Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey are the two New York city detectives. Two smart, tough, determined policewomen, dedicated to the 14th precinct. Fighting the chauvinism of their male fellow officers as well as crime in the tough New York streets, their personal and professional lives often colliding. Their partnership is tested when a uniform cop from the precinct kills a civilian by mistake, Cagney and Lacey both saw it but have very different recollections of the event. Internal Affairs arrive when undercover agents are exposed. Cagney and Lacey are asked to investigate as the squad come under suspicion. Everyone in the 14th precinct is looking forward to going home for Christmas. Lt. Petris' wife is expecting a baby and Christine has plans with her boyfriend. Not everyone is full of the Christmas spirit though, as even Santa is arrested. Will Lt. Samuels let everyone go home early?
Surviving the Test of Time
- Cagney and Lacey: Vol.1 review by SM
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This series stands up to the test time and in so many ways is much better than it was when it was originally on TV. It's an incredible window into the world that was the early '80s; women having a career and juggling work for the first time; the rough streets of New York city that make today's New York appear so tame in comparison and the attitudes and fashions of the time. Mary Beth and Christine could walk down the street today and almost be the height of fashion so circuitous has it become.
The drama is still brilliant with great comedy and touching moments. The crime element is gripping but easily equalled by the stories of the personal lives of the characters. No wonder this series nearly spanned the decade.