In the pilot episode, in the beginning when we see Riggs's wife, Miranda, wave to the next-door neighbor watering his lawn, the house behind him is the house the Murtaughs lived in from the Lethal Weapon films.
In the last episode of Season 1 during the graduation, one name is called out, Michael Waynes Kyle, which is a play on Damon's character from My Wife and Kids, Michael Kyle.
Advertisements for this series credited Clayne Crawford as "Introducing Clayne Crawford" (a credit usually reserved for actors making a debut) even though Crawford had his first onscreen credit in 1997 (in an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and has multiple credits per year, every year, since the early 2000s.
Steve Boyum, one of the directors, performed stunts on the second and third films in the Lethal Weapon franchise. He also performed stunts in Forever Young, another film starring Mel Gibson, and The Last Boy Scout starring Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans, which was also written by Shane Black, along with the first Lethal Weapon film.
In April 2018 Deadline Hollywood's Nellie Andreeva reported that negotiations for the show's third season renewal were being complicated by an ongoing problem with Clayne Crawford's on-set behavior. Andreeva reported that Crawford (Martin Riggs) had been repeatedly reprimanded for creating an emotionally abusive and hostile work environment and that the issue had "escalated to a point where other actors as well as crew on Lethal Weapon would feel uncomfortable being on set with him." Andreeva wrote that because past disciplinary action had not resulted in Crawford remediating his behavior, the showrunners were taking the very unusual step of considering the recasting of his role. After its publication in Deadline Hollywood, this story was picked up and republished in many other entertainment news outlets, including TV Guide, Vulture, TV Line, and others. In May 2018, Crawford was replaced by Seann William Scott.
In the pilot, Roger Murtaugh is said to have recently celebrated his 50th birthday. Damon Wayans turned 56 the month the pilot aired. Danny Glover was only 41 when the original movie premiered in 1987. Keesha Sharp, who plays Trish here is 13 years younger than Wayans, whereas Darlene Love, who played Trish in the movie was 8 years older than Glover. Mel Gibson was 31 in 1987, whereas Clayne Crawford was 38 as of the air date of the pilot.
Damon Wayans, who plays Murtaugh, was the protagonist of The Last Boy Scout. Both The Last Boy Scout and the original Lethal Weapon film were written by Shane Black, meaning this is the second time Damon Wayans has played a Shane Black character.
In episode 9, Jingle Bell Glock, the opening scene of a girl falling from a building to her death onto a car, and that the episode takes place during Christmas time, comes straight from the first Lethal Weapon film.
Riggs' military background changes for the TV series from the film version. In films, Riggs (Mel Gibson) is a former U.S. Army Special Forces Sniper (i.e. "Green Beret"). In the TV series, Clayne Crawford's Riggs character is a former Navy SEAL.
In the third episode of season one, thieves rob an armored truck in almost the same method as the thieves from the film Heat (1995). Coincidentally, Ted Levine plays the armored truck driver in this episode, he also appeared as Bosko, one of the policemen on Al Pacino's squad in Heat.
Throughout the series, there are nods, some subtle and some overt, to the Lethal Weapon films.
Sean William Scott will replace the role of Martin Riggs with a new character starting in Season 3, after Clayne Crawford was fired due to his behavior on set.
Clayne Crawford was fired from the series due to multiple onset reprimands and will not return for season three. Sean William Scott will replace him.
Seann William Scott plays a character named Wesley Cole. This may be a nod to the "Lethal Weapon" films series where Rene Russo played a character named Lorna Cole.
The name of Riggs' wife in this series is Miranda. In the first film her name is revealed to be Victoria when Riggs is visiting her grave and mentioned again in the second film during the 'gold pen' story - "It kind of reminds me of the night Vicki died".
In the final episode of season 1, Riggs referred to Murtagh (Damon Wayans) as being bulletproof several times. In 1996, Wayans starred alongside Adam Sandler in a movie called, "Bulletproof".
Episode 9 is titled Jingle Bell Glock. This is a parody of the song Jingle Bell Rock that was played over the opening credits of the first film.
While many aspects of the characters and the story lines have been subtly altered between the films and the series, the one constant is the death of Riggs' wife. In both the films and the series, it is established that she was killed in a car accident while Riggs was on the job. And in both mediums, it is later revealed that she was actually murdered.