When this show was an instant hit, the producers quickly spun off Sheriff Lobo's character in The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979). However, ratings quickly dried up, and neither show lasted long. To make a more compelling product for syndication, all episodes of both shows were packaged as a bundle titled "The B.J./Lobo Show".
B.J. was supposedly a captain in the US Army and a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Most pilots were actually Army warrant officers with higher-ranking commissioned officers only flying the less dangerous missions as their experience was required from administration and training. This conflicts with the series narrative as B.J. was actually shot down and taken captive for a short period of time which is unlikely to have occurred during the conflict.