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>
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
Cagney and Lacey was one of the best acted, best written, best conceived police shows in TV history. Ranking alongside Hill Street Blues and Morse in terms of its quality, I would suggest it is one of the finest television series ever made, greatly surpassing most TV made today. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless kept this series going so beautifully, with never a dull moment, and never anything less than perfect performances. So instinctive, so moving, so engaging and so charming - the two are among the great television partnerships. The gritty, honest dynamic those two wonderful actors generated is a beautiful achievement. It is actors like this that make television occasionally magnificent. What a shame we don't have anything to compare these days to this.
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