Mulligan's Stew

For the stew, see Mulligan stew (food).
For the 1972 educational television series, see Mulligan Stew (TV series).
Mulligan's Stew

The cast of Mulligan's Stew
Genre Comedy, drama, family
Starring Lawrence Pressman
Elinor Donahue
No. of seasons 1 season
No. of episodes 1 movie / 6 episodes
Running time Pilot movie: 90 mins
Series: 60 mins
Production company(s) Christiana Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release TV movie / Pilot
June 20 (1977-06-20)
October 25, 1977 (1977-10-25) – December 13, 1977 (1977-12-13)

Mulligan's Stew was an American comedy-drama television series that originally aired as a 90-minute NBC television movie on June 20, 1977, and later, as a 60-minute series from October 25, 1977 to December 13, 1977. The series focused on the lives of the Mulligan family. Lawrence Pressman starred as Michael Mulligan, a high school teacher and football coach, and Elinor Donahue played his wife, Jane, who works as a school nurse. The series was set in the fictitious Southern California community of Birchfield.[1]


Michael and Jane have three children: Mark, Melinda and Jimmy. They find making ends meet difficult, but manageable. Things get tighter moneywise and spacewise when the Mulligans take in their nephew Adam (Moose) and nieces Polaris (Polly) and Starshine (Stevie) Freedman, after their parents (Michael's sister and brother-in-law) are killed in a plane crash in Hawaii while in the process of adopting the Vietnamese-born Kimmy, leaving the Mulligans to finalize the adoption. They deal with the changes and bond as a family.



Mulligan's Stew was scheduled opposite four Top 20 hits: Three's Company and Soap on ABC, and M*A*S*H and One Day at a Time on CBS. As a result, it suffered from dismal ratings, and was cancelled at the end of 1977.


  1. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 806. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
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