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  • There was early criticism that the series shied away from showing any physical intimacy between Cameron and Mitchell. This was addressed in a later season, although the producers always claimed that they had intended to do so anyway, irrespective of the criticism.

  • Divorced. Mitchell and Claire's mother DeDe Pritchett has appeared on the show occasionally, played by Shelley Long.

  • A Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ad featuring "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan.

  • On whether it's a documentary or not: Levitan said that in the original pitch, it was explicitly a documentary, made by a Dutch filmmaker named Geert Floorjte who had lived with Jay's family as a teenage exchange student and developed a crush on Claire (while Mitchell had a crush on him). In the end, he and Christopher Lloyd decided it was an unnecessary component of the show - especially since they weren't sure how much they liked the idea of their characters letting themselves be filmed.

    "Its a conversation we have a lot," he said. "Is it a true documentary, or is it a family show done documentary-style? I prefer the latter because I dont like those families who let cameras in their houses in real life. I just cant stand those shows. So it makes me it would make me question them a little bit. Who would allow all of this to be filmed by a crew? So I like the idea that its just our style of storytelling."

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