Cagney & Lacey

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    By harrysaccount, Nov 18, 2011

    I loved Cagney and Lacey with both Meg and Sharon , it premiered on march 25th 1982 for six episode tryout i read Barney Rosenzweig book CBS rush into production and they scripts were great but ratting won't so after 6 episode CBS cancelled Cagney and Lacey they picked up with Sharon as new Cagney and they was the press issued in tv guide Meg was replaced because they deemed her to tough not feminine enough and Tyne was very upset with meg firing and threatened to quit but then her ans Sharon connected and show went on for 7 yearsmoreless

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  • 10

    Detectives Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney investigate crimes for the NYPD in an outstanding series that reflected the experience of many women breaking through traditional barriers in the 1980s. Honest and intriguing, a brilliant television classic.

    By aprown, Sep 14, 2009

    After a shaky initial season, this show evolved into one of the finest television shows of my lifetime. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless embody their characters with winsome humanity. Moreover, they have an excellent supporting cast that often is unrecognized because of the nuanced, perfectly pitched acting of the leads. As if that weren't enough, the writing got richer with each season.

    I'm struck by how well this show captures the rhythms and tensions of the era in which it was produced. It would make rich original material for a social historian. More than just the changing roles of women, a slew of social issues are uncovered, many deliberately and some unintentionally. (For instance, it's hard not to notice how white the squad room is. And could they have made Carl Lumbly's character more "safe" and non-threatening than he is? He's the most feminine person in the room. I'm a big fan of Carl Lumbly, who played the same nurturing supportive role in Alias a generation later, but then he had an opportunity to be angry and powerful when the story line led him there. The way his character is drawn in Cagney and Lacey suggests the 1980's desire for diversity and simultaneous discomfort with race.)

    The first season, the producers seemed to be aiming for (and missing) a gritty Charlie's Angels, and it's a little shocking to see how exploitative the early episodes could be. But the audience of this show became women who enjoyed watching strong women on television and who identified with their struggles. The producers and writers had the brilliance to shape the show for their discovered audience and created a portrait of women at work together that has power and pathos and more than a little humor. What does it say that Hollywood, which repeats every success a thousand times, has never repeated this formula? Maybe we haven't moved as far as we think.moreless

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    By Rupes47, Aug 06, 2009

    Cagney & Lacey is one of the best shows ever on TV; not only was the acting unbelievably outstanding; but the scripts were phenomenal, with the characters being fully developed and blended drama, humor and often pathos into almost every episode. It was truly a ground-breaking show and was not fully appreciated by all - I used to tout its many merits to friends and could not understand those who either wouldn't even give it a chance or who actually said they didn't enjoy it. I always watched it on a regular basis when it was airing and have waited anxiously for all episodes to be released on DVD. I have loved watching all of the "entire" episodes which are on and have even watched a few several times.moreless

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  • 10

    This show inspired me to get a job in Law Enforcement.

    By mandypandy1981, Jun 29, 2009

    I was only a kid when this show first aired. But I watched it in repeats on TNN and Lifetime for many years. I was upset when I could no longer find it on anywhere till now I can see it on which it cool.

    Cagney and Lacey inspired me to get a job in law enforcement. I am a security guard. I wanted to be a cop, like them but I guess it just wasn't in the cards for me. My favorite was Chris I loved her tough girl adittude I only wish I could have that kinda personality. Mary-Beth always seemed alittle too whinny for me. For me my favorite episode is well its hard to chose but I would have to say its Turn Turn Turn where Chris hits rock bottom. I also like the one called Partners where she gets shot. What else can I say about this show, except I wish all the seasons would come out on DVD. Its amazing.moreless

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  • 9.0

    What can I say about "Cagney & Lacey"? It's a classic series, one of the best from the 80's, one of the best series ever made.

    By acmb, Mar 10, 2009

    What can I say about "Cagney & Lacey"? It's a classic series, one of the best from the 80's, one of the best series ever made.

    I'm a late fan because I started to watch it two years ago on the Spanish cable TV and I got hooked on it from the first episode I watched. Sadly, I have only seen from season two to five.

    Everybody says that this series was more than a cop show and it's true because although their jobs were a very important part of their lives, more to Chris than to Mary Beth, their friendship was the most important in my opinion. They were opposite in many ways and had a very different character and that's why the conversations between Cagney and Lacey were as good. The cast was perfectly chosen, both Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly are wonderful actresses but the supporting actors were very good, I liked John Karlen specially. Excellent stories, excellent scripts and excellent performances. What more can be asked to a TV series? It even made history being cancelled (thank you to all the people who complaint about the cancellation for saving it) and dealing with such difficult subjects as abortion of alcoholism.moreless

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  • 7.4

    Buddy cop show with two tough women

    By CAPNDEL, Oct 04, 2007

    When I think back to shows that were on in the 80's, Cagney and Lacey is one that I remember fondly. It was not as gritty as Hill Street Blues, but just as captivating. This was a buddy cop show, a formula that is still in use today. With varying degrees of success.

    The difference was that Cagney and Lacey were two female detectives trying to succeed in a prodominently male world. One of the best aspects to the show was the their strugle to gain the respect of those working around them and those in charge.

    The series was also one of the most well written series of the early 80's. And to be honest I feel that it holds it's own against many of the popular crime dramas of today.moreless

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  • 10

    This is a great cop/who done it show filmed in the great city of New York. It is one of my favourites.

    By forensic_fan, Jan 25, 2007

    Cagney and Lacey was ahead of its time when it aired because it showed two female detectives solving crimes in New York. This in the 1980s was not a common occurence, especially on television and so Cagney and Lacey were one of the first to do this. It is a great show with thrills, suspense and drama. It has great actors in it that truly make the show what it is and make it a very good show to watch. It keeps you watching thoughout the whole episode and leaves you wanting more. I really recommend anyone watching this show because it is one of the best cop dramas about and it is a must for fans of those types of shows.moreless

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  • 9.0

    To be a teenager in this day in age is hard enough yet alone trying to bring up our kids now. Home and Away gives that sense of confidence to be able to cope and understand what can and could happen to any kids or adults in real life.

    By arakelleg136, Apr 13, 2006

    To be a teenager in this day in age is hard enough yet alone trying to bring up our kids now. Home and Away gives that sense of confidence to be able to cope and understand what can and could happen to any kids or adults in real life. I myself have had a few experiences like anyone else and too have this show in my life it is like a blessing.

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  • 10

    I wish they would put reruns back on - it's been years since I last saw an episode. We've got Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith, Bonanza, etc. Why not Cagney and Lacey?

    By JasperNicky, Jan 27, 2006

    This was a great show and many of the episodes were emotionally charged and presented both sides and it was up to the viewer to make up their own mind as to where they stood. What a concept - the TV show wasn't telling them what was right or wrong.

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