Cagney & Lacey TV Show Overview
Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that first aired on the CBS television network in the year 1982. It ran for a total of seven full seasons from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988. The Cagney and Lacey TV series is considered to be American television’s first serious police crime drama series with two female leads. A ground-breaking achievement for the early 80’s.
As a typical police and law enforcement procedure-based series, the show starred Sharon Gless and television actress Tyne Daly as two New York City police detectives who led very different lives: Christine Cagney (Gless) was a single, career-minded type of woman, while Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) was a typical married, but working, wife and mother. Although they both led very different lifestyles, they were both dedicated and successful police detectives.
Similar to many other cop shows, the series was set in a fictionalized version of a Manhattan police precinct. This particular show was set in Manhattan’s 14th Precinct (Midtown South), which in real life is located at 357 West 35th Street.
Notable Cast Members
The show had a number of notable cast members, such as:
- Al Waxman co-starred as the cop’s supervisor, Lt. Bert Samuel
- Dan Shor joined the show’s cast from 1985 to 1986. He played detective Jonah Newman
- Dick O’Neill played a recurring role as Cagney’s alcoholic father, Charlie Cagney, a former NYPD officer who constantly showered her with stories of the old days; Christine battled alcoholism herself later in the show
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