The BEST Episodes of Major Dad
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2020
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. MacGillis's life is changed when he falls in love with a liberal journalist, Polly Cooper. 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, and Gunnery Sgt. Alva "Gunny" Bricker.
#1 - Face the Music ... and Dance (1)
Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired May 14, 1990
Broadsided by budget cuts, Mac must keep his career afloat, and he has to choose between shipping the family to a base in the East or retiring from the Corps.
#2 - Face the Music ... and Dance (2)
Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired May 21, 1990
When Major MacGillis resigns from the Marine Corps and takes a job in the private sector, his family tries to help him make the transition to civilian life in the second part of a two-part episode.
#3 - Polly's Pen Pal
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 1991
Robin's smitten penpal, Lt. Vickers, arrives and learns she sent him a picture of Polly.
#4 - General Unrest
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 11, 1991
The General moves in with the MacGillises when his wife throws him out.
#5 - Steel Magnolia
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 18, 1991
A lobbyist stages a protest over cutbacks in civilian personnel at the base.
#6 - On the Line
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 25, 1991
The Marines take over for civilian employees who strike to protest cutbacks at the base.
#7 - I'll Be Seeing You
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 15, 1993
Polly is enlisted to be hostess of the '40s-themed USO ball, where new and old loves are sparked.
#8 - Piano Lesson
Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 29, 1993
The Major is embarrassed about taking piano lessons.
#9 - Colonel of Truth
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 12, 1993
After being denied a promotion, the Major considers leaving the Marines.
#10 - Rescue Mission
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 25, 1989
Major Smiley, an old pal, tries to dissuade the Major from marriage.
#11 - Standing Tall
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 7, 1990
Casey takes the Major's advice on how to handle a bully.
#12 - Jr.
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 29, 1990
Polly has morning sickness and gives the Major hopes of fatherhood.
#13 - All Quiet on the Home Front (1)
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 2, 1990
The Major is put on alert for a top-secret mission
#14 - Twinkle
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 16, 1989
Polly asks the Major to straighten things out when Elizabeth falls for Lt. Holowachuk.
#15 - Valentine's Day
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 11, 1991
The Major is embarrassed by Polly's valentine tribute to him in the base newspaper when it reveals his romantic side in the article; Elizabeth finally agrees to a date with Jesse.
#16 - Polly's Choice
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 18, 1991
Polly is asked to collaborate on a book with her former boyfriend, Evan Charters.
#17 - Lemon
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 1, 1990
Clashing lifestyles send the family to a counselor after the Major dumps the girls' dead pet bird.
#18 - That Connell Woman
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 8, 1990
An old girlfriend and Lt. Colonel has romantic designs on the Major.
#19 - Not with My Daughter You Don't
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 26, 1990
The Major becomes an overprotective father when Elizabeth's new boyfriend Chip becomes more serious.
#20 - All Quiet on the Home Front (2)
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 9, 1990
The Major's family welcomes him back, but he thinks they resent his job.
#21 - See the Bridge
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 30, 1990
After returning safely from combat, Lt. Holowachuk craves danger.
#22 - Wetting Down
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 1990
In opposition to Marine traditions, Holowachuk does not want alcohol at his wetting down to celebrate making 1st Lieutenant. The Major tries to find a solution.
#23 - Major Mom
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 13, 1989
Polly goes to jail to protect a news source.
#24 - Discipline
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 11, 1989
The Major and Polly think of how to punish Casey for losing one of The Major's medals.
#25 - Birthday Ball
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 5, 1990
The major needs a guest of honor for a base celebration of the Corps' 215th anniversary, and Vice President Quayle responds to the invitation. It is also Elizabeth's 16th birthday, and she feels neglected.