'Cagney & Lacey' Quiz
by Staff
Before these two women arrested the nation with their grit and glamour, no one had ever seen a show quite like it. How much do you know about, 'Cagney and Lacey'?

What jobs did Cagney and Lacey perform?

  • bankers
  • public defenders
  • police detectives

Which of the detectives was married with children?

  • Lacey
  • Cagney
  • neither

In which city's police department did Cagney and Lacey work?

  • Philadelphia
  • New York
  • Chicago

One of the show's writers, Barbara Avedon, also wrote for which other TV hit?

  • "Charlie's Angels"
  • "Bewitched"
  • "All in the Family"

What was the last name of the detectives' supervisor?

  • Larkin
  • Hammersmith
  • Samuels

How many total Emmy nominations did the show earn?

  • 12
  • 24
  • 36

How did Barbara Avedon and Barbara Corday come up with the idea for "Cagney and Lacey"?

  • from a book
  • from a misogynistic cop movie
  • from a newspaper headline

Which word best describes Cagney's personality?

  • reserved
  • outrageous
  • sorrowful

As Barbara Corday and Barbara Avedon wrote "Cagney and Lacey," what happened to their relationship?

  • They became best friends.
  • They grew to despise each other.
  • They became lovers.

What profession did Cagney and Lacey take up as part of their undercover work in the first episode?

  • ice cream sales
  • prostitutes
  • lawyers

Why was Meg Foster removed from the show and replaced with Sharon Gless?

  • She was too dumb.
  • She was too brash.
  • She was too timid.

In how many episodes of "Magnum, P.I." did Tyne Daly appear?

  • one
  • five
  • eight

Which character did Al Waxman play?

  • Michael Lacey
  • Bert Samuels
  • Ronald Coleman

On which network did the show air?

  • CBS
  • NBC
  • ABC

When did CBS executives decide to cancel the show?

  • after six episodes
  • after one season
  • after three seasons

How was the show saved when executives tried to cancel the show after Season 2?

  • letter writing campaign
  • violent street protests
  • the network president intervened.

Who played Cagney in the original TV movie?

  • Loretta Swit
  • Meg Foster
  • Shelley Hack

When the show was picked up for series production, why was Swit unable to play Cagney?

  • She was arrested for prostitution.
  • She was accused of nepotism.
  • She had a conflicting contract.

For how many seasons did the show air?

  • five
  • six
  • seven

How many episodes were there?

  • 152
  • 125
  • 148

In addition to poor ratings, what was another widely publicized reason that the show was canceled early in its run?

  • The themes of social repression were overwhelming.
  • The women were too brash.
  • There were inappropriate sexual overtones.

What was the name of Lacey's husband?

  • Smokey
  • Alfred
  • Harvey

What role did Bill Conti have in the show?

  • He was one of the creators.
  • He created the theme music.
  • He directed several episodes.

To whom is Sharon Gless (Cagney) married to in real life?

  • Barney Rosenzweig
  • Mel Gibson
  • Alan Alda

How many Emmys for Best Lead Actress in a Drama did the series win?

  • two
  • four
  • six

Why did moving the show to a later time slot help it garner better ratings (and avoid premature cancellation)?

  • It had almost no competition.
  • It appealed to older audiences.
  • It was too violent for kids.

In later episodes, with which problem does Cagney struggle?

  • respiratory problems
  • blood cancer
  • alcoholism

Why was the part of detective Paul La Gaurdia recast after the fifth season?

  • The actor died.
  • The actor insisted on more money.
  • The actor murdered his girlfriend.

The show achieved its highest ranking in which season?

  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 5

In which season did detective Manny Esposito first appear?

  • Season 2
  • Season 4
  • Season 6