Why ‘Modern Family’ continues to dominate at the Emmys

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It's the little sitcom that could and still does!

At the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC's "Modern Family" continued on its winning streak when the show, its actors, and its writing team took home a chunk of the top prizes at the annual gala.

Not only did the show win for Best Comedy Series, but actress Julie Bowen won her second Emmy in the Supporting Comedy Actress category. Eric Stonestreet also took top honors in the Supporting Actor category, and show creator Steven Levitan won for Direction in a Comedy Series.

But the winners shared the wealth with their "Family" members.

When Julie Bowen won, beating out co-star Sofia Vergara, she said, "This is an embarrassment of riches. I am just so lucky to work with a cast as lucky and as talented as we have. Sofia, I know you're younger than me, but I want to be you when I grow up."

And when Eric Stonestreet accepted his Emmy, he made sure to give a shout out to his TV hubby, who was also nominated.

"I wouldn't be standing here without Jesse Tyler Ferguson," Stonestreet said in his Emmy acceptance speech. "There is no Cam without Mitch. We're only Mitch and Cam, and you know that, and it's such an honor to know you. I love you so much. I'm proud to call you my friend."

Steve Levitan gave kudos to the show's cast for making his job easy, saying that of the show's guest directors once said to him "With your cast and your crew and your writers, a complete idiot could direct an episode of 'Modern Family.'" "And I think we've proven that here tonight," a modest Levitan added.

Perhaps it's all this goodwill that helps the cast of "Modern Family" to seem like, well, a real family.

They get along on and off the small screen, have a genuine affection for one another, and even band together when it comes to things like those pesky salary negotiations.

They even playfully joke with one another: On this year's Emmy red carpet, Bowen nailed an imitation of her co-star's telltale Colombian accent when she revealed that she and Sofia Vergara coordinate their Emmy gowns. The entire cast engaged in an Emmy spoof featuring the show's pint-sized player, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, in which they "revealed" that the child star was a terror on the set.

Could all this teamwork translate into an onscreen chemistry that's unbeatable come Emmy time?

So far, so good. For this year's Primetime Emmys, the show received a whopping 14 nominations, including nominations for all six of its adult actors.

Now that the show has won its third straight Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, one has to wonder if and when another comedy series will eventually get the last laugh and break "Modern Family's" winning streak. Only time will tell.

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