then I saw this book... and it was available via NetGalley, so I requested it, got lucky, and here I am today... excited to own a copy and be able to read it whenever I want. Titled "Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms," this Over a decade ago, I began watching Modern Family. It became a quick favorite and I watched it every week. When the last episode aired a few weeks ago, I was definitely sad. How could I keep up with all my favorite characters? Then I saw this book... and it was available via NetGalley, so I requested it, got lucky, and here I am today... excited to own a copy and be able to read it whenever I want. Titled "Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms," this book written by Marc Freeman is a very in-depth look at how the show came together and became such a hit. We learn all the fun facts about where the stories came from, how the actors were selected, what shenanigans occurred on set, and how everyone felt at the end. It was quite comical and sad, and I definitely recommend the book to fans. My only constructive feedback would be that the organization of the content could've been stronger. It hopped around a bit, and it often repeated itself to the point I stopped to ensure I hadn't accidentally picked up the wrong spot when I began to read again. I think it might've been stronger if there were sections in the book such that chapters were divided by actor and category. I would've enjoyed picking up a chapter about each actor and their story on the show, perhaps a few random chapters about the writers and the audience feedback. Instead, I thought often... this is getting too long and not as easy to read as I'd like. That said, it's still very good and I would definitely tell others to buy it and treasure it. I learned so much about who else might've played a character, which actors suffered through awful personal issues, and how people reacted to the show in ways I wouldn't have expected. The writers are truly a great crowd, and I appreciate the honesty in this book. I'm sure they left out a few confidential things, but there were some surprises where I thought... "wow, so and so can be a jerk, but they can also be so kind!" I will revisit this book, and it made me consider watching the show from the beginning again. I also recalled stories and guest stars I'd forgotten, so for those reasons alone, this is a book to get in your reading queue. Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    Even though it's been years since I've watched a Modern Family episode, I enjoyed this book so much it has motivated me to binge watch the entire series. It reminded me how much I loved those early seasons and made me question why I stopped watching in the first place. This book is similar in style to the Live From New York book about Saturday Night Live. For the most part the bulk of the material in this book is directly from the mouths of the cast members and crew. I personally love this forma Even though it's been years since I've watched a Modern Family episode, I enjoyed this book so much it has motivated me to binge watch the entire series. It reminded me how much I loved those early seasons and made me question why I stopped watching in the first place. This book is similar in style to the Live From New York book about Saturday Night Live. For the most part the bulk of the material in this book is directly from the mouths of the cast members and crew. I personally love this format and even though the book clocks in at 500+ pages it doesn't feel like such a long and heavy read as a typical nonfiction book. The book covers how the show got it's start, the casting process, and goes into detail about specific episodes among other things. My guess is this will be the most definitive book about the show ever written and should satisfy both die hard and casual fans of Modern Family. If you are expecting to get a lot of gossip and dirt about the show, you might be disappointed as for the most part the cast and crew truly did like each other and got along pretty well. The only drama was between the two co-creators and once they decided to each take on half of the episodes that greatly reduced the number of interactions and therefore arguments between them. Frequent guest star Shelly Long is discussed a bit by the people who worked with her but it was done in a respectful way. I don't think the lack of mudslinging and juicy gossip make this a less interesting read. To be quite honest it is refreshing to know that this group of coworkers really did consider themselves a family and continue to hang out with each other away from the show. It says a lot about who they are as people. If you are fan of the show and/or like learning about the ins and outs of how a tv show is made, you will most likely enjoy reading this book. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    My sister Poppy is probably the #1 fan of "Modern Family" - she throws quotes at us left, right and centre so when this book popped up for review, I got it for her to read. I am planning on reading while on vacation in April --- a 500+ page book is good to take on vacation when you can read it chapter by chapter and not lose the plot if you go a few days without picking up the Kindle again. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publishe My sister Poppy is probably the #1 fan of "Modern Family" - she throws quotes at us left, right and centre so when this book popped up for review, I got it for her to read. I am planning on reading while on vacation in April --- a 500+ page book is good to take on vacation when you can read it chapter by chapter and not lose the plot if you go a few days without picking up the Kindle again. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do ๐Ÿ˜ธ. An oral history, with the full participation of cast and crew, of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. Since premiering in 2009, the groundbreaking television sitcom Modern Family has garnered tens of millions of devoted fans, earning 75 Emmy nominations and 22 Emmy Awards, including five in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series (one of only two sitcoms to ever achieve that feat). Professors have written about it. Psychologists have lectured on it. Leading publications, such as The New York Times and Washington Post, have explained their love for it. With funny, heartfelt and relatable stories about family, Modern Family has gained a worldwide following of hundreds of millions of viewers in countries as diverse as England, Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, and South Africa. As much as people love the show, few know the stories behind it. How did a kernel of an idea by Emmy-winning writers Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd morph into a television juggernaut? Where did they find the cast? How did they come up with story ideas and film favourite episodes? What went on behind the scenes? Up until now, there have been individual stories and interviews about the show, but nothing comprehensive that captures the complete story of the series. Marc Freeman's Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms is the only major book ever written that explores this show as told by those who created it. More than seventy people, including the entire cast, crew, and creators, detail the full history of this iconic sitcom. The cast recalls their memories of the trials and tribulations of casting. They share their impressions from the first table read through the last light turns out. Writers, directors, and performers walk readers through storylines, production and favourite episodes. Guest stars such as Elizabeth Banks, Josh Gad, Adam Devine, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane recall their appearances on the show while others recount their experiences working with Kevin Hart, Barbara Streisand, Ed Norton and more. Readers get to go behind the scenes and experience the show like never before, including personal photos. Theyโ€™ll also discover the never-told fallout and divorce of the two showrunners, making the show two separate series blended into one. Even people unfamiliar with the show will gain deep insight into what it takes to put a series on television. Typically, oral histories come out as retrospectives, based entirely on recall. This one will have the benefit of having the ending occur in real-time. From script development to final season (the 11th season will be the show's last) readers will get a glimpse of the castโ€™s relationships with each other and the emotions attached to saying goodbye to the best and longest-running workplace many of them expect to ever experience. Much like the series itself, this book shares a story of family, of conflict and collaboration, that went into this timeless, groundbreaking series. Hi - it is Poppy here: "Modern Family" is such a funny show and this is a love letter to its fans including me, who baffles people in Japan with my quotes from the show that they don't know of or watch. I am so bummed that the series is ending, but this book (which I have already pre-ordered in hard copy and on Kindle). It is well written and laugh-out-loud funny at times and a MUST BUY for any fan of this beloved series. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "๐Ÿ™-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ“บ P.S. ***** Phil - "I'm cool dad, that's my thang. I'm hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL: laugh out loud, OMG: oh my god, WTF: why the face." Claire: "More than anything, I want my girls to stop fighting and be close. I want them to share clothes and do each other's hair and gossip about boys like I used to do with Mitchell." Jay: "The minute they got rid of rotary phones, everything went to hell." Mitchell: "Everyone's staring at us. I haven't been judged by this many people since I forgot my canvas bags at Whole Foods." Claire: Women in their thirties on the Internet, theyโ€™re like ninjas. They get in their little black outfits and try to sneak their way into your marriage.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ross

    Oral histories are fun little snapshots on how these shows were made. Behind the scenes readings and cast rememberings.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chele Hipp

    An absolutely outstanding and heartwarming account of one of the finest television shows in history. I loved hearing how the writers and actors experienced making the show. Ordinarily, I donโ€™t like to peek behind the curtain because it takes some of the magic away but this book managed to make it seem more magical.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Modern Family by Marc Freeman is an excellent book that is everything and anything that has to do with the amazing show, Modern Family. I have been a fan of this show since it debuted over a decade ago. I remember when the pilot debuted. I watched it and thought, man this is going to be an awesome show. It was funny, witty, fresh, awkward, heartwarming, and best of all, it made me want to come back for more. One would think that after so many years a show would lose its luster, but Modern Family Modern Family by Marc Freeman is an excellent book that is everything and anything that has to do with the amazing show, Modern Family. I have been a fan of this show since it debuted over a decade ago. I remember when the pilot debuted. I watched it and thought, man this is going to be an awesome show. It was funny, witty, fresh, awkward, heartwarming, and best of all, it made me want to come back for more. One would think that after so many years a show would lose its luster, but Modern Family just improves with age. I can watch reruns and still laugh out loud as if I am watching the plot for the first time. This show is truly special. This book goes over so much: the creation, the inspiration for the characters, the casting, the development of the relationships. It also incorporates dialogue and discussions with the cast and crew on their thoughts, feelings, and memories of a once in a lifetime TV event. This book is with full approval and cooperation of the full cast, so the oral history, memories, and feelings are real and from the actual members themselves. This is an excellent compilation of the โ€œlife and timesโ€ of Modern Family and is a treasure and must have for any fan. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and St. Martinโ€™s Press for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I received an ARC of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is a fantastic book. It is a comprehensive look at the characters, the actors, and work behind the scenes by writers, producers, crew, etc. Marc Freeman has written what he calls an oral history of the show in a format resembling an interview. Readers learn how Modern Family developed from the camera technique, story lines, casting, and relationships on set and in the show itself. It is so interesting to learn the origin of some recurring I received an ARC of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is a fantastic book. It is a comprehensive look at the characters, the actors, and work behind the scenes by writers, producers, crew, etc. Marc Freeman has written what he calls an oral history of the show in a format resembling an interview. Readers learn how Modern Family developed from the camera technique, story lines, casting, and relationships on set and in the show itself. It is so interesting to learn the origin of some recurring comedy bits, as well as how the family relationships developed. Freeman has also shared the meaningful relationships between the actors and crew which really lets the reader understand the emotional highlights that complement the comedy of the show. Readers learn how the members of the show really did become a family. The show also blazed a trail in dealing with often taboo family dynamics, all while providing entertainment. It is no wonder the show lasted 11 years and won many awards. This book also deserves praise for sharing it all with us in a pleasurable and very informative reading experience.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becki (millerreads)

    For fans of the TV show, this book is a fun and interesting peek behind the scenes. As it is an oral history, the format doesnโ€™t follow a traditional narrative structure, but rather quotes from cast and crew are organized around a theme with additional relevant information. I enjoyed reading directly from the sources on both sides of the camera as to how they perceived the direction the show took over the years. I also learned new information about the dynamics between the show runners. As a vie For fans of the TV show, this book is a fun and interesting peek behind the scenes. As it is an oral history, the format doesnโ€™t follow a traditional narrative structure, but rather quotes from cast and crew are organized around a theme with additional relevant information. I enjoyed reading directly from the sources on both sides of the camera as to how they perceived the direction the show took over the years. I also learned new information about the dynamics between the show runners. As a viewer only, I wouldโ€™ve never known there was dissent behind the scenes. I was sad to see the series end itโ€™s run this past spring because it is one of the few shows both my husband and I can agree on, but Iโ€™m thankful for the years of laughs it brought us. For what itโ€™s worth, I will note that although the book reads fairly quickly, it is lengthy at over 500 pages. *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Goodreads giveaway

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark Vetter

    Like many others out there I am a huge Modern Family fan - it broke my heart when I heard the news the show was ending. For a long time now the show was a constant and reliable friend and now it's all over.... Or is it? Thanks to Marc Freeman, our friends are back in this well written and uniquely presented in a kind of interview fashion with cast, crew, and everybody else involved in creating this terrific show gifting us with little known stories about the behind the scenes goings-on that had n Like many others out there I am a huge Modern Family fan - it broke my heart when I heard the news the show was ending. For a long time now the show was a constant and reliable friend and now it's all over.... Or is it? Thanks to Marc Freeman, our friends are back in this well written and uniquely presented in a kind of interview fashion with cast, crew, and everybody else involved in creating this terrific show gifting us with little known stories about the behind the scenes goings-on that had never been told .before. I am very glad that I read this book because it inspired me to go back and binge the show from the beginning! .

  10. 4 out of 5

    James

    Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms by Marc Freeman is an excellent inside look at the show told in a wonderfully personal manner. Books about television shows (or movies, or music acts) can easily get bogged down in either superfluous praise (no matter how deserved) or petty gossip. This book manages to do neither, the praise is generally between people involved in the show and the gossip is largely the good natured (or at least the "we got throug Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms by Marc Freeman is an excellent inside look at the show told in a wonderfully personal manner. Books about television shows (or movies, or music acts) can easily get bogged down in either superfluous praise (no matter how deserved) or petty gossip. This book manages to do neither, the praise is generally between people involved in the show and the gossip is largely the good natured (or at least the "we got through it") variety. The form of the book is a little different than most such books, I think I've experienced a couple other books in the past couple years that gave me the same feeling. Namely, it is largely quotes from interviews and such with a small amount of contextualizing moving the narrative ahead. For me, this is kinda like sitting around with these people, at different times, and them each remembering something about the time or incident or comment the other just made. I like this informal style. Yes, just like spending a lot of time with friends they sometimes repeat something, but each repetition is relevant to whatever topic is at hand, so it is okay. That makes the book a little less formal but also a lot more personal. Much like the show itself. The review copy I have doesn't have the photo inserts, but from images I saw of those photos, I can't imagine them doing anything but add to the strengths of the book. For the record, I am a casual fan of the show. I missed a lot of episodes, but caught most of them. I didn't especially make time for it but when I had time it was one of the things I enjoyed. So while I probably wasn't as tuned in to many of the stories in the book as a big fan would have been, I think even familiar stories will seem new since you will be hearing each from multiple perspectives. And for me as a casual fan, this was a great way to first hear them. Highly recommended for both diehard and casual fans, as well as those who simply enjoy television history and show production. Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via Goodreads First Reads.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I'm such a huge fan of the show but was not all that excited to read this book. I think I was afraid of finding something out that would disappoint me. But I was SO wrong. This book was so interesting to me as I learned what was going into the writing, directing and acting of one of my favorite shows of all time. It had me laughing (a lot!) and also crying. Reading this made the show and cast even more endearing. I can't wait to watch all 11 seasons again....with new insight! Loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

    Full review here: http://civilianreader.com/2020/07/02/... Full review here: http://civilianreader.com/2020/07/02/...

  13. 5 out of 5

    kory.

    i love this show so much and finishing this book was like watching the finale all over again i'm sad

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Catherine

    So detailed and comprehensive. A great read for TV fans!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This is a great read for anyone that was a fan of this groundbreaking show. I watched it faithfully for a few years and then stopped due to not having the time to watch as much tv. I came back to it in the last season and enjoyed it just as much as I did in the first. The writing has always been excellent and the author of this book provides fans with a lot of unknown facts about what went on behind the scenes. And unlike some other books about beloved series, this one is loaded with quotes and This is a great read for anyone that was a fan of this groundbreaking show. I watched it faithfully for a few years and then stopped due to not having the time to watch as much tv. I came back to it in the last season and enjoyed it just as much as I did in the first. The writing has always been excellent and the author of this book provides fans with a lot of unknown facts about what went on behind the scenes. And unlike some other books about beloved series, this one is loaded with quotes and insight from the stars of the show!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cariadne

    For anyone that enjoyed Modern Family, this book is a treat! Great insights on the behind-the-scenes dynamics (Lloyd & Levitan and wish we drilled in on why women writers rarely stuck), the actors (everyone's 1st impression of Vergara, O'Neil's coaching), story directions and so much more. I appreciated how "be Marc" let the words from the Modern Fam cast and crew be the heart of the book. While his own observations were welcome, the book took on greater credibility when it was the show members s For anyone that enjoyed Modern Family, this book is a treat! Great insights on the behind-the-scenes dynamics (Lloyd & Levitan and wish we drilled in on why women writers rarely stuck), the actors (everyone's 1st impression of Vergara, O'Neil's coaching), story directions and so much more. I appreciated how "be Marc" let the words from the Modern Fam cast and crew be the heart of the book. While his own observations were welcome, the book took on greater credibility when it was the show members sharing the real history. While I got it on loan from NetGalley, I think this is a fantastic gift for fans of the hit show.

  17. 4 out of 5

    what ila reads

    I received a free ALC from MacMillan Audio and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. If you asked me about my favourite thing to watch on tv I'd probably say comedies and if you asked me to make a list of my favourite comedies I'd definitely list Modern Family. I love the feel good feeling you get when you're watching it and I never tire of re-watching old episodes, it always feels like coming home to characters I've learned to love and consider family. So you bet I jumped at the I received a free ALC from MacMillan Audio and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. If you asked me about my favourite thing to watch on tv I'd probably say comedies and if you asked me to make a list of my favourite comedies I'd definitely list Modern Family. I love the feel good feeling you get when you're watching it and I never tire of re-watching old episodes, it always feels like coming home to characters I've learned to love and consider family. So you bet I jumped at the opportunity of listening to the audiobook and immersing myself once again in this story and its background. I've been re-watching the series alongside my listening experience and I highly recommend that combo, it allowed me to spot so many things in the episodes that I had missed the first few time I had watched it before. I enjoyed getting all the inside knowledge about the show and hearing the perspective of the different actors, how their characters came to be and how they made them their own, by the end of it I realized how no one else could have been more perfect than them. Earlier this year I listened to another audiobook about one of my favourite tv series (I'm talking about "I'll Be There For You" by Kelsey Miller, about Friends) and I've been on the hunt for something similar ever since. I've definitely found a companion book in this one: getting to hear the creators' perspective, the actors' perspective and the voices of everyone who worked on the show was amazing. This book also didn't shy away from some of the harder topics, like how every female writer minus one were only kept for one season and the difficult relationship between the creators. You definitely need to read this (or listen to it) if you're a fan of the show.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ileana Renfroe

    Description An oral history, with the full participation of cast and crew, of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. Since premiering in 2009, the groundbreaking television sitcom Modern Family has garnered tens of millions of devoted fans, earning 75 Emmy nominations and 22 Emmy Awards, including five in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series (one of only two sitcoms to ever achieve that feat). Professors have written about it. Psychologists have lectured on it. Leading publications, Description An oral history, with the full participation of cast and crew, of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. Since premiering in 2009, the groundbreaking television sitcom Modern Family has garnered tens of millions of devoted fans, earning 75 Emmy nominations and 22 Emmy Awards, including five in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series (one of only two sitcoms to ever achieve that feat). Professors have written about it. Psychologists have lectured on it. Leading publications, such as The New York Times and Washington Post, have explained their love for it. With funny, heartfelt and relatable stories about family, Modern Family has gained a worldwide following of hundreds of millions of viewers in countries as diverse as England, Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, and South Africa. As much as people love the show, few know the stories behind it. How did a kernel of an idea by Emmy-winning writers Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd morph into a television juggernaut? Where did they find the cast? How did they come up with story ideas and film favorite episodes? What went on behind the scenes? Up until now, there have been individual stories and interviews about the show, but nothing comprehensive that captures the complete story of the series. Marc Freeman's Modern Family: The Untold Oral History of One of Television's Groundbreaking Sitcoms is the only major book ever written that explores this show as told by those who created it. More than seventy people, including the entire cast, crew, and creators, detail the full history of this iconic sitcom. The cast recalls their memories of the trials and tribulations of casting. They share their impressions from the first table read through the last light turning out. Writers, directors, and performers walk readers through storylines, production and favorite episodes. Guest stars such as Elizabeth Banks, Josh Gad, Adam Devine, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane recall their appearances on the show while others recount their experiences working with Kevin Hart, Barbara Streisand, Ed Norton and more. Readers get to go behind the scenes and experience the show like never before, including personal photos. Theyโ€™ll also discover the never-told fallout and divorce of the two showrunners, making the show two separate series blended into one. Even people unfamiliar with the show will gain deep insight into what it takes to put a series on television. Typically, oral histories come out as retrospectives, based entirely on recall. This one will have the benefit of having the ending occur in real-time. From script development to final season (the 11th season will be the show's last) readers will get a glimpse of the castโ€™s relationships with each other and the emotions attached to saying goodbye to the best and longest-running workplace many of them expect to ever experience. Much like the series itself, this book shares a story of family, of conflict and collaboration, that went into this timeless, groundbreaking series. My Review Modern Family is a full account of the sitcom by the same name. It is well documented, easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable. It was great to read about the and get some feedback not normally available. This is the perfect book for anyone that likes Modern Family. I highly recommend this book!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Bowe

    What can I say about this? It's hard to do a review....I loved seeing behimd the scenes. I love the formatting that was used. You get a lot of input from certain aspects of the show from the cast and crew. It's a huge book but I found myself really huge chunks of it with no time at all seeming to have passed. I admit fully that I wasn't a Modern Family viewer until Season 5 I believe. I just remember my husband and I hearing them winning all these Emmys all the time and along "Can it really be t What can I say about this? It's hard to do a review....I loved seeing behimd the scenes. I love the formatting that was used. You get a lot of input from certain aspects of the show from the cast and crew. It's a huge book but I found myself really huge chunks of it with no time at all seeming to have passed. I admit fully that I wasn't a Modern Family viewer until Season 5 I believe. I just remember my husband and I hearing them winning all these Emmys all the time and along "Can it really be that great? Maybe we should try it out cuz people rave about it" and we ended up just loving it! I think fans of the show will appreciate this read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I remember the first time I saw Modern Family. It was 2012 and I was on an overnight flight to Germany. Nearly everyone in my general vicinity was asleep... and I couldnโ€™t stop laughing, or better said cracking up. I rarely laugh out loud while watching T.V. and I was still snickering long after it had ended. My fellow travelers were not at all amused by the sounds coming from my seat. If this story even sounds a tiny bit relatable then you WILL enjoy ๐Œ๐จ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐…๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ญ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐Ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ž๐ง๐ž I remember the first time I saw Modern Family. It was 2012 and I was on an overnight flight to Germany. Nearly everyone in my general vicinity was asleep... and I couldnโ€™t stop laughing, or better said cracking up. I rarely laugh out loud while watching T.V. and I was still snickering long after it had ended. My fellow travelers were not at all amused by the sounds coming from my seat. If this story even sounds a tiny bit relatable then you WILL enjoy ๐Œ๐จ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ง ๐…๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ญ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐Ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ž๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐†๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐ข๐ญ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฌ. Although quite lengthy, its told in short interview snippets from nearly everyoneโ€™s POV, so itโ€™s a rather quick read and brings back memories of favorite episodes with an added insider peek at what it was like to create it and how everything came together. Overall this was a fun read. Fellow Modern Family fans who need just a little more MF in their life will certainly enjoy it! Thanks NetGalley, St. Martinโ€™s Press, and Marc Freeman for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Excellent look at Modern Family from the inside I admit I am not a huge fan of Modern Family but I have watched every episode. I also like books that go behind the scenes of shows I watch. So I thought that this book would be a good fit for me. I just hoped that it would be neither be an adulation nor a character assassination. And it was neither of these. It is a great book that I could not put down. One of the strengths of the books is the variety and number of people who were interviewed in it Excellent look at Modern Family from the inside I admit I am not a huge fan of Modern Family but I have watched every episode. I also like books that go behind the scenes of shows I watch. So I thought that this book would be a good fit for me. I just hoped that it would be neither be an adulation nor a character assassination. And it was neither of these. It is a great book that I could not put down. One of the strengths of the books is the variety and number of people who were interviewed in it, including the co-creators, the cast, writers, producers, some guest stars, and some higher-ups at ABC. I also liked that the book showed a couple of original and revised scripts for certain scenes and showed how characters were developed. All-in-all, I loved the book. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley for review purposes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sage

    Absolutely delightful! I remember watching this show when I was a kid, my family watched it pretty regularly when I was in high school. I stopped watching it in college but still kept up on random episodes here and there. Halfway through reading this, I actually started watching season 11 (why are none of the other seasons available on any streaming devices??? I donโ€™t want to pay whatever to watch it on HBO when I *know* the full series used to be on Hulu at one point!) and laughed out loud a lo Absolutely delightful! I remember watching this show when I was a kid, my family watched it pretty regularly when I was in high school. I stopped watching it in college but still kept up on random episodes here and there. Halfway through reading this, I actually started watching season 11 (why are none of the other seasons available on any streaming devices??? I donโ€™t want to pay whatever to watch it on HBO when I *know* the full series used to be on Hulu at one point!) and laughed out loud a lot. I wanted to watch the pilot initially but itโ€™s not streaming and I didnโ€™t want to hunt for it. Anyway, I love books like these, and am fascinated by the behind the scenes and production aspects, so this was a really great read. I particularly appreciated the chapter on women writers for the show (there should have been A LOT more of them imo...) and the explanation of the dynamics of the writers room. Reading this book was like a nice walk down memory lane, considering that the show premiered when I was about 14 and Iโ€™m now 25 โ€” must be the same for all the kid actors too! I loved all of Sarah, Ariel, and Nolanโ€™s set stories. This was super well done, and well crafted! I canโ€™t wait to watch more of season 11, I have 2 episodes left of whatโ€™s available/been aired so far, and I will definitely watch the series finale. End of an era for sure!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Larry Tressler

    This book is written very differently than what you would expect. A lot of it are just short comments from cast & crew members about various topics or episodes rather than a chronological order of the story of the show. There are a wealth of interesting tidbits that are very interesting. I was disappointed to see that in this entire mammoth book of 505 pages, there are no pictures. Unless you count the 3 small ones on page 491. It's a good book, but I found it a bit disappointing. This book is written very differently than what you would expect. A lot of it are just short comments from cast & crew members about various topics or episodes rather than a chronological order of the story of the show. There are a wealth of interesting tidbits that are very interesting. I was disappointed to see that in this entire mammoth book of 505 pages, there are no pictures. Unless you count the 3 small ones on page 491. It's a good book, but I found it a bit disappointing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Beth

    I won an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you, Goodreads! While I enjoyed the show start to finish, I didnโ€™t love how the author shared the oral history of it, formatted like a script, with input from several people in each section. Parts of it were repetitive, and a fair amount of it was told in much more engaging format in the retrospective showed after the last episode. I didnโ€™t feel this did the show justice - it wasnโ€™t easy to read or engaging for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carin

    Man, what a great sitcom. It was so buzzy the first season that I resisted. Plus, it began just at the end of a terrible run of sitcoms. They were all crass, lowbrow, and also just terrible. And it had that fake-documentary style that was so fresh with The Office but now felt very also-ran. And then it won like all the Emmys, and I decided to stop being an idiot and start watching. And it has been appointment viewing for me ever since! And I love an oral history. It's really great to get the unva Man, what a great sitcom. It was so buzzy the first season that I resisted. Plus, it began just at the end of a terrible run of sitcoms. They were all crass, lowbrow, and also just terrible. And it had that fake-documentary style that was so fresh with The Office but now felt very also-ran. And then it won like all the Emmys, and I decided to stop being an idiot and start watching. And it has been appointment viewing for me ever since! And I love an oral history. It's really great to get the unvarnished direct words of all the important people involved. The most fascinating thing was how the two creators/producers really hated each other after making the pilot, and then each of them took the helm of every other episode. And yet, I never noticed. Did you? No unevenness. No ping-ponging. If anything, it may have kept the show more balanced as they had different focuses, and different approaches. That way you didn't have a bunch of Very Special episodes in a row, or a bunch that were rather slapsticky. It was more balanced. The perspective of the kids was great. I had no idea that Ariel and Nolan are the same age, and goofy Nolan who plays the rather dense youngest kid is actually a member of MENSA who graduated from high school several years early in order to be able to focus more on work. It was fun to hear about Sofia's changing and variable accent and how they used that for jokes. And the poor twin babies who were so miserable playing Lily the first two years. And how desperate Julie Bowen was to get the role--despite being enormously pregnant with twins when they filmed the pilot. This show managed to be both groundbreaking and yet homey and safe at the same time. And it's true--this is how modern families look today. As someone with multiple step-families, a half-brother, and ex-step-in laws, this felt very real to me. The only part that didn't resonate was all of them living in the same city as adults, but that might be particular to me. With so much uncertainty and angst these days, it's a perfect time to revisit the show and be comforted.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    Modern family was one of my favourite shows to hit the television in a really long time so when the show was ending I was a little upset. However when I found out that they wrote this book I was very excited to check it out. I love all of the behind the scenes information that these kinds of books present to the fans, and this book did just that and then some. What I also loved was knowing that the fact that this highly popular show almost never took place. This book is one that all fans of the Modern family was one of my favourite shows to hit the television in a really long time so when the show was ending I was a little upset. However when I found out that they wrote this book I was very excited to check it out. I love all of the behind the scenes information that these kinds of books present to the fans, and this book did just that and then some. What I also loved was knowing that the fact that this highly popular show almost never took place. This book is one that all fans of the TV show should check out. It is really interesting to get so much behind the scenes and never before heard information from not only the actors but also the creators. And just like in the tv show I laughed right along with them as they explained jokes and mishap. I didn't want to put this book down as soon as I picked it up just the same way that I didn't want the series to end which I found to be almost poetic in a way. I also loved the way that this book was written. It wasn't written in the same format that regular novels are it was almost written like a play where they would talk about certain things but then the creators would speak and give more behind the scene information on why certain things happened they way they did. I found that this made the book easier to read and much more enjoyable. This book is one that all fans will want to read not just once but again and again and I can't wait to add this book to my collection.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Catie LeMar

    I have been a Modern Family fan for as long as I can remember. I love the show--it is incredibly relatable. I, like many, was disappointed that it was coming to an end after 11 seasons. I love how they ended it though--one of the ways I know this is because I still want to watch the reruns that are available. This book took me further into the show, and made me realize truly what. a marvel it was to last so long. There were interviews with all cast members and staff, stories from behind the scene I have been a Modern Family fan for as long as I can remember. I love the show--it is incredibly relatable. I, like many, was disappointed that it was coming to an end after 11 seasons. I love how they ended it though--one of the ways I know this is because I still want to watch the reruns that are available. This book took me further into the show, and made me realize truly what. a marvel it was to last so long. There were interviews with all cast members and staff, stories from behind the scenes that were so interesting to read. I can't imagine the show if some of the roles had gone to other actors and actresses mentioned. The dynamic between the creators and the writers makes it even more amazing that the show lasted as long as it did, and performed as well as it did for so long. I admit, some of the magic of the show was lost for me after reading this, knowing more about what was happening behind the scenes. Despite that, I love how committed everyone was to creating a successful show and how everyone worked together for the greater good. I definitely recommend this insiders look at Modern Family. Thank you to #NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of the book. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chaya Nebel

    Have you always wanted to know how the producers decided on the opening music to "Modern Family"? What went into deciding between upper and lowercase letters on the title cards? EXACTLY how many auditions Ty Burrell had to go through to land the role of Phil? Who doesn't wear pants when filming car scenes? How exactly they covered the necessary body parts for a sex scene in bed? How the producers found each and every actor and the processes that led them to getting the roles? What they think about th Have you always wanted to know how the producers decided on the opening music to "Modern Family"? What went into deciding between upper and lowercase letters on the title cards? EXACTLY how many auditions Ty Burrell had to go through to land the role of Phil? Who doesn't wear pants when filming car scenes? How exactly they covered the necessary body parts for a sex scene in bed? How the producers found each and every actor and the processes that led them to getting the roles? What they think about the cutesy lines they write for Joe? What they think about every single aspect of the show? Does wading through 500 pages of dialogue between every single person ever involved on this show sound like a perfect way to spend a weekend? Then this book is for you. It covers the interesting and not-so-fascinating minutiae about this fan-favorite show. I'm not a die-hard fan but I did actually enjoy these behind-the-scenes details, though I rolled my eyes at some of the more trivial of the trivia. Die-hard fans will love it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    An oral history of the tv show Modern Family, with total participation by cast and crew. I was a fan of the show from episode 1 of season 1 when it first aired and never missed an episode, so definitely was fun and interesting to read the behind the scenes take on it. While the overall take is positive, it is interesting to learn some of the less positive stuff too, like the fact that the two co-creators of the show quickly learned that they were totally incompatible and pretty early on stopped An oral history of the tv show Modern Family, with total participation by cast and crew. I was a fan of the show from episode 1 of season 1 when it first aired and never missed an episode, so definitely was fun and interesting to read the behind the scenes take on it. While the overall take is positive, it is interesting to learn some of the less positive stuff too, like the fact that the two co-creators of the show quickly learned that they were totally incompatible and pretty early on stopped working together and just alternated episodes. Probably not a book a casual fan would have the patience for - even for a super-fan this book is really, really long. But I enjoyed reading it, and definitely made me hope the full show comes to streaming so I can watch it again, this time with my kids who were too young for it when it started. 3.75 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    GP.Reviews

    Modern Family is a book about how this show came to be how they decided on the actors who had the best chemistry errr mostly and one that was the absolute reason this show went on to the network it did. This is or at least a must read for fans of this series which I am one of them. The various back and fourth with the creators writers and stars is informative on various parts of the show. the fact that Cam and Mitchell almost never existed would have made for an entirely different show than what Modern Family is a book about how this show came to be how they decided on the actors who had the best chemistry errr mostly and one that was the absolute reason this show went on to the network it did. This is or at least a must read for fans of this series which I am one of them. The various back and fourth with the creators writers and stars is informative on various parts of the show. the fact that Cam and Mitchell almost never existed would have made for an entirely different show than what is known and loved. The many what could have been, the trials along the way and the insights to different decisions on the cast alone made this a must read for myself and should definitely be given a must read by all the Fans of the series or those wanting so more insight into the phenomenon that was Modern Family.

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