Major Dad

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Major Dad
Major Dad-Cast.jpg
Premiere September 17, 1989
Finale April 16, 1993
Creator Richard C. Okie,
John G. Stephens
Developed by Earl Pomerantz
Network/Provider CBS
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company S.B.B. Productions,
Spanish Trail Productions,
Universal Television
Seasons 4
Episodes 96
Origin USA

Major Dad is a sitcom that aired on CBS.

The first season is set at the fictional Camp Singleton (meant to represent Camp Pendleton) 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.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Gerald McRaney Major John D. "Mac" McGillis 1 2 3 4
Shanna Reed Polly Cooper McGillis 1 2 3 4
Matt Mulhern Lt. Eugene "Gene" Holowachuk 1 2 3 4
Marlon Archey Sgt. Byron James 1
Whitney Kershaw Merilee Gunderson 1
Marisa Ryan Elizabeth Cooper McGillis 1 2 3 4
Nicole Dubuc Robin Cooper McGillis 1 2 3 4
Chelsea Hertford Casey Cooper McGillis 1 2 3 4
Jon Cypher Gen. Marcus C. Craig 2 3 4
Beverly Archer Gunnery Sgt. Alva "Gunny" Bricker 2 3 4


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 17, 1989 May 21, 1990 26
Season Two September 17, 1990 May 13, 1991 24
Season Three September 16, 1991 May 11, 1992 24
Season Four September 25, 1992 April 16, 1993 22


DVD Releases

There are no DVD releases for this show.

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