Get Christie Love!

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Get Christie Love!
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GenrePolice drama
Created byGeorge Kirgo & Peter Nelson
Developed byDavid L. Wolper
Written byDorothy Uhnak (novel)
George Kirgo (teleplay)
Directed byWilliam A. Graham
StarringTeresa Graves
Charles Cioffi
Jack Kelly
Michael Pataki
Theme music composerJack Elliott
Allyn Ferguson
Glen A. Larson
Stu Phillips
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes23 (list of episodes)
Executive producersDavid L. Wolper
Glen A. Larson
Lawrence Turman
ProducersPaul Mason
Peter Nelson
Ron Satlof
Mervin B. Dayan (associate producer)
Charles Washburn (associate producer)
Production locationsColonial Street, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California
Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California
CinematographyLester Shorr
Stan Lazan
Meredith M. Nicholson
Duke Callaghan
EditorsFabien D. Tordjmann
Jim Benson
Frederic L. Knudtson
Anthony Redman
Robert F. Shugrue
Michael Berman
J. Terry Williams
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companiesDavid L. Wolper Productions, Inc
Universal Television
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 22, 1974 (1974-01-22) –
April 5, 1975 (1975-04-05)

Get Christie Love! is an American crime drama TV series starring Teresa Graves as an undercover female detective which originally aired on ABC from January 22, 1974, until April 5, 1975. The starring television role made Graves the second African-American female lead in a U.S. network drama, after Diahann Carroll in Julia. The series is based on Dorothy Uhnak's crime-thriller novel The Ledger.[1][2][3]


Based on the novel The Ledger, the main character "Christie Opara"—a white, New York City police detective—was dropped completely and "Christie Love" emerged. Det. Olga Ford of the NYPD served as the series' Technical Advisor.[4] Get Christie Love! was originally broadcast in January 1974 as an ABC Movie of the Week, inspired by the 1970s hero blaxploitation films such as Tamara Dobson's Cleopatra Jones (1973), and Pam Grier's Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974). The title character had a catchphrase; upon apprehending a criminal, Love would declare, "You're under arrest, Sugah!" The film proved a success, and consequently spawned a short-lived television series on the ABC network. 22 episodes were shown from September 11, 1974 – April 5, 1975, featuring Charles Cioffi as Love's supervisor Lt. Matt Reardon, who was later replaced by Jack Kelly as Capt. Arthur Ryan.

Financed on a meager budget and heavily sanitized to conform to Graves' religious morals (she had become a Jehovah's Witness since the making of the pilot, and eventually retired from the entertainment industry to focus on her faith), the series was cancelled after one year. One episode featured many of Graves' former Laugh-In co-stars such as Judy Carne, Jo Anne Worley, and Arte Johnson in particular playing a mad bomber. Another notable guest star was Jaclyn Smith, who appeared in an episode entitled "A Fashion Heist."[5]


Charles Cioffi played Christie Love's boss for the first 12 episodes of the series (his character was featured from the season premiere until "The Longest Fall") and Jack Kelly took over for the last 10 (beginning with the episode "The Deadly Sport"). The storyline in the pilot that had Christie having a secret affair with her police captain (played by Harry Guardino) was dropped for the regular series.

  • Teresa Graves as Christie Love
  • Charles Cioffi as Lieutenant Matt Reardon (12 episodes)
  • Jack Kelly as Captain Arthur Ryan (10 episodes)
  • Michael Pataki as Sergeant Pete Gallagher, Christie's partner
  • Dennis Rucker as Lieutenant Steve Belmont
  • Andy Romano as Lieutenant Joe Caruso (Romano played a different character in the pilot for the series).

This list is for the ABC Movie of the Week of January 22, 1974, which served as the pilot for the series:


Television film pilot (1974)[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Get Christie Love!William A. GrahamGeorge KirgoJanuary 22, 1974 (1974-01-22)

Teresa Graves stars as a police detective who tries to get the goods on a huge drug empire.

Note: This was originally aired as an ABC Movie of the Week.

Season 1 (1974–75)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Market for Murder"Gene NelsonCalvin Clements Jr.September 11, 1974 (1974-09-11)
Christie infitrates an international robbery ring and tries to find the top man.
2"Deadly Betrayal"Mel StewartS : Olga Ford & Pam Fourzon;
T : Eric Kaldor & Charles Sailor
September 18, 1974 (1974-09-18)
A criminal accuses Christie and her partner of accepting a bribe.
3"Emperor of Death Street"Barry ShearOlga Ford & Gerald SanfordSeptember 25, 1974 (1974-09-25)
Christie poses as a heroin dealer.
4"Pawn Ticket for Murder"Mark WarrenJoseph PolizziOctober 2, 1974 (1974-10-02)
Christie investigates a murder with a homicide sergeant who thinks that women don't belong on the police force.
5"Death on Delivery"Edward M. AbromsBrad RadnitzOctober 9, 1974 (1974-10-09)
Christie goes undercover to investigate a counterfeiting operation.
6"For the Family Honor"Sam RossSam RossOctober 23, 1974 (1974-10-23)
A mobster tries to blackmail Det. Caruso.
7"Highway to Murder"Sam RossDonn MullallyOctober 30, 1974 (1974-10-30)
Two Mexican farm workers are accused of murdering a police officer, but Christie thinks otherwise.
8"Fatal Image"Richard ComptonLarry Alexander & Robert EarlNovember 6, 1974 (1974-11-06)
Christie investigates a murder in the company of a journalist, unaware that he is the killer she seeks.
9"Downbeat for a Dead Man"Mark WarrenPaul Mason, Joseph Polizzi & Gerald SanfordNovember 13, 1974 (1974-11-13)
Christie poses as a singer in order to investigate a record company owner.
10"Bullet from the Grave"Mel StewartBooker Bradshaw & David P. LewisNovember 20, 1974 (1974-11-20)
A hit man, supposedly killed in an auto accident, is alive and has been hired to kill Det. Belmont.
11"Deadly Justice"Mark WarrenSean BaineDecember 4, 1974 (1974-12-04)
A deranged police academy dropout is executing criminals.
12"The Longest Fall"Mark WarrenGlen A. LarsonDecember 11, 1974 (1974-12-11)
Christie goes undercover at a flying school. This episode features the last appearance of Charles Cioffi as Lt. Matt Reardon in the series.
13"The Deadly Sport"Mark WarrenGlen A. LarsonJanuary 8, 1975 (1975-01-08)
Christie takes on two jobs at once. This episode features the first appearance of Jack Kelly as Capt. Arthur Ryan in the series.
14"Too Many Games in Town"Bruce KesslerLou ShawJanuary 15, 1975 (1975-01-15)
A 12-year-old boy is inadvertently drawn into his older brother's scheme to blackmail a Las Vegas kingpin.
15"Our Lady in London"Walter DonigerLou ShawJanuary 29, 1975 (1975-01-29)
When her police captain is blackmailed into taking a criminal mastermind (John Astin) to London, Christie goes undercover as a stewardess to save the day. Linda Dano has a small role as an airport pickpocket.
16"Murder on High C"Mark WarrenElliot Kaye & Albert ElmarFebruary 5, 1975 (1975-02-05)
Christie goes after a bomber (Arte Johnson) who gives clues to his intended targets in tape-recorded rhymes. This episode featured several of Teresa Graves' former co-stars from "Laugh-In" including Johnny Brown, Judy Carne, Henry Gibson, Gary Owens and Joanne Worley.
17"My Son, the Murderer"Phil BondelliGene LevittFebruary 12, 1975 (1975-02-12)
Christie tries to help a childhood friend.
18"The Big Rematch"Gene LevittHoward BerkFebruary 19, 1975 (1975-02-19)
$250,000 in prize money from a tennis match is stolen.
19"From Paris with Love"Bruce KesslerElliot Kaye & Albert ElmarMarch 5, 1975 (1975-03-05)
A charter service is suspected of being involved in smuggling and murder. Frank Gorshin guest stars.
20"A High Fashion Heist"David FriedkinMichael A. Hoey & B. Gerald BellMarch 12, 1975 (1975-03-12)
A diamond thief (Don Galloway) proves difficult to catch. Jaclyn Smith guest stars as a friend of Christie's who models and turns tricks on the side.
21"A Few Excess People"Bruce KesslerPeter Allan FieldsMarch 26, 1975 (1975-03-26)
Sgt. Gallagher's Uncle Harry (Phil Silvers) causes problems when he jumps in to help with a dangerous case. Rose Marie guest stars.
22"I'm Your New Neighbor"Ron SatlofS : Matthew Howard aka Douglas Heyes;[6]
T : Glen A. Larson
April 4, 1975 (1975-04-04)
When Christie goes next door to ask her new neighbors to keep the noise down, she gets mixed up in something much more sinister. This is a Glen Larson re-write of the very first episode of McCloud (TV series) titled "Who Says You Can't Make Friends in New York City?"


The series has aired in the U.S. on the cable network TV Land in 1997 and on Centric (now known as BET Her) in 2014 as part of the show's 40th anniversary. The show gave the first black woman to serve in a State Police force in the United States, Louise Smith, critical motivation to continue with her chosen career when she faced significant discrimination both in the barracks and on the streets.[7]

Cultural references[edit]


In 2017, producers Courtney Kemp and Vin Diesel became attached to a reboot of the series for ABC, entitled Get Christie Love (without the exclamation point), a co-production between Lionsgate Television and Universal Television, which focused on an African American female CIA agent who leads an elite ops unit.[1][2][3] However, ABC later announced that it had decided not to pick the pilot up to series.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "'Power' Creator Courtney Kemp Gets ABC To 'Get Christie Love'". 26 September 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "'Get Christie Love' Series Reboot From 'Power' Creator Courtney Kemp & Vin Diesel Set At ABC With Big Commitment". 26 September 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "'Get Christie Love' Reboot in the Works at ABC". 26 September 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  4. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 459. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  5. ^ ""Get Christie Love!" A High Fashion Heist (TV Episode 1975)". IMDb.
  6. ^ "Douglas Heyes Obit". 10 February 1993. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  7. ^ Staff, Fox 61 (March 2018). "First ever African American female state trooper pushes for more women in uniform". Fox Connecticut. Retrieved 27 June 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Mangum, Trey (12 May 2018). "ABC Passes On Kylie Bunbury In 'Get Christie Love'; Also Not Picking Up NOLA-Set Magic Drama Starring Lex Scott Davis". Retrieved 19 November 2018.

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