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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) Terrestrial station This TV also currently airs three reruns Sundays at 8/7 pm, 9/8 pm, & 10/9 pm Central.
!!''Cagney & Lacey'' provides example of the following tropes:

* EightiesHair: Especially obvious in the first season opening, when they go undercover as hookers.
* ActionGirl: Both leads qualify for this trope. Two female cops working as partners have to be able to handle some action.
* TheBigRottenApple: The New York City in the series is still mired in the various troubles and squalor that defined it for most of the late 20th century. A lot of the crimes in the series relates to the gang turf wars, social divisions, and the poverty inherent in the city.
* BuddyCopShow: Possibly the first example with two female cops.
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* DirtyHarriet: Both characters go undercover as prostitutes in the very first episode. Lampshaded:
-->'''Det. Lacey''': "They call these plain clothes?"
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Christine apparently drives like this, though we mainly just get to see Mary Beth's reaction shots from inside the car.
* EntitledToHaveYou: "Rules of the Game" introduces a high-flying Detective Captain who engages in some mild flirting with Chris, which makes him think that he's entitled to Chris. He threatens her career and even her job if she turns 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: The title characters.
* MadeForTVMovie: The pilot and ''four'' sequels (aired in the mid-1990s).
* NameAndName: The show's title is the names of the protagonists.
* PrettyInMink: Cagney wears a fox fur coat in the second opening.
* SaltAndPepper: One of the other detective pairs, who would occasionally get ADayInTheLimelight, of Marcus Petrie and Victor 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: They even put one of these in the title sequence with Detective Isbecki stripped to the waist. The show was not shy about having him change shirts in the middle of the squadroom or have Christine and Mary Beth walk in on him changing. Given this show was for the ladies, this {{Fanservice}} for them was only fair. Plus it was the best kind that TV standards at the time would allow.
* SoundtrackDissonance: You wouldn't expect a show with frequent {{Downer Ending}}s to have such an upbeat, cheerful theme tune. (In fact, when Bill Conti was signed to compose a new theme from season two onwards, he was specifically told to not advertise that it was for a cop show because CBS had scheduled it after a comedy[[note]]it aired for most of its run on Mondays at 10pm, after first ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' and then ''Series/DesigningWomen''[[/note]] and they didn't want to lose the audience.)
* 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.