The episode where Molly Jones dies of cancer was one of the highest rating in the series history. Although the rating system of the day was antiquated, the episode rated in the high 30s which equates to more than a 30 per cent share of all prime time viewing, across five free to air networks - in US terms, roughly equivalent to an episode of Charlie's Angels at the height of its popularity. It dominated newspaper front pages of the day, and is still one of the most discussed episodes of Australian TV.
Creator James Davern originally wrote and submitted the pilot for a Network Ten National Scriptwriting Contest in 1979. It came third and earned him a merit award. (After the series concluded its original 1981-93 run on the Seven Network, Ten would produce one final season in 1994.)