"It changed the history of television for women," Gless told the AP Tuesday. "Absolutely changed it."
Gless, 63, said she has "never seen a better female character" than Cagney, who struggled with alcoholism and man troubles.
"She was ambitious, very strong," she said. "She was very complicated. She was kind of screwed up. Had a lousy attitude, hated authority. She was not what one would ever consider a hero, and that's why I love her. But she was. She was just very, very real."
"I haven't seen it for 17 years or whatever it's been," Daly, who played Mary Beth Lacey, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Eighteen years? 25 years? ... So, you know, I haven't seen them in a very, very long time, but walking down the street in New York City I still get 'Cagney and Lacey' instead of, you know, other stuff I've done."
"I'll be really interested to see if anybody wants to see them again," said Daly, 60.