McCloud (1970–1977)
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'Twas the Fight Before Christmas... 

The final "Alamo" episode is set during the Christmas holidays, as McCloud helps a suicidal woman on a window ledge, deals with a psychotic stalker, and tries to rescue "Santa" Clifford and... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Howard
Henry Olek ...
Kate O'Hannah
Robert Weaver ...
Pete Lancaster
Capt. Maxwell Hellman
Sandy Champion ...
Officer Washington
Grayce Spence ...
Mrs. Howard
Dan Barton ...


The final "Alamo" episode is set during the Christmas holidays, as McCloud helps a suicidal woman on a window ledge, deals with a psychotic stalker, and tries to rescue "Santa" Clifford and Chris, who are held hostage in a children's ward at a hospital by three drug thieves. Written by Peter Harris

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26 December 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is from "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" or "A Visit from St. Nicholas" first published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel on December 23, 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore. See more »


When McCloud bails Chief Clifford out of jail, Clifford's car is waiting for him at the curb. It would have been impounded and not just waiting for him on the street. See more »


Police Sergeant Grover: Oh, eh, I wanted to talk to you about...
Sam McCloud: Not tonight Grover, I'm gonna be off in two minutes. I got a beautiful woman and a Christmas tree waiting for me. I wanna be trimmin' that tree, not hanging from it.
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The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé (uncredited) and Robert Wells (uncredited)
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24 September 2017 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Horrible, repugnant, vile ... I already knew McCloud is an incredibly stupid and thoroughly unconvincing police procedural with the moronic premise that McCloud, a deputy who looks and sounds like a Texas Ranger, somehow gets transferred to the New York Police Department (NYPD), most of the other "police officers" look and sound like they've never been anywhere New York in their entire lives. I knew that but there was nothing else to watch so I endured it. Three druggies bust into a hospital, engage in various shootouts and hold a children's ward hostage but are largely ignored and the hospital goes on as though nothing were going on. In another subplot a gregarious Santa Claus holds up at gunpoint people coming to contribute money. One of the marks stabs him (the only part of the show I enjoyed) and he goes to the same hospital mentioned above and is entirely ignored by doctors and nurses for reasons which have nothing to do with the anarchy in the other wing of the hospital. In another moronic subplot, a psychotic stalker who refuses to give his name waits for McCloud in the police precinct, misbehaving and throwing paper airplanes at cops and yet he neither gets his butt kicked not thrown into the slammer. Then there was something involving actress Linda Gray's character which is so boring that I don't even know what was happening there.

One of the stupidest series of all times with the most annoying and repugnant characters and guests. Only the beautiful Diana Muldaur (born in Brooklyn yet somehow not sounding at all New Yorkerish, and I am from Brooklyn, so I know whereof I speak), wasted as McCloud's love interest, is almost always appealing.

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