|How did Grey acquire the Enterprise? |
There is nothing mentioned in the show itself that says how he acquired it. When the series starts, he already owns it and there's no mention that he recently acquired it. The Complete Series DVD back cover says that he won it in a poker game.
|Why did Burt Reynolds leave the show? |
Most sources site disagreements between Reynolds and McGavin. Publicity photos taken even up to shortly before Reynolds' departure show them seemingly on good terms. Then again, they're publicity photos.
Reynolds has a relatively minor part in the series, and Darren McGavin gets the lion's share of the drama, romance, and humor. It's possible that Reynolds was simply dissatisfied with the size of his role even though he received show star billing second after McGavin.
The actors never worked together again after Riverboat. Make of that what you will.
|What years did the show take place? |
Only a few episodes have specific dates mentioned.
"The Boy From Pittsburgh" (1-11) has a date card stating that it occurs in 1841.
"Path of the Eagle" (1-21) has a flashback story set in 1846, when Grey's true love departs with the Donner Party. The framing story of "Path" must take place sometime in 1843, rather confusingly, since a preceding episode, "Tampico Raid" (1-16), was set in 1843 in the one instance where Grey dates the episode in his opening narration. Either that, or 3+ years passed between "Path" and then "Tampico" five episodes later.
"That Taylor Affair" (2-2) takes place during Zachary Taylor's inauguration, placing it in 1849.