The opening credits sequence was created by design studio Elastic.
The sequence, which includes suggestive, tongue-in-cheek sex metaphors and symbols, received a mix response from critics; it placed on both best and worst lists for opening credit sequences.
This seems to have relaxed some of his guests to the point where they appear more natural, and less switched on—as entertaining as that can be—than they are with other interviewers." Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times applauded the editing exhibited in the show's premiere episode: "Mr. Rickles are interviewed separately, and what makes the episode so satisfying is the way their interviews are spliced together and enhanced with clips." At the outset of the show's second season, Don Steinberg of The Wall Street Journal commended the host's talent for interviewing: "Mr.
Sony was struggling to get the music rights and so they put out the first season on DVD and then a “best of” that harvested 23 (out of 89) of the show’s greatest episodes, while also getting star Gary Shandling to host some of the most amazing Q&A’s ever produced for DVD. – those artists of TV box sets – who cleared all the red tape so we can now have the complete six-season, eighty-nine episode run in a gorgeous box set that includes all previous supplements, and adds new content.
Indeed, it's down these side streets, casting a brief light on a passing character (patients, prostitutes, a provost's wife), that the show finds many of its best moments." Prop master Jeffrey Johnson noted the difficulty of obtaining accurate information about sexual devices from the time period.