- Actor Allusion: The story Marty tells about Ritchie Valens can't be a coincidence. Esai Morales played his older brother in La Bamba.
- Dark Horse Victory: Julia Garner's win for Best Supporting Actress at the 2019 Emmy Awards was seen as this. She was up against four actresses from Game of Thrones and her very nomination had been seen as a long shot.
- Likewise, few expected Jason Bateman to win an Emmy for directing for the series.
- California Doubling: Like so many shows it's actually filmed mostly in Georgia.
- Dawson Casting: Charlotte is supposed to be 15 and only a year older than Jonah, but the actress is 18 and looks very clearly several years older than Jonah.
- Playing with Character Type: Jason Bateman plays the deadpan snarker, only straight man, smartass we associate him with. but it's in a deadly serious situation.
- Write What You Know: Bill Dubuque based the show on his experience working as a deck hand on the Lake of the Ozarks in his youth.
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