1 9 7 4 – 1 9 7 5 (USA)
1 x 90 minute episode
22 x 60 minute episodes
Get Christie Love debuted on ABC on Wednesday 11 September 1974, and sought to cash in on the renown of such tough Blaxploitation cookies as Cleopatra Jones (1973) and the legendary Pam Grier’s Coffy (1973).
Former Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In bikini girl Teresa Graves starred as the titular undercover cop – a beautiful, street-savvy woman who spoke softly (“You’re under arrest, Sugar”) but dispatched bad guys with brutal violence.
Christie fought evil-doers with karate chops and kicks and even tossed one character 15 floors to his death.
Her boss, Lieutenant Matt Reardon (Charles Cioffi) attempted to keep Christie under control and out of danger, but she pretty much went her own way (“I got news for you, Lieutenant – Christie Love isn’t a quitter, Sugar, she intends to fight!”)
Unfortunately, Teresa Graves became a devout Jehovah’s Witness and insisted the intended sex and violence of the series be toned down big time.
As a result, the show didn’t click with the intended audience and the programme was taken off the schedule in July, being described by one critic as having “all the humour of Shaft and all the devil-may-care breakneck action of Mary Tyler Moore.”
Teresa Graves died in 2002, aged 54, from injuries sustained in a house fire.
Detective Christie Love
Lt. Matt Reardon
Capt. Arthur P. Ryan
Detective Steve Belmont
Detective Joe Caruso
Sgt. Pete Gallagher