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(1990–1992)

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The reason Chris Peterson's parents are always in their pajamas is because Chris Elliott's real-life father played his dad on the show. Chris Elliott says he wanted his dad to be comfortable on the set, and to not have to deal with wardrobe changes. (As told by Chris Elliott at a book signing in San Francisco CA on 15 December 2005)
In order to please Fox executives, the writers would submit scripts that were sentimental and family-friendly. The writers would then change the lines during filming.
The series was briefly rerun on USA Network in 2000. But all of the songs including the theme song "Stand" by R.E.M. were replaced with generic music due to licensing issues. When David Mirkin saw the episodes, he demanded that they be removed. Music licensing issues are what prevented the complete series from being released on DVD until 2012.
Chris dies ten times in the series.
Co-creator David Mirkin originally made the show without the laugh track until FOX executives pressured him to add one. Mirkin believes the bad laugh track fits with the show's quirky tone.
According to David Mirkin, Chris Peterson is based on Dennis the Menace (1959) which is why Chris often wears striped shirts.
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According to David Mirkin, he pitched the show to Fox executives as being similar to Big (1988) in order to get them to greenlight it.
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In one episode, when Chris loses his job to the paperboy 2000, the paperboy vehicle is the Landmaster from the SF movie, Damnation Alley.
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June Lockhart was originally cast as Chris' mother, Gladys. After a pilot was filmed, Lockhart was replaced with Elinor Donahue and her scenes were re-shot.
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Chris Elliott's original idea for a series was for him to play Marlon Brando as a nanny. Fox rejected this idea. Elliott's impression of Brando was a recurring feature on Late Night with David Letterman (1982).
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The newspaper bag on Chris' bike is the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
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In the DVD releases of the show, the production crew can be heard laughing at the lines by the actors if the laugh track is turned off.
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Elinor Donahue's husband, Harry Ackerman, died while she was working on this series. Donahue kept her commitment to the show and returned to the set the day after Ackerman died.
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The series was canceled after the first season. But Fox suddenly changed their minds and renewed it for a second season.
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In the second season, Chris moves out of his parents' garage. Bob Elliott had grown tired of the long hours of shooting and wanted to leave the series. By having Chris move out, Bob Elliott did not have to appear in as many episodes and it was arranged so that he could film all of his scenes in one week.
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The woman in the opening credits whom Chris ogles is played by Lee Garlington. She later appeared in the episode "Married".
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The episodes "1977 2000," "Bad Fish", and "Clip Show" were taped in four days during the last week of production.
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