Is Netflix’s crime procedural ‘Unbelievable’ the ‘Cagney and Lacey’ for the #MeToo era?

Is Netflix’s crime procedural ‘Unbelievable’ the ‘Cagney and Lacey’ for the #MeToo era?
Watching Merritt Wever and Toni Collette on Netflix’s limited series “Unbelievable,” it got me thinking about another series that featured two dedicated women cops, “Cagney and Lacey.” Back in the early ’80s, TV producer Barney Rosenzweig was influenced by his feminist girlfriend and future wife Barbara Corday to make the first female-driven buddy film with a script by Corday and Barbara Avedon. It wasn’t picked up by movie studios so they took it to TV networks. Only CBS jumped on it.

In the original TV movie that aired in 1981, Loretta Swit played New York City police detective Christine Cagney but couldn’t do the series because of her commitment to “M*A*S*H.” The role was then taken over by Meg Foster on the show’s first season in 1982. But there was concern that she was too tough in the role — causing some viewers to view the
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