The eight toon "participants" are parodies of famous cartoon figures Spanky Ham is a downloaded internet cartoon as mentioned in a previous episode (Newgrounds.com). Captain Hero is like Superman (DC Comics). Ling-Ling is like Pikachu from Pokémon (Nintendo Games). Xandir is like Link from The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo Games). Princess Clara is like various heroines from animated feature films (Walt Disney). Toot Braunstein is like Betty Boop (Max Fleischer, Paramount). Foxxy Love is like Valerie Brown from Josie and the Pussycats (Hanna-Barbera). Wooldoor Sockbat is like SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon Network). Guest toon Bucky Bucks is a combination of Donald Trump and Richie Rich (Harvey Comics).
One first season episode, "Terms of Endearment", had a delayed airing. It showed Captain Hero as a quadriplegic after giving up his super powers (saying, "You know what happens to superheroes who give up their powers".) It was such an obvious reference to former Superman 'Christopher Reeve' that it wasn't aired until the middle of the second season, after Reeve passed away.
Principal cast member Tara Strong has stated that she deeply loves the show, as it was such a departure from the family-friendly productions that she was used to working on at the time; the only problems that she had with it were a few jokes related to Anne Frank.
'Drawn Together' frequently drew the ire of advertisers and morality groups who were displeased with the content of episodes. The network supported the show early on, but by Season Three, they felt the show's humor was simply too far outside the boundaries of good taste. Although the show's producers expressed a willingness to tone down the content, the network heads did not feel it was worth the trouble to deal with the problem anymore, citing that a number of advertisers had pulled out, and the Parents Television Council were sponsoring a boycott of the show.
One of Drawn Together's most enduring running gags almost wasn't allowed to happen. Comedy Central had demanded that the producers remove the scenes of Toot intentionally cutting herself with a razor blade in the pilot. However, after Frankie Abernathy was shown doing something similar on The Real World: San Diego, they were allowed to keep them in.
Originally, Xandir was to have been played by Nat Faxon, but the network forced the creators to fire him following the first table read, feeling his portrayal of the character was "too gay". They would end up replacing him with Jack Plotnick.
One of the reasons the series was canceled had to do with production costs. Although 'Drawn Together 'performed well in the ratings throughout its run (most weeks in which it aired new episodes, it was the network's second highest rated show behind South Park (1997)), the show's high costs of production diminished the profits somewhat.
On the Season Three DVD, the creators cited a third reason for the show's cancellation, that the network was frustrated by the extremely long amount of time it took to produce each episode. Previous comments from show personnel indicated that on average it took approximately nine months to produce each episode, one of the slowest lead times of any series on the air. The creators did not take this particular claim seriously, however, citing that the network had delayed broadcasting the second half of Season Three for nearly a year, and thus did not seem to be in any particular rush to air new episodes.
Production on the series ended sometime in late 2006, but Comedy Central didn't air the second half of the third season until October 2007, leading many fans to believe that was the show's fourth season.
In addition to their regular roles, the show's cast also provides many of the guest voices on the series, Summer, Strong, Harnell, and Taylor in particular. In the DVD commentary for "Hot Tub", Tara Strong jokes that this is because the show doesn't have a lot of money to pay guest stars. Chris Edgerly also appears in the majority of Season One and Two episodes despite not having a regular role on the series.
In keeping with the various animation styles that form for the various characters, Wooldoor and Toot have four fingers on each hand, whereas Clara, Foxxy, Hero, and Xandir have five. In promotional artwork for the show, Toot and Wooldoor are drawn with the standard five fingers, but in the show itself they have four. Also, whereas most of the characters are drawn with black outlines, Clara and items belonging to her are drawn with soft edges, a reference to Disney animation techniques, which involve "cleanup" of any black outlines.
An aborted first season feature of the show was the "last week" segments showing possible outcomes of other episodes. This was a parody of serial dramas, which typically begin with a sensationalized recap of previous events. (In the case of Drawn Together, the events depicted did not actually occur on the show.) Four were produced but not used, and were included on the Season One DVD set
In March 2007, it was announced that creators Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein had left Comedy Central and signed a two-year contract with Fox Broadcasting Company to create new series and/or work on the network's existing ones. Even if the show had been renewed for a fourth season, Jeser and Silverstein would not have been involved with the show on a day-to-day basis
Many of the show's musical cues and score were used in a later animated series by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstien called "DJ & The Fro" on MTV. Jess Harnell, Cree Summer, and James Arnold Taylor returned to do voices for the short lived series.