The movie was a twist on the American buddy movie by adding a homosexual theme and was frequently described as a gay The Odd Couple (1968). This reference was even made in some of the film's tag-lines which read "The oddest team on the squad".
Theatrical feature film debut of director James Burrows whose previous work had all been in television. At the time that this film was made, Burrows had been directing the successful TV comedy series Taxi (1978). To date, this film is Burrows' first, final and only ever cinema movie.
The film's director James Burrows later directed episodes in two seasons of the unrelated TV comedy series about architect Partners which both had the same "Partners" title. This included ten episodes of the 1995-1996 TV series Partners (1995) and nine episodes of the 2012-2013 TV series Partners (2012).
Debut produced screenplay for an American movie written by French writer-director Francis Veber. This is the first movie where Veber actually wrote an original screenplay that was produced by Hollywood as against perhaps other writer(s) adapting one of his French written/directed films in an English language remake.
According to show-business trade paper Variety, "screenwriter/exec producer Francis Veber, who scored by spoofing one segment of the homosexual life-style in La Cage aux Folles (1978) and its sequel [La cage aux folles II (1980)], this time tries to transfer his approach to a contemporary American setting".
The movie was allegedly originally intended as a parody of the then recent Al Pacino undercover cop picture Cruising (1980). DVD Verdict states that this film is "basically William Friedkin's Cruising (1980) turned in to a sitcom". This film was made and released about two years after that movie.