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I was a little too young and clueless for "Cagney & Lacey" when it was on prime-time TV, but my oldest sister -- along with millions of other hard-core fans -- adored it. Watching it anew on DVD, I've found it to be gripping and astonishingly nuanced, thanks to groundbreaking scripts about two working women -- New York detectives Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, brilliantly played by Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly -- with harrowing jobs and complicated personal lives.
(Full disclosure: I vaguely know Ms. Gless, whom I had the pleasure of briefly getting to know while sitting across the aisle from her on a cross-country airplane trip. To meet her is to sort of fall in love with her.) Newly released in a silver-anniversary edition, the first season of this lost American TV classic is my favorite DVD box-set purchase this summer.