- Awesome Music: The theme song (actually the show's second theme song) written by Bill Conti. Dig those saxes!
- Harsher in Hindsight: The episode where Judith Barsi plays an abuse victim, becomes this after her murder at the hands of her abusive father.
- Ho Yay: The major reason for the Executive Meddling to replace Meg Foster with Sharon Gless. Meg was seen as very "butch" as was Tyne Daly. They were, "Too tough, too hard and not feminine. We perceived them as dykes." So Foster was replaced with the more traditionally feminine Gless; it didn't destroy the illusion. Cagney and Lacey had and continues to have a huge lesbian following. Both stars frequently fielded questions about their sexuality during the show's run, and for many years thereafter.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- The first Cagney, Meg Foster, would later become a lackey for Skeletor and his attempted conquest of Eternia and Earth.
- Hm. So that's why Mama Westen is so badass.
- One of the other detectives in the precinct runs a karate dojo where he tells his students "Mercy is for the weak."
- His partner also helped Sydney Bristow and formed the Justice League.
- In addition, the precinct's desk sergeant is Tripper Harrison's boss.
- This also applies to people working off camera as well. Series producer Terry Louise Fisher later went on to co-create L.A. Law alongside Steven Bochco.
- Da Chief is the King Of Kensington.
- Juan Epstein is a cop!
- Saved by the Fans: A letter-writing campaign resurrected the show from a 1983 cancellation.
YMMV / Cagney & Lacey