Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 17, 1989
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network
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Major Dad

Major John McGillis is a conservative, by-the-book, die-hard Marine. Polly Cooper is a pacifistic liberal journalist. When the two meet, there's instant and intense chemistry between them and they get married less than 24 hours later. Polly and her kids from a previous marriage have to learn how to deal with being a Marine family whilst Major MacGillis has to learn how to be a Dad.

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Major Dad Season 1 (1989-1990)

1x01 1 1x01 Pilot
When a newspaper reporter named Polly, comes to the USMC base for an interview, Maj. MacGillis takes exception to the way she describes the corps. But the Major has also fallen in love ...
Sep. 17, 1989
1x02 1 1x02 Just Polly & Me, and the Kids Make Five
The Major tries to get to know the girls better by taking them out for lunch and answering their questions about him.
Sep. 18, 1989
1x03 1 1x03 Rescue Mission
An old war buddy of Mac's comes for a visit and tries to get him to call off the wedding, feeling he is being pulled away from his friends and maybe even the Marines.
Sep. 25, 1989
1x04 1 1x04 Wedding
The Major has pre-wedding jitters as Polly's parents are scheduled to arrive and meet him for the first time. But the wedding may not get off the ground when a intruder puts the base ...
Oct. 02, 1989
1x05 1 1x05 Wounded Flyboy and the Nurse Who Gave Him Reason to Live
When the Major and Polly return from their honeymoon, its time to spend some quality minutes as a family. mac would like to watch a football game, while Polly suggests a day of picking ...
Oct. 08, 1989
1x06 1 1x06 Twinkle
Polly calls on Mac for help when Elizabeth gets a crush on Lt. Holowachuk.
Oct. 16, 1989
1x07 1 1x07 Jane Wayne Day
Polly isn't too anxious to participate in a Marine wives tradition, known as "Jane Wayne Day." This is a day dedicated to the women going through a day as their husbands would.
Oct. 23, 1989
1x08 1 1x08 Robin's Awakening
Robin gets a crush on a young Russian boy when he arrives in the US to play a face to face chess match that had developed from overseas.
Nov. 06, 1989
1x09 1 1x09 Major Mom
Mac is left home as Mr. Mom while Polly heads to jail after refusing to name her source used in a newspaper article.
Nov. 13, 1989
1x10 1 1x10 Love Doctor
Sgt. James is leaning towards leaving the Marines Corps after finding success as an "on the air" radio personality, giving advice for the lovelorn.
Nov. 20, 1989
1x11 1 1x11 See the Hill ... Over the Hill
The Major resents the idea that he is getting old and plans on getting himself into tip top shape to prove he is still virile.
Nov. 27, 1989
1x12 1 1x12 Boxer Rebellion
Mac and Polly disagree when Elizabeth is encouraged to protest the ban on wearing boxer shorts to school.
Dec. 04, 1989
1x13 1 1x13 Discipline
mac and Polly disagree over the use of corporal punishment as a means of disciplining children, after Casey loses one of the Major's medals.
Dec. 11, 1989
1x14 1 1x14 Lemon
The families clashing lifestyles has Molly suggesting they all attend family counseling.
Jan. 01, 1989
1x15 1 1x15 That Connell Woman
Polly feels jealousy when a former girlfriend of Mac's, a Lieutenant Colonel in the marine Corps, comes back to town in hopes of rekindling their romance.
Jan. 08, 1990
1x16 1 1x16 Jr.
Polly shocks Mac when she reveals the news that she may be pregnant with his first child.
Jan. 29, 1990
1x17 1 1x17 Major Coach
Mac gets in trouble at home after agreeing to coach Robin's basketball team, and then benching her for fooling around at practice.
Feb. 05, 1990
1x18 1 1x18 Camp MacGillis
Mac takes the family on a camping trip for a relaxing vacation. But instead of peace and quiet, he hears the sounds of the modern day, with a cabin filled with all the amenities of ...
Feb. 19, 1990
1x19 1 1x19 Not with My Daughter You Don't
Things did not go as planned when Mac sets up a date for Elizabeth, with the son of an old buddy of his.
Feb. 26, 1990
1x20 1 1x20 Officer of the Day
Lt. Holowachuk sets up a surprise birthday party for Major MacGillis, but may miss it when he is disciplined by Mac.
Mar. 12, 1990
1x21 1 1x21 All Quiet on the Home Front, pt. 1
Mac tries to make the most of his final days with his family as he is alerted that he maybe shipped out to Central America on a top secret mission, and must keep the news hush.
Apr. 02, 1990
1x22 1 1x22 All Quiet on the Home Front, pt. 2
The Major is set to return from his mission in Central America and the girls plan on making it as great a day as can be. But Mac feels they may resent the nature of the mission.
Apr. 09, 1990
1x23 1 1x23 See the Bridge
Mac feels Lt. Holowachuk has a need for danger since returning home from his first mission with the Marines. His newest thrill seeking adventure is bungie jumping from a bridge.
Apr. 30, 1990
1x24 1 1x24 Standing Tall
Casey threatens to have Mac exact her revenge against a school bully who has been teasing her.
May. 07, 1990
1x25 1 1x25 Face the Music ... and Dance, pt. 1
Budget cuts create a situation when the camp is scheduled to be closed down, making the Major decide over moving his family East and remain in the Marines, or retiring.
May. 14, 1990
1x26 1 1x26 Face the Music ... and Dance, pt. 2
Mac makes his decision to leave the Marines and stay in California, working in the public sector...with people.
May. 21, 1990
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Season 1 Characters

Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis played by Gerald McRaney
Polly Cooper McGillis played by Shanna Reed
Robin Cooper McGillis played by Nicole Dubuc
Casey Cooper McGillis played by Chelsea Hertford
Elizabeth Cooper McGillis played by Marisa Ryan
Lt. Eugene 'Gene' Holowachuk played by Matt Mulhern
Merilee Gunderson played by Whitney Kershaw
Chip Russell played by Rod Brogan
Sgt. Byron James played by Marlon Archey
Major Smiley played by Tim Thomerson
Lisa played by Kirsten Bishop
Lt. Colonel Maggie Connell played by Randee Heller
Lyle Holowachuk played by Nathan Verbois
Marty played by Diane Delano
Maj. Buddy Hargrove played by Gary Grubbs
Mike Rossovich played by Chris Demetral
Zaff played by M.C. Gainey
Sgt. Williams played by Ronald William Lawrence
Sergeant Wolsky played by Gary Kasper
Reg Feiffer played by Lou Richards
Mike Eagleton played by Barry Pearl
Peach Farmer played by Owen Bush
Newscaster played by Larry Carroll
Mom played by Bette Ford
Miss Shields played by Nan Martin

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Season 1 Videos

14 Lemon
14 Lemon (24:00)

10 The Love Doctor
10 The Love Doctor (24:00)

23 See The Bridge
23 See The Bridge (24:00)

3 Rescue Mission
3 Rescue Mission (24:05)

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Season 1 Quotes

01x22 - All Quiet on the Home Front, pt. 2 Season 1 / Episode 22: - All Quiet on the Home Front, pt. 2

Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Okay, you want to hear about combat, here it is: people die. Kids. [doesn't speak for a few seconds] Kids from the corn fields who just wanted to see the world and go to college, and I teach them the best I know how and still some of them don't make it back, and I have to live with that.
01x13 - Discipline Season 1 / Episode 13: - Discipline

Polly Cooper McGillis: John, the punishment's already been meaded out; she's grounded and no TV for a month.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: You call that punishment?
Polly Cooper McGillis: I call that a very serious punishment.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: I call that a chance to catch up on your reading.
Polly Cooper McGillis: What did you have in mind?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: I'd go spank her. [motions with a hand and starts moving toward the kitchen exit into the living room where Casey is awaiting punishment]
Polly Cooper McGillis: I... wait, John - we don't spank here. We have our own method of discipline and the kids are turning out just fine.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Oh, really? Where's my medal? [holds his empty right hand palm up] Probably stuck to the bottom of somebody's shoe.
Polly Cooper McGillis: Wait, John! There has to be a better way to discipline someone than whaling the tar out of them.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: No, Polly - I don't "whale". Now, Casey is about to recieve a very calm, a very rational whoppin'.
Polly Cooper McGillis: Good, she'll appreciate the subtle distinction.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: A good honest whoppin' helps a child remember what's right, and what's wrong. It also lets them know you mean what you say and you're willing to back it up.
Polly Cooper McGillis: Where'd you get that? The Whopper's Handbook?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Well, it's better than the Liberal's Guide to Child Pampering. [in a mocking tone] If a child misbehaves, set it down, then frown for it, and say, "Do you see this face? This is my disappointed face."
Polly Cooper McGillis: See? Not so hard.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Well, what about the direct honest approach? You're mad at 'em. You tell 'em so and you whop 'em.
Polly Cooper McGillis: What if Casey has already learned her lesson? That what she did was wrong and she'll never do it again. [blocking him from leaving the kitchen]
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Without a whoppin'?
Polly Cooper McGillis: Oh, God - your'e itchin' to do it, aren't you? Whop! Whop! Whop! [like one of the Three Stoges]
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Temper, temper, temper. [pats her on the head]
Polly Cooper McGillis: Okay. doesn't Casey at least deserve a chance to prove she doesn't need to be spanked?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Okay, I'm willing to be fair. But the smart money's on whoppin'. [walks passed her out the kitchen]
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Season 1 Trivia

  • Episode 11 - When MacGillis enters the gym to start training, the musical scoring playing is a parody is the famous "Rocky" (1976) theme. Likewise the final cue before the end credits music.
  • Episode 22 - Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Polly reminds MacGillis about the rule of not smoking in the house, yet in "Jane Wayne Day" she says nothing as one of the Marine waives smokes in her house.
  • Episode 17 - The end credits music for this episode is the well known instrumental popularized as the theme music for the Harlem Globetrotters. It's called "Sweet Georgia Brown".
  • Episode 22 - Goof (factual errors): Casey and Robin push a jug of water into the kitchen for the upright water dispenser, and Casey just picks up the old bottle right out of the top of the dispenser with no effort. Once out, you can see that the rubber cap on the bottle that holds all the water in and the part inside the cap w
  • Episode 15 - An extra scene has been added to the start of the opening credits, a hat rack with family hats including MacGillis' Marine hat.

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