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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.

Get Christie Love!
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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)

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]

SynopsisEdit

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."[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 charactersEdit

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:

EpisodesEdit

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
0Get Christie Love!William A. GrahamGeorge KirgoJanuary 22, 1974 (1974-01-22)
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 NelsonCalvin Clements Jr.September 11, 1974 (1974-09-11)
Christie infitrates an international robbery ring and tries to find the top man.
2"Deadly Betrayal"Mel StewartS : Olga Ford,
Pam Fourzon;
T : Eric Kaldor,
Charles Sailor
September 18, 1974 (1974-09-18)
A criminal accuses Christie and her partner of accepting a bribe.
3"Emperor of Death Street"Barry ShearOlga Ford,
Gerald Sanford
September 25, 1974 (1974-09-25)
Christie poses as a heroin dealer.
4"Pawn Ticket for Murder"Mark WarrenJoseph PolizziOctober 2, 1974 (1974-10-02)
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. AbromsBrad RadnitzOctober 9, 1974 (1974-10-09)
Christie goes undercover to investigate a counterfeiting operation.
6"For the Family Honor"TBASam RossOctober 23, 1974 (1974-10-23)
A mobster tries to blackmail Det. Caruso.
7"Highway to Murder"Sam RossDonn MullallyOctober 30, 1974 (1974-10-30)
Two Mexican farm workers are accused of murdering a police officer, but Christie thinks otherwise.
8"Fatal Image"Richard ComptonLarry Alexander,
Robert Earl
November 6, 1974 (1974-11-06)
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 WarrenPaul Mason,
Joseph Polizzi,
Gerald Sanford
November 13, 1974 (1974-11-13)
Christie poses as a singer in order to investigate a record company owner.
10"Bullet from the Grave"Mel StewartBooker Bradshaw,
David P. Lewis
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.
11"Deadly Justice"Mark WarrenSean BaineDecember 4, 1974 (1974-12-04)
A deranged police academy dropout is executing criminals.
12"The Longest Fall"TBATBADecember 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.
13"The Deadly Sport"Mark WarrenGlen A. LarsonJanuary 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.
14"Too Many Games in Town"Bruce KesslerLou ShawJanuary 15, 1975 (1975-01-15)
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 DonigerLou ShawJanuary 29, 1975 (1975-01-29)
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 WarrenElliot Kaye & Albert ElmarFebruary 5, 1975 (1975-02-05)
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 BondelliGene LevittFebruary 12, 1975 (1975-02-12)
Christie tries to help a childhood friend.
18"The Big Rematch"Gene LevittHoward BerkFebruary 19, 1975 (1975-02-19)
$250,000 in prize money from a tennis match is stolen.
19"From Paris with Love"Bruce KesslerElliot Kaye & Albert ElmarMarch 5, 1975 (1975-03-05)
A charter service is suspected of being involved in smuggling and murder. Frank Gorshin guest stars.
20"A High Fashion Heist"David FriedkinMichael A. Hoey & B. Gerald BellMarch 12, 1975 (1975-03-12)
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 KesslerPeter Allan FiieldsMarch 26, 1975 (1975-03-26)
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 SatlofS : Matthew Howard aka Douglas Heyes;[6]
T : Glen A. Larson
April 4, 1975 (1975-04-04)
When Christie goes next door to ask her new neighbors to keep the noise down, she gets mixed up in something much more sinister.

In syndicationEdit

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.

Reception and impactEdit

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.[7]

Cultural referencesEdit

RebootEdit

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. [8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Douglas Heyes Obit". 10 February 1993. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  7. ^ Staff, Fox 61. "First ever African American female state trooper pushes for more women in uniform". fox61.com. Fox Connecticut. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  8. ^ "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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