MacGruder and Loud

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MacGruder and Loud
GenrePolice procedural
Created byAaron Spelling
StarringJohn Getz
Kathryn Harrold
ComposersPaul Chihara
Dennis McCarthy
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14
ProducerRobert H. Justman
Production locationLos Angeles
Running time60 minutes
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseJanuary 20 (1985-01-20) –
April 30, 1985 (1985-04-30)

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]


Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1"Pilot"Jerry LondonAllan Cole,
Lane Slate
January 21, 1985 (1985-01-21)
2"The Violation"Jerry LondonTBAJanuary 22, 1985 (1985-01-22)
3"The Inside Man"Richard ComptonTBAJanuary 29, 1985 (1985-01-29)
4"Odds Favor Death"Stan LathanTBAFebruary 5, 1985 (1985-02-05)
5"On the Wire"Victor HsuAndrew Guerdat,
Steve Kreinberg
February 12, 1985 (1985-02-12)
6"Cop Killer"Richard ComptonTBAFebruary 26, 1985 (1985-02-26)
7"Under Special Circumstances"Stan LathanTBAMarch 5, 1985 (1985-03-05)
8"Sanctuary"Richard ComptonTBAMarch 12, 1985 (1985-03-12)
9"Stepover Man"Bill DukeTBAMarch 19, 1985 (1985-03-19)
10"For Better or for Worse"James L. ConwayTBAMarch 26, 1985 (1985-03-26)
11"The Price of Junk"Charlie PicerniTBAApril 9, 1985 (1985-04-09)
12"The Very Scary Man"Richard ComptonMike RobeApril 16, 1985 (1985-04-16)
13"Act of War"Rick WallaceTBAApril 23, 1985 (1985-04-23)
14"Tarnished Blues"James L. ConwayJaysen D. HayesApril 30, 1985 (1985-04-30)


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.[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". It ranked 36th out of 77 shows with an average 14.9 rating.[3]

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).


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