McMillan & Wife
|McMillan & Wife|
McMillan & Wife title card marquee
Susan Saint James
|Theme music composer||Jerry Fielding|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Leonard B. Stern|
|Running time||Seasons one - two, 90 min. Seasons three-six, 120 min.|
|Production company(s)||Talent Associates-Norton Simon
|Original release||September 17, 1971 – April 24, 1977|
McMillan & Wife was a lighthearted American police procedural that aired on NBC from September 17, 1971, to April 24, 1977. Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James in the title roles, the series premiered in 90-minute episodes as part of the wheel series NBC Mystery Movie, in rotation with Columbo and McCloud. Initially airing on Wednesday night, the original lineup was shifted to Sundays in the second season, where it aired for the rest of its run. This was the first element to be created specially for the Mystery Movie strand.
McMillan & Wife revolved around a 40-ish San Francisco police commissioner, Stuart McMillan (Rock Hudson) and his attractive, bright and affable 20 something wife Sally (Susan Saint James). Often, the storylines featured Mac and Sally attending fashionable parties and charity benefits before solving robberies and murders. John Schuck appeared as Sgt. Charles Enright and Nancy Walker was Mildred, the couple's sarcastic, hard-drinking maid, both characters serving as comic relief.
|Rock Hudson||Police Commissioner Stewart "Mac" McMillan|
|Susan Saint James||Sally Hull McMillan|
|John Schuck||Sergeant/ Lt. Charles Enright|
|Bill Quinn||Police Chief Paulson|
|Mildred Natwick||Beatrice McMillan (Mac's mother)|
|Linda Watkins||Emily Hull (Sally's mother)|
|Richard Gilliland||Sergeant Steve DiMaggio|
The show ran for five seasons as McMillan & Wife and a sixth season as McMillan on the NBC television network, from September 17, 1971, to April 24, 1977, for a total of 40 episodes.
Like the other two original shows in the NBC Mystery Movie, McMillan & Wife was an immediate hit. After its network run on NBC, it appeared regularly as part of The CBS Late Movie and later, in the form of syndicated reruns on local and cable television in the United States.
Since January 1, 2015, McMillan & Wife has been airing on Me-TV as part of the "MeTV Mystery Movie" late night block. The block includes the other two long running Sunday Mystery Movie series, McCloud and Columbo, the Wednesday Mystery Movie series Banacek, and the 1980s series of Perry Mason television films. Each week features a different series, with the series featured airing five episodes during its feature week.
Cast and series name change
Due to a contract dispute between Susan Saint James and the studio, the character of Sally (and their never seen, sometimes mentioned son) was killed off in an airplane crash after the fifth season. With one of the main characters missing, the show was retooled and renamed McMillan. Nancy Walker and John Schuck also left the series before the sixth season premiered in 1976 to star in their own respective series, with Walker starring in an eponynous sitcom and Schuck playing one of the title roles in the short-lived Holmes and Yo-Yo. Martha Raye joined the cast as Mildred's sister Agatha, who served as Mac's new housekeeper in his new residence, while Richard Gilliland joined as Mac's new police liaison Sergeant DiMaggio. Mildred was written out as having left the McMillans to open her own diner, which was an inside joke playing up her role as Rosie the waitress in a then-ongoing series of commercials for Bounty Paper Towels.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the first season of McMillan & Wife on DVD in Region 1 & Region 2 in 2005/2006.
On May 21, 2010, Visual Entertainment announced it had acquired the rights to distribute McMillan & Wife on DVD in Region 1. They subsequently released seasons 2-6 on DVD in Canada and the USA. All US releases are distributed by Millennium Entertainment.
On November 30, 2012, VEI released McMillan & Wife - The Complete Series on DVD in both the US and Canada. This 24-disc set features all 40 episodes of the series as well as bonus copy of The Snoop Sisters Complete Collection.
In Region 4, Madman Entertainment has released all six seasons on DVD in Australia. On November 20, 2013, it released McMillan and Wife: The Complete Collection, a 19-disc set featuring all 40 episodes of the series.
|DVD Name||Ep#||Release dates|
|Region 1 (US)||Region 1 (CAN)||Region 4|
|Season One||8||August 9, 2005||April 19, 2010|
|Season Two||7||June 7, 2011||August 24, 2010||September 15, 2010|
|Season Three||6||June 7, 2011||March 8, 2011||March 16, 2011|
|Season Four||6||July 5, 2011||July 26, 2011||July 20, 2011|
|Season Five||7||July 5, 2011||July 26, 2011||October 19, 2011|
|Season Six||6||September 20, 2011||September 20, 2011||March 20, 2013|
|Complete Series||40||November 30, 2012||November 20, 2013|
The interior set of the McMillans' home in the pilot episode was actually Rock Hudson's house. In the second episode they moved to a new home, exterior shots were done on Greenwich Street in San Francisco. The address for the couple was once given in the show as 250 Carson Street. In later episodes a different house was used as the exterior shot of the house. In the final season McMillan, newly widowed, moved into an apartment and the house was never seen or mentioned again.
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