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In my house, John Leonard began in his New York magazine review, of December 1994, Cagney & Lacey was to prime time what The Golden Notebook had been to modern novels and modern marriage: street-smart feminism: politics and friendship; therapy on the barricades; brains on a rampage. Before Doris Lessing, we had never heard women talk like that in fiction. Before Cagney & Lacey, we d never seen them act like that on television. Without Chris and Mary Beth, Thelma and Louise would not have been imaginable. And so it s a joy to have them back... Mr. Leonard concluded his review with the cogent observation, older, thicker, smarter, wrinkled and not the least bit apologetic about it.

As the producer of the original series and these reunion films, there is not much I care to add ... except perhaps this: most professional analysts of these films invariably make some reference to the fact that during the series six years on the air, no other actress...NOT ONE... only Tyne Daly or Sharon Gless... would win the EMMY for Best Dramatic Actress in a television series. These movies seemed to serve as a reminder to those commentators as to why that was.

Inside this package you will also find some history excerpted from my memoir "Cagney & Lacey... and Me". along with some other observations about the four reunion films made in the mid-1990s each here on separate discs.. The films herein, individually labeled Cagney & Lacey: The Return, Cagney & Lacey: Together Again, Cagney & Lacey: The View From The Glass Ceiling and Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions. Collectively they were all lovingly known as Cagney & Lacey: The Menopause Years.

Review

I consider Cagney & Lacey the best show on television , January 16, 1988 --Gloria Steinem, TV Guide, 1.16.88

...older, thicker, smarter, wrinkled and not the least bit apologetic about it --John Leonard, New York Magazine

Cagney & Lacey became the prism though which all other dramas with women would be viewed, upheld as a social document of professional women s lives in the late 20th century --Boston Globe

Special Features

Extras include text essays on the back of the four separate DVD cases and box itself by producer Barney Rosenzweig, who also does an on-camera interview on DVD 1.  Gless, Daly and co-creator (with writing partner Barbara Avedon) Barbara Corday also show up in on camera interviews on DVDs 2, 3 & 4 respectively.  Each lasts about 20 minutes average.


Product Details

  • Actors: Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly, James Naughton, John Karlen
  • Directors: James Frawley...The Return, Reza Badiyi..Together Again, John Patterson...The View Through the Glass Ceiling, Lynn Litman..True Convictions
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: S'more Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 380 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DORHR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The DVDs are good quality.
BILLY
The team of Christine Cagney, portrayed brilliantly by Sharon Gless, and Mary Beth Lacey, portrayed equally well by Tyne Daly, hardly need any introduction.
E. Hornaday
I will buy the whole series when they start releasing them.
Joanne Vaillancourt

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on June 18, 2009
Format: DVD
Cagney and Lacey are back - my favorite female police partners return in this four-disc boxed set featuring all of their reunion movies on DVD for the first time.

The team of Christine Cagney, portrayed brilliantly by Sharon Gless, and Mary Beth Lacey, portrayed equally well by Tyne Daly, hardly need any introduction. Co-starring in Cagney & Lacey during the 1980's, the women portrayed two women detectives fighting crime and sexism in the New York City Police Department.

In doing so, Cagney & Lacey redefined gender roles in TV dramas. Now, it hardly seems possible that a series starring two women leads would not only be controversial, but a true pioneer in challenging the sexism that prevented women from obtaining untraditional jobs, but it was. While another groundbreaking cop show of that era, Police Woman, starring Angie Dickinson, should also be lauded, it was Cagney & Lacey that went much further in focusing the series spotlight on two professional women, and dealt directly with the sexism that they encountered among the public and within the own New York City police department.

The series went off the air in 1988, after 125 series episodes. Four reunion movies followed, and are collected here on DVD for the first time: Cagney Lacey: The Return, 1994; Cagney & Lacey: Together Again, 1995; Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling, 1995; and Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions, 1996.

"Inside this package you will also find some history excerpted from my memoir `Cagney & Lacey... and Me,' along with some other observations about the four reunion films," said Barney Rosenzweig, creator-producer of the series and the movies. Rosenzweig is also married in real-life to Sharon Gless.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By V. K. Manglaveras on July 15, 2009
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I don't understand why after season 1 we get the post tv movies and not season 2. can someone explain this to me ?
It's great to have the series finale but we want all the remaining seasons to be released as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pageturner in NYC on October 14, 2009
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Whats amazing about these four TV movies is how they retain the feeling of the original TV show. Each film feels like a slightly extended TV episode (and that's a compliment!). Just like the wonderful series, there is a central mystery to each but the REAL focus and power is in the the lives of Cagney and Lacey. The writers wisely chose to remain faithful to the TV show and not try to change a winning format just because they had more time to tell the story. These four films were made when several other TV shows were being brought back to TV in reocurring TV movie formats (like Columbo, The Rockford Files and Perry Mason). Its a shame that C&L was treated so badly when CBS changed presidents and after very impressive reviews and ratings, the second two TV movies were dumped in bad time slots with no advance advertising. Each film contains a newly-produced 20-minute interview that offers fascinating, affectionate, and brutally honest recollections by Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, producer Barney Rosenweitz and creator Barbara Corday. You can't go wrong purchasing this DVD set. Remember that your purchase shows there is an interest in bringing the complete series to DVD. So, make your purchase in the hopes of guaranteeing their release!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ken in Ohio on January 18, 2011
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I bought this box set of Cagney & Lacey for my wife who was a big fan of the series when it was on. However, we both really enjoyed all four T.V. movies that came in this set. As a side note, the movie "The Return" which is sold seperately, is included in this box set. I didn't know that before purcahse, and bought it seperately also. Oh well, theres a tip for the next person..... We own season one of the T.V. series on DVD also and wish they would come out with additional seasons. I don't understand why they aren't out yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cagney & Lacey's WebSquad on July 19, 2011
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For all Amazon customers who bought and love these DVDs but have been asking about the DVD release of the full 125 episodes of the original series - you can help achieve this! Head on over to the official Cagney & Lacey website at www[dot]cagneyandlacey[dot]com and complete the survey which - if sufficient customers respond - will be used to try to persuade MGM to release all 125 episodes on DVD! Thanks! Cagney & Lacey's WebSquad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gardendor on January 30, 2010
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I truly enjoyed the 4 movies that are sequals to the TV Drama Cagney & Lacey. They all were up to par to the excellence that characterized Cagney and Lacey week after week while it ran on TV. And the extra features, which are commentary by producer Barney Rosenswieg as well as Sharon Gless & Tyne Daly was interesting Being female and having had worked as a law enforcement officer, I related to more than the pertinent issues this show presented. When they cancelled Cagney & Lacey, I felt a big hole left in the small screen. That is until the cable channels started producing quality TV Drama again. I suppose it would be no surprise to those who know me that my current favorite in this genre is THE CLOSER.

And now something aimed at Amazon. When are we going to see the rest of the seasons for Cagney & Lacey up for sale @ Amazon? What is taking sooooooooo long?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Malone on November 19, 2009
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I look forward to the other complete seasons but the movies are a nice bookend companion for Season 1 until then. The principal stars are excellent but I agree with other reviewers who note that the films (and the television series) were also enhanced by the superb performance of John Karlen. John is a very underrated actor but his career has spanned from early 1960's television through his signature role as Willie Loomis on Dark Shadows (1966-1971) to many great film characters in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. Check out his listing on IMBb and watch for, purchase, or borrow any of his television performances and films. You will rarely be disappointed.
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