Monday, February 2, 2015

2/2/1985 A real cop investigates Cagney and Lacey

February 2, 1985.  Cagney and Lacey, the first network show about female police detectives, premiered in 1982.  In 1985 TV Guide invited Dorothy Uhnak to offer her viewpoint on the series.  Uhnak was doubly qualified for the job.  She was the other of two novels about a female cop, and she had been one herself.

In the article she explains how, in 1955, as an undercover New York City Transit officer she disarmed and busted a rapist, and suddenly became famous.  She reports on some of the humiliating encounters with the media that followed - A female cop!  And she's a hero!   How hilarious!

Uhnak's conclusion about the TV cops?  "I'd walk through a dark alley with Cagney or Lacey behind me. That is the ultimate compliment from one police officer to another."

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