A ground-breaking show that re-defined its genre, Cagney and Lacey was something entirely new: a cop show featuring two strong and intelligent female detectives, with real lives and real problems--ordinary women doing ext... more »raordinary jobs. Now recognized as a true classic, this remarkable show tackles poignant social issues and explores the human side of hard-boiled detective work. Starring Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as one of the most compelling detective duos of all time, this Emmy Award-winning drama is landmark television at its finest.« less
Finally, a US DVD Release of a Landmark Police Show
E. Hornaday | Lawrenceville, NJ United States | 02/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This four-disc set represents the first and long-overdue U.S. DVD release of the landmark police drama Cagney & Lacey.
This remarkable series, which dealt with controversial social topics, ended up being quite controversial on its own. It began with a pilot in 1981 starring Loretta Swit and Detective Christine Cagney, and Tyne Daly as her partner, Detective Mary Beth Lacey. When the show debuted as a series the following year on CBS, Cagney was portrayed by Meg Foster while Daly reprised her role. The show suffered poor ratings and Foster only last six episodes. She was replaced by Sharon Gless in the pivotal role of Cagney, while Daly remained in unforgettable portrayal of Lacey. It was widely reported that Foster's portrayal of the very tough Cagney along with Daly as a second woman lead, was making viewers uncomfortable that Cagney might be gay. Officially, the network explained Foster's replacement by saying they feared viewers might have trouble "telling the two leads apart."
Ratings remained low and the show was cancelled after only one season, but the saga was far from over. An unprecedented outpouring by fans who worked tirelessly to bring the show back on the air was rewarded by its return in 1984. It finally went off the air in 1988 after 125 series episodes, while four reunion movies followed.
The 22 of the first season episodes featuring Gless and Daly are on this set, along with a new two-part documentary about the show.
Cagney & Lacey redefined gender roles in TV dramas. Now, it hardly seems possible that a series starring two women leads would be a pioneer in overcoming the glass ceiling that prevented women from obtaining untraditional jobs, but it was. While another groundbreaking cop show, Police Woman, starring Angie Dickinson, should also be lauded, it was Cagney & Lacey that went much further in focusing the series spotlight on two professional women, and dealt directly with the sexism that they encountered among the public and within the own New York City police department. Eventually, Cagney was promoted to Detective Sergeant.
Through the years, the show also dealt with drug abuse, alcoholism, racism, rape, and balancing a home life while having a successful career. Daly was two win four Best Actress Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Lacey, while Gless won two of the coveted awards for Cagney.
The primary cast included Al Waxman as Lt. Bert Samuels, John Karlen as Harvey Lacey, Carl Lumbly as Detective Mark Petrie, Martin Kove as Detective Victor Isbecki, and Dick O'Neill as Charlie Cagney. Sidney Clute, who played Detective Paul La Guardia, was only in four episodes before passing away. Show creators and producers decided to leave his picture and name at the start of each episode for the remainder of the series as a tribute to the fine actor.
This set includes the following episodes: Witness to An Incident, One of Our Own, Beauty Burglars, High Steel, Hot Line, Internal Affairs, Mr. Lonelyhearts, Conduct Unbecoming, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Recreational Use, Hopes and Dreams, The Grandest Jewel Thief of Them All, Affirmative Action, Open and Shut Case, Jane Doe No. 37, Date Rape, Burn Out, Chop Shop, Let Them Eat Pretzels, The Gang's All There, A Cry For Help, and The Informant.
Let us hope that the remainder of the series, including the pilot and the Foster episodes, will also be released on DVD much sooner than it took for this first boxed set to be released."
It's good to have these earlier crime dramas on DVD
calvinnme | 03/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am glad that the older crime dramas such as "Hawaii Five-0", "Ironside", and now "Cagney & Lacey" are finally being put on DVD. This show was unique in that it was the first time that two basically average looking women played the leads in a TV show that was not about the fact that they were just average looking women. The show was also ground-breaking in that both detectives in the partnership were women - smart, capable women. Women had gradually been integrated into TV police forces over the 15 years prior to this series, but prior to this they were usually part of a crime-solving team such as on "Ironside". The balance in this show was not through the well-known old cop/young cop formula. Instead, both detectives were 30-something women. The contrast came in the form of their marital status and their personal situations. Lacey was married and a mother, and Cagney was single.
Technically, this is not season one of this show. There was a pilot and six episodes during the 1981-1982 season starring an actress other than Sharon Gless as Detective Christine Cagney. This DVD set contains the 22 episodes that comprised the 1982-1983 season which is technically season two."
Cagney and lacey
hooked on tivo | phoenix,az usa | 02/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"recently i purchased all of the cagney and lacey episodeds from a canadian website...watching those episode reminded me of not only how great this show was, but also how so many of the episodes are stuff that drama's deal with in 2007 this show was really ahead of its time...i loved that cagney was so career driven and mary beth was all about her family...and even though they would argue, in the end they had each others backs..it's about time that they are finally releasing season 1. and even though i just finished watching every episode including the 4 movies i can't wait to order the 1 season..cagney and lacey dealt with breast cancer,racism, rape,gay issues,drinking problems and sexual harassment at time when many shows would not go near these issue or would make light of them...but the best part of this show was the relationship between christine cagney and marybeth lacey"
John Kling | Pennington, New Jersey United States | 02/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a landmark series. I remember it being part of the CBS Monday night line-up after Newhart and Kate & Allie. Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly dominated the Emmy Awards for the entire run of the series - no other dramatic actress on TV during the 1980s could come close. The most vivid episode I recall was from season 2, I believe as Sidney Clute was still alive, called "Heat." Mary Beth is held hostage during the summer in a boxcar. Tyne was - no IS incredible! I can't say enough about this series or the two actresses."
Cagney and Lacey Season 1
Gregory Shanley | Scotland | 04/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm glad this is finally coming out but like other posts I agree this is not season 1 its season 2! I don't see why the pilot movie with Loretta Swit and Tyne Daly and more particularly the first six episodes with Meg Foster as Chris Cagney aren't included on this DVD set. I haven't seen the Meg Foster episodes for over 20 years and I'd like to see Ms Foster's performance as the feeling was she dropped because of the pressure from the network that Cagney might be thought of as gay and that Meg Foster in general,got a raw deal. The paring of Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless was of course ideal but like a lot of C AND L fans,I get annoyed that the Meg Foster episodes are being ignored."