In popular police TV series from the 1980s, Cagney & Lacey, Tyne Daly (left) portrayed the married Lacey and Sharon Gless was the foxy, single Cagney. Photo: CBS In popular police TV series from the 1980s, Cagney & Lacey, Tyne Daly (left) portrayed the married Lacey and Sharon Gless was the foxy, single Cagney. Photo: CBS
In popular police TV series from the 1980s, Cagney & Lacey, Tyne Daly (left) portrayed the married Lacey and Sharon Gless was the foxy, single Cagney. Photo: CBS

Women police officers on TV, from Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect to Keeley Hawes in Honour, streaming soon

  • Angie Dickinson laid the groundwork ­­in Police Woman in the early 1970s, while Cagney & Lacey was about two cops on the job and at home
  • But it was Prime Suspect with Mirren that first excavated the true cost of such a demanding career on the women who choose to pursue police work

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In popular police TV series from the 1980s, Cagney & Lacey, Tyne Daly (left) portrayed the married Lacey and Sharon Gless was the foxy, single Cagney. Photo: CBS In popular police TV series from the 1980s, Cagney & Lacey, Tyne Daly (left) portrayed the married Lacey and Sharon Gless was the foxy, single Cagney. Photo: CBS
In popular police TV series from the 1980s, Cagney & Lacey, Tyne Daly (left) portrayed the married Lacey and Sharon Gless was the foxy, single Cagney. Photo: CBS
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