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According to Dick Van Dyke, the series never got a full-season pickup. It was always renewed a few episodes at a time.
The series was not well received at first, and was almost canceled at the end of season two.
Norman Briggs, the character played by Michael Tucci, was scheduled to be murdered by a man seeking revenge against Dr. Sloan in the 4th season finale "The Murder of Mark Sloan". Tucci begged producers not to kill him off and they agreed. The following season he was no longer on the show and no explanation was given as to where his character went.
Although Dick Van Dyke was born in 1925, his character Dr Mark Sloan was supposed to have been born in 1937.
Dick Van Dyke (Dr. Mark Sloan) and Barry Van Dyke (Lt. Steve Sloan) are the only actors to appear in all 178 episodes of the series.
Dick Van Dyke was already 67 when the series began.
Long before Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell and Charlie Schlatter joined the cast, they were all lifelong fans of their mentor Dick Van Dyke's projects.
The character of Doctor Mark Sloan was first seen in an episode of Jake and the Fatman (1987).
When Victoria Rowell became pregnant during hiatus, her pregnancy was explained by having Amanda get married to a serviceman who was never seen on the show.
When Scott Baio left the show, his absence was explained by having his character, Jack Stewart, quit his job at Community General to start his own practice in Colorado.
In the 1999 episode "Gangland", it is revealed that Amanda was a foster child. Victoria Rowell, who played the character, was a foster child in real life.

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