Get Christie Love!

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Get Christie Love!
Get Christie Love Film DVD slimcase.jpg
GenrePolice drama
Created byGeorge Kirgo & Peter Nelson
Developed byDavid L. Wolper
Written byDorothy Uhnak (novel)
George Kirgo (teleplay)
Directed byWilliam A. Graham
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes23 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)David L. Wolper Productions, Inc
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkABC
Original 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 (a former featured comedienne on NBC's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In) as an undercover African-American female police detective. The series is based on Dorothy Uhnak's crime-thriller novel The Ledger. However, the main character "Christie Opara"—a white, New York Police detective—was dropped completely and "Christie Love" emerged.

Det. Olga Ford of the NYPD served as the series' Technical Advisor.[1]

In 2017, it was announced that ABC was developing a reboot of the series from producers Courtney Kemp and Vin Diesel.[2][3][4]

Synopsis[edit]

Get Christie Love! was originally broadcast in January 1974 as an ABC Movie of the Week, inspired by the 1970s heroine 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 joined Jehovah's Witnesses since the making of the pilot, and eventually retired from the entertainment industry to focus on her faith), the series was soon cancelled. 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]

The starring TV role made Graves the second African-American female lead in a U.S. network drama, after Diahann Carroll in Julia.

Cast and characters[edit]

This list is for the ABC Movie of the Week of January 22, 1974 which served as the pilot for the series, with the exception of Charles Cioffi (his character was featured from the season premiere until "The Longest Fall") and Jack Kelly (who joined the series with the episode "The Deadly Sport").

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Pilot"January 22, 1974 (1974-01-22)
Teresa Graves stars as a police detective who tries to get the goods on a huge drug empire. Broadcast as an ABC Movie of the Week.
2"Market for Murder"September 11, 1974 (1974-09-11)
Christie infitrates an international robbery ring and tries to find the top man.
3"Deadly Betrayal"September 18, 1974 (1974-09-18)
A criminal accuses Christie and her partner of accepting a bribe.
4"Emperor of Death Street"September 25, 1974 (1974-09-25)
Christie poses as a heroin dealer.
5"Pawn Ticket for Murder"October 2, 1974 (1974-10-02)
Christie investigates a murder with a homicide sergeant who thinks that women don't belong on the police force.
6"Death on Delivery"October 9, 1974 (1974-10-09)
Christie goes undercover to investigate a counterfeiting operation.
7"For the Family Honor"October 23, 1974 (1974-10-23)
A mobster tries to blackmail Det. Caruso.
8"Highway to Murder"October 30, 1974 (1974-10-30)
Two Mexican farm workers are accused of murdering a police officer, but Christie thinks otherwise.
9"Fatal Image"November 6, 1974 (1974-11-06)
Christie investigates a murder in the company of a journalist, unaware that he is the killer she seeks.
10"Downbeat for a Dead Man"November 13, 1974 (1974-11-13)
Christie poses as a singer in order to investigate a record company owner.
11"Bullet from the Grave"November 20, 1974 (1974-11-20)
A hit man, supposedly killed in an auto accident, is alive and has been hired to kill Det. Belmont.
12"Deadly Justice"December 4, 1974 (1974-12-04)
A deranged police academy dropout is executing criminals.
13"The Longest Fall"December 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.
14"The Deadly Sport"January 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.
15"Too Many Games in Town"January 15, 1975 (1975-01-15)
A 12-year-old boy is inadvertently drawn into his older brother's blackmail scheme.
16"Our Lady In London"January 29, 1975 (1975-01-29)
Christie goes undercover as a stewardess.
17"Murder on High C"February 5, 1975 (1975-02-05)
Christie goes after a bomber who gives clues to his intended targets in tape-recorded rhymes.
18"My Son, the Murderer"February 12, 1975 (1975-02-12)
Christie tries to help a childhood friend.
19"The Big Rematch"February 19, 1975 (1975-02-19)
$250,000 in prize money from a tennis match is stolen.
20"From Paris with Love"March 5, 1975 (1975-03-05)
A charter service is suspected of being involved in smuggling and murder.
21"A High Fashion Heist"March 12, 1975 (1975-03-12)
A diamond thief proves difficult to catch. Jaclyn Smith guest stars.
22"A Few Excess People"March 26, 1975 (1975-03-26)
Sgt. Gallagher's Uncle Harry causes problems.
23"I'm Your New Neighbor"April 4, 1975 (1975-04-04)
Christie's new neighbor is in danger.

In syndication[edit]

The series has aired in the U.S. on the cable network TV Land in 1997 and on Centric in 2014 as part of the show's 40th Anniversary.

Cultural references[edit]

Reboot[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.[2][3][4] However, ABC later announced that it had decided not to pick the pilot up to series. [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 459. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ a b "'Power' Creator Courtney Kemp Gets ABC To 'Get Christie Love'". 26 September 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "'Get Christie Love' Reboot in the Works at ABC". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  5. ^ ""Get Christie Love!" A High Fashion Heist (TV Episode 1975)".
  6. ^ "ABC Passes On Kylie Bunbury In 'Get Christie Love'; Also Not Picking Up NOLA-Set Magic Drama Starring Lex Scott Davis". shadowandact.com. Retrieved 19 November 2018.

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