The pilot was written by Walt Becker (Wild Hogs) and Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree), who received a cast-contingent pilot commitment from TBS in late January 2010. On May 14, 2010, TBS announced it had picked up the series with an eight episode order. The order was increased to ten episodes in early November 2010, a week before the series premiere.
The series aired from November 16, 2010, to January 18, 2011 on TBS. On February 24, 2011, TBS announced that the series would not be renewed for a second season due to poor ratings.
When speaking of the series, Michael Wright, the executive vice president and head of programming for TBS, TNT, and Turner Classic Movies said: "Glory Daze is a sharply written, laugh-out-loud comedy with a talented ensemble cast, including comic veteran Tim Meadows. The time is right for this feel-good, funny, and fresh take on college life in the '80s."
Set in 1986 in the state of Indiana, the series revolves around a group of friends entering their freshman year of college at Hayes University. The young men must deal with being on their own for the first time and preparing for what is to come in their college years.
Chris D'Elia stars as William Xavier "Bill" Stankowski, an upperclassman who has lived in the Omega Sigma house since 1976 and inhales a lot of cannabis.
Glory Daze was filmed at USC's Mudd Hall of Philosophy and on both the UCLA campus and the former Ambassador College campus in Pasadena, CA.
The show's theme song, "Police on My Back", is performed by The Clash.