Smart and sexy, tough and brassy. Meet Sergeant Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson, LAPD's top undercover cop. A member of the Criminal Conspiracy Unit, Pepper works the wild side of the street, where she poses as everything from a gangster's moll to a streetwalker to a prison inmate. Join Golden Globe-winner Angie Dickinson and guest stars Cathy Rigby, Larry Hagman, Pat Morita, Bob Crane and Philip Michael Thomas for 22 episodes and the 2 hour pilot of explosive crime-fighting action and excitement in POLICE WOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.
After holding her own opposite heavy hitters like Frank Sinatra (Ocean's Eleven) and Lee Marvin (Point Blank), Angie Dickinson earned the right to top billing. For four years, Police Woman gave the cool blonde that chance and, as she admits in the DVD commentary, the idea of becoming a household name was a big attraction. (It worked.) Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson, a two-year police veteran is first introduced, as Lisa Beaumont, in Police Story's season finale, which opens this five-disc set. In "The Gamble," Pepper proves she has what it takes to handle undercover work as she foils both a prostitution ring and a gambling racket. Airing in the coveted slot after The Rockford Files, the gritty, yet glamorous Police Woman became a top 20 hit. In the season premiere ("The End Game," actually the fourth show), Pepper is joined by the rest of the vice squad: Italian-speaking Irishman Lt. Bill Crowley (Earl Holliman, taking over from Bert Convy) and Police Story holdovers Royster (Charles Dierkop) and Styles (Ed Bernard). Together the four were as tough on crime as they were fierce about fashion. Among hundreds of groovy get-ups, sartorial standouts include Royster's patchwork cap, Styles' suede jacket, Crowley's plaid sports jacket, and Pepper's studded pantsuit. First year guest stars include TV vets, like Robert Vaughn ("Blast"), Patti Duke and John Astin ("Nothing Left to Lose"), and Dickinson's Big Bad Mama co-star William Shatner ("Smack"). Police Woman also provided a showcase for up-and-comers like Kathleen Quinlan ("The Beautiful Die Young") and Phillip Michael Thomas ("It's Only a Game")--as a character named "Sonny" no less. (In the show's fourth season, another up-and-comer named Michael Mann would direct an episode.) In 2002, TV Guide voted Dickinson the sexiest TV star of all time after Diana Rigg and George Clooney. --Kathleen C. Fennessy