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During its five-year run on primetime, the show underwent more than 15 time-slot changes.
John Lithgow's son, Ian Lithgow, played Dick Solomon's student Leon throughout the series.
When William Shatner first appears as The Big Giant Head, he says he saw something on the wing of the plane. John Lithgow replies, "The same thing happened to me!" Shatner's character from Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) saw a strange creature on the wing of the plane. 20 years later, Lithgow reprised Shatner's role in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) and saw the same thing.
John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston and French Stewart are the only cast members to appear in all 139 episodes of the series.
The three main male characters' names are Tom, Dick and Harry. "Tom, Dick and Harry" is a phrase used as a synonym for "everyone" or when referring to "a set of nobodies; a persons of no note" (from "Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable"). "Tom, Dick or Harry" is no specific person but could be any random person.
Physicist Brian Greene wrote some dialogue for John Lithgow's character.
Out of 139 episodes, 109 have a title playing on the word "Dick".
Cancelled on 8 April 2001 due to falling viewing figures in its final season.
In scene breaks there often is an image of earth spinning, as seen from space. Just before the final credits it appears again--only now it's spinning backwards.
In the episode where they go to New York to start a different life, Harry gets a job as the President of NBC. As president he arranges a new schedule for the spoof of Will & Grace (1998). (Will & Grace (1998) is produced by NBC).
The series' title comes from country singer Joe Diffie's song of the same name.
Kristen Johnston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and French Stewart all went on to star in live-action movie versions of famous cartoon shows. Johnston played Wilma Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Gordon-Levitt played Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and Stewart played the title character in Inspector Gadget 2 (2003).
The Solomons live at 417 Pensdale Road, Rutherford, Ohio.
The character Dick Solomon was ranked #24 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
The coffee house frequented by the main characters, Johnny Foam's, is named after the series' costuming supervisor, Johnny Foam.
A lot of the sets are used more than once, hence the similar designs in some places. (eg. The classroom used for Harry's night school is in fact Mary's classroom.)
First they came from 14 light-years away. Later on they came from a different galaxy (at least thousands of light-years away).
The Big Giant Head first was leader of the galaxy later that became the whole universe.

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