Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)

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Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

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Series cast summary:
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 Det. Mary Beth Lacey (126 episodes, 1981-1988)
Al Waxman ...
 Lt. Bert Samuels (125 episodes, 1981-1988)
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 Harvey Lacey (124 episodes, 1982-1988)
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 Det. Victor Isbecki (123 episodes, 1982-1988)
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 Det. Sgt. Christine Cagney (119 episodes, 1982-1988)
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 Det. Mark Petrie (105 episodes, 1981-1988)
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 Desk Sgt. Ronald Coleman / ... (95 episodes, 1981-1988)
Sidney Clute ...
 Det. Paul La Guardia / ... (83 episodes, 1982-1988)
Troy W. Slaten ...
 Michael Lacey (73 episodes, 1982-1988)
Tony La Torre ...
 Harvey Lacey, Jr. / ... (69 episodes, 1982-1988)
Paul Mantee ...
 Det. Al Corassa / ... (55 episodes, 1983-1988)
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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 <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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In the TV movie that inspired the series, Christine Cagney was played by Loretta Swit. Swit was unable to continue playing Cagney in the series due to her contract with M*A*S*H (1972). Meg Foster took over the role of Christine Cagney. After the first season, Sharon Gless eventually won the role and played Cagney for six years. A CBS spokesperson was quoted at the time as saying the reason for replacing Foster with Gless was the audience had trouble telling "the two leads apart". But the real reason CBS wanted to replace Foster is because they felt that her portrayal made Cagney appear to be a lesbian. When the show was revived from cancellation after the first season, CBS demanded that Barney Rosenzweig replace Foster. See more »

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Dep. Inspector Knelman: Bert, reappoint your... detectives, on their priorities.
Lt. Bert Samuels: I can assure you, sir, uh, that they are giving the case a 100%.
Dep. Inspector Knelman: They'd better! Because I'd hate like hell to have to come down here again.
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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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Wonderful Cop Series
14 August 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless did a great job with Cagney and Lacey in the 1980's. Not only did Cagney and Lacey have a great theme tune but it has great plots and dialogue throughout.

Like a lot of great cop shows, this series presented it's characters as real people with real emotions. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless were aided by a brilliant supporting cast throughout.

The show wasn't just about police work. Both Cagney and Lacey had their fair share of personal problems outside their job ranging from alcoholism to conflicts of interest with their job. We got to seem them convey a whole range of emotions throughout but we still got to see them do some wonderful detective work. I actually think they were both convincing as detectives.

All in all, this was a great series, possibly the greatest buddy cop series of the 80's.


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