Major Dad

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Major Dad
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The cast of Major Dad.
Genre Sitcom
Created by John G. Stephens
Richard C. Okie
Developed by Earl Pomerantz
Starring Gerald McRaney
Shanna Reed
Beverly Archer
Jon Cypher
Nicole Dubuc
Chelsea Hertford
Matt Mulhern
Marisa Ryan
Composer(s) Roger Steinman
Steve Dorff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 96 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Rick Hawkins
Gerald McRaney
Richard C. Okie
Earl Pomerantz
Producer(s) Jim Evering
Barry Gold
Janet Leahy
Liz Sage
Todd Stephens
Editor(s) Skip Collector
John William Heath
Augie Hess
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) S.B.B. Productions
Spanish Trail Productions
Universal Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 17, 1989 – April 16, 1993

Major Dad is an American sitcom created by Richard C. Okie and John G. Stephens, developed by Earl Pomerantz, that originally ran from 1989 to 1993 on CBS, starring Gerald McRaney as Major John D. MacGillis and Shanna Reed as his wife Polly. The cast also includes Beverly Archer, Matt Mulhern, Jon Cypher, Marisa Ryan, Nicole Dubuc, and Chelsea Hertford.


The first season is set at the fictional Camp Singleton (meant to represent Camp Pendleton),[citation needed] where hard-charging United States Marine Corps Major John D. “Mac” MacGillis is commander of the infantry training school's acquisition division. MacGillis's life is changed when he falls in love with a liberal journalist, Polly Cooper. The show follows Mac in his work life, where he deals with Lt. Eugene Holowachuk (Matt Mulhern), Sgt. Byron James (Marlon Archey), and Merilee Gunderson (Whitney Kershaw), as well as his home life, as he learns to live with Polly's three daughters, Elizabeth, Robin, and Casey.

At the beginning of the second season, the MacGillis family moves to Camp Hollister (based on Marine Corps Base Quantico), where Mac must adapt to the role of staff secretary (or, “staff weenie”) and the crazy antics of Commanding General Marcus C. Craig, Aide-de-Camp 1st Lt. Eugene Holowachuk (who transferred with Major MacGillis from Camp Singleton), and Gunnery Sgt. Alva "Gunny" Bricker.


Episode guide[edit]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

  • 1989–90 Season: 1 #45
  • 1990–91 Season: 2 #22
  • 1991–92 Season: 3 #9
  • 1992–93 Season: 4 #69

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1992 BMI Film & TV Award Won BMI TV Music Award Steve Dorff
1992 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music Steve Dorff
1990 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Chelsea Hertford
Won Best New Television Series
1991 Nominated Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Marisa Ryan
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Chelsea Hertford
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Nicole Dubuc
Best Young Actor Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV Series Chance Michael Corbitt
1992 Nominated Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Marisa Ryan
1993 Nominated Outstanding Actress Under Ten in a Television Series Chelsea Hertford

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