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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 the film Brewster McCloud, the 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...".
  • Clear My Name: Chief Clifford in "Cowboy in Paradise", Sgt. Broadhurst in "Shivaree on Delancey Street", and McCloud himself in "The Great Taxicab Stampede".note 
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  • 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
  • Hand Cannon: McCloud uses a Colt .45. In "The Great Taxicab Stampede," a nighttime shootout results in the death of a cab driver, and upon seeing the very large hole in the young man, everyone concludes McCloud must have shot him.
  • Heat Wave: "This Must Be the Alamo" has the precinct dealing with this as well as a Big Blackout.
  • Healthcare Motivation: Simms in "The Great Taxicab Stampede" has betrayed the department to a drug kingpin to pay for his wife's medical bills.
  • McGuffin: The "Saracen Horse" in "The Million Dollar Roundup".
  • New Old West: Although McCloud's not a time-traveler, the show's high concept could easily be defined as "What if an Old West lawman went to New York City?"
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  • Pilot Movie: "Portrait of a Dead Girl" (aka "Who Killed Miss U.S.A.?"), which has McCloud traveling from Taos to NYC to deliver a subpoenaed witness for a murder trail, only to have said witness get kidnapped from him.
  • 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.
  • Scenery Porn: The show definitely took advantage of the New York setting, with recognizable landmarks (such as the Bow Bridge in Central Park) popping up frequently.
  • Strange Cop in a Strange Land
  • Title Drop: "Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue" and "The Man with the Golden Hat."
  • Wheel Program: The show was part of two of these, Four in One (1970) and The NBC Mystery Movie (1971-77).


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