TV Series | TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.
A total of 148 episodes were made. Jack Klugman appeared in 147. In the episode Quincy M.E.: Has Anybody Here Seen Quincy? (1977) (season 2, episode 7), Dr. Asten (John S. Ragin) talks to Quincy twice on the phone, but Quincy's voice is not heard and he is not seen on screen. The reason Klugman did not take part in the episode is because he disliked the script written by Michael Sloan and Glen A. Larson for the episode; a body brought into the morgue turns out to still be alive. Klugman thought it laughable that a medical examiner of Quincy's fastidiousness would fail to notice it.
Quincy often undertakes actions which would result in evidence and investigations being compromised. Since he is only a coroner and has never been a police officer, these actions could result in cases being dropped or overturned upon appeal. There is no way that a District Attorney would allow Quincy to perform the actions that he does in the show.
Many of the episodes that aired as part of the "NBC Mystery Movie" were edited down from 88 minutes in length to roughly 44 minutes in length when the show went into reruns in syndication.