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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Mary Beth Lacey: We go in together and it's 'Hello, Sgt. Cagney,' 'How ya doing, Sgt. Cagney?' I may as well have stayed in the car.
Christine Cagney: Oh Mary Beth.
Mary Beth Lacey: And when we go to the lab, Solomon offers you sushi, me, I get fiber samples. Don't tell me you never noticed.
Christine Cagney: Well, maybe one or two times. You know how men are.
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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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