Creative Differences: Initial producer Ed Friendly wanted the series to remain true to the books, but Michael Landon was against the idea of cast members going around barefoot in the wild - and of sporting the enormous beard Charles had in the books (neither he nor NBC wanted to hide his face from his fans). Thus, although every episode was "An NBC Production In Association With Ed Friendly," it's clear who the real man in charge was.
Serendipity Writes the Plot: When the series started, the show's producer had signed an agreement that when the show ended, the site of the town would be returned to its original state. When filming the series finale, they were faced with the cost of demolishing the buildings. Michael Landon had the idea of blowing them up with dynamite, making them easy to haul away. He then wrote the memorable final scene where the townsfolk blow up their own town to accommodate the real-life demolition.
Technology Marches On: Although filmed in the 1970s and 1980s, these stories – set 100 years earlier – give viewers a representation at some of the early workings of technological marvels of the Age of Invention, as the 1870s and 1880s were arguably an era where discovery and invention was at its peak. Everything from "talking machines" (an early-type sound recorder that can replay the human voice) to the telephone is seen in its earliest forms. Additionally, although it has nothing to do with technology so much, a form of the trope can apply to sports-related episodes; as such, viewers can see an 1870s-form of baseball, football and professional wrestling, all of them novel during the post-Civil War era.