Major Dad is an American sitcom television series created by Richard C. Okie and John G. Stephens, developed by Earl Pomerantz, that originally ran from 17 September 1989 to 17 May 1993 on CBS.
It starred Gerald McRaney as Major John D. MacGillis and Shanna Reed as his wife Polly. The cast also includes Beverly Archer, Matt Mulhern, Jon Cypher, Marisa Ryan, Nicole Dubuc, and Chelsea Hertford.
The first season is set at the fictional Camp Singleton (meant to represent Camp Pendleton), where hard-charging United States Marine Corps Major John D. “Mac” MacGillis is commander of the infantry training school’s acquisition division. MacGillis’s life is changed when he falls in love with a liberal journalist, Polly Cooper. The show follows Mac in his work life, where he deals with Lieutenant Eugene Holowachuk (Matt Mulhern), Sergeant Byron James (Marlon Archey), and Merilee Gunderson (Whitney Kershaw), as well as his home life, as he learns to live with Polly’s three daughters, Elizabeth, Robin, and Casey.
At the beginning of the second season, the MacGillis family moves to Camp Hollister (based on Marine Corps Base Quantico), where Mac must adapt to the role of staff secretary (or “staff weenie”) and the crazy antics of Commanding (Brigadier) General Marcus C. Craig, Aide-de-Camp 1st Lieutenant Eugene Holowachuk (who transferred with Major MacGillis from Camp Singleton), and Gunnery Sergeant Alva “Gunny” Bricker, the General’s secretary, a no-nonsense Marine, who despite her brusque nature and unprepossessing physical appearance, is the target of many enthusiastic (and unseen) suitors.
Character development increased during the second season, such as the revelation that MacGillis is a former member of the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.
Major Dad Series
You can find a full index and overview of Major Dad here.
- Episode 01: The Shut Down.
- Episode 02: Major Moonlighting.
- Episode 03: Polly’s Pen Pal.
- Episode 04: A Few Good Men.
- Episode 05: Poker Night.
- Episode 06: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Perky.
- Episode 07: Educating Casey.
- Episode 08: Lady in Waiting.
- Episode 09: General Unrest.
- Episode 10: Steel Magnolia.
- Episode 11: On the Line.
- Episode 12: The Shell Game.
- Episode 13: Who’s That Blonde?.
- Episode 14: We’ve Got Trouble.
- Episode 15: Three’s a Crowd.
- Episode 16: Three Angry Marines.
- Episode 17: Close Encounters.
- Episode 18: Base Desires.
- Episode 19: When Gunny Talks.
- Episode 20: The ‘L’ Word.
- Episode 21: Sick Bay.
- Episode 22: Charlotte’s Web.
- Episode 23: The Noisy Drill Team.
- Episode 24: In the Brick of Time.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 16 September 1991 to 11 May 1992.
- Running Time: 30 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.