Major Dad

CBS (ended 1993)



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Major Dad follows the story of the single, dedicated marine Major John D. MacGillis, whose life completely changed when he met, fell in love with, and married reporter Polly Cooper who had come to interview him for an article critical of the marines. They were opposites: he was orderly, she was not, he was conservative, she was liberal, he was a lifelong bachelor, she had three daughters; however, their undeniable chemistry and the love between lead them to the desire to start a new family life together. But not everything was as easy as it looked! Polly (and her kids from a previous marriage) had to learn how to deal with being a Marine family, while Major MacGillis had to learn how to be a Dad and balance his hectic family life with his even more chaotic career. Major Dad enjoyed a four year run on CBS (1989-1993), before it's cancellation in April of 1993, after it's fourth and final season. CBS Broadcast History Sept 1989 Sun 8:30-9:00 (Premiere) Sept 89-Sept 90 Mon 8:00-8:30 Sept 90-Jun 91 Mon 8:30-9:00 Jun 91-Jul 91 Mon 8:00-8:30 Jul 91-Sept 92 Mon 8:30-9:00 Aug 92-Apr 93 Fri 8:30-9:00moreless
Nicole Dubuc

Nicole Dubuc

Robin Cooper-MacGillis

Gerald McRaney

Gerald McRaney

John D. MacGillis

Shanna Reed

Shanna Reed

Polly Cooper-MacGillis

Whitney Kershaw

Whitney Kershaw

Merilee Gunderson (1989-90)

Matt Mulhern

Matt Mulhern

2nd Lt. Gene Holowachuk

Beverly Archer

Beverly Archer

Gunnery Sergeant Alva "Gunny" Bricker

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  • Ok so I only started watching this show because of Gerald McRaney. But I instantly loved it and I don't say that about too many tv me. The cast was great, it was very funny and so very well acted by it's star, Gerald McRaney as the Mamoreless

    After watching SIMON & SIMON for 8 seasons, it was a bit hard to get used to Gerald McRaney in another role other than 'Rick Simon'. I wasn't quite sure if I was going to like this show or not because beforehand I had always preferred Mr. McRaney in dramatic roles.

    Well, he sure did surprise the heck out of me. I knew about his comedic timing from SIMON & SIMON, but he just blew me away from the very first episode. He was so funny and never missed a beat. It was very enjoyable to watch him in a different role and I was relieved. Loved Polly (well as much as I can love any female co-star of Mr. McRaney's), and the kids were favorite being 'Elizabeth'. I wasn't as enamored by the rest of the cast and preferred the scenes with the family. But other than that, it was just perfect.moreless

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      What is your favorite episode? If you are like me, you cannot pick one. I like when the Major takes Elizabeth to the Marine's fath...
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      How old were you when this show aired? I was 1-4 years old. I used to watch it with my brothers and sisters. I was surprised that ...

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    90s, child stars, dysfuntional families, Sitcoms, ensemble cast