TV Genres: A Handbook and Reference Guide

by Robert S. Alley, Brian G. Rose; Greenwood Press, 1985

Women cops fared almost as poorly as southerners in the late seventies. In "Dog and Cat," plainclothes veteran Jack Ramsey and rookie J. Z. Kane were the contentious partners of the show's title. Brenda Vaccaro unsuccessfully tried to portray some of the more serious difficulties of balancing career with the more traditional female roles in "Dear Detective" and vanished after a month. It wasn't until "Cagney and Lacey" brought a new twist to the old dilemma of a by-the-book cop working with an individualist by making them both women that it looked as if women had begun to find a niche for themselves in the police genre.

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