DirectorWilliam A. Graham Initial releaseJanuary 22, 1974 Story byDorothy Uhnak
WriterDorothy Uhnak, George Kirgo CastTeresa Graves (Christie Love), Louise Sorel (Helena Varga), Harry Guardino (Captain Casey Reardon), Paul Stevens (Enzo Cortino), Lynne Holmes (Celia Jackson) Similar moviesCleopatra Jones (1973)
Get Christie Love! is a 1974 made-for-television film and subsequent crime drama TV series starring Teresa Graves as an undercover female police detective who is determined to overthrow a drug ring. This film is based on Dorothy Uhnak's crime-thriller novel The Ledger. However, the main character "Christie Opara"—a white, New York Police detective—was dropped completely and "Christie Love" emerged.
Det. Olga Ford of the NYPD served as the series Technical Advisor.
The film was 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 (23 episodes from January 22, 1974-April 5, 1975, featuring Charles Cioffi as Love's supervisor Lt. Matt Reardon, who is 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 joined Jehovah's Witnesses since the making of the TV film), the series was soon cancelled. One episode featured many of Graves' former Rowan & Martin's 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." The starring TV role made Graves the only African-American female lead in a U.S. network drama until Kerry Washington in Scandal (2012).
Teresa Graves — Christie Love
Charles Cioffi — Lieutenant Matt Reardon
Harry Guardino — Captain Casey Reardon
Jack Kelly - Captain Arthur Ryan
Louise Sorel — Helena Varga
Paul Stevens — Enzo Cortino
Ron Rifkin — Normand
Lynne Holmes — Celia Jackson
Lee Paul — Max Loomis
Titos Vandis — Spiliolis
Tracey Roberts — Gwen Fenley
William Hansen — Dr. Shepard
Andy Romano — Sergeant Seymour Greenberg
Davis Roberts — Myron Jones
Bill Henderson — Sergeant Stoner Martin
Deborah Dozier — Amy
Darlene Conley — Virginia
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.