Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.
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Series cast summary:
 Mary Beth Lacey (126 episodes, 1981-1988)
 Lt. Bert Samuels (125 episodes, 1981-1988)
 Victor Isbecki (124 episodes, 1981-1988)
 Harvey Lacey (124 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Christine Cagney (119 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Mark Petrie (105 episodes, 1981-1988)
 Ronald Coleman (95 episodes, 1981-1988)
 Paul La Guardia (84 episodes, 1982-1988)
Troy W. Slaten ...
 Michael Lacey (73 episodes, 1982-1988)
Tony La Torre ...
 Harvey Lacey Jr. (69 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Al Corassa / ... (55 episodes, 1983-1988)


Television police drama starring two female cops as partners. Their contrasting personalities (one is tough and the other sensitive) strengthen them as a team, allowing each a different perspective on both personal and professional situations. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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8 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cagney i Lacey  »

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The screenplay for the pilot was originally written in the 1970s for a featured film that never materialized. After the success of Charlie's Angels (1976), producer Barney Rosenzweig shopped an edited version of the screenplay as a possible TV series. It took many years for the script to be produced because the networks felt that there was no audience for a realistic show about female detectives. See more »


Dep. Inspector Knelman: Wrap it up by the end of the week and then let's move on to more important things!
Mary Beth Lacey: Sir, I think this is important, don't you sir?
Dep. Inspector Knelman: An old man gets mugged on the street, he's not looking for trouble. A lady with five kids were shot to death for her paycheck, she's not looking for trouble but this 'Dwayne Patterson', he left home with the intention of purchasing alcohol, then he showed false ID, then he shoplifted, then he offered illegal identification again when he was arrested and booked, in ...
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Actor Sidney Clute passed away during the run of the series. In every episode after his death, his name and picture still appeared in the opening credits. That was done by the producers as a tribute to him. See more »


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One of a handful of Cop shows from the 80's I loved
4 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most from the 80's will throw out Hill Street Blues as the greatest but to me there were others that were equally good but just never got the recognition. This was one of those shows.

This show really hit hard with issues like drug addiction to killers to the gay issue and even teenage prostitution. It ran the gamut. And it was no white-washed make everything rosy by the end of the show typical of usual TV shows of the day.

From Dt. Cagney, the single can never find the right guy who happens to be beautiful and hard nosed to Dt. Lacey, who was a wife, mother and housewife...on the side. Both characters gelled together. Couldn't have been a better yin and yang type duo. Both were women but both were totally different in personality.

I think my biggest complaint about the show is that it got to "political" towards the end of its run. Too many shows where the topic was preachy. You know, where they'll deal with a topic where it's pretty clear what their agenda was. I don't care for those types of shows as I can make up my mind on issues without any help.

To me, this was a great cop show of the 80's. Don't be off-put by the show having 2 female leads. If you are, you'll miss out because this was a really good show in it's day.

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