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Dick Van Dyke was already sixty-seven when the series began.
According to Dick Van Dyke, the series never got a full season pick-up. It was always renewed a few episodes at a time.
In one episode, a stunt with a motorcycle was required. But the production team didn't have the budget to perform this stunt in real-life. Dick van Dyke, being a computer animation enthusiast, created the visual effects on his home computer using the LightWave 3-D animation software, and they were used on the show. He was paid two hundred dollars for creating the sequence.
Norman Briggs (Michael Tucci) was scheduled to be murdered by a man seeking revenge against Dr. Sloan in the fourth 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.
Eric Dane played the part of a "Dr. Mark Sloan" on Grey's Anatomy (2005) for eleven years, as an homage to Dick Van Dyke's character on this show.
Although Dick Van Dyke was born in 1925, his character Dr Mark Sloan was supposed to have been born in 1937.
The series was not well received at first, and was almost cancelled at the end of season two.
There was some concern when the series began that Dick Van Dyke was too old to play a still-working doctor.
The character of Doctor Mark Sloan was first seen in an episode of Jake and the Fatman (1987).
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 season seven, episodes seven and eight, "Gangland", it is revealed that Amanda was a foster child. Victoria Rowell, who played the character, was a foster child in real-life.
When Victoria Rowell became pregnant during the hiatus between seasons two and three, her pregnancy was explained by having Amanda get married to a serviceman who was never seen on the show.
Victoria Rowell is the second cousin of Beyoncé.
Dr. Mark Sloan's blood type is AB negative, as seen in season three, episode ten, "Living on the Streets Can Be Murder".
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.
On an October 1971 episode of Bonanza (1959), Richard Mulligan played a Doctor named Mark Sloane.
Mary Tyler Moore was sent a script once, for her to make a guest appearance in an episode of this show, but she turned it down, because she felt it didn't suit her. Dick Van Dyke also never appeared in her hit series Mary Tyler Moore (1970). Both had previously co-starred on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
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BBQ Bob's, the restaurant owned by Steve Sloan, Jesse Travis and Dr. Mark Sloan, was supposedly located right next door to the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA.
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