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I've caught a few episodes on late night THISTV channel. I forgot that Martin Kove (Kreese from Karate Kid) and Carl Lumbly co starred in this. I always liked Sharon Gless, but I thought Tyne Daly was a flake. The show is still pretty good, kind of dated, but not in a bad way.
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I watched it but not a lot. What other shows does THISTV play?
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Mostly older movies( 80's and earlier). Adams Family, The Odd Couple are a couple of tv shows. I was never a fan of the Adams Family.
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I wasn't a big fan of Addams Family either. Loved the Munsters though which have been getting some airtime here.
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Mostly older movies( 80's and earlier). Adams Family, The Odd Couple are a couple of tv shows. I was never a fan of the Adams Family.
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Sorry, don't know why that posted twice! We love the Munsters too!
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It is on tonight, Sunday, and tomorrow early morning, three episodes, starting at 11:00 pm, the last episode airs at 1:00 am. I am going to have to record the last two.😊
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It is on tonight, Sunday, and tomorrow early morning, three episodes, starting at 11:00 pm, the last episode airs at 1:00 am. I am going to have to record the last two.😊
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C&L hasn't been on for awhile, but it is supposed be on THISTv again tomorrow night starting at 11 pm eastern time. I hope to watch an episode or two, if I don't fall asleep.
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Thanks for reminding me about this show - I caught bits & pieces of C & L back in the '80's. I liked the different take on the detective/police drama.

My local library has some of the C&L DVD's - I may get some of those out to watch soon. It will be a nice trip down memory lane.

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I've seen "Cagney & Lacey" Season 1 on DVD. This is the first time I've seen most of these episodes; I didn't watch much of the show when it was originally on.

In any case, this is a great series! It actually lasted six years on it's original run, from 1982 - 1988. Here's my brief review of just this first season:

- This series is definitely more interesting & well-done than most standard police dramas from the '80's. Homelessness, kidnapping, corruption, assaults, scams, etc. are all explored here. Also, the excellent & convincing acting (especially by the two leads) really makes this "a cut above" many other series from this era.

-Nice time-capsule of early '80's NYC, which may as well be another character in the series.

-Sharon Gless really shines as Cagney. She successfully combines sexiness/femininity with a take charge, tough attitude/persona. Also impressed by her fashion style - though I've never paid much attention to women's clothes, she does a nice job of looking great at almost all times (except when she's undercover) [Wink]

-Lacey amused me, because she would always smile with her "teeth" - I was never sure if this was just something the actress did, or if it was something the character did to convey nervousness, etc. - anyway, it always struck me as funny.

-This first season specifically reminds me more of a late '70's police drama than an early '80's series (I'm guessing it was probably filmed primarily in '82). Makes perfect sense, since a lot of early '80's TV series/films have more of a '70's sensibility to them - due to coming out so close to the end of that previous decade.

-I like the contrast between the two leads; Cagney has a liberal attitude about at least some topics. Conversely, Lacey is more family oriented and, as such, much more conservative. However, despite their differences they work well together & are obviously good friends even outside of work.

-Though the show is first & foremost a drama, there are some comedic elements here as well. In a Christmas episode, the Isbecki character bragged that he was going to spend Christmas on vacation with two "twins" that he knew; Lacey got offended and said that what he was doing was "vile and disgusting" and that she didn't want to hear about this - LOL. As it turned out, however, Isbecki's mother came to the station & it turned out that he was actually spending Christmas with her, and had made the whole thing up about the fictitious "twins" - LOL.

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80's staple over here. Interesting to note; in the TV pilot Cagney was played by someone else (the actress who played 'Hot Lips' in MASH). Also, Tyne Daly (Lacey) played a rookie detective opposite Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movie 'The Enforcer' in 1976.
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quote:
Originally posted by Logan 5:
80's staple over here. Interesting to note; in the TV pilot Cagney was played by someone else (the actress who played 'Hot Lips' in MASH). Also, Tyne Daly (Lacey) played a rookie detective opposite Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movie 'The Enforcer' in 1976.

I was aware of the TV pilot with Loretta Swit, but have unfortunately never seen this. For some reason it's not on the S1 DVD set - however, you can get this on a separate, stand-alone DVD. It will be interesting to see Swit's portrayal of Cagney - after having seen the show with just Sharon Gless.

I saw "The Enforcer" years ago, and it's one of my favorite Dirty Harry movies. IIRC, there was a final confrontation on the abandoned Alcatraz prison island. You can't go wrong with any of Eastwood's '70's films!

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I think the pilot had a darker feel than the series (didn't they all?) I don't remember liking Swit as much as Gless, but that could be because she was different to the more familiar Cagney.

Eastwood + Alcatraz = win!

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I saw the pilot a few months back. I really did 't like Swit with Tyne Daly. Sharon Gless and Tyne had better chemistry as partners and friends. Sharon Gless' wardrobe was fantastic back then!
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As it turns out, there were actually two Cagney's before Sharon Gless - in addition to Loretta Swit in the pilot, the gorgeous Meg Foster (with the "cat" eyes) starred as Cagney for about 6 episodes in what I guess was the semi-official "Season 1" of the series.

I don't think these episodes have ever been available on DVD, unfortunately. I tried to watch some Youtube streams of these recently, but the quality was incredibly poor & I would consider them unwatchable - worse than most VHS rips I've seen.

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Meg Foster has a slightly cold acting style. I think I saw her episodes back in the day when the BBC repeated the whole series from the start in the early 90's, but I can't recall how she was.
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They did show the Meg Foster episodes on THISTV. I can't believe they had three actresses play Christine. Sharon Gless should have been their first choice. Maybe they thought it would go over better by casting Loretta Swit as she was a well known tv star.
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quote:
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They did show the Meg Foster episodes on THISTV. I can't believe they had three actresses play Christine. Sharon Gless should have been their first choice. Maybe they thought it would go over better by casting Loretta Swit as she was a well known tv star.

It's possible Gless wasn't even considered until after Swit & Foster filmed their episodes. I had never heard of Gless prior to C&L; conversely, Swit (and probably Foster) were already well-known by the early '80's when this series came out. However, I agree Gless fit the role much better than the other two.
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I remember the first time I saw Meg Foster was in some TV movie version of The Scarlett Letter. One of our teachers played it in class in the mid 80's.
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I wasn't that familiar with TV actors/actresses in the '70's (too young to watch much TV), and can't remember where I first saw Meg Foster. However, it looks like she was very prolific in the '70's, acting in both film & TV series:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_Foster

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Foster definitely has a special acting style. Cold, like Logan said plus those pale blue eyes make her quite unique.

I remember the first time she stared at me with those eyes back in ´88-´89 when i saw Masters of the Universe and They Live.
Cool roles both of them.

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quote:
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Foster definitely has a special acting style. Cold, like Logan said plus those pale blue eyes make her quite unique.

I remember the first time she stared at me with those eyes back in ´88-´89 when i saw Masters of the Universe and They Live.
Cool roles both of them.

Yes, Evil Lyn (Meg Foster) in the MOTU live-action film was probably the best part of the movie [Wink]

They Live was another good - but somewhat cheesy - sci-fi film from the '80's; she was great in that as well.

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