In 1996, Romano was still living in Queens with his wife, Anna, and their three kids, Alexandra, Matthew and Gregory. He commuted to Los Angeles to tape the show, knowing that success was not a guarantee.
"I had just gotten fired from NewsRadio," Romano recalls. "I got fired during rehearsal for the pilot on day two, so we weren't about to move or anything until season two. Every time we got renewed it was kind of a nail biter."
As the show grew, so did the Romano family. They had son Joseph in 1998.