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Major Dad
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The cast of Major Dad
Genre Sitcom
Created by Richard C. Okie
John G. Stephens
Directed by Mary Lou Belli
Skip Collector
Linda Day
Jim Evering
Ellen Falcon
Ellen Gittelsohn
Michael Lembeck
Will MacKenzie
Gerald McRaney
Howard Storm
Starring Gerald McRaney
Shanna Reed
Beverly Archer
Jon Cypher
Nicole Dubuc
Chelsea Hertford
Matt Mulhern
Marisa Ryan
Theme music composer Roger Steinman
Composer(s) Roger Steinman
Country of origin United States
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
Running time 24 min
Distributor Universal TV
Original channel CBS
Original run September 17, 1989 – April 16, 1993

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



The first season is set at Camp Pendleton (called Camp Singleton in the series) where hard-headed United States Marine Corps Major John D. “Mac” McGillis is commander of the infantry training school. McGillis'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 McGillis 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, and Gunnery Sgt. Alva "Gunny" Bricker.


  • Gerald McRaney as Major John D. "Mac" McGillis
  • Shanna Reed as Polly Cooper McGillis
  • Marisa Ryan as Elizabeth Cooper McGillis
  • Nicole Dubuc as Robin Cooper McGillis
  • Chelsea Hertford as Casey Cooper McGillis
  • Marlon Archey as Sergeant Byron James (Season 1)
  • Jon Cypher as General Marcus C. Craig
  • Whitney Kershaw as Merilee Gunderson (Season 1)
  • Matt Mulhern as Lt. Eugene "Gene" Holowachuk
  • Beverly Archer as Gunnery Sergeant Alva "Gunny" Bricker

Episode guide

Awards and nominations

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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