‘Cagney and Lacey’ Still Fighting For Respect…30 Years Later

“Cagney and Lacey” producer Barney Rosenzweig, who is ironically married to former star Sharon Gless , has gone on the warpath to get people to stop maligning the former hit cop show.

Rosenzweig led a letter-writing campaign against the L.A. Times for a story that slighted the hit 1980s show .

“I was horrified by what I saw as revisionist history by a very important publication,” Rosenzweig said in an interview.

His letter on his website, cagneyandlacey.com, used stronger language and urged fans to contact The Times. Some writers said they were also alerted on a Yahoo message site by his assistant. Some wrote before they had read the article.

Rosenzweig said he had been trying to persuade MGM to release DVDs of all six seasons of the show; only the first has come out so far. He said the show was the crowning achievement of his long career.

“I used to be somebody,” he said. “More articles like this and I’m relegated to a dustbin.”

In 1983, before the widespread use of computers, he sparked a letter-writing campaign that resulted in CBS rescinding its cancellation of the show for a “lack of broad appeal.” At a time when there were only three major networks, the show reached 12.6 million households a week. It stayed on the air until 1988.