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Cagney and Lacey TV Show

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This 80's TV show features the personal and professional adventures of two female New York policewomen, Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney, struggling to do their jobs on a male-dominated police force.

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TV Show Plot For Cagney and Lacey

The Cagney and Lacey crime drama is credited as a groundbreaking show which paved the way for leading roles for women on TV. The show was also hearalded for it's often controversial story plots, particularly those episodes dealing with women's issues such as rape, abortion, and breast cancer.

Most episodes of Cagney and Lacey dealt with the recurring problems of the two women in the male dominated criminal justice profession. Each episode also featured crimes which were related to some topical social problems.

Cagney and Lacey creators Barbara Avedon and Barbara Corday took seven years, from 1974 to 1981, to get the original made-for-TV movie to television. The movie was highly rated and eventually led to the series in 1982.

The Cagney & Lacey series aired a total of 125 episodes on CBS from 1982-88.

Cast of Cagney and Lacey TV Show

Tyne Daly - Det. Mary Beth Lacey
Sharon Gless - Det. Sgt. Christine Cagney
Barry Laws - Tony
Dick O'Neill - Charlie Cagney
Beverley Faverty - Faverty
Michael Fairman - Department Inspector Knelman
Al Waxman - Lt. Bert Samuels
Paul Mantee - Det. Al Corassa
Carl Lumbly - Det. Mark Petrie
Martin Kove - Det. Victor Isbecki
Harvey Atkin - Desk Sergeant Ronald Coleman
John Karlen - Harvey Lacey
David Paymer - Todd Feldberg

Trivia for the TV Show Cagney and Lacey

Cagney & Lacey was canceled due to failing ratings at the end of the 1982-83 season. In response to viewer letters combined with improving summer rerun ratings, the network put the series back on the air in 1984.

Top 20 Ratings Info for Cagney and Lacey Series

1983-84 - 3rd Season - Ranked #10

80's TV Show Facts:

The TV Show Cagney and Lacey was televised from 03/25/1982 to 05/16/1988, on the CBS network.

Cagney and Lacey TV Show Emmy Awards:

Tyne Daly won best Lead Actress, Drama in 1982-83.

Tyne Daly won best Lead Actress, Drama in 1983-84.

Karen Arthur won best Directing, Drama for the 1984-85 episode Heat.

Tyne Daly won best Lead Actress, Drama in 1984-85.

Cagney and Lacey won best Outstanding Drama Series in 1984-85.

Patricia Green won best Writing, Drama for the 1984-85 episode Who Said It's Fair, Pt. 2.

George Stanford Brown won best Directing, Drama Series for the 1985-86 episode Parting Shots.

Sharon Gless won best Lead Actress, Drama in 1985-86.

Cagney and Lacey won best Outstanding Drama Series in 1985-86.

John Karlen won best Supporting Actor, Drama in 1985-86.

Sharon Gless won best Lead Actress, Drama in 1986-87.

Tyne Daly won best Lead Actress, Drama in 1987-88.

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