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(1987–1990)

Trivia

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Billy Bob Thornton auditioned for the role of Mel Profitt.
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Kevin Spacey was cast 3 days before filming his first scene.
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Gary Cole was originally cast as Mel Profitt.
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Vinnie Terranova's agent number 4587 was chosen because the show began filming on April 5, 1987.
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Appeared on Time magazine's list of the "All-Time 100 TV Shows" by critic James Poniewozik in the September 5, 2007 issue.
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Was chosen by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "100 New Classics" ranking as #74 in the television category. The issue ranked the greatest works of entertainment of the previous 25 years. The issue is dated June 20, 2008.
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Jim Profit on the TV series Profit (1996) was named after Mel Profitt and partially based on both Mel Profitt and Sonny Steelgrave.
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One of the shows covered in TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time by Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall
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The name "Sonny Steelgrave" was also the name of a mobster in the movie Marlowe (1969).
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Lifeguard's real name Daniel Benjamin Burroughs is revealed in Wiseguy: Call It Casaba (1989).
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In the episode "To Die in Bettendorf", Sid insults an overweight customer who can't find shoes in her size - exactly as Al Bundy does many times in Married with Children (1986).
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Jonathan Banks and Ray Sharkey both previously appeared in the film Who'll Stop the Rain (1978).
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The beginning of season 4 implies that Vinnie Terranova has been killed. In reality, Ken Wahl was written out after a dispute with the producers. Vinnie (and Wahl) returned for the Wiseguy (1996) TV movie, and the events of season 4 were erased, as though having never happened.
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