friendperidot December 26, 2020 Share December 26, 2020 one thing that I find very interesting with Mary Beth's pregnancy story line is that she is on active duty almost to the end of her pregnancy. On shows made more recently than Cagney and Lacey, almost the minute a woman police officer discovers she is pregnant, she informs her superior officer and is put on desk duty. There were a couple of storylines about that on NYPD Blue. One where Diane Russell knows she is newly pregnant and Bobby wants her to go on light duty and they have several fights about her not wanting to go on desk duty and him feeling she is risking the baby. And then later, Connie finds out she's pregnant and immediately goes to their boss and tells him and goes on desk duty. I've seen it in other shows too, I just can't remember them this minute. Cagney and Lacey were detectives very early when women weren't and were starting to be. The show did a pretty realistic job of showing them breaking down barriers to women being and doing anything in the police department. I was a young woman when this show came out and I loved it. I knew their struggles, I faced a lot of similar ones, not in the police department. I never considered that as a career, police do not hire 4'11" police officers. Now, I'm enjoying some of their discussions and I see more depth than I did when the show was on originally. Chris' constant struggle with career vs marriage and family and fighting to have a career especially with Mary Beth pushing her towards marriage. Mary Beth and Harvey had a rather different kind of marriage with Harvey staying at home at different times to take care of the kids, he didn't always like it. I still have trouble not seeing him as his character in Dark Shadows, lol. But their relationship paved the way for other shows later for couples to have unconventional marriages, Joe and Allison DuBois on Medium, Joe shares fully in child rearing. I just find it interesting. And Cagney and Lacey did pave the way for many other women to be police officers on many shows. 1 Link to comment
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