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Trivia: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

  • Actor Allusions and Casting Gags:
    • Hippie drug guru Timothy Leary's expertise in botany and pharmacology as Dr. Milo in "Stagecoach"...not to mention his Fauxlosophical Hand Contemplation scene.
    • John "Gomez Addams" Astin mentioning how the [John & John Q.] Adams family was "weird".
    • The series finale features a group of villains who are all played by football players, and discuss their plan to capture Brisco in the same style as a football play, including shouting "Break!" at the end. While running down a street, they encounter props which conveniently resemble a football training camp obstacle course, including tires.
    • The traveling scenes are denoted by a very Indiana Jones -style red line on a map overlaid with video footage, which falls more within Author Allusion.
  • The Danza: In "Senior Spirit," the kidnapped boy Jason is played by Jason Marsden.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: Creator Carlton Cuse blames this for the show's failure. However, it should be noted that it was paired with another new show called The X-Files.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Professor Wickwire (John Astin) was Gomez Addams in the 60's TV show.
    • John Bly (Billy Drago) was a villain in many movies and shows, notably the scary white-suited hit man Frank Nitti in The Untouchables (1987).
    • Brisco County, sr., is R. Lee Ermey, famous as the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket.
    • And Brisco jr., of course, is Bruce Campbell.
    • Denise Crosby (a.k.a. Tasha Yar) as Sheriff Jenny Taylor in "No Man's Land".
    • Kelly Rutherford played Sam in Generations, the first network Soap Opera to feature a predominantly African American cast.
    • Crystal Hawks is singer/actress/voice talent Sheena Easton.
    • Most of the robber barons from the Westerfield Club are played by former TV western actors.
    • In Stagecoach: Acid Guru Dr. Timothy Leary as Botanist and Pharmacology expert Dr. Milo and Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty Foreman in That '70s Show) as Ms. Plowright.
    • Donna Moss is a victimized mother in "Pirates!".
    • Harmony Kendall is an orphan girl.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In the Latin-American dub, Brisco is... Angus Mc Gyver. And Bruce Willis. And Son Goku.
  • Reality Subtext: Originally, the writers envisioned the rivalry between Brisco and Bowler lasting longer. However, as Campbell and Carry had such strong chemistry, the writers were compelled to have them interact more often - leading to Brisco and Bowler becoming close friends sooner than expected.
  • Screwed by the Network: Other than the Friday Night Death Slot mostly averted: Fox spent a lot of money advertising the show, including running ads during movie previews.
  • What Could Have Been: Writers' plans for a second season included Brisco becoming sheriff of a town.

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