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31 October 2009


Allen Young

I was very pleased and amused to see this review of the Cagney and Lacey videos. I enjoyed the program very much when it was on TV, and I did not even know there were feature-length movies afterwards, so I am going to look for them on Netflix. I'm not sure it's included in these films, but Cagney's struggle with alcoholism and recovery -- something fairly new for TV -- was important in the original TV show and I wonder how that was dealt with in the follow-up series. I was tickled by Katz's use of the term "nearly butch" for Sharon Gless. I would like to add that many, many viewers were pleased to see Sharon Glass play the very interesting and "over the top" role of Debbie, the PFLAG mom, in the series "Queer as Folk." I thought she was very brave to say "yes" to that part, and I hope she had a blast working on the series. Also, I am among many gay men who are grateful because she added not only talent but prestige to the controversial series.

Laura Tillem

Gless is wonderful in Burn Notice, so adorable that they had to increase her part after the first season.

Sue Katz

Allen, I totally agree that C&L broke a lot of ground - not only on substance, but also on the whole form of cop shows. The interviews were particularly revealing about that.
Laura, how great to see you turn up on my blog! I haven't seen Burn Notice - where is it shown?

Laura Tillem

http://www.usanetwork.com/series/burnnotice/ It's not great but I find it quite enjoyable.

eleanor roffman

thanks for posting this. it brings back fond memories of having a show i watched weekly. the fact that they are menopausal seems background to the actual issues. they are women in menopause rather than menopausal women (this stage of life not being all that defines them).

Sue Katz

The title is very annoying and there are other things one learns from the interviews about the obstacles put in their way when they were doing rather revolutionary things on the series. You put it very well, though, Eleanor - as always.

Gema Gray

Being a young teenager in the Cagney & Lacey years these women were my role models for modern, professional, strong, women. But they were human and "real" too. I had loved Charlie's Angels as a younger child but I always knew they lived a fantasy world. These two lived in the real world with real problems and real dilemmas, arguments and disagreements. The cases they were working were simply a foil to explore their personalities. Many shows do this now, but back then they were among the first to go beyond the good guys getting the bad guys.

Thanks for the nostalgia Katz.


Sue, your readers may be interested to know that Cagney & Lacey now has an official website at www.cagneyandlacey.com and that Sharon also has an official website (www.sharongless.com) linking to some of her other projects - such as a new play, based on Jane Juska's book of the same name, which opens in San Francisco in Jan 2010 with a limited run. For further details please see www.aroundheeledwoman.com


I felt I grew up with so many strong female tv characters which included Cagney and Lacey. I loved the fact that Cagney lived in a kewl loft apt and had different dates and spoke her mind. I always felt like Lacey life seemed claustrophobic but they made such a great pair.

Samanta shilly

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Chris Parker

I already read that on EdgeBoston pages and I enjoyed reading it now.
I like your words;
Details about menopause: http://menopauseandweight.com/articles/ Thanks again

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