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'''''Cagney & Lacey''''' -- Two female cops, Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, [[TheyFightCrime fight crime]] in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. It was groundbreaking in its time (TheEighties); for that matter, you don't see many series like it today, either.

Was recently repeated on Creator/{{BBC}}2 on weekday afternoons. (Oct-Dec 2013, March 2014 - currently running)
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!!''Cagney & Lacey'' provides example of the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Both leads, being female cops, qualify for this trope.
* TheBigRottenApple: This was a New York that was still mired in the various troubles and squalor that defined it for most of the late 20thC. A lot of the crimes in the series related to the gang turf wars, social divisions, and the poverty inherent in the city.
* BuddyCopShow
* CopShow
* ChaseScene
* DirtyHarriet
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Christine apparently drives like this, mainly we just get to see Mary Beth's reaction shots from inside the car though due to the budget.
* TheEighties
* EightiesHair: Especially obvious in the first season opening, when they go undercover as hookers.
* EntitledToHaveYou: "Rules of the Game" introduces a high-flying Detective Captain decides that he's entitled to have Chris after she engages in some (very) mild flirting. He threatens her career and even her job itself if she turns him down. He thinks that mild-flirting means that Christine doesn't have the right to turn him down.
* GoodCopBadCop: Regularly used, often Christine will play the bad cop, then Mary Beth will act all sweet and conciliatory. Watch out, however, if [[BewareTheNiceOnes Mary Beth plays bad cop]] because then there is trouble.
* HideYourLesbians: A constant worry of CBS was that the [[HeterosexualLifePartners two female characters]] would be perceived as lesbians -- as a result Mary Beth Lacey was married, and actress Meg Foster (playing Cagney) was replaced by Sharon Gless because she was "too aggressive and likely to be perceived as a lesbian by viewers". CBS hoped Sharon would be a more "high-class" and "feminine" Cagney, but fortunately the producers resisted this ExecutiveMeddling and kept Cagney's tough working-class character.
* LovelyAngels
* MadeForTVMovie: The pilot and ''four'' sequels (aired in the mid-1990s).
* NameAndName
* PrettyInMink: Cagney wears a fox fur coat in the second opening.
* SaltAndPepper: One of the other detective pairs, who would occasionally get ADayInTheLimelight, of Petrie and Isbecki. In contrast to the usual, the black detective, Petrie, was the firmly middle class buttoned up by-the-book cop and the white Isbecki was the streetwise rebel.
* ShirtlessScene: Given this show was for the ladies, {{Fanservice}} for them was only fair. Plus it was the best kind that TV standards at the time would allow.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Some of the tropes mentioned above, as well as the (occasional) treatment of gender roles, the presence of typewriters and rotary dial phones in the squadroom, etc. can tend to make it this.
* VerySpecialEpisode: "Rules of the Game" tackles sexual discrimination, and sexual intimidation in the workplace, when a visiting Detective Captain tries to pressure Christine into sex.
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