The BEST Episodes of Cagney & Lacey

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Network: CBS

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.

Turn, Turn, Turn (1)

#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.

star 9.00
5 votes
Turn, Turn, Turn (2)

#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.

star 8.75
4 votes
One of Our Own

#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.

star 8.23
13 votes
Child Witness

#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.

star 8.20
5 votes
Who Says It's Fair (1)

#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.

star 8.20
5 votes
The Gimp

#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.

star 8.20
5 votes
Disenfranchised (aka Incest)

#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.

star 8.17
6 votes
Right to Remain Silent

#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.

star 8.17
6 votes
Internal Affairs

#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.

star 8.00
11 votes
Recreational Use

#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.

star 8.00
9 votes
A Killer's Dozen

#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."

star 8.00
5 votes
Heat

#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.

star 8.00
4 votes
Who Says It's Fair (2)

#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.

star 8.00
5 votes
A Safe Place

#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.

star 8.00
5 votes
The Zealot

#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.

star 8.00
6 votes
Revenge

#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.

star 8.00
6 votes
No Vacancy

#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.

star 8.00
4 votes
The City is Burning

#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.

star 8.00
5 votes
Better Than Equal

#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.

star 7.85
13 votes
On the Street

#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.

star 7.83
6 votes
To Thine Own Self Be True (aka The Rapist II)

#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.

star 7.83
6 votes
Special Treatment

#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.

star 7.83
6 votes
Baby Broker

#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.

star 7.80
5 votes
Rules of the Game

#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.

star 7.80
5 votes
Stress

#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.

star 7.80
5 votes