Lady Blue (TV series)
Bruce A. Young
|Opening theme||Lady Blue Theme by John Cacavas|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Executive producer(s)||David Gerber|
|Running time||60 min.|
|Production company(s)||David Gerber Productions
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television (current)|
|Original release||April 15, 1985 – January 25, 1986|
Lady Blue is a crime drama starring Jamie Rose as a Chicago female homicide detective Katy Mahoney. The show was produced by MGM/UA Television and aired on ABC-TV from September 26, 1985 to January 25, 1986 for 13 episodes. It was cancelled after one season after low ratings in its Thursday night slot (against formidable competition from NBC's Top 20 hits Cheers and Night Court, and CBS's Top 30 hit Simon and Simon), but also because it was considered too violent for its time. The show later aired on Saturday nights but the show failed there as well (against competition from NBC's Top 20 hits The Golden Girls and 227).
It ranked 72nd out of 82 programs that season, and averaged a 10.7 household rating.
Katy Mahoney is a tough female homicide detective in Chicago who grew up in the shadow of her father Frank and her brother Jessie, both Chicago cops killed in the line of duty. After joining the force herself, Mahoney spent years enforcing the law fairly and was highly respected by her superiors, but after her married partner (and lover) was killed as well in the line of duty during a drug bust gone bad, Mahoney began using excessive force to fight crime. When a gun fight with crack dealers gets a civilian shot, Mahoney is transferred to the Matron Squad under Lt. Terry McNichols as a last chance to save her job. From the start Mahoney and McNichols butt heads over her attitude and continued use of excessive force to fight crime.
|Jamie Rose||Katy Mahoney|
|Bruce A. Young||Cassidy|
|Ron Dean||Sgt. Gino Gianetti|
|Danny Aiello||Lt. Terry McNichols|
|Dennis Kelly||Frank Jessup (2 episodes)|
|D.C. Anderson||Father Donovan (1 episode, 1985)|
|Joel Bailey||Damon (1 episode, 1985)|
|Bibi Besch||Nancy (1 episode, 1985)|
|Harvey Blanks||Marlin (1 episode, 1985)|
|Jim Brown||Stoker (1 episode, 1985)|
|David Chow||Widow Maker (1 episode, 1985)|
|Lorenzo Clemons||Rev. Sykes (1 episode, 1985)|
|Sean Albrecht||Ambulance Driver (uncredited 1 episode, 1985)|
|Joe DeBartolo||Eyewitness (uncredited 1 episode, 1985)|
|Joe Krowka||American Terrorist (uncredited) (1 episode, 1985)|
- Pilot (April 15, 1985)
- Death Valley Day (September 26, 1985)
- Romero and Juliet (October 3, 1985)
- Beasts of Prey (October 10, 1985)
- Widow Maker (October 17, 1985)
- Portrait of Death (October 31, 1985)
- The Hunter (November 16, 1985)
- Terror (November 30, 1985)
- Designer White (December 7, 1985)
- Death Grip (December 21, 1985)
- Scorpio's Sting (January 11, 1986)
- Sylvie (January 18, 1986)
- Maximum Force (January 25, 1986)
- Willow's Cowboy (1986)
In Brazil, the show was a huge success, and was known as "Dama de Ouro" (Golden Lady).
- McNeil, Alex. Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present. 4th ed. New York: Penguin, 1996.
- O'Connor, John J. (November 18, 1985). "TV Reviews; ABC Series 'Lady Blue' Switches to Saturdays". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-22.