Cagney and Lacey Awards
1996 Viewers Choice Awards: Favorite Made-for-TV Movie- "Cagney and Lacey." Favorite Actress in a TV Movie: Sharon Gless.
The award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, presented on Sept. 25, 1983, went to Tyne Daly from Cagney & Lacey.
For the awards presented on Sept. 23, 1984, Tyne Daly once again won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
The habit continued for the Sept. 22, 1985 awards with Tyne Daly again winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. That year also saw Cagney and Lacey receive an award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series, Single Episode, for "Heat". They also won Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Single Episode, for Patricia M. Green, "Who Said It's Fair-Part II."
Sept. 20, 1986 awards included Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for John Karlen and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Sharon Gless.
Sept. 20,1987 resulted in another outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for Sharon Gless.
It was Tyne Daly's turn again for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the Aug. 28, 1988 awards.
Viewers for Quality Television, Inc.
Viewers for Quality Television has existed since 1984 and "has been working to provide voiceless viewers a forum with television producers and network programmers. We educate viewers on how to advocate quality programs that enlighten, enrich, challenge, involve and confront intelligent views." To that end they have endorsed particular shows such as Cagney & Lacey, and they give their own awards.
For the 1984-1985 season, VQT gave the Best Quality Drama Series to Cagney & Lacey, and the Best Actress in a Drama award to Sharon Gless.
For the 1985-1986 season, the Best Quality Drama Series award again went to Cagney & Lacey, with Sharon Gless again getting the award for Best Actress in a Drama. John Karlen (Harvey) picked up the award for the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.
The results for the 1986-1987 season duplicated the 1985-1986 season, with Cagney & Lacey picking up three more awards.
For the 1987-1988 season, Cagney & Lacey again won the Best Quality Drama Series award, and Sharon Gless again got an award for the Best Actress in a Drama.
Scott provides the following information:
I found out in June of 1986, Cagney and Lacey writer Robert Eisele won two awards prize for his 1985 episode "Ordinary Hero."
The script won the Imagen Award by the Hispanic Media-Image Task Force of the National Conference
of Christians & Jews.
That same month, it also won the Humanitas prize which awards an trophy and a $15,000 cash prize
for best hour long program. This award is presented by the Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute. They hand out awards television awards every year in different categories based on length and type of programming.
The episode was based on the true story of Oscar Benitez, a refugee from El Salvador who received an LAPD award for helping them catch the killer of a Los Angeles Herald Examiner newspaper editorial writer, only to be nearly deported two years later, according to an LA Times article.
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