A hard-nosed, conservative Marine impulsively proposes to the liberal reporter doing a story on him and agrees to help her raise her three teenage daughters.
Reviews
Popularity
3,769 ( 171)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
1993   1992   1991   1990   1989  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Just the Ten of Us (1987–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Coach Lubbock, his wife Elizabeth, and their eight kids move to Eureka, California so he can take a coaching job...at an all-boys' school. The boys are thrilled that Coach's four beautiful ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon, Heather Langenkamp
Mr. Belvedere (1985–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.

Stars: Christopher Hewett, Bob Uecker, Ilene Graff
Empty Nest (1988–1995)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

"Empty Nest" is set in Miami and tells of the day to day misadventures of a widowed pediatrician, Harry Weston, and his two adult daughters, Barbara and Carol Weston, who have come back to ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff, David Leisure
Webster (1983–1989)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The post-retirement season is suddenly disrupted for football player George Papadapolis and his wife Katherine when Webster, the orphaned son of a former teammate, moves in. Laughter, and life lessons, in every episode.

Stars: Emmanuel Lewis, Alex Karras, Susan Clark
The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.

Stars: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn
Punky Brewster (1984–1988)
Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Punky Brewster is a show about a girl named Penelope "Punky" Brewster. She is abandoned with her dog, Brandon, in a supermarket by her mother. She doesn't want to stay in an orphanage, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson
Growing Pains (1985–1992)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.

Stars: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron
My Secret Identity (1988–1991)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The adventures of a superpowered teen and his scientist friend.

Stars: Derek McGrath, Jerry O'Connell, Wanda Cannon
My Two Dads (1987–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When Marcy Bradford dies, she leaves her teen-age daughter Nicole in the custody of two ex-boyfriends - Michael, a straight-laced and formal man; and Joey, a wild artist.

Stars: Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan
Silver Spoons (1982–1987)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ricky Stratton is a spoiled rich kid who lives the life that many kids dream of, but he still suffers from the problems that many teens do.

Stars: Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Joel Higgins
Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson
Charles in Charge (1984–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Charles, a college student, is a live-in housekeeper in the Powell household. Charles, along with his friend Buddy, attempts to juggle his studies, friendships, and duties to the family.

Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Gerald McRaney ...  Major John D. MacGillis 96 episodes, 1989-1993
Shanna Reed Shanna Reed ...  Polly Cooper 96 episodes, 1989-1993
Nicole Dubuc ...  Robin Cooper McGillis 96 episodes, 1989-1993
Chelsea Hertford Chelsea Hertford ...  Casey Cooper McGillis 96 episodes, 1989-1993
Marisa Ryan ...  Elizabeth Cooper McGillis 96 episodes, 1989-1993
Matt Mulhern ...  Lt. Eugene 'Gene' Holowachuk 96 episodes, 1989-1993
Beverly Archer Beverly Archer ...  Gunny Sgt. Alva Bricker 70 episodes, 1990-1993
Jon Cypher ...  Gen. Marcus C. Craig 69 episodes, 1990-1993
Edit

Storyline

Major John MacGillis is a conservative, by-the-book, die-hard Marine. Polly Cooper is a pacifistic, liberal journalist. Nonetheless, when the two meet, there's instant and intense chemistry between them. With the permission of Polly's 3 daughters, the two get married within weeks. Now Polly (and her kids) have to learn how to deal with being a Marine family, while Major MacGillis has to learn how to be a Dad... Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agli ordini papà See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(96 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Polly's middle name is "Esther" (making her "Polyester"). See more »

Quotes

Casey: It's GI Joe!
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Meet the Deedles (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A great show !!
29 September 2008 | by niltonemSee all my reviews

Major Dad was a wonderful show !! Funny and lovable !! I love Gerald Mcrainey and everything he has done. Polly and the girls are pleasant and cute. A very wholesome and family oriented show, wish it was still on !!!! They depicted the US Marine Corp with respect and admiration, which was wonderful. TV nowadays is very lacking in positive wholesome entertainment. They were able to deal with several issue like child abuse and family issues such as step children etc in a very tasteful way. Lt Holowachuk is hilarious and Sgt Alba Bricker is a scream !!! I particularly enjoyed the episode that Holowachuk revealed that he didn't drink, and he gained the respect of his fellow Marines regardless.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed