He then confesses to his mother that he was puzzled as to what the instructions were.
In another instance, during production for the fourth episode of the second season, as the boys play restlessly on a purple sofa, their mother (who was not directing the episode) admonishes them over the loudspeaker by saying, "Both of you, try to smile more." Occasionally, family disputes occur on set; for example, in July 2008—after filming for a long period of time on the set—when Draper gives one of the boys' an instruction, one of them replies, "I know, Mom! Lee, the siblings act "chatty, guileless, fun-loving," much as they do in their genuine lives.
As a mockumentary, the storyline is an embellishment of their real lives, and the fictional presence of a camera is often acknowledged.
Principal photography takes place at the former stage one division of Broadway Stages in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the summer and early fall, so the boys attend private school throughout most of the year.Nat's fictional female admirer and real life friends—including the guitarist who had no prior acquaintance with the family—feature as the other band members, with the siblings' father and Draper's husband as their inept accordion-playing dad, and Draper's niece as the group's babysitter.is the executive producer of the series, and often writer and director.The Timmerman Brothers—a band no longer famous—consists of three siblings, who in real life are Polly's nephews, Nat and Alex's cousins, and thus Jesse's brothers and cousin.In addition, Jesse's real life father, Polly's brother, and thus Nat and Alex's uncle reoccurs as the school principal.She also acknowledges how the show is more "like an adult comedy [than]...a typical kids show" in terms of not using a laugh track.