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Two female cops, Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, fight crime in New York City. It was groundbreaking in its time (The Eighties); for that matter, you don't see many series like it today, either.


Tropes:

  • Buddy Cop Show
  • Cop Show
  • Chase Scene
  • Dirty Harriet
  • The Eighties
  • Eighties Hair: Especially obvious in the first season opening, when they go undercover as hookers.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: A constant worry of CBS was that the two female characters would be perceived as lesbians -- as a result Mary Beth Lacey was married, and actress Meg Foster (playing Cagney) was replaced by Sharon Gless because she was "too aggressive and likely to be percieved as a lesbian by viewers". CBS hoped Sharon would be a more 'high-class' and 'feminine' Cagney, but fortunately the producers resisted this Executive Meddling and kept Cagney's tough working-class character.
  • Missing Episode When reruning Cagney & Lacey, Lifetime omitted the first season episodes featuring Meg Foster as Cagney. The DVD release does likewise, labeling the second season (featuring Sharon Gless as Cagney) as the the first season.
  • Lovely Angels
  • Made for TV Movie: the pilot and four sequels (aired in the mid-1990s)
  • Name and Name
  • The Other Darrin: Loretta Swit played Cagney in the Made for TV Movie, but wasn't available for the series. Meg Foster played her for the first season before being replace by Sharon Gless, who played her for the rest of the run.
  • Pretty in Mink: Cagney wears a fox fur coat in the second opening.
  • Shirtless Scene: Given this show was for the ladies, Fan Service for them was only fair. Plus it was the best kind that TV standards at the time would allow.
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