Cagney & Lacey

The WORST episodes of Cagney & Lacey

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 6/15/2022Network: CBS
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Choices
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6.38
8 votes

#1 - Choices

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/14/1984

After the key witness in the upcoming trial of a shady landlord dies, Cagney and Lacey must re-canvas his building in search of new witnesses before he gets set free; meanwhile, Chris thinks she may be pregnant.

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Beauty Burglars
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6.67
12 votes

#2 - Beauty Burglars

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/8/1982

Cagney and Lacey lead an investigation into a series of robberies at exclusive beauty salons committed by assailants posing as cops.

Matinee
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6.67
6 votes

#3 - Matinee

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/19/1984

The investigation into the death of a wealthy woman from Chris' hometown offers a glimpse into Cagney's past. Meanwhile, the son of Lt. Samuels is arrested for stealing a car.

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Chop Shop
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6.71
7 votes

#4 - Chop Shop

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/14/1983

Members of a car-theft ring take Isbecki hostage after they learn he's a cop; and Petrie is involved in the shooting of a black youth.

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Date Rape
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6.75
8 votes

#5 - Date Rape

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/21/1983

A date rape investigation divides Cagney, who, along with the male detectives, feels the victim brought it on herself, and Lacey, who doesn't believe that philosophy.

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The Informant
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6.75
8 votes

#6 - The Informant

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/9/1983

Cagney and Lacey disagree about using a young informant to help them nab a drug dealer selling PCP to students.

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American Dream
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6.75
4 votes

#7 - American Dream

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/7/1985

Cagney and Lacey uncover an extortion operation when a series of arsons all seem to benefit the same company; meanwhile, after Harvey gets a promotion, the prospect of finally being able to buy a house hits home for the Lacey's.

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Play It Again, Santa
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6.75
4 votes

#8 - Play It Again, Santa

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/23/1985

Cagney and Newman don Santa suits to probe the disappearance of two street musicians; and Chris discovers that the lawyer she's dating is seeing other women.

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Video Verite
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6.75
4 votes

#9 - Video Verite

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/9/1987

A valuable music video has been stolen, and there's some suspicious white powder about. In the meantime, Cagney's niece Bridget again visits, trying to carve out a career as a New York actress

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Mr. Lonelyhearts
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6.79
14 votes

#10 - Mr. Lonelyhearts

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/6/1982

A search for a missing woman leads to a bigamy scam; Cagney deals with an ardent suitor.

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To Sir, With Love
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6.83
6 votes

#11 - To Sir, With Love

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/16/1987

Story by Sandy Sprung and Marcy Vosburgh. Samuels is getting the Distinguished Service Award at a banquet. All Cagney and Lacey have to do is plan the banquet, coordinate the entertainment, get the balloons, and make cannoli. Very funny, especially the cannoli scene.

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Jane Doe #37
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6.86
7 votes

#12 - Jane Doe #37

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/14/1983

Chris takes on the case of a murdered bag lady; and Cagney and Lacey are asked to star in a recruiting commercial for the NYPD.

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The Gang's All Here
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6.88
8 votes

#13 - The Gang's All Here

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/28/1983

The detectives of the 14th precinct set out to bring the perpetrators to justice after they are robbed of their guns, shields and possessions while celebrating Petrie's promotion at a bar--except for La Guardia, who found the experience so humiliating that he wants to resign.

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Beyond the Golden Door
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7.00
15 votes

#14 - Beyond the Golden Door

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/8/1982

An illegal immigrant is murdered, and the trail leads to a large racket in modern-day slave trading.

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Street Scene
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7.00
14 votes

#15 - Street Scene

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/15/1982

Cagney and Lacey are accused of racial prejudice when they investigate a gangland beating.

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I'll Be Home for Christmas
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7.00
8 votes

#16 - I'll Be Home for Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/20/1982

On Christmas Eve, the squad searches for a sticky-fingered Santa inadvertently released from a holding cell; and Petrie's wife goes into labor.

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Burn Out
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7.00
7 votes

#17 - Burn Out

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/7/1983

Lacey goes AWOL after family and job demands drive her to the brink of a nervous breakdown, while Cagney poses as a nun as part of an investigation into missing drugs from a hospital.

Directors: Don Weis
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Partners
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7.00
5 votes

#18 - Partners

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/7/1984

Mary Beth feels guilty when Chris is hit by a robber's bullet, but getting shot doesn't stop Cagney from assisting on a case while in recovery; meanwhile, Lacey's temporary partner leaves a lot to be desired.

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The Psychic
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7.00
3 votes

#19 - The Psychic

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/21/1985

Cagney doubts the abilities of a psychic hired by an irate husband after police evidence indicates his missing wife is a voluntary runaway.

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Model Citizen
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7.00
4 votes

#20 - Model Citizen

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/25/1986

Cagney and Lacey each deal with surprise visitors in their lives while they investigate the slaying of a "model citizen."

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Sorry, Right Number
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7.00
6 votes

#21 - Sorry, Right Number

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/20/1986

A rash of burglaries coincides with a heat wave; Lacey and Isbecki are trapped in an elevator; and Cagney frets over a long weekend with David.

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Different Drummer
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7.00
5 votes

#22 - Different Drummer

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/19/1987

There's an older woman who acts strange, burns incense, and claims to be a witch. Is she? Or is she merely lonely and poor and standing in the way of higher real estate prices?

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Greed
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7.00
4 votes

#23 - Greed

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/16/1987

A game show is supposedly crooked. Once again, undercover work, this time as game show contestants (dressed up like fruits).

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Secrets
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7.00
4 votes

#24 - Secrets

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/23/1987

Cagney gets her dream - a chance to work with the Major Task Force. But one of those so-polished officers is really a traitor. Will they find the traitor, or will the glamour get to Cagney?

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Trading Places
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7.00
4 votes

#25 - Trading Places

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/19/1988

When Samuels takes some time off, Chris expects to be put in charge. But a high-tech, none-""street"" officer, Lt. Thornton, gets the job. The crime case deals with construction kickbacks, so Harvey volunteers to help out by wearing a wire

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