Mulligan's Stew

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, who live in the fictitious Southern California community of Birchfield; high school teacher and football coach, Michael (Lawrence Pressman), his wife, Jane (Elinor Donahue), who's a school nurse.[1]

Mulligan's Stew
The cast of Mulligan's Stew
GenreFamily comedy-drama
StarringLawrence Pressman
Elinor Donahue
No. of seasons1 season
No. of episodes1 movie / 6 episodes
Running timePilot movie: 90 mins
Series: 60 mins
Production company(s)Christiana Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Original releaseTV movie / Pilot
June 20 (1977-06-20)
October 25, 1977 (1977-10-25) 
December 13, 1977 (1977-12-13)


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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