The family at the center of ABC’s new comedy “The Goldbergs” may seem at first blush like a typical, overly loud sitcom family. But they’re not that far off from the real-life experience the show’s creator had as a kid.

As you can see in this behind-the-scenes video — which you can watch exclusively on Zap2it — the actors playing the fictional Goldbergs are staying pretty faithful to creator Adam F. Goldberg‘s own family. “When I watched some of the footage that Adam took,” star Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) says, “I couldn’t believe it myself. You couldn’t write it — no one would believe that people were this over the top.”

Like the real Adam, his fictional counterpart (Sean Giambrone) uses the family’s video camera to record everything, much to everyone else’s dismay. The show, which is set in the mid-1980s, feels a little bit like an update of “The Wonder Years,” with grainy videotape replacing rose-colored memories of the ’60s.

“The Goldbergs,” which also stars Jeff Garlin, Hayley Orrantia, Troy Gentile and George Segal, premieres at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday (Sept. 24) on ABC.