Cagney & Lacey
Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney are teamed up as NYPD police detectives. Their opposing personalities (one is tough and the other sensitive) mesh to make this one of the great crime-fighting duos of all time.
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Season 1CBS All Access | Rent or Buy
S01 E02Apr 1, 1982
Bang, Bang, You're Dead (aka You Call This Plain Clothes?) Apr 1, 1982 The detectives again go undercover as prostitutes
S01 E03Apr 8, 1982
Pop Used to Work Chinatown Apr 8, 1982 The first appearance of Dick O'Neill as Charlie Cagney. The case occurs in Chinatown, where Charlie just happened to work, so he helps out. This is the episode where Lacey shoots and kills a fleeing perp.
S01 E04Apr 15, 1982
Beyond the Golden Door Apr 15, 1982 An illegal immigrant is murdered, and the trail leads to a large racket in modern-day slave trading.
S01 E06Apr 29, 1982
Suffer the Children Apr 29, 1982 C&L are assigned to protect a feminist, only not a Gloria Steinem type, but a Phyllis Schlafy type. This episode was very controversial, and several stations refused to run it.
Season 2CBS All Access | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Oct 25, 1982
Witness to An Incident Oct 25, 1982 One of the uniforms accidentally kills a civilian, mistaking him for a perp. C&L both see it, but they have very different recollections of the event. Marquette and Samuels pressure Lacey to agree with Cagney, but you know how stubborn she is. The bad guy is a crewman on a foreign ship, and it ends with a chase on the ship.
S02 E02Nov 1, 1982
One of Our Own Nov 1, 1982 A uniform cop is shot in a restaurant. The assumption is that the cop was shot because he knew too much, but it was actually mistaken identity. The B story is that the precinct is going to field a softball team. Of course, Cagney wants to play and drags Lacey along. Isbecki is the captain and tries to keep them out but eventually has to allow them in when he learns that the team must include both men and women
S02 E03Nov 8, 1982
Beauty Burglars Nov 8, 1982 A group of baddies is preying on wealthy patrons of beauty shops. They get into these shops by pretending to be policemen. C&L get to head up the task force, and Cagney befriends one of the victims
S02 E04Nov 15, 1982
High Steel Nov 15, 1982 A construction worker falls to his death, and everyone thinks it's an accident, including Isbecki, who lets the ladies take over the case. You see, Harvey knew the fellow, and he thinks there's something funny. It turns out that the victim was on the take, and Harvey and Mary Beth go out to the construction site to inspect first hand.
S02 E05Nov 22, 1982
Hot Line Nov 22, 1982 A group of unrelated stranglings has the NYPD very worried. Turns out all the women work for telephone erotic hotlines. There's a very funny scene where C&L go to investigate and the hotline manager thinks they're looking for work.
S02 E06Nov 29, 1982
Internal Affairs Nov 29, 1982 The 14th precinct has an informer in its midst. The undercover agents working on a truck hijacking are getting exposed. IAD ""asks"" C&L to investigate, since they're ""outsiders."" When Cagney refuses, the IAD lieutenant smirkily tells her that Charlie was on the take when he was a cop. All they turn up is that LaGuardia has a girlfriend and Samuels is seeing aa psychiatrist because of the effect of his divorce.
Season 3CBS All Access | Rent or Buy
S03 E01Mar 19, 1984
Matinee Mar 19, 1984 A wealthy Westchester housewife is found dead in the city. Since Cagney comes from a well- off family in Westchester, we get to learn a little bit about her background. The ""B"" story is that Samuels' son David gets arrested for car theft, and relations between the two are very strained
S03 E02Mar 26, 1984
A Killer's Dozen Mar 26, 1984 The uniforms are on strike, and the detectives must wear uniforms and go back on the street, all the while solving the case of the ""Don Juan Strangler."" This is the first episode in which Cagney plays poker.
S03 E03Apr 16, 1984
Victimless Crime Apr 16, 1984 The ladies happen on a porno movie filming, and the next day the leading man dies. The female star would make a great witness, but she doesn't want to talk
S03 E04Apr 23, 1984
The Bounty Hunter Apr 23, 1984 This time it's clear who the bad guy is. But he's being pursued for bail jumping by a bounty hunter. The bounty hunter not only has a legal right, if he can find him, but he makes a point of irritating Cagney.
S03 E05Apr 30, 1984
Baby Broker Apr 30, 1984 When an abandoned infant is turned in, C&L go to work on a baby-broker scheme. The baby is deaf, and Mary Beth wants to take it home for child #3. (This was shown before Tyne Daly's pregnancy.) In the B plot, Cagney is dating a glamorous playwright, but he doesn't think much of her career.
S03 E06May 7, 1984
Partners May 7, 1984 Cagney gets show by a bad guy early in the episode. Not to worry, she solves the case from her hospital bed. She has to, because Mary Beth gets stuck with a real dweeb as a replacement. In a role reversal, Mary Beth is the ""hot dog"" and the guy is only interested in getting home on time
Season 4CBS All Access | Rent or Buy
S04 E01Oct 15, 1984
Child Witness Oct 15, 1984 A little girl appears to have been molested by her babysitter, but the girl's father doesn't want her to testify, not because he's a bad guy, but because he doesn't want her to face a trial
S04 E03Oct 29, 1984
Insubordination Oct 29, 1984 Dory McKenna is back, rehabilitated from cocaine, and C&L again get to assist him. Meanwhile, Samuels must deal with a former subordinate who is now a captain and wants to ""improve"" the 14th Precinct.
S04 E04Nov 5, 1984
Old Debts Nov 5, 1984 A cop killer has just been paroled. C&L have to guard him for only a little while, but of course he gets killed on their shift. This was a popular killing, but the ladies don't like anybody messing with them, so they track down the killer.
S04 E05Nov 12, 1984
Fathes and Daughters Nov 12, 1984 Both the wife and daughter confess to a killing, but they can't both have done it. ADA Feldberg has a great time sarcastically pointing out how two confessions are not better than one
S04 E06Nov 19, 1984
Taxicab Murders Nov 19, 1984 This is the only episode with the title displayed. The cabbies of New York are disappearing, and the detectives drive shifts to find the killer. This so worries Michael Lacey that he runs off to Christine's to get reassurance.
Season 5CBS All Access | Rent or Buy
S05 E01Sep 30, 1985
On the Street Sep 30, 1985 A teenager has run away from her wealthy home, preferring prostitution to Princeton. Cagney and Lacey need her to testify against her pimp
S05 E02Oct 7, 1985
Ordinary Hero Oct 7, 1985 Cagney and Lacey have no trouble with a case, thanks to their star witness. Alas, he's an illegal alien, who can only stay in the country until the trial ends. When the baddy takes a plea bargain, the witness and family are going to be deported
S05 E03Oct 21, 1985
The Psychic Oct 21, 1985 A psychic is hired to find a missing woman (hired by the family of the woman). Cagney senses trouble.
S05 E04Oct 28, 1985
Lottery Oct 28, 1985 After the New York State Lottery has paid out millions, here comes another ticket. Somebody has a fake, but who? In the B story, Harvey and Mary Beth must face an IRS audit
S05 E05Nov 4, 1985
Entrapment Nov 4, 1985 Cagney and Lacey try to nail drug dealer Mansfield. But their case rests on Chris' unsubstantiated conversation with him. Mary Beth would rather go bowling than lie, but she has to stick up for Chris.
S05 E06Nov 11, 1985
The Clinic Nov 11, 1985 Cagney and Lacey escort a poor Latina to an abortion clinic, as she's afraid to run the gauntlet of protestors. When the clinic is firebombed and someone dies, it becomes murder. When the baddy is discovered, Lacey points out that since she's pregnant, attacking her is just like killing a baby. This was a controversial episode, not shown by every affiliate.
Season 6CBS All Access | Rent or Buy
S06 E01Sep 29, 1986
Schedule One Sep 29, 1986 Detective Newman is just walking down the street, celebrating a successful collar, when he is shot down. A cop killed is always taken very seriously.
S06 E02Oct 6, 1986
Culture Clash Oct 6, 1986 An Islamic girl from a very devout family wants to be more American. No arranged marriage for her; she'd rather go to Malibu.When she turns up dead, Cagney and Lacey must face her angry family. They're also being considered for a very select task force that Cagney sees as her path to sta
S06 E03Oct 20, 1986
Sorry, Right Number Oct 20, 1986 Lacey and Isbecki are trapped in an elevator. Of course it's the hottest day of the year, and Victor is claustrophobic. The episode also features character actor Stanley Kamel as Det. Solomon
S06 E04Oct 27, 1986
Disenfranchised (aka Incest) Oct 27, 1986 (Also given to me as ""Incest."") A girl says that their father is molesting the younger daughter, who is too young to testify. How does she know? Because she was molested herself. Cagney and Lacey get the children away from their parents, but have to split up the girls to do so.
S06 E05Nov 3, 1986
Role Call Nov 3, 1986 In a self-referential show, the 14th is visited by a TV star, ""Detective Deedee,"" who has permission from the brass to learn how real policemen work. She especially wants to learn from Cagney and Lacey.
S06 E06Nov 10, 1986
The Zealot Nov 10, 1986 An assistant D.A. has devoted his entire career to prosecuting child pornography. When he turns up dead, Cagney (who would have liked to have gotten to know him better) thinks one of those scuzzy pornographers had killed him.
S06 E07Nov 24, 1986
The Marathon Nov 24, 1986 The 14th precinct has to help support the annual New York City marathon. One of the (white) runners is from South Africa, and is facing death threats if she runs. Cagney and Lacey are assigned to talk her out of running but if they can't, then they must protect her.
Season 7CBS All Access | Rent or Buy
S07 E01Sep 21, 1987
No Vacancy Sep 21, 1987 Cagney and Lacey have another star witness who needs special treatment. This one is a schizophrenic, although not too bad if he takes his medication. But, of course, he doesn't.
S07 E02Sep 28, 1987
The City is Burning Sep 28, 1987 Corassa's gun is used to kill a black kid who just happens to be in a white section of town. The black community alleges coverup. This is based on a real-life incident.
S07 E03Oct 5, 1987
Loves Me Not Oct 5, 1987 Petrie gets his promotion to sergeant and leaves the show (Carl Lumbly wanted out). Lacy interferes in a neighborhood dispute and her enraged neighbors call for a Civilian Review Board. David Keeler (back in Chris' good graces) comes to the rescue
S07 E04Oct 19, 1987
Different Drummer Oct 19, 1987 There's an older woman who acts strange, burns incense, and claims to be a witch. Is she? Or is she merely lonely and poor and standing in the way of higher real estate prices?
S07 E05Oct 26, 1987
You've Come a Long Way, Baby Oct 26, 1987 Mature"" prostitutes are getting bumped off, so our heroines go undercover to investigate. Merry Clayton joins the cast as Detective Verna Dee Jordan. Isbecki just adores having a woman partner.
S07 E06Nov 9, 1987
Video Verite Nov 9, 1987 A valuable music video has been stolen, and there's some suspicious white powder about. In the meantime, Cagney's niece Bridget again visits, trying to carve out a career as a New York actress