The BEST Episodes of Cagney & Lacey
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney are teamed up as NYPD detectives in this landmark series. Their opposing personalities (one is tough and the other sensitive) mesh to make this one of the greatest crime-fighting duos of all time.
#1 - Turn, Turn, Turn (1)
Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 30, 1987
Charlie's drinking finally catches up with him and he goes to the Great Bar in the Sky. Chris and brother Brian send him off with a wake at Flannery's. But Chris can't handle it, and winds up dead drunk in her apartment. Only Lacey can save her and get her to AA.
#2 - Turn, Turn, Turn (2)
Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 30, 1987
In the B plot, Lacey rescues a child from a burning car and then has to return the child to the proper mother.
#3 - One of Our Own
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 1, 1982
A case of mistaken identity leads to a police officer's shooting at a restaurant. Meanwhile, Isbecki does all he can to keep Chris and Mary Beth off the precinct's new softball team.
#4 - Child Witness
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 15, 1984
An over-protective father refuses to let his child testify in a molestation case. Meanwhile, Petrie feels the way he was treated by two white officers who mistook him for a car thief was racially motivated.
#5 - Who Says It's Fair (1)
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 11, 1985
After a large amount of cash is found in the locker of an eight-year-old latchkey kid, Cagney and Lacey respond to a call from his worried mother, who fears her young son is now missing; meanwhile, Mary Beth refuses to face the possibility of breast cancer.
#6 - The Gimp
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 27, 1986
Cagney gains insight into the life of the physically impaired when she takes to a wheelchair to nail muggers preying on the disabled.
#7 - Disenfranchised (aka Incest)
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 1986
(Also given to me as ""Incest."") A girl says that their father is molesting the younger daughter, who is too young to testify. How does she know? Because she was molested herself. Cagney and Lacey get the children away from their parents, but have to split up the girls to do so.
#8 - Right to Remain Silent
Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 9, 1987
A deaf girl is suspected of murder. Could someone with such a severe handicap commit a crime like that? Also, a drunken David Keeler appears on Cagney's door step begging her forgiveness. She hadn't seen him since ""the Cost of Living"" although he left numerous messages on her answering machine.
#9 - Internal Affairs
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 29, 1982
Internal Affairs puts Cagney and Lacey in the uncomfortable position of snooping into the private lives of their co-workers after a leak in the department is discovered during an investigation.
#10 - Recreational Use
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 27, 1982
A murder investigation into a shady landlord attempting to turn his building co-op becomes more complicated when Cagney and Lacey are assigned to work with the drug-addicted homicide detective Chris has been dating.
#11 - A Killer's Dozen
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 26, 1984
A uniformed officers' strike forces the detectives back into their blues and onto the streets, as Cagney and Lacey try to bring an end to the "Don Juan Strangler."
#12 - Heat
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 22, 1984
Tension rises with the temperature after Lacey is grabbed by an armed robber and held hostage in a sweltering boxcar.
#13 - Who Says It's Fair (2)
Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 18, 1985
Cagney and Lacey are called to testify against Kevin's mother in a custody hearing; meanwhile, as the rest of the 14th precinct prepares to take the Sergeant's exam, Mary Beth must miss it as she enters the hospital to treat her breast cancer diagnosis.
#14 - A Safe Place
Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 12, 1986
Cagney and Lacey race against time to catch a thief who stole more than he bargained for; meanwhile, Cagney faces another birthday, and the Laceys make an offer on a house.
#15 - The Zealot
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 1986
An assistant D.A. has devoted his entire career to prosecuting child pornography. When he turns up dead, Cagney (who would have liked to have gotten to know him better) thinks one of those scuzzy pornographers had killed him.
#16 - Revenge
Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 8, 1986
A wife beater is brutally murdered, and Petrie identifies the man's jewelry as belonging to his sister---who was raped and murdered 14 years earlier.
#17 - No Vacancy
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 1987
Cagney and Lacey have another star witness who needs special treatment. This one is a schizophrenic, although not too bad if he takes his medication. But, of course, he doesn't.
#18 - The City is Burning
Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 28, 1987
Corassa's gun is used to kill a black kid who just happens to be in a white section of town. The black community alleges coverup. This is based on a real-life incident.
#19 - Better Than Equal
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 29, 1982
C&L are assigned to protect a feminist, only not a Gloria Steinem type, but a Phyllis Schlafy type. This episode was very controversial, and several stations refused to run it.
#20 - On the Street
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 1985
Cagney illegally detains a pimp to protect a prostitute who implicated him in murder.
#21 - To Thine Own Self Be True (aka The Rapist II)
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 15, 1986
In a sequel to episode #69, Sara Jones goes on trial. She wants Cagney to back up her story, but Cagney won't do it.
#22 - Special Treatment
Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 16, 1987
Lacey participates in a protest march against nuclear weapons. She gets arrested and thrown to the tender mercies of Detective Dupnick.
#23 - Baby Broker
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 30, 1984
Emotions run high for Cagney, whose suitor doesn't appreciate her job dedication; and for Lacey, who volunteers to temporarily care for an abandoned deaf infant.
#24 - Rules of the Game
Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 28, 1985
Assigned to a task force to investigate the shooting death of a mugging victim, a fast-rising captain suggests that Cagney would do well to accept his advances or suffer the consequences of a bad evaluation.
#25 - Stress
Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 4, 1985
After witnessing a stabbing, Cagney becomes the target of the perpetrator, who has a history of making witnesses disappear; meanwhile, the NYPD brass implements mandatory stress reduction classes.