Trivia: The Red Green Show

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Harold occasionally mentions watching Traders, a show where Patrick McKenna played the role of Marty.
    • One of Edgar K.B. Montrose's first appearances had him talking about the film Dances with Wolves, talking about how the "Native guy" (the role played by actor Graham Greene), should have gotten the Oscar.
    • Wayne Robson played a down-and-out man in One Magic Christmas, who is so desperate for some money that he robs a bank — and accidentally commits murder! Not to mention hijacks a car with some kids in it!
    • Hap Shaughnessy always wears a cap bearing the crest of the Royal Canadian Regiment. Gordon Pinsent served for four years in that unit.
  • Cast the Expert: Joel Harris (who played Young Walter) is a professional stuntman, making him all the more qualified to portray one of Possum Lake's resident butt monkeys.
  • Dawson Casting: An egregious example; McKenna was 31 when he started playing teen-aged Harold. Averted in the later episodes, in which Harold was portrayed as an adult.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Rick Green (Bill) directed dozens of episodes.
  • Doing It for the Art: The 4th-6th seasons. As Steve Smith mentioned on the DVD sets, the company had to buy time slots in order for the show to air (this is also why the show was titled "The New Red Green Show" during this time, to differentiate it from seasons 1-3 that were still airing in reruns). Luckily, by season 7 they had secured a deal with CBC, so they didn't have to pay to air their own show anymore.
  • Executive Meddling: Steve Smith isn't too fond of the second season, during which the executives pressed him to make the show into more of a sitcom. Hence the expanded cast and plotlines that we actually saw develop, as opposed to simply being related by Red. When Smith got back full creative control from the third season onwards, he went back to the old format. That said, one major aspect of the show did originate in the second season and was kept thereafter: The possum squeal sound effect which signaled the start of the lodge meeting.
  • Name's the Same: Stinky Peterson, although Stinky is probably a nickname in this show's case.
  • Real-Life Relative: Dougie Franklin's brother Benjamin was played by Ian Thomas' older brother Dave Thomas.
  • Written By Cast Member: Taken to its literal conclusion. Steve Smith co-wrote all 300 episodes. Rick Green co-wrote every episode for the first eight seasons and the last two or three seasons. Later cast members like Peter Wildman and Bob Bainborough would also contribute to dozens of episodes in their own right.