Police Woman (1978)

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NBC (ended 1978)

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  • First Season is by far the best

    8.0
    This show ended up far different from how it started.
    It's first season was easily the best, with Angie Dickinson chewing the scenery as Sgt. Pepper, and Earl Holliman, well-cast as her boss.

    In year 1, she was competent and cool, sexy and tough, the show taut, moody and atmospheric '70s-style, and it hit Number One within seven or eight months of premiering--- it became the first successful TV drama series to feature a woman in the title role. Its early success directly inspired things like "Charlie's Angels", "Wonder Woman", etc., and still later, the more-reality based "Cagney & Lacy".

    By season 2, however, Pepper was toned down in every imaginable way: not only her appearance, but the way she spoke, and gazed at her co-stars--- in a pressured attempt to de-sexualize Angie, they wound up weaknening her, curiously enough, and the scripts and direction followed.

    As a result, season 2 and 3 are hit-and-miss; and season 4 fails outright.

    But season 1 is the show "Police Woman" was intended to be.
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