McCloud is an American television police drama that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1977. Dennis Weaver stars as Marshal Sam McCloud, a law officer from Taos, New Mexico on semi-permanent "special assignment" with the New York City Police Department.Not to be confused with Robert Altman's film Brewster McCloud, cartoonist Scott McCloud, or a certain space fox.
McCloud contains examples of:
- Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: This trope was originally named the McCloud Speech.
- The Cameo: At the end of "The Concrete Corral," the TV Western star who McCloud is told to keep an eye on is played by a disguised and uncredited Doug McClure (from The Virginian/The Man From Shiloh).
- Christmas Episode: Season 7's "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas...".
- Cowboy Cop: A literal example.
- Curse Cut Short: In the episode "Butch Cassidy Rides Again", a passenger on a train curses as the train whistle blows.
- Da Chief: Chief of Detectives Peter B. Clifford.
- Fish out of Water
- Heat Wave: "This Must Be the Alamo" has the precinct dealing with this as well as a Big Blackout.
- McGuffin: The "Saracen Horse" in "The Million Dollar Roundup".
- New York City Cops
- Replaced the Theme Tune: Twice.
- Reunion Show: 1989's The Return Of Sam McCloud. Unlike Columbo, this went no further.
- Say My Name: Chief Peter B. Clifford whenever New Mexico lawman Sam McCloud gets on his nerves, which is all the time.
- Strange Cop in a Strange Land
- Wheel Program: The show was part of two of these, Four in One (1970) and The NBC Mystery Movie (1971-77).