McMillan & Wife

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McMillan & Wife
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Genre Police procedural
Starring Rock Hudson
Susan Saint James
Theme music composer Jerry Fielding
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 40 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Leonard B. Stern
Producer(s) Paul Mason
Jon Epstein
Running time Seasons one - two, 90 min. Seasons three-six, 120 min.
Production company(s) Talent Associates-Norton Simon
Universal Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 17, 1971 – April 24, 1977

McMillan & Wife is 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 line-up 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.

Plot[edit]

McMillan & Wife revolved around a fortyish San Francisco police commissioner, Stuart McMillan (Rock Hudson) and his attractive, bright, but slightly daffy twentyish 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.

Cast[edit]

Mac and Sally with Dr. Marion Voight (played by Sheree North), 1972.
Actor Role
Rock Hudson Police Commissioner Stewart "Mac" McMillan
Susan Saint James Sally Hull McMillan
John Schuck Sergeant Charles Enright
Nancy Walker Mildred
Martha Raye Agatha
Bill Quinn Police Chief Paulson
Mildred Natwick Beatrice McMillan
Linda Watkins Emily Hull
Donna Mills Laura
Richard Gilliland Sergeant Steve DiMaggio
Gloria Stroock Maggie
Eve McVeagh Mrs. Denney

Episodes[edit]

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.

Popularity[edit]

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. Currently both "McMillan & Wife" and "McMillian" are aired on COZI TV, Universal Studios' TV channel on digital Over the Air terrestrial broadcast sub-channels (such as digital channel 4.2 in Los Angeles) featuring content from Universal's vault.

Cast and series name change[edit]

Due to a contract dispute between Saint James and the studio, the character of Sally (and their never seen, sometimes mentioned son) was killed off in an airplane crash during the fifth season. With one of the main characters missing, the show was retooled and renamed McMillan. Other cast changes included the departure of the Mildred character, who left Mac's employment to run a diner. (Actress Nancy Walker left to star in her own sitcom, but the "diner" reference was an inside joke meant to evoke her then-popular commercials on behalf of Bounty paper towels.) Mac also got a new apartment and a new housekeeper, Agatha (Martha Raye), who was Mildred's sister, as well as a new police aide, Sgt. DiMaggio (Richard Gilliland), as Schuck also left for his own series. The new format was not a success and McMillan was cancelled after six episodes were broadcast.

DVD releases[edit]

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.[1][2] 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.[3] 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, they will release McMillan and Wife: The Complete Collection, a 19-disc set featuring all 40 episodes of the series.[4]

DVD Name Ep# Release dates
Region 1 (US) Region 1 (CAN) Region 4
Season One 8 August 9, 2005[5] April 19, 2010
Season Two 7 June 7, 2011[6] August 24, 2010[7] September 15, 2010
Season Three 6 June 7, 2011[8] March 8, 2011[9] 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

Filming locations[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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