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McMillan & Wife: Season One

Rock Hudson , Susan Saint James , Barry Shear , Daniel Petrie    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Revisit TV's favorite husband-wife detective duo as they take on crooks, murderers and the windy streets of San Francisco in the captivating complete first season of McMillan & Wife. Written by TV legend Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue), this classic mystery series stars the dashing Rock Hudson as San Francisco's newest police commissioner and Susan Saint James as his loyal and inquisitive wife, Sally. He may be a top-ranking official in charge of the safety of one of America's largest cities, but she's the housewife with more than a few case-solving tricks up her sleeve! One of the original shows in the NBC Mystery Movie lineup, McMillan & Wife proves that when it comes to solving crime, two clueseekers are always better than one.

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They were the happening '70s answer to Nick and Nora Charles from the Thin Man movies, and when McMillan & Wife premiered as part of the "NBC Mystery Movie" lineup (in three-way rotation with McCloud and Columbo) on September 17, 1971, they were an instant hit with both critics and viewers. The two-hour pilot "Once Upon a Dead Man" set the serio-comic tone for the series: San Francisco police commissioner Stewart McMillan (Rock Hudson, his film career in decline) and the goofy doofus Sgt. Enright (John Schuck) frequently found themselves in the midst of a mystery, typically beginning when McMillan's cute and kooky wife Sally (Susan Saint James) stumbled onto telltale evidence or a murder scene. The McMillans were the perfect image of '70s California cool, attending trendy parties and charity benefits while solving robberies, murders, and other malicious goings-on, sporting the latest fashions (Hudson's handlebar moustache and longish hair perfectly complementing Saint James's bellbottoms and shag hairdo) and verbally sparring with some of the goofiest dialogue this side of Hope & Crosby's Road movies. Schuck provided additional comic relief while Nancy Walker, as the McMillans' nosy maid Mildred, made brief but memorable appearances before her role was expanded in subsequent seasons.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars McMillan and Wife May 25 2006
Format:DVD
Retro is in and if you loved the groovy 70's, you'll love to revisit McMillan and Wife. Susan Saint James and Rock Hudson had an easy chemistry together. The tv show is light hearted and humourous with a twist of mystery and intrigue. A quick way to unwind after a busy week.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supporting Cast Makes This Series a Big Hit! Oct. 10 2005
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The best thing about McMillan and Wife is the stellar supporting cast: Mildred Natwick as the Commissioner's mother, Nancy Walker, and later Martha Raye, as the McMillans' housekeeper, and the indefatigable John Schuck as Sgt. Enright. They steal most scenes, and provide much of the humour that keeps the series such a delight. These veterans always provide great entertainment.
This was always one of my favourite series, and I'm delighted to be able to access the first season on DVD. Just one question? How soon will the rest of the series be available? I can't wait!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bring on second season Sept. 12 2005
Format:DVD
i have nostalgic emotions when i remember watching this excellent show.Back in the"70s",the greatest era,was a time of great change in the world but watching mcmillan and wife,you become so engrossed in this top class show ,you forgot everything around you.Please release the rest of this great show ,Fast......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff Jan. 21 2014
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The quality is great...I watched this show as a kid and I was in a time-warp watching this....Very Cool indeed.
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