What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
  • Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Cagney and Lacey – 80s Police TV Series

Cagney & Lacey is a 80s police procedural drama television series that aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from March 25, 1982, to May 16, 1988. The show is about two New York City police detectives: Christine Cagney (Sharon Gless) a career-minded single woman, and Mary Beth Lacey (Tyne Daly) a married working mother.

Cagney and Lacey
Cagney and Lacey


Tyne Daly as Detective Mary Beth Lacey
Meg Foster as Detective Chris Cagney (1982)
Sharon Gless as Detective Chris Cagney (1982-1988)
Al Waxman as Lt. Bert Samuels
Carl Lumbly as Detective Mark Petrie
Martin Kove as Detective Victor Isbecki
Jason Bernard as Detective Paul La Guardia (192-1985)
Harvey Atkin as Desk Sergeant Ronald Coleman
John Karlen as Harvey Lacey
Tony La Torre as Harvey Lacey Jr.
Troy Slaten as Michael Lacey

Series Run

First Telecast: March 25, 1982
Last Telecast: August 25, 1988

Broadcast History

March 1982- April 1982, CBS, Thursday 9:00-10:00pm
October 1982- September 1983, CBS, Monday 10:00-11:00pm
March 1984- December 1987, CBS, Monday 10:00-11:00pm
January 1988- April 1988, CBS, Tuesday 10:00-11:00pm
April 1988- June 1988, CBS, Monday 10:00-11:00pm
June 1988- August 1988, CBS, Thursday 10:00-11:00pm


The show is about two New York City police detectives who lead very different lives: Christine Cagney (Sharon Gless) is a career-minded single woman, while Mary Beth Lacey (Tyne Daly) is a married working mother. The series is set in a fictionalized version of Manhattan’s 14th Precinct (known as “Midtown South”). The pilot movie had Loretta Swit in the role of Cagney, while the first six episodes had Meg Foster in the role. When the show was revived for a full season run, Gless portrayed the role for six consecutive years. Each year during that time, one of the two lead actresses won the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama (four wins for Daly, two for Gless), a winning streak matched only once since in any major category by a show.

More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cagney_%26_Lacey

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