Get Christie Love! (1974)

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Based on the novel The Ledger by Dorothy Uhnak, the main character “Christie Opara” was a white NYC police detective. However, the main detective was changed to an African-America detective played by the late Theresa Graves (passed in 2002), making her the second African-American female at the time to play a ‘lead’ role in a drama here in the States (following Dihann Carroll’s lead in Julia).

It was adapted and changed to become “Christie Love.” Det.

Get Christie Love! was originally broadcast in January 1974 as an ABC Movie of the Week, inspired by the 70s heroine blaxploitation films such as Tamara Dobson’s Cleopatra Jones (1973), 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!”

Due to the movie’s success, ABC turned it into a TV series. The show ran for 22 episodes, September 11, 1974 to April 5, 1975 before it was cancelled. The movie above is what inspired the short-lived series,
Below you’ll find some of the episodes from the ABC show.

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Source: Sal Amato