The fictional "Beacon Street Pizza" was based on a real pizza restaurant named Theo's Pizza in Teele Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, where show creator Kenny Schwartz worked while attending nearby Tufts University.
Because the episodes aired out of order, the season seems very disjointed.
This is demonstrated by the status of Pete's relationship with Melissa: in episode 8 – "Party" Melissa and Pete are still together despite having previously broken up in episode 5 – "Apartment".
Jukebox repairman Johnny Donnelly begins a relationship with Sharon.
Other secondary characters (Irene, Kamen, Shaun) are introduced throughout the season.
Pete becomes a vice president of a cosmetics company, and then a firefighter.