The BEST Episodes of Major Dad

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Network: 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. 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.

Face the Music ... and Dance (1)

#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.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Jeffrey Stepakoff
Face the Music ... and Dance (2)

#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.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Lisa Albert
Polly's Pen Pal

#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.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Neil Lebowitz
General Unrest

#4 - General Unrest

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 11, 1991

The General moves in with the MacGillises when his wife throws him out.

star 8.00
2 votes
Steel Magnolia

#5 - Steel Magnolia

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 18, 1991

A lobbyist stages a protest over cutbacks in civilian personnel at the base.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Miriam Trogdon
On the Line

#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.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Rick Hawkins
I'll Be Seeing You

#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.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Liz Sage
Piano Lesson

#8 - Piano Lesson

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 29, 1993

The Major is embarrassed about taking piano lessons.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Rick Hawkins
Colonel of Truth

#9 - Colonel of Truth

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 12, 1993

After being denied a promotion, the Major considers leaving the Marines.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Jim Evering
Rescue Mission

#10 - Rescue Mission

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 25, 1989

Major Smiley, an old pal, tries to dissuade the Major from marriage.

star 7.86
7 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Janet Leahy
Standing Tall

#11 - Standing Tall

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 7, 1990

Casey takes the Major's advice on how to handle a bully.

star 7.80
5 votes
Jr.

#12 - Jr.

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 29, 1990

Polly has morning sickness and gives the Major hopes of fatherhood.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Earl Pomerantz
All Quiet on the Home Front (1)

#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

star 7.75
4 votes
Twinkle

#14 - Twinkle

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 16, 1989

Polly asks the Major to straighten things out when Elizabeth falls for Lt. Holowachuk.

star 7.71
7 votes
Valentine's Day

#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.

star 7.67
3 votes
Polly's Choice

#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.

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Miriam Trogdon
Lemon

#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.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Deborah R. Baron
That Connell Woman

#18 - That Connell Woman

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 8, 1990

An old girlfriend and Lt. Colonel has romantic designs on the Major.

star 7.60
5 votes
Not with My Daughter You Don't

#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.

star 7.60
5 votes
All Quiet on the Home Front (2)

#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.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Rick Hawkins
See the Bridge

#21 - See the Bridge

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 30, 1990

After returning safely from combat, Lt. Holowachuk craves danger.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Peter Tilden
Wetting Down

#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.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Miriam Trogdon
Major Mom

#23 - Major Mom

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 13, 1989

Polly goes to jail to protect a news source.

star 7.50
6 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Peter Tilden, Richard C. Okie
Discipline

#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.

star 7.50
6 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Jeffrey Stepakoff
Birthday Ball

#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.

star 7.50
4 votes
Directors: Michael Lembert
Writers: Rick Hawkins