For the second season, a storyline was considered, in which Mary (Marla Gibbs) would become pregnant and deliver a stillborn baby. Marla Gibbs said the idea was scrapped, because the outcome would have been too much of a downer for a sitcom.
Prior to the show's debut, NBC's promotional campaign included a television spot narrated in a rap style. This marked one of the earliest uses of rap in a national television promotion, or advertisement, directed at mainstream viewers.
After gaining celebrity status, Jackée Harry, was at one point planning to leave the show to star in a pilot that has never been materialized, but left midway through the 1989-90 season, which was coincidentally, the final year.
Co-Creator and Writer Michael G. Moye is credited under the pseudonym "C.J. Banks". Moye disagreed with the producers over the tone of the series, and did not want his real name in the credits. "C.J." was the name of Moye's college theater professor.
If Marla Gibbs was unavailable to star in this show, then, it would've debuted the season after 1985, if The Jeffersons (1975) would've been on the air. When the show was unexpectedly cancelled in 1985, Norman Lear allowed Gibbs to star in this show.