The BEST Episodes of Cagney & Lacey
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 3, 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 - 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.
#5 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - Happiness is a Warm Gun
Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 23, 1987
This time it's Lacey's turn to get shot. She isn't hurt as badly as Cagney was, but the trauma sends them to the police psychiatrist. Lacey is saved from certain death by her bullet-proof vest.
#12 - Loves Me Not
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 1987
Petrie gets his promotion to sergeant and leaves the show (Carl Lumbly wanted out). Lacy interferes in a neighborhood dispute and her enraged neighbors call for a Civilian Review Board. David Keeler (back in Chris' good graces) comes to the rescue
#13 - Do I Know You?
Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 5, 1988
Brad Potter seems like the perfect date - tall, handsome, successful. But he's really a date rapist. Cagney must explain to the guys at the precinct why she didn't draw her gun, and of course, the baddy says yes, it happened, but she consented
#14 - 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.
#15 - A Cry for Help
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 2, 1983
Cagney and Lacey work to arrest a con-man involved in a Ponzi scheme against elderly women; and Mary Beth learns that one of the detectives they are working with is beating his wife.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - Parting Shots
Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired May 26, 1986
The 14th precinct suffers the loss of one of their own, setting off a manhunt for a cop killer on the loose.
#21 - A Fair Shake (2)
Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired May 16, 1988
A bank is missing some money - not much, only $100,000. The baddy offers a plea bargain - she knows who stole $100 million. Now that's worth sending Cagney and Lacey to upstate New York to hunt down the bank president. But when they find him, they discover that the real bank president is gone, and that this is an FBI agent. Our heroines narrowly escape a shootout and get offered a promotion to Major Case Squad as the series ends
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#25 - Witness to An Incident
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 25, 1982
A young policeman's career hangs in the balance when Cagney and Lacey can't agree on the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a civilian.