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Cagney & Lacey Season One - DVD review

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 4th 2007 2:31PM

Sharon Gless & Tyne DalyBefore you get a copy of this DVD you have to do two things: Watch the TV movie with Loretta Swit as Chris Cagney, and completely forget that Meg Foster ever played the part at all.

The DVD collection of the first season of Cagney & Lacey contains no episodes featuring Meg Foster. This comes as little surprise considering all the drama that accompanied getting C&L on the air in the first place.

As with most DVD collections, this one is really only for original fans of the show. The picture quality has been improved very little, if at all, and the episodes are dripping with '80s cop drama earmarks, but still you can't ignore the groundbreaking plot lines. Aside from the daily struggle Christine & Mary Beth face as female detectives, there are also episodes about drug abuse, date rape and struggles with alcoholism that, for the time, were incredibly ground breaking.

Sadly, the DVD has almost no special features. The one it does have, however, is an interesting and revealing two-part featurette chronicling the struggle to get the show on the air and keep it on. Interviews with Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly, Barney Rosenzweig, Gloria Steinem and many others give revealing glances into how important this show was and how much it changed the landscape of television.

If you are a fan of Cagney & Lacey then do not hesitate to buy this DVD.

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