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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: a rare female example, possibly the first.
* CopShow
* ChaseScene
* DirtyHarriet: Both characters in the very first episode. Lampshaded:
-->'''Det. Lacey''': "They call these plain clothes?"
* 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: made and set in the decade. Occasionally it shows.
* 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: the title characters, naturally.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'': "Grabme & Spacey."
-->"We're StarskyAndHutch! We want to report a robbery! Somebody stole our show and replaced us with two women detectives!"
* 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 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: 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.
* 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.
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