Episode 123: “Cagney & Lacey Wrap-Up: Ain’t That the Way’

80’s TV Ladies -- Episode 23?!? Who ever thought we’d get this far?!? Susan and Sharon celebrate the finale of their first season with a wrap-up on “Cagney & Lacey.” How did a little idea about having a female “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid” buddy movie turn into a legendary TV series that spanned 7 seasons, 125 episodes and 4 two-hour TV movies?
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The Conversation

  • How Sharon Gless replaced Lynn Redgrave on “Housecalls” before replacing Meg Foster on “Cagney & Lacey”.
  • Was “Housecalls” a love connection for Sharon Gless and co-star, MASH alum Wayne Rogers? Not so much….
  • How did Cagney & Lacey reflect the real-world challenges of female cops in the 80s?
  • The night Cagney & Lacey taught America about… microwave ovens?
  • “Buckle Up, Christine!” - how a nation of police officers – and Mary Beth Lacey – finally got Cagney to click that seatbelt
  • The behind-the-scenes affairs on set between the show creator, the cinematographer and the star! 
  • That Emmy-winning scene from “Turn, Turn, Turn: Part Two” (Season 6, Episode 22)
  • Tyne Daly or Sharon Gless – who was number one on the call sheet, whose name came first in the credits -- and who came out on top…

So join Susan and Sharon as they talk cigarettes, lottery tickets -- and undercover nuns!


PLUS – Special Guest: Amy Engelhardt, the singer and composer of the 80’s TV Ladies Theme Song!


AND -- 80’s TV Ladies wishes you all a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY – with a special shout-out to a great episode of “Golden Girls”: Season 3, Episode 25 – “Mother’s Day”   

Thank you all so much for joining us on our journey through Season One of 80’s TV Ladies. We’ll be back in two weeks with Episode One of Season Two – and we can’t wait to see you there!

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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 123: “Cagney & Lacey Wrap-Up: Ain’t That the Way” Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Guest: Amy Engelhardt. Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Producer: Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2023 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.