McMillan & Wife - Season One
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By latter-day standards the plots are simplistic but cleverly engaging, especially given that the entire series was something of a lark. The first regular series episode "Murder by the Barrel" (9/29/71) is indicative of the series' entertainment value, and "Death is a Seven Point Favorite" (12/8/71) was a season highlight, with '70s stalwart Don Stroud as a pro football quarterback targeted for murder in a bookie scheme gone awry. And while Hudson's macho image was certainly appealing to viewers unaware of his off-screen homosexuality (several episodes end with Stewart and Sally under the sheets), there's no denying that Saint James (whose irresistible charm was previously established on Robert Wagner's caper series It Takes a Thief) was the ideal costar, a perfect Nixon-era combination of looks, humor, and flighty, non-threatening intelligence, adorable to men and acceptable to women's-lib activists. Drawing upon Universal's reliable stable of TV directors including Hy Averback and Addams Family alumnus John Astin, writers including future TV mogul Steven Bochco, and a bevy of guest stars including Andrew Duggan, Jackie Coogan, Wally Cox, Herb Edelman, Peter Bonerz, June Havoc, Rene Auberjonois, Tyne Daly and many others, the debut season of McMillan & Wife (totaling 10 hours and 25 minutes of viewing time) provided a strong start for the series, which lasted (ultimately without Saint James) until 1977. --Jeff Shannon
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In March 2005, season one of the most famous Mystery Movie, Columbo, was released. Clearly, Columbo is still popular, as this release was quickly followed with season two. In August, season three of Columbo makes it to DVD, along with (finally!) season one of both McCloud and McMillan and Wife. For the first time in DECADES, we can see these detective shows UNCUT and COMMERCIAL-FREE. This is great news for fans of terrific '70s TV!
Season one of McMillan and Wife consists of one two-hour pilot, ONCE UPON A DEAD MAN, and seven episodes, each 90 minutes long (73 minutes sans commercials). The episodes originally aired from Sep. '71 - Mar. '72, and their titles are:
MURDER BY THE BARREL (directed by John "Gomez Addams" Astin!)
A barrel contains dishes, then a body, then the body disappears.
THE EASY SUNDAY MURDER CASE
A woman's husband and dog are both kidnapped.
HUSBANDS, WIVES, AND KILLERS
Mac and Sally go to a masquerade, where a necklace is stolen.
DEATH IS A SEVEN POINT FAVORITE
A mysterious note is discovered inside a football.
THE FACE OF MURDER
Sally is targeted for murder by a jewel thief.
TIL DEATH DO US PART
Mac and Sally are sealed in their home to be fumigated to death.
AN ELEMENTARY CASE OF MURDER
An old flame of Mac's comes back into his life.
Support '70s detective shows on DVD by picking up all of these babies that you can. Maybe Streets of San Francisco will be next!
I'll have to echo the comments already aired here about the lack of any special features or inserts. What gives here? Also, the dual layer DVD's are a real drag. How about a little more substance for the season two set, Universal? Don't be so cheap!
Finally, you've got to add in the Mystery Movie whistle theme...
Love the show, so glad to see the DVD's. Let's go Season Two!
PS: Having watched the entire season now, I found a hidden episode with Claude Akins. It's not documented on the DVD packaging, probably because the last 20 minutes are riddled with DVD skips. This episode has Mac and Sally visiting Palm Springs to play golf with Mac's old buddy played by Claude. On the way back in the private plane they're in, the pilot gets shot and Mac has to land the plane in the middle of nowhere. No explanation of how they find a phone, but hey, that's okay. It's still cute, if you can stand the skips at the end. I found it by selecting "play all" on disc 2 side B.
However, one must beware of DVD compilations released by Universal Studios. Like all of my other Universal sets, skips and sticks beset this one. Two of the eight episodes are ruined, one has a gap of about 90 seconds that is lost to a sticking problem, and another loses almost ten minutes in this same fashion. There are similar comments all over Amazon reviews by others who have had these same problems with Universal sets. We also own the Dragnet set, which skips, sticks, and has a totally jacked menu. We recently purchased the Adam-12 set, and it not only skips and sticks, it appears to have actually damaged our DVD player. Now the machine makes a loud whirring sound, and has begun to skip and stick on ALL DVD's.
I can't imagine what is wrong with those people at Universal, but they are putting out some seriously botched product. Buy any set from them with caution.
I gave my wife the McMillan and Wife Season One set. It freezes and skips throughout. It's a shame because she loves the show. The discs are not damaged in any visual manner...no smudges or scratches. They just freeze.
She gave me the Dragnet series of DVDS...another Universal product.
My joy turned to aggravation though as those Discs kept freezing up as well.
And it is not just our DVD player. We have four in the house and it did it in all of them.
It's obvious Universal is having a problem with the production of DVD's.
I did a little checking on the internet and it appears alot of other people are having the same problems. Universal needs to recall their compilation series.
Evidentially the Adam-12 discs have the same problem.
So be warned, if you buy Universal TV series DVD's, there could be problems.
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As a fan of the NBC Mystery Movie Love McMillan And Wife as well as McCloud and of Course Banacek so season 1 is only the beginningPublished 6 months ago by Keith Flemming
Mc Millan and Wiife-Season One.-Great Rock Hudson.-.Long time was after this television series,which Ireally liked in your time when issued in my country,Mc Millan and Wife,which... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JOSE MARIA LLORENTE
Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James what a great combination! It's wonderful going back in time too. I enjoy the showPublished 8 months ago by Jennifer Dupont
couldn't stand another word from that obnoxious wife of his!!!Published 11 months ago by Michelle Grajeda
I had not seen this show in years. I picked it up for my wife. We both agree that it is very drawn out and slow.
We also remembered the acting being better. Read more
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|Where is Mc Millan & Wife Season 2, 3 ,4 etc||
I wonder about this one too. Has anyone heard anything?
Great series! I hope they put Season 2 on DVD soon!
Apr 18, 2006 by sbradford | See all 17 posts
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Don't hold your breath, the guy at TVSHOWSONDVD.com told me this will have to be farmed out to another company to get released, great
Sep 15, 2008 by Ognir Rrats | See all 2 posts
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Its coming later this year from a company in Canada. YAY!!!
Keep checking the status by coming to TVSHOWSONDVD.COM
Jun 3, 2010 by S. M Thiel | See all 6 posts
|where are seasons 2,3 etc of McMillan and McCloud ????||
This is really too much......they release one season of McMillan & Wife and then expect us to wait over a year to get the next season. This is so upsetting to me that I might not even buy it now. This is crazy!!
Jul 1, 2006 by H. Solomon | See all 4 posts
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