Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.
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Series cast summary:
Tyne Daly ...  Mary Beth Lacey / ... 126 episodes, 1981-1988
Al Waxman ...  Lt. Bert Samuels 126 episodes, 1981-1988
Martin Kove ...  Victor Isbecki / ... 125 episodes, 1982-1988
John Karlen ...  Harvey Lacey / ... 125 episodes, 1982-1988
Sidney Clute ...  Detective Paul La Guardia / ... 124 episodes, 1982-1988
Sharon Gless ...  Christine Cagney / ... 119 episodes, 1982-1988
Carl Lumbly ...  Mark Petrie 107 episodes, 1981-1987
Harvey Atkin ...  Sgt. Ronald Coleman / ... 99 episodes, 1981-1988
Troy W. Slaten Troy W. Slaten ...  Michael Lacey 73 episodes, 1982-1988
Tony La Torre Tony La Torre ...  Harvey Lacey Jr. 71 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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Lieutenant Albert Samuels was played by Al Waxman, whose birth name was Albert Samuel Waxman. See more »

Quotes

Christine Cagney: That is one tough lady.
Mary Beth Lacey: I don't understand how she can live with it.
Christine Cagney: Forget it Mary Beth.
Mary Beth Lacey: No, I can't forget it Christine. See, I go home every night and no matter how bad a day it was, I think, well at least we took a little inch of crud off the city. I mean, of course, it'll be back tomorrow, but at least we're treading water. You know what I feel like right now? I feel like the crud is winning.
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Crazy Credits

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 branlloerSee 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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8 October 1981 (USA) See more »

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(125 episodes)
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