MacGruder and Loud

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MacGruder and Loud
Genre Police procedural
Created by Aaron Spelling
Starring John Getz
Kathryn Harrold
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 14
Producer(s) Robert H. Justman
Location(s) Los Angeles
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Aaron Spelling Productions
Original network ABC
Original release January 20 – April 30, 1985

MacGruder and Loud is an American crime drama from Aaron Spelling Productions that aired on ABC in 1985.


The series stars John Getz and Kathryn Harrold as married police officers Malcolm MacGruder and Jenny Loud in a Los Angeles Police Department-styled police agency (where strict anti-fraternization policies were in effect). They fought a battle every day to keep it a closely guarded secret from their boss, Sgt. Hanson (played by veteran actor Lee de Broux).[1]

Malcolm and Jenny lived in a duplex-type apartment complex where there was a secret door behind the grandfather clock in her apartment, where Malcolm could sneak in and enjoy her company.[1]


This was one of the few failures from Aaron Spelling's production company in its history, since it was picked by ABC to debut right after the Super Bowl in 1985 and was heavily promoted during the game. The promotion resulted in high ratings at first, but the series was cancelled three months into its run, after ranking 40th out of 104 programs that aired that season with an average 15.76 household rating, according to[2] The ratings decline was blamed on ABC's repeated changing of the show's timeslot before settling on Monday nights at 10:00 p.m., known as "the graveyard slot."

Because of the frequent commercials during the Super Bowl, the following night Johnny Carson asked rhetorically during his monologue on The Tonight Show, "Did you see that new show, 'Frequent and Loud'?"[citation needed]

The series was rushed into production by ABC in order to capitalize on the popularity of another crime drama at that time, Cagney and Lacey (which aired on CBS).


  1. ^ a b Zoglin, Richard (January 21, 1985). Autumn Goofs, Winter Repairs, TIME.
  2. ^ McIntee, Michael Z. (January 13, 2003). Show #1934 Recap, Late Show with David Letterman.

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Preceded by
MacGruder and Loud
Super Bowl lead-out program
Succeeded by
The Last Precinct