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The series was independently produced by Mozark Productions (series executive producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's company) and Adam Productions (Ritter's company) under the dummy company "Hearts Afire Productions". It did not receive any outside help from any major studio, although another independent distributor, Genesis Entertainment, handled international distribution outside the U.S. Because of this and the fact that only 54 episodes were produced, the series was never made available for television syndication, although USA Network aired reruns.
The John Ritter estate now has complete control over the series. In 2005, the Ritter estate awarded the home video rights to Image Entertainment (beating out favorites Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment). All three seasons of the series are now available on DVD, in altered versions due to music rights issues. Some music has been re-scored, as it was in the USA Network rerun versions, but otherwise the content is unedited.