Though the show received critical acclaim, CBS scheduled it in one of the worst possible timeslots on a weekly schedule: Saturdays at 10 p.m./9 Central. All three networks debuted new shows for the 1979-80 season in that slot; only ABC's Hart to Hart survived past its first season. Toward the end of its run, CBS moved it to Tuesdays at 10/9, but to no avail.
James Earl Jones met his future wife Cecilia Hart while working on this show. They married in 1982, three years after the show was cancelled.
This was James Earl Jones's first ever appearance on television, and in a lead role.
The title is based on an old expression 'Pay the two dollars!' which is a reference to a Depression-era Willie Howard vaudeville sketch written by Billy K. Wells. A man is in court to pay a $2 fine for spitting on the subway, but his lawyer insists on fighting the case. As the lawyer incurs greater and greater sentences, his defendant keeps pleading, "Pay the two dollars!"