This show provides examples of:
- Bag of Holding: Rusty's home.
- Cool Old Guy: Aside from everything else, Bob Homme was a talented jazz musician and there were some concert-based episodes where he and his off-screen jazz combo (played on screen by some puppet cats) would really swing.
- Feet-First Introduction: Each episode opened with the Giant talking as the camera panned across a model village before stopping at one of his boots, prompting him to tell his young viewers, "Now, look up... waaaaay up!" followed by a pan up to his face.
- Halloween Episode: One of a handful of episodes available on YouTube is one of these from 1979.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: Forget the fact that "Early One Morning" is considered one of the most famous compositions in Western culture, dating back to the 18th century. For Canadians who grew up between the 1950s and the 1980s, it's the theme song from The Friendly Giant, full stop.
- No Name Given: The Giant, although he was addressed as "Friendly" by the other characters.
- Sound to Screen Adaptation: It started as a radio program in Wisconsin.
- Talking to Himself: As noted above, Rod Coneybeare voiced both Rusty and Jerome.