Based on the cartoons of Ted Key which appeared in the "Saturday Evening Post" magazine.
The vocal version of the theme song (sung by The Modernaires) was heard over the end credits of the series' first eight episodes. From episode nine to the end of the series, the theme was played in instrumental form only.
George's law firm was Butterworth, Noll, Hatch, and Baxter.
During its first four seasons the series was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, who apparently used their clout to put their cars on the show. The Baxters' family cars were always Fords. In the Spring of 1964, the show became one of the first to show its characters riding in a Ford Mustang, which had just been introduced to the market.
Ronnie DeFore, real life son of actor Don DeFore (who plays George Baxter), has an uncredited role as one of the youngsters in a playground scene in this episode.
In a few of the beginning episodes of the series, a finger on one of Don DeFore's hand is bandaged and splinted. The actor, an avid "Do-It-Your-Selfer", had an accident with a power saw at home. The bandage was explained on the show by George Baxter saying that while playing baseball with his son Harold he caught a batted ball bare handed... Hazel was the batter.
This episode about Hazel getting a color TV was the only color episode of the program during its first season, reportedly filmed in color to promote RCA TV's.
Although the first season was in black and white, this one episode was filmed in color: Hazel gets a color TV. RCA was NBC's parent company and arranged for all shows to be in color on this date to promote sales of color televisions. Later in 1964, Shirley Booth and Don DeFore appeared in a print ad for RCA Color TV in many magazines.
This was the last episode broadcast in black and white.
Philip Ober appeared with Shirley Booth in the 1952 film, "Come Back Little Sheba."
At the beginning of this episode which aired on April 16, 1964, we see Hazel, George, Dorothy, and Harold getting into their new red Ford Mustang coupe and going out to dinner. This is followed by a special opening credit sequence showing Hazel driving the Mustang out of the driveway, which aired only in this episode. This was a special promotion by Ford, a sponsor of the show, who had introduced the Mustang to the public at the New York World's Fair on the previous day.
Mr. B receives an initial estimate for the work in the kitchen of $5000 in 1964. Adjusted for inflation this is the equivalent of $34,763.53 in 2010.
This was the last episode broadcast on NBC.
Tihs was the first episode broadcast on CBS.
$285 in 1966 had the same purchasing power as $1,880 in 2009.