Aired in a programming block with sister shows The Golden Girls (1985) and Nurses (1991). All three shows were created by Susan Harris and took place in Miami, Florida. On several occasions the shows featured interwoven story lines (such as a hurricane), in which characters from all three shows would interact.
Bea Arthur despised gum chewing and would angrily demand anyone she saw chewing gum to spit it out. The Golden Girls (1985) was taped in the adjacent studio but she would storm onto this series' set if she heard gum chewing. When she guest-starred on this series, she saw Dinah Manoff chewing gum and demanded that she spit out. Manoff refused and Arthur stormed off the set.
Bear the Dog's brother, Julio, sometimes doubled for him as Dreyfuss. Julio was more energetic than Bear and would be used whenever Dreyfuss had to perform actions. Julio was the one running around with Richard Mulligan in the opening credits of the earlier seasons.
Though not an official adaptation or remake, the series was partly inspired by the British sitcom Father, Dear Father, which was about a single father living with his two daughters and owning a large dog. However in the British series the father was a divorcee, not a widower, and the daughters were teenagers as opposed to grown women.