The series contains numerous in-jokes referencing the Blackadder series, which also starred Rowan Atkinson and was co-written by Ben Elton. For example, Inspector Fowler often addresses his girlfriend, Sergeant Dawkins, as 'Sergeant Darling' - 'Captain Darling' is a character in _Blackadder goes Forth (1989)_. There are also references to strangely shaped turnips, Stephen Fry guest starring as an extremely loud and hare-brained authority figure, amongst others.
The 2nd and final season of the sitcom had some changes: Inspector Fowler (Rowan Atkinson) talking to the audience. The theme tune is done in different styles. Instead of the regular intro sequence. The opening credits appear on the screen during the opening scene. Kevin Allen didn't return as D.C. Robert Kray and is replaced by Mark Addy as D.C. Gary Boyle and there is a new closing credits sequence which each cast member is seen having his and her photo taken.
The sitcom chronicles the devoted and charming Inspector Raymond Fowler and the incompetent and bumbling officers of Gasforth Police Station: Fowler's hapless partner Sargeant Patricia Dawkins. Fowler's rival the tough and arrogant Detective Inspector Derek Grim. The childish and moronic Constable Kevin Goody. The wise Constable Maggie Habib. Aging PC Frank Gladstone. The cynical snacker DC Robert Kray and the equally cynical, but intelligent DC Gary Boyle.
The senior police officer Rowan Atkinson played in the "Constable Savage" sketch in Not The 9 O'clock News (1979) (TV Series) could had been Inspector Raymond Fowler in his earlier days as a police officer.
In The Thin Blue Line: Kids Today (1995) Inspector Fowler gets furious with Constable Goody when Constable Goody commits an unprovoked assault on a 15 year old skinhead in police custody, which Constable Goody faced an official abuse charge. Police brutality is the abuse of authority by the unwarranted infliction of excessive force of personnel involved in law enforcement while performing their duties which the police officer whom committed this act violates the civilian's civil rights which criminal charges or a civil lawsuit is filed against the officer accused of such acts.