McMILLAN & WIFE - THE COMPLETE SERIES (NBC 1971-1977) RETAIL QUALITY!!! Rock Hudson, Susan St. James, John Schuck, Nancy Walker, Martha Raye, Richard Gilliland, Gloria Stroock
McMillan & Wife starred Rock Hudson and Susan St. James as San Francisco Police Commissioner Stewart McMillan and his wife, Sally. Premiering in 1971, this series was one of the three original rotating elements in The NBC Mystery Movie – the other two were Columbo and McCloud.
Mac was a former Korean War veteran (he served in Naval Intelligence) and lawyer and had played football in college. Sally worked with deaf children at Century Hospital and had an uncanny knack for getting the both of them involved in criminal cases which she inadvertently stumbled upon. This mystery/crime series was patterned after the relationship between Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man movies and TV series of the 1940s and 50s.
Other regular cast members included Mac’s aide, plodding but enthusiastic Sgt. Enright (John Schuck) and Mildred (Nancy Walker), the McMillan’s sharp-tongued, sarcastic maid who had a slight drinking problem and was trying to quit.
Walker and Saint James left the series at the end of the 1975-76 season – Nancy to pursue her own series on ABC and Susan due to a contract dispute. The title was changed simply to McMillan and cast changes were made: Sally was written out by having her die in a plane crash and Mac, now a widower had a new housekeeper named Agatha (Martha Raye), who happened to be Mildred’s sister. Sgt. Enright was promoted to Lieutenant and Mac acquired a new assistant named Sgt. DiMaggio (Richard Gilliland) and a new secretary named Maggie (Gloria Stroock).
The show ran for five seasons as McMillan & Wife and a sixth season as McMillan. This 12 DVD set contains all 6 seasons - 40 movies - in retail quality.