Get Christie Love!
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|Get Christie Love!|
|Created by||George Kirgo & Peter Nelson|
|Developed by||David L. Wolper|
|Written by||Dorothy Uhnak (novel)|
George Kirgo (teleplay)
|Directed by||William A. Graham|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||23 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||David L. Wolper Productions, Inc|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||January 22, 1974 –|
April 5, 1975
Get Christie Love! is an American crime drama TV series starring Teresa Graves 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 City police detective—was dropped completely and "Christie Love" emerged.
Det. Olga Ford of the NYPD served as the series' Technical Advisor.
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 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."
Cast and characters
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 Sgt. Pete Gallagher, Christie's partner
- Dennis Rucker as Lt. Steve Belmont
- Andy Romano as Lt. 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:
- Harry Guardino as Captain Casey Reardon
- Louise Sorel as Helena Varga
- Paul Stevens as Enzo Cortino
- Ron Rifkin as Normand
- Lynne Holmes as Celia Jackson
- Lee Paul as Max Loomis
- Titos Vandis as Spiliolis
- Tracey Roberts as Gwen Fenley
- William Hansen as Dr. Shepard
- Andy Romano as Sergeant Seymour Greenberg
- Davis Roberts as Myron Jones
- Bill Henderson as Sergeant Stoner Martin
- Deborah Dozier as Amy
- Darlene Conley as Virginia
|Nº||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Original air date|
|0||Get Christie Love!||William A. Graham||George Kirgo||January 22, 1974|
|Pilot: 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.|
|1||"Market for Murder"||Gene Nelson||Calvin Clements Jr.||September 11, 1974|
|Christie infitrates an international robbery ring and tries to find the top man.|
|2||"Deadly Betrayal"||Mel Stewart||S : Olga Ford,|
T : Eric Kaldor,
|September 18, 1974|
|A criminal accuses Christie and her partner of accepting a bribe.|
|3||"Emperor of Death Street"||Barry Shear||Olga Ford,|
|September 25, 1974|
|Christie poses as a heroin dealer.|
|4||"Pawn Ticket for Murder"||Mark Warren||Joseph Polizzi||October 2, 1974|
|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. Abroms||Brad Radnitz||October 9, 1974|
|Christie goes undercover to investigate a counterfeiting operation.|
|6||"For the Family Honor"||TBA||Sam Ross||October 23, 1974|
|A mobster tries to blackmail Det. Caruso.|
|7||"Highway to Murder"||Sam Ross||Donn Mullally||October 30, 1974|
|Two Mexican farm workers are accused of murdering a police officer, but Christie thinks otherwise.|
|8||"Fatal Image"||Richard Compton||Larry Alexander,|
|November 6, 1974|
|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 Warren||Paul Mason,|
|November 13, 1974|
|Christie poses as a singer in order to investigate a record company owner.|
|10||"Bullet from the Grave"||Mel Stewart||Booker Bradshaw,|
David P. Lewis
|November 20, 1974|
|A hit man, supposedly killed in an auto accident, is alive and has been hired to kill Det. Belmont.|
|11||"Deadly Justice"||Mark Warren||Sean Baine||December 4, 1974|
|A deranged police academy dropout is executing criminals.|
|12||"The Longest Fall"||TBA||TBA||December 11, 1974|
|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 Warren||Glen A. Larson||January 8, 1975|
|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 Kessler||Lou Shaw||January 15, 1975|
|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 Doniger||Lou Shaw||January 29, 1975|
|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 Warren||Elliot Kaye & Albert Elmar||February 5, 1975|
|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 Bondelli||Gene Levitt||February 12, 1975|
|Christie tries to help a childhood friend.|
|18||"The Big Rematch"||Gene Levitt||Howard Berk||February 19, 1975|
|$250,000 in prize money from a tennis match is stolen.|
|19||"From Paris with Love"||Bruce Kessler||Elliot Kaye & Albert Elmar||March 5, 1975|
|A charter service is suspected of being involved in smuggling and murder. Frank Gorshin guest stars.|
|20||"A High Fashion Heist"||David Friedkin||Michael A. Hoey & B. Gerald Bell||March 12, 1975|
|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 Kessler||Peter Allan Fiields||March 26, 1975|
|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 Satlof||S : Matthew Howard aka Douglas Heyes; |
T : Glen A. Larson
|April 4, 1975|
|When Christie goes next door to ask her new neighbors to keep the noise down, she gets mixed up in something much more sinister.|
Reception and impact
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.
- In a scene in Quentin Tarantino's film, Reservoir Dogs (1992), the characters Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), and "Nice Guy" Eddie Cabot (Chris Penn), engage in a brief discussion regarding Get Christie Love!.
- In the 2002 Austin Powers movie Austin Powers in Goldmember, the character Foxxy Cleopatra uses the famous phrase, "You're under arrest, Sugah!"
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. However, ABC later announced that it had decided not to pick the pilot up to series. 
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 459. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- "'Power' Creator Courtney Kemp Gets ABC To 'Get Christie Love'". 26 September 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
- "'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.
- "'Get Christie Love' Reboot in the Works at ABC". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
- ""Get Christie Love!" A High Fashion Heist (TV Episode 1975)".
- "Douglas Heyes Obit". 10 February 1993. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
- Staff, Fox 61. "First ever African American female state trooper pushes for more women in uniform". fox61.com. Fox Connecticut. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- "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.