In this pilot Will discloses he was court-martialed from the army during Vietnam, however this isn't touched upon during the regular series. We also learn that Sonny Pruitt lost a son in Vietnam and spent time in prison for a charge that was unspecified.
In the opening scene, the rig is crossing the Astoria Megler Bridge over the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon.
A young Rita Wilson makes an early appearance in "Cowhands" playing opposite A. Martinez.
In the opening credits, Sonny is driving on the Hood River Bridge across the Columbia River, from White Salmon, Washington, to Hood River, Oregon.
After leaving Las Vegas, Sonny and Will are shown leaving Hoover Dam.
Sonny takes Will to visit Phoenix Union High School, his alma mater (Class of 1942).
The car Will borrows to follow Alex is a Hotrod 1966 Pontiac GTO.
The building adjacent to the dock where Sonny's trailer was burned has a billboard advertising the San Diego Mariners hockey team, which was active in the World Hockey Association 1974-1977.
Set in San Diego, California.
The exterior shots of the cannery warehouse were taken at the end of E. Belt Street under the Coronado Bridge (Highway 75).
This episode was scheduled on two different occasions. On October 17, 1974, the episode was preempted for game 5 of the World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the rescheduled air date of January 23, 1975, the episode was preempted for an NBC News Special. Tom Brokaw and John Chancellor interviewed President (and Movin' On fan) Gerald Ford, which was held and broadcast live from the White House. The episode finally aired on NBC February 20, 1975.
Numerous websites list this episode under two separate titles: "Ransom" and "Ann's Party".
Nina's car is a Jensen Healey roadster. Jensen Healeys were built from March 1972 until May 1976.
John Rubinstein (Gershon) is the son of internationally renowned concert pianist Artur Rubinstein.
This marks the first appearance of Art Metrano and Rosey Griey as Moose and Benjy, respectively.
Trucker-comedian Gene Tracy appears in this episode in an uncredited role.
Set in Durham and Durham County, North Carolina.
Closing scene filmed at the Liberty Warehouse #2 on Rigsbee Avenue in Durham, North Carolina. The roof of this building, the last tobacco auction house building in Durham, collapsed in May 2011 after a rainstorm.
Michael Schultz directed his wife, guest star Lauren Jones, in this episode.
Originally scheduled for air on NBC October 14, 1975, this segment was moved one night earlier because of Game 3 of the 1975 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds.
Set in Beckley, West Virginia.
One scene filmed at Charlotte Law Enforcement Center.
The title of the episode appears on a bumper sticker in the back of a station wagon.
With the exception of lead actors Claude Akins and Frank Converse, none of the nearly 10 supporting actors with speaking lines were credited.
Originally scheduled to air on NBC October 21, 1975, this segment was preempted for game 6 of the World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox. The game was notable for the dramatic home run Carlton Fisk hit in extra innings.
The tow vehicle for the balloon is a 1958 Edsel convertible.
Guest stars R.G. Armstrong and Cliff Osmond died within five months of each other in 2012.
Samuel L. Jackson makes one of his earliest appearances as an uncredited patrolman in "Woman of Steel" which aired in 1976.
Closing credit: "Some locations furnished by Pine Isle Stouffer's Resort Hotel" for locations. The resort opened on Lake Lanier in 1974.