Titled "Stuckeyville", the original CBS pilot was devoted to setting up the premise of the series. It featured Ed's string of misfortunes, his nostalgic return to Stuckeyville, and his fateful encounter with Carol. When the show finally reached the air on NBC, the entire CBS pilot had been edited down to a brief montage at the beginning of the NBC pilot.
An early episode has Ed defend a client's intellectual property rights. David Letterman, whose company produced the show, was threatened with legal action by NBC over intellectual property rights when he moved his show from NBC to CBS. Both involved what could be called "stupid human tricks".
Stuckybowl (including the interior) was located in Northvale, New Jersey. (It used to be called Country Club Lanes and was closed down around 1997 before Ed moved in.) It has since been demolished to make way for adult condominiums.
Many of the scenes of the main characters walking on the streets of Stuckeyville were shot in the town of Westfield, New Jersey. Shots include the Rialto, and restaurants such as LIME and the Elm Street Café.