Monday, May 07, 2007

Mysteries on TV: Cagney & Lacey Season 1

Mysteries on TVTelevision series being released this week on DVD:

Cagney and Lacey Season 1Cagney & Lacey: Season 1 featured two strong and intelligent female detectives, with real lives and real problems--ordinary women doing extraordinary jobs. Sharon Gless starred as NYPD Detective Chris Cagney and Tyne Daly as her partner, Detective Mary Beth Lacey.

Sharon Gless was actually the third actress to play Chris Cagney. The pilot, a made-for-television movie, starred Loretta Swit as Cagney, but she could not continue with the series as she was contractually obligated to the producers of M*A*S*H. Meg Foster was hired to play Cagney for the series and did so for the first 6 episodes in 1982 when the series aired as a mid-season replacement. Gless replaced Foster when the series returned in the fall.

This DVD set includes the 22 episodes that aired on CBS from the 1982/1983 television season on 4 disks. It does not include either the pilot or the first 6 episodes and as a result it's rather difficult to understand why MGM chose to subtitle this release "Season 1" when it clearly isn't.

CBS cancelled Cagney & Lacey at the end of this season, but a strong letter writing campaign by viewers caused CBS to reverse its decision. The series continued to air through 1988 and was followed by 4 made-for-television movies based on the series. Cagney & Lacey was honored during its run with many Emmy Awards including 2 for best drama, 2 for Sharon Gless as best actress, and 4 for Tyne Daly as best actress.

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