Major Dad

Major Dad

  • 1989
  • 4 Seasons
  • 6.3  (1,810)

Major Dad is an American sitcom. Without commercials, each episode is 24 minutes long. A product of its era, it follows the ups and downs of a modern family trying to make the two career couple thing work in the face of extra special circumstantial challenges. Major John D. "Mac" Macgillis (Gerald Raney) is an oh so serious career bachelor and also career military officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Polly Cooper (Shanna Reed) is an opinionated, free spirited reporter and single mom with three daughters. Both of their lives change radically when they fall in love with each other and, following a whirlwind romance, get married. Polly's free spirit and strong opinions must be reigned in a bit to accommodate Mac's career and Mac's character must soften some in deference to suddenly being a middle aged father of three. The sitcom has a little something for everyone. It combines military humor, workplace comedy, and blended family shenanigans with more serious dilemmas revolving around the conflict between national security (his career and passion) and freedom of information and speech (her career and passion). The stark contrast between the lives they each lived before meeting and marrying creates especially extreme examples of the types of conflict found in these various genres of situational comedy. The show also explores questions of women's lib. This occurs not just through Polly's career dilemma's as a new military wife with an established career who now faces being uprooted for hubby's career but also through other female characters. For example, one recurring character is Gunnery Sergeant Alva Bricker (Beverly Archer) a career woman in the Marines and Mac's coworker. She has spunk and looks very much the part of a dour, serious career Marine but also let's slip the occasional remark that reveals she still has a softer side. A recurring theme is the strong conflict between Polly's and Mac's careers, not just in terms of time commitment but also values. They first meet when Polly writes an article about the Marines that Mac doesn't much care for. Their careers repeatedly butt heads as Polly tries to get the scoop and tell the truth and while Mac's career demands dutiful tight-lipped discretion. Overall, it is well done, thought provoking and funny.

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Seasons
Oops, a Daisy
22. Oops, a Daisy
April 16, 1993
The Major and Polly (Gerald McRaney, Shanna Reed) clash when he gives Casey (Chelsea Hertford) his Red Ryder...
General Disturbance
21. General Disturbance
April 9, 1993
When Gen. Craig (Jon Cypher) is transferred to the White House, the Major and Gunny (Gerald McRaney, Beverly...
Conduct Unbecoming
20. Conduct Unbecoming
April 2, 1993
The Major (Gerald McRaney) tries to help Robin's (Nicole Dubuc) boyfriend (James Larson) when he learns the...
Gunny Gets Robbed
19. Gunny Gets Robbed
March 12, 1993
Gunny's (Beverly Archer) friends help her try to put her life back together after she is robbed. With Gerald...
The Spell of Grease Paint
18. The Spell of Grease Paint
March 5, 1993
The Major (Gerald McRaney) is jealous when Holowachuk (Matt Mulhern) has to do a love scene with Polly (Shanna...
From Russia with Like
17. From Russia with Like
February 19, 1993
Major MacGillis and a visiting Russian major (Gerald McRaney, Yakov Smirnoff) have difficulty forgetting their...
Colonel of Truth
16. Colonel of Truth
February 12, 1993
When the Major (Gerald McRaney) fails to be promoted to colonel, he considers leaving the Marine Corps. Guest...
Come Rain or Come Shine
15. Come Rain or Come Shine
February 5, 1993
A local disaster convinces the Major, Gunny, Gen. Craig and Holowachuk (Gerald McRaney, Beverly Archer, Jon...
Piano Lesson
14. Piano Lesson
January 29, 1993
When Polly (Shannon Reed) forces the Major (Gerald McRaney) to take piano lessons, he nearly misses the first...
Night School
13. Night School
January 22, 1993
The Major and the General (Gerald McRaney, Jon Cypher) sign up for the same class at a local college, much to...
I'll Be Seeing You
12. I'll Be Seeing You
January 15, 1993
Polly (Shanna Reed) is drafted into serving as hostess of a 1940s-themed USO ball at Camp Hollister. With...
About Face
11. About Face
January 8, 1993
When the General (Jon Cypher) receives mysterious phone calls from a woman, Holowachuk (Matt Mulhern) jumps to...
Old Acquaintance
10. Old Acquaintance
December 18, 1992
When two old college friends (guest stars Sherman Howard, Nancy Linari) arrive, Polly (Shanna Reed) has...
Blue Tenant Holowachuk
9. Blue Tenant Holowachuk
December 4, 1992
Apartment manager Holowachuk backs a rent strike against landlord Craig.
One for the Road
8. One for the Road
November 20, 1992
Elizabeth (Marisa Ryan) becomes afraid to drive her new convertible after a friend is in a car accident. Guest...
Gunny's Veiled Threat
7. Gunny's Veiled Threat
November 13, 1992
Gunny (Beverly Archer) works under cover in a harem to protect the visiting Emir of Katodd (guest star Harvey...
The Election Show
6. The Election Show
November 6, 1992
The Major (Gerald McRaney) goes on leave to accompany Polly (Shanna Reed) as she campaigns for mayor of...
There's No Place Like Farlow
5. There's No Place Like Farlow
October 30, 1992
While Casey (Chelsea Hertford) is home sick on Halloween, she dreams that everyone is a frightening monster....
Catered Affair
4. Catered Affair
October 23, 1992
Elizabeth (Marisa Ryan) persuades the Major (Gerald McRaney) to hire her to cater a reception for visiting...
Here's Looking at You, Pol
3. Here's Looking at You, Pol
October 16, 1992
Polly's (Shanna Reed) mayoral campaign is sidetracked when some revealing photos of her appear in the local...
The People's Choice, pt. 2
2. The People's Choice, pt. 2
October 2, 1992
Jake (guest star Brian Keith) becomes a roommate and father figure to Holowachuk (Matt Mulhern) after he and...
The People's Choice, pt. 1
1. The People's Choice, pt. 1
September 25, 1992
The Major's (Gerald McRaney) domineering father (guest star Brian Keith) pays a visit; Polly (Shanna Reed)...
Description

Major Dad is an American sitcom. Without commercials, each episode is 24 minutes long. A product of its era, it follows the ups and downs of a modern family trying to make the two career couple thing work in the face of extra special circumstantial challenges.

Major John D. "Mac" Macgillis (Gerald Raney) is an oh so serious career bachelor and also career military officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Polly Cooper (Shanna Reed) is an opinionated, free spirited reporter and single mom with three daughters. Both of their lives change radically when they fall in love with each other and, following a whirlwind romance, get married. Polly's free spirit and strong opinions must be reigned in a bit to accommodate Mac's career and Mac's character must soften some in deference to suddenly being a middle aged father of three.

The sitcom has a little something for everyone. It combines military humor, workplace comedy, and blended family shenanigans with more serious dilemmas revolving around the conflict between national security (his career and passion) and freedom of information and speech (her career and passion). The stark contrast between the lives they each lived before meeting and marrying creates especially extreme examples of the types of conflict found in these various genres of situational comedy.

The show also explores questions of women's lib. This occurs not just through Polly's career dilemma's as a new military wife with an established career who now faces being uprooted for hubby's career but also through other female characters. For example, one recurring character is Gunnery Sergeant Alva Bricker (Beverly Archer) a career woman in the Marines and Mac's coworker. She has spunk and looks very much the part of a dour, serious career Marine but also let's slip the occasional remark that reveals she still has a softer side.

A recurring theme is the strong conflict between Polly's and Mac's careers, not just in terms of time commitment but also values. They first meet when Polly writes an article about the Marines that Mac doesn't much care for. Their careers repeatedly butt heads as Polly tries to get the scoop and tell the truth and while Mac's career demands dutiful tight-lipped discretion. Overall, it is well done, thought provoking and funny.

  • Premiere Date
    September 17, 1989
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (1,810)