In the 1980s the two toughest female cops on the box were undoubtedly Cagney and Lacey.
Only Angie Dickinson in Policewoman had made such an impact before them.
Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly were a formidable duo on the screen together, playing two very different career women between 1982-1988. Christine Cagney was a single, career-minded woman, while Mary Beth Lacey was a married working mother.
“It wasn’t Lucy and Ethel, or Laverne and Shirley,” Sharon says. “It was actually two women working and talking about how they felt about what they did.”
And Tyne adds, “It was great to get a script where the women were the heroes, not the girlfriend, not the sad-sack victim, they were the heroes.”
More recently Sharon Gless has appeared in Queer as Folk, Nip / Tuck and Burn Notice while Tyne Daly has appeared in Judging Amy and Grey’s Anatomy.