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.
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).