Lady Blue (TV series)

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Lady Blue
Starring Jamie Rose
Bruce A. Young
Ron Dean
Danny Aiello
Opening theme Lady Blue Theme by John Cacavas
Composer(s) 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
MGM/UA Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television (current)
Original network ABC
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.

It was said that Katy Mahoney was the female version of Harry Callahan aka Dirty Harry, prompting television critics to refer to Mahoney's character as "Dirty Harriet".[1]


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.


Actor Role
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)


  1. Pilot (April 15, 1985)
  2. Death Valley Day (September 26, 1985)
  3. Romero and Juliet (October 3, 1985)
  4. Beasts of Prey (October 10, 1985)
  5. Widow Maker (October 17, 1985)
  6. Portrait of Death (October 31, 1985)
  7. The Hunter (November 16, 1985)
  8. Terror (November 30, 1985)
  9. Designer White (December 7, 1985)
  10. Death Grip (December 21, 1985)
  11. Scorpio's Sting (January 11, 1986)
  12. Sylvie (January 18, 1986)
  13. Maximum Force (January 25, 1986)
  14. Willow's Cowboy (1986)


Numerous watchdog lists rated the program as the most violent (in 1985), with the National Coalition on Television Violence reporting 50 acts of violence in one hour.[1][2]

In Brazil, the show was a huge success, and was known as "Dama de Ouro" (Golden Lady).


  1. ^ a b McNeil, Alex. Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present. 4th ed. New York: Penguin, 1996.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (November 18, 1985). "TV Reviews; ABC Series 'Lady Blue' Switches to Saturdays". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 

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