Cagney & Lacey

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  • TV-PG
  • 1982
  • 7 Seasons
  • 6.8  (4,885)

Cagney & Lacey was a police procedural drama that aired on CBS from 1981 to 1988. The show starred Tyne Daly as Mary Beth Lacey and Sharon Gless as Christine Cagney, two police officers working in the fictional 14th district of Manhattan. Meg Foster also starred as their boss, Chris's first lieutenant, and afterward, the captain of the precinct.

The show focused on the personal and professional lives of Lacey and Cagney as they navigated their roles as police officers, often dealing with the challenges of being women in a male-dominated field. Over the course of its seven-year run, the show tackled a wide range of social issues, including domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment, racism, and homophobia.

Mary Beth Lacey was a working-class mother of three who was determined to balance the demands of her job with the needs of her family. She was tough, no-nonsense, and fiercely independent. Christine Cagney, on the other hand, was single and career-driven, often putting her job ahead of her personal life. She was confident, assertive, and always ready to take on a challenge. Despite their differences, the two women formed a strong bond over their shared experiences as police officers and became close friends.

Throughout the series, Lacey and Cagney worked together to solve crimes and bring criminals to justice. They faced numerous challenges and obstacles along the way, but they always managed to come out on top. They also had to deal with the sexism and discrimination they faced from their male colleagues, who often underestimated their abilities and tried to hold them back. However, Lacey and Cagney refused to let this stop them and continued to prove themselves as capable and skilled police officers.

One of the defining features of Cagney & Lacey was its commitment to addressing social issues that were often ignored by other shows at the time. The show tackled controversial topics that were considered taboo on television, such as same-sex relationships, abortion, and drug addiction. Its willingness to address these issues head-on made it a trailblazer in the genre and garnered critical acclaim for its honest and nuanced portrayal of complex social issues.

The show was also known for its strong supporting cast, which included Michael Fairman as Lt. Knelman, Carl Lumbly as Detective Mark Petrie, and Martin Kove as Detective Isbecque. These characters added depth and complexity to the show's storylines, providing a wider perspective on the world of law enforcement.

Cagney & Lacey was beloved by audiences and critics alike, winning numerous awards over the course of its run, including two Emmy Awards for Best Drama Series. Its frank depiction of social issues and its portrayal of strong, capable women in law enforcement made it a cultural touchstone and a feminist icon.

In conclusion, Cagney & Lacey was a groundbreaking police procedural drama that tackled a wide range of social issues and showcased the talents of its talented female leads. Its commitment to addressing controversial topics set it apart from other shows of its era and made it a trailblazer in the genre. It remains a beloved classic to this day, and its impact on television and popular culture cannot be overstated.

Cagney & Lacey is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (139 episodes). The series first aired on March 26, 1982.

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A Fair Shake (2)
22. A Fair Shake (2)
May 16, 1988
Chris and Mary Beth wrap up the investigation into the stolen $100 million dollars, and get a great surprise at its conclusion.
A Fair Shake (1)
21. A Fair Shake (1)
May 16, 1988
A plea bargain over a missing $100,000 from a bank sends Cagney and Lacey upstate in search of its president, and of another $100 million.
A Fair Shake, Part 1
21. A Fair Shake, Part 1
May 16, 1988
Lacey's plans to accompany Harvey to Florida for a contractors' convention are sidetracked.
A Fair Shake Part 1
21. A Fair Shake Part 1
May 16, 1988
A plea bargain over a missing $100,000 from a bank sends Cagney and Lacey upstate in search of its president, and of another $100 million.
20. Yup
May 2, 1988
A Wall Street success with friends high on the police command chain is robbed, creating additional pressure to solve the case quickly. Meanwhile, Harvey Jr. visits home.
Friendly Fire
19. Friendly Fire
April 5, 1988
Christine's date-rape case against Brad Potter goes to trial. Meanwhile, Harvey Lacey, Jr. disappears from his Marine training.
18. Amends
March 29, 1988
In a case of friendly fire, an officer is accidentally shot by Thornton.
Button, Button
17. Button, Button
March 22, 1988
The girlfriend of a murdered federal witness asks for help finding his killer. Meanwhile, one of Alice Lacey's classmates has AIDS.
A Class Act
16. A Class Act
March 15, 1988
The theft of a valuable painting sends the detectives to upscale galleries, hoping to find out where it went. Christine realizes Nick is the opposite of David.
Land of the Free
15. Land of the Free
February 23, 1988
When a refugee from El Salvador is slain, different people give wildly different opinions of the life he led to Chris and Mary Beth during their investigation. Meanwhile, Chris meets a friendly, handsome plumber at AA.
School Daze
14. School Daze
February 16, 1988
Chris and Mary Beth have very different attitudes at a mandatory refresher for their precinct at the police academy.
Hello Goodbye
13. Hello Goodbye
February 9, 1988
David Keeler proposes marriage to Christine.
Shadow of a Doubt
12. Shadow of a Doubt
January 26, 1988
An undercover operation at a computer manufacturer is jeopardized when Chris fails the company's random drug test.
Trading Places
11. Trading Places
January 19, 1988
Chris is disappointed when she's passed over to fill in during Lt. Samuels' vacation. Harvey assists in a case involving kickbacks at a construction site.
Old Flames
10. Old Flames
January 12, 1988
Harvey, Jr. stuns his parents on his 18th birthday by announcing he's enlisting with the Marines.
Don't I Know You?
9. Don't I Know You?
January 5, 1988
It's a case of 'he said/she said' when Christine claims to have been date-raped--while her date claims the sex was consensual--and she finds her story doubted because she didn't attempt to use her gun to defend herself.
8. Secrets
November 23, 1987
Chris finally gets to work on the Major Task Force, and immediately is faced with finding out who the turncoat is in their midst.
7. Greed
November 16, 1987
Chris and Mary Beth go uncercover as game show contestants to investigate a rigging accusation.
Video Verite
6. Video Verite
November 9, 1987
A missing music video may be linked to drugs. Chris' niece visits, with aspirations of becoming an actress in New York.
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
5. You've Come a Long Way, Baby
October 26, 1987
Cagney and Lacey go undercover on streetcorners to investigate a rash of middle-aged prostitute murders. Isbecki is thrilled to discover his new partner is a woman.
Different Drummer
4. Different Drummer
October 19, 1987
An eccentric, older woman who claims she's a witch is getting in the way of a lucrative real estate deal.
Loves Me Not
3. Loves Me Not
October 5, 1987
David Keeler defends Mary Beth after the community demands a Civilian Review Board investigate her role in a neighborhood dispute. Det. Petrie is promoted to Sergeant.
The City is Burning
2. The City is Burning
September 28, 1987
When Det. Corassa's gun is linked to the slaying of a black youth in a white section of town, the negro community suspects a cover-up.
No Vacancy
1. No Vacancy
September 21, 1987
Cagney and Lacey's guarding of a mentally ill witness is complicated by his refusal to take his medication.
Where to Watch Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cagney & Lacey on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, FuboTV, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 26, 1982
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (4,885)