Many praise Modern Family for its ability to use comedy to promote acceptance of others. Ty Burrell even says that playing Phil, the clueless but well-meaning dad, has been some of the most meaningful work he's done in his career.

"I spent a huge part of the beginning of my acting career doing incredibly pretentious theater and stuff where you think maybe you're changing the world...and people are falling asleep in their seats," he says. "I don't think any of us expected this kind of reaction to something that we thought was just a fun, silly comedy. But people have been coming up to us and saying that we're helping to bring their families together."

Julie Bowen, who plays Claire, agrees that this kind of feedback—along with a brilliant cast and team of writers—makes working on Modern Family a dream job.

"I could play Claire the rest of my life!" she says.


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