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Trivia / Boston Common

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  • Actor Allusion: Patrick Fabian, playing Professor Reed in the pilot, and the character is dating an attractive female student. Sounds familiar.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Native Virginian Anthony Clark playing native Virginian Boyd Pritchett.
  • The Danza:
    • Tasha Smith as Tasha King.
    • D.C. Douglas as D.C., Wyleen's chief rival.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Pretty much the only place to watch the series is on the YouTube account linked on the Series page before the Tropes themselves. It doesn't air in syndication in the United States (it's unknown if it airs in syndication anywhere else in the world). Since the show is pretty much forgotten, it will never likely see a legal DVD release (some of those Websites that sell "complete series box sets" of shows (you know, the ones that they clearly recorded onto DVD discs from VHS tapes?) have all 32 episodes for purchase).
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  • The Other Darrin: The role of Jack being recast after the pilot (Vincent Ventresca replacing Patrick Fabian).
  • Screwed by the Network: While it was understandable that NBC would pair the series with 3rd Rock from the Sun on Sundays for its second season, the fact that Boston Common didn't perform as well in the ratings as its lead-in, led NBC to make some...odd decisions with its time slot, as well as its placement on the network's schedule. The second season's tenth episode, "Coming Clean", aired on November 20, 1996...a Wednesday. Four days later, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, 3rd Rock had a new episode aired, which led into an airing of the Mel Gibson remake of Maverick. Neither show had an episode aired the following Sunday, as Jurassic Park was shown. 3rd Rock and Boston Common returned with new episodes the following two Sundays to close out the calendar year. The two series returned with new episodes on January 5, 1997, but while 3rd Rock would air two subsequent new episodes the following Sunday, and on Groundhog Day, Common wouldn't return until February 16. The shows would then be paired with each other, airing new episodes until April. That's when NBC did something unusual: "The Occidental Purists" (Episode 18) aired on April 6...with "Here's to You, Mrs. Byrnes" (Episode 19) airing the following night! Common's next episode aired the Monday after, before returning to its Sunday time slot one last time for the penultimate episode, and then what would end up being the series finale airing on Monday, April 28, 1997. That's a lot of movement.

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