Victor French's final TV series. It has often been written that Michael Landon decided to end the series after French died of lung cancer. In fact, it had already been agreed in June 1988 that the series would end because of falling ratings.
In a scene in the first season episode, Hotel Of Dreams, Jonathan (Landon) criticises Mark (Victor French) for smoking, warning him that he smoked all his life and died of lung cancer. Michael Landon was himself a heavy, up to 80- a- day, chain smoker ( mostly unfiltered menthol cigarettes) and would die from advanced pancreatic cancer just seven years later at the age of just 54, within a few months of diagnosis. Victor French was also a life long heavy smoker and would die from lung cancer ( also just a couple of months after diagnosis) and also at the age of 54 in 1989.