Sep 22, 2015
To have any basic understanding of the evolution of women in TV is to know just how important the show Cagney and Lacey, which aired from 1981 to 1988, was and is. This installment focuses on the show's pilot, which in one evening changed TV for women. Forever.
It gave women opportunities behind the camera. Barbara Corday and Barbara Avedon were powerhouses. The show's quality was such that the two female leads captured the leading actress in a drama Emmy for six consecutive years. Getting this single episode to air was the result of resilience, vision, commitment, patience and moxie.
Making history is rarely easy, but the story has to start somewhere.