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? 

We discuss the show’s origins and controversies, its impact on American culture in the 80s and how network TV used to be the most powerful way for cutting-edge topics to enter the public conversation. Susan and Sharon also share their favorite episodes, scenes and their big love for John Karlen’s Harvey Lacey – the best TV husband ever!
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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!

Our Audio-ography

All 5 seasons of “Remington Steele” are now available on Amazon Prime and AppleTV!

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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880s 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.