Cagney & Lacey

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  • TV-PG
  • 1982
  • 7 Seasons
  • 6.8  (3,829)

The 80's were a unique time in history, mainly because of the ground breaking events that took place. One aspect of the changes that could be seen were the television programs that were now being seen. Television programming underwent a transformation from its development some 40 years previous. The transformation went from shows that were pretty much whitewashed of reality or only showed the positive elements of life in the 40's and 50's and into the 60's and even early 70's. The face started changing in the 70's when you either saw some of the despair, but in a humorous way, or you saw the grit and grime of life and of course some shows simply showed how life once was. However, when the 80's came along television programming began showing all the potential aspects of life in realistic viewing. One such program that did that very well was the ground breaking police drama; Cagney and Lacey. Cagney and Lacey focused on the lives of two female New York City detectives; Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, roles played so convincingly by Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly. What made the show so unique is that it gave a realistic glimpse into the pressures and problems that female police detectives face, whether married or single. Cagney is the free spirited single woman who focuses on her job and career with dedicated vigor, while Lacey is the more down to earth wife and mother who does her job with just as much dedication, however, must between that and her family. This show goes a long way to showing the pressures that women in, what were once considered, men's jobs face the obstacles and rise to meet the challenges thrown at them, no matter what.

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Seasons
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.
Yup
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.
Amends
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.
Secrets
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.
Greed
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.
Description

The 80's were a unique time in history, mainly because of the ground breaking events that took place. One aspect of the changes that could be seen were the television programs that were now being seen. Television programming underwent a transformation from its development some 40 years previous. The transformation went from shows that were pretty much whitewashed of reality or only showed the positive elements of life in the 40's and 50's and into the 60's and even early 70's. The face started changing in the 70's when you either saw some of the despair, but in a humorous way, or you saw the grit and grime of life and of course some shows simply showed how life once was. However, when the 80's came along television programming began showing all the potential aspects of life in realistic viewing. One such program that did that very well was the ground breaking police drama; Cagney and Lacey.

Cagney and Lacey focused on the lives of two female New York City detectives; Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, roles played so convincingly by Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly. What made the show so unique is that it gave a realistic glimpse into the pressures and problems that female police detectives face, whether married or single. Cagney is the free spirited single woman who focuses on her job and career with dedicated vigor, while Lacey is the more down to earth wife and mother who does her job with just as much dedication, however, must between that and her family.

This show goes a long way to showing the pressures that women in, what were once considered, men's jobs face the obstacles and rise to meet the challenges thrown at them, no matter what.

Cagney & Lacey is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (135 episodes). The series first aired on March 26, 1982.

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 Amazon, Apple TV and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    March 26, 1982
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (3,829)