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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 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 / ... (84 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.
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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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Outstanding example of compelling, convincing TV drama
1 July 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Unlike most cop show on TV, "Cagney and Lacey" did not try and dazzle us with car chases, mind-bending mysteries to be solved or sex kittens posing as police officers (mind the nails!) . It was always about the characters. It was their experiences and reactions to the case and the crime around them, the pressures of the job, the conflicts with each other, that was the focus of the show. And the "Perps", or criminals, had their story, too. At its best, the crime-of-the-week drew you into an issue, a POV , a social problem, whose solution was dramatically argued through the reactions of the police officers involved - primarily the leads, of course.

Besides the writing, what made this work was that we cared about the leads, and we cared what they thought. We especially cared what happened to them. Outstanding, often stunningly realistic, acting from Sharon Gless (Christine Cagney) and Tyne Daly (Mary Beth Lacey) made us feel like we knew these 2 people, and they made us root for them. Their acting rapport was such a lucky happenstance; they complimented each other's styles and characters beautifully. You can't buy that kind of performing chemistry.

Can you tell I'm a fan? Yes, if you want your crime drama with a large dose of humanity, wit, and intelligence thrown in with the obligatory car chases, check it out where you can!


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