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  • The laws of 'Quincy'

    1. No more than 5 minutes shall pass before Quincy yells 'Dammit!'

    2. At least once an episode, Sam (Quincy's Asiatic sidekick) has to say 'I don't like it Quince'

    3. Every woman, even if they are young enough to be his granddaughters, has to find Quincy unbearably attractive

    4. No cop is allowed to point out that he is a pathologist, and investigating crimes is way outside the limits of his job

    5. There shall never be a suprising death

    6. Quincy's boss always has to object to his investigation at first, be won slowly round, and then appear, supporting, in the final denouncement

    7. Not one person is allowed to point out that there are probably bodies rotting in the aisles, considering the amount of time he spends investigating just the one death

    God I love this show......
  • This show was more influential than most shows of its genre on TV. In many ways, it was the predecessor to the current CSI and CSI: Miami, with its emphasis on science and the forensic approach. In fact, many of the episodes dealt with forensic methods which were just coming into being in the 70's, and for the first time let the audience of the series see these new techniques and research, including the build-up of a skeletal face to what the person could have looked like, looking for evidence of where a person has been by looking at the residue on a person's shoes and other forensic methods we take for granted nowadays.

    What's even more interesting is that many of the topics of these episodes, some 25 years old, show a great amount of relevance even now. Such things as airplane safety, epidemics, political influence, riots, runaways and child pornography, post traumatic stress disorder as a result of a war experience, migrant workers, crash diets, child abuse, and much, much more.

    This show was and is a great forerunner to many other shows over the past twenty-five years. In many ways, the current resurgence in shows about forensic science can be attributed to this show. Not only the commercial successes of CSI and CSI:Miami, but shows like "Forensic Files," "Cold Case Files" and other such shows. With the amount of technology which we presently have available to us now, it's amazing that a lot of it has only been available since Quincy debuted on television, less than 25 years ago.
  • "Quincy,M.E.",premiered on NBC-TV in October of 1976,and ended its run in April of 1982. The original was one of the last series to be created for the NBC Mystery Movie strand which consisted of the shows,"McCloud", "MacMillian and Wife","Banacek",and also "Columbo" which was on the same network. However,the series became part of a two-hour movie series intitled "Quincy",but the name changed after the Peacock network cancelled the movie series in 1976. This is where the series takes off and it was a combination of several things that may this a great show. First off,Quincy was played by the great Jack Klugman,who before the series aired was Oscar Madison for five seasons on the TV version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple",which was on a rival network.

    Klugman had a style and substance to the role where he can make his character looked serious and sometimes humourous at the same time(watch the episodes to see my point),but had a knack for solving cases for the police,uncover the proof of foul play against impossible odds,and go beyond the lengths to help the authorities catch the killer or suspects that were involved. Then after solving another grueling case,he's back onto another one leading to more clues and surprises at every turn.

    This show during its run was in the top ten and was a grand favorites against competitors like from other detective shows like Kojak,Barnaby Jones,and Baretta,not to mention Starsky and Hutch. However,the show was a inspiration for such shows today as Crossing Jordan and CSI:Crime Scene Investigation,not to mention in this category Diagonsis:Murder.

    Its is amazing that they don't make shows like this anymore,but Quincy was very good. One of the best from the mid-1970's. However,during its last season,the ratings slipped,and in 1982 the show was cancelled,and its replacement show over at NBC was that of a man and his talking car which....well you know the rest of the story...............

    Catch the episodes everyday on the Hallmark channel.
  • This is the king of formula shows. Every single episode goes down the same way:

    Quincy has just gotten off of a particularly grueling case.

    The boss brings in a new body that Quincy "just has to look at".

    Sam, his ever faithful assistant, is just about to leave for the night before Quincy calls him back. "I need you to stay and figure this one out."

    They show the 'late-night working montage', which always consists of Sam running spectral analysis tests while Quincy pokes at the body.

    The montage ends, and Sam says "I don't like the looks of this Quince".

    Quincy then insults Sam about the quality of his coffee.

    Quincy puts on his detective hat, and interviews witnesses.

    Quincy will come against opposition to him solving the case, and he will yell at that person. In fact, he will have been yelling for most of the episode, but now the yelling is of a righteous nature.

    Quincy will confront his main adversary and scream, "PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE AT STAKE HERE!!"

    Quincy's boss, who was against all meddling from the start, eventually comes around.

    Quincy solves the case, then explains everything over breakfast/lunch/dinner with his pals.

    Someone at the table tells a throw-away joke, usually at Quincy's expense, leaving everyone in stitches.

    Roll credits.

    Eat your heart out, Jordan Cavanaugh
  • dino_25427 October 2004
    I miss those days when quincy was shown at TV here in Norway. The show was just pure magic. On one side Quincy was the relenteless detective/coroner who gave everything on the job. On the other side he also liked to shoot the breeze, drink, chase woman and have fun. That's what it is all about. The 70's were a dream considering TV series. Just think about cannon, Kojak and Quincy. JUST GREAT. Quincy is "old school, funny and a delight to watch. The style of the 70's seems so much more relaxed and cool compared to that of today.Recommended for everybody that's tired of all the crap shown to day. The 70's rule and Quincy is number one!
  • ..."Thank God!" some people might think, well, not me. "Quincy" is one of my favourite shows of this kind (second only to the excellent "Columbo"). Jack Klugman is unforgettable as the intense and often angry Dr Quincy and is brilliantly supported by Robert Ito as the idealistic Sam, John S. Ragin as the by-the-book Dr Astin and Garry Walberg as Lt Monahan. Occasionally hammy but always enjoyable.
  • I absolutely loved this series about a coroner's experiences, and have tried in recent years to find a TV replacement, all to no avail. Cold Case Files is bearable (but no Quincy) while CSI is both dark & stark and far too graphic. No opportunity is lost to display blood and guts, generally at the expense of character and plot. Why people view this as entertainment befuddles me. Crossing Jordan is yet another dark tale and generally as concerned with Jordan's sex life as with crime investigation.

    By contrast, Quincy is very engaging but also optimistic. Yes, Quincy has his 'relationships' with beautiful young women, but they are portrayed light heartedly, with humour and minimal focus. Jack Klugman is brilliant in the role of the smart & tough, kind hearted & principled, grumpy but charismatic coroner. He is always the underdog's champion, indignant at the crimes & cover ups of the wealthy and influential, and not hesitant to ruffle a few feathers. Quincy is always professional but also personally engaged in the victim's plight. Each episode sees him ferreting out some new case of foul play, aided by his faithful Oriental lab cohort, Sam, engagingly played by Robert Ito. The pair enjoy a touching friendship.

    The series gave us a glimpse into the forensic techniques and research of that era. (These may have improved during the intervening decades but alas, the TV series portraying them have not.) Also, many issues equally relevant today were explored, including child abuse, fad diets, alcoholism, child pornography, and so forth. Who cares whether aspects of the show are predictable or whether it is particularly realistic? I for one remain a great fan of the series. As I see it, all the forensic dramas of today pale by comparison.
  • When I started working for the NYS Crime Victims Board and occasionally had to send for autopsy reports I'm afraid it soured me on this series. Jack Klugman was far more dedicated to his job and to doing the job of the police than any coroner I ever dealt with. In fact on a personal level I had a sister who died at 34 and an autopsy was ordered as it naturally would be. The report we eventually got some nine months later gave a clinical analysis of the corpse and certain tests, but came to zero conclusions about how my sister died. Now maybe Jack Klugman would have found out on the show, but I ran into no Klugmans in my professional or personal life.

    But Quincy would always go an extra few miles with his trusted assistant Robert Ito until he was proved right. Of course he always was. Klugman also had to deal with his supervisor John S. Ragin who had a lot of corpses to be disposed of and little time for the individual attention Klugman gave those cases we saw.

    But if Klugman had problems with Ragin there were nothing compared to those he had with detectives Garry Walberg and Joseph Roman who naturally resented him doing their jobs. The resentments never lasted long though.

    My favorite parts of the show were always in their hangout where Klugman got together with Ito, Walberg, Ragin, and Roman at Danny's, a nice cozy little piano bar with good food, good drinks, and good company. In fact my favorite character in the show was Val Bisoglio as your genial host Danny. It was nice to see that the conflicts during the show never came into Danny's. It looked like such a great place to hang out.

    But if you think medical examiners are as dedicated as Quincy you will be sadly disillusioned as I was.
  • wolfgar27120 August 2009
    I think Quincy was great when it first aired but is reflective of the "Shake 'n Bake" formula of TV in the '70s and early '80s. It did bring the science of criminal forensics to public attention so I am sure there are people working in that field today because of Quincy.

    An episode or two might be tolerable for most people, but beyond that the repetition will wear almost anyone down.

    I think I would pay real money if for once his boss Asten, Lt. Monahan and everyone else would believe Quincy when he finds something out of the ordinary.

    Something like,"Gee Quincy, you were right about all of the last 75 deaths you investigated when I didn't believe you despite considering you my friend. Since your record is pretty flawless and I can trust you, let's go get the murderer." I would love to see that just once...once!
  • I watched "Quincy" when it was on the first time round with my mum, dad & sister. I didn't quite get it the first time around as I was a young lady in those days. However I was fortunate to see it on digital TV in England, and have realized the true, raw, emotion that is Quincy, coroner & all-round good guy.

    Quincy is insightful. Before all these "CSI" & "Cold Case" programmes, there was Quincy. Was he one step ahead? Let's just say he was on the ball. He knew the truth behind the lies, the evil from the good and the down-right guilty from the innocent. When he had a hunch, you'd better believe he was right. Had a crime to solve? Quincy was your guy.

    Quincy get what he wants. If there was someone who was holding something back, Quincy had enough on them to solve the case & get the job done.

    Quincy was a man's man. With soul. He lived & loved like a man who's time was almost up, and it showed. He solved the case when no one else thought it could be done. He felt for the deceased & gave them a voice when everyone else thought it had fallen silent.

    Quincy has charisma. There was no other man on television who had a hand that was as good with a woman as it was with a dead body.

    Quincy cares. Sure, Quincy was a man's man; he would be at the bar buying a round for the guys, but he hurts like the rest of us. He just kept it all inside.

    So there you have it - the man & the myth that is Quincy. There will never be another... all those copy-cats? Well the men want to be him, & the women want to be WITH him. Quincy, you're the best.
  • Though Quincy began its run as a great mystery show, it all too soon evolved into a vehicle for discussion of the social issues of the day. Unlike Columbo, which maintained a reputation for sticking to good storytelling and suspense, Quincy started using violent incidents as an excuse to comment on gun control, spousal abuse, religious bigotry, etc. While it's important to be aware of societal ills, it's also important to understand that as soon as a storyteller starts "lecturing," the story suffers, and the audience leaves. And when producers, directors, and actors lose sight of the balance needed between telling a story and discussing the issues of the day, their show goes into decline. Trying to merge story and message is like mixing liver and ice cream; it can be done, but who's going to want the product? When Quincy stuck to storytelling, it was entertaining, but when stories took a backseat to "messages," it jumped the shark every time.
  • I have enjoyed Quincy for years--both when it first came on TV and in the years following its wide-spread syndication. Despite enjoying the show very much, I must, however, admit that the show was very formulaic and predictable. In 90% of the episodes, they stuck one of two very well-established plot outlines:

    1. There is a death and it's assumed that it was by natural causes. In most of these cases, it's actually murder.

    2. To Dr. Quincy, the case "just doesn't seem right" and he won't close the case--wanting to take more time with the autopsy or do some investigating on his own.

    3. His boss, Dr. Asten, argues with Quincy to just wrap it all up due to either time constraints or pressure from outside sources. In essence, Asten is a bureaucratic weenie and Quincy a crusader for truth.

    4. Quincy's friend, Lt. Monahan, wants to close the case because he KNOWS that it either wasn't a murder or he's blaming some innocent guy for the crime. Oddly, despite the Los Angeles Police Department being one of the largest ones in the world, somehow Monahan is almost always on the case--he's apparently a very, very busy guy--as is Quincy!

    5. In the end, Quincy is vindicated. Yet, despite this, by the time they do the next episode, they once again begin this same process!

    6. They all end up at Danny's and someone says something funny.


    1. A death occurs.

    2. Dr. Quincy becomes angry because the death was caused by some social issue such as spousal abuse, sexual abuse or poorly staffed emergency care centers, so he goes on a rampage and annoys practically everyone.

    3. Quincy grandstands, makes speeches and preaches not just to the folks in the show but AT the audience.

    4. Folks FINALLY listen to Quincy and they all end up at Danny's restaurant. But because it's a social issue program, they may or may not say something funny to end the show.

    So why, despite the predictability of the show did I and so many others like it? Well, perhaps it was because although you knew what to expect in general, the shows were very creative in how they thought out the murders. Also, in a few cases, there weren't murders but the show managed to bring up excellent public health issues (though occasionally they were VERY preachy). Plus, over the years, the show evolved into a likable cast. Heck, after a while, you even grew to like Asten--especially since he mellowed and was less of a paper-pushing bureaucrat in later episodes.

    Excellent writing, a likable cast and great imagination, this show has stood up well over time.

    UPDATE: I just finished re-watching the entire series and think I should update my review. As the show progressed, the quality of the shows began to decline. The decline was slow at first but by season eight, the shows were just awful. I assume they ran out of ideas for crimes to solve, as more and more as the show progressed the shows became soapboxes for social ills NOT shows about forensic science. And, soapbox shows, while perhaps important, are far, far less entertaining.
  • So every episode seemed the same? Every episode of I Love Lucy was the same too, and that's a classic. Heck, 90% of TV is the same episode over and over again. This show is great. Before a couple years ago, I wasn't a huge fan of 70s TV, especially dramas, but I'm hooked on this show. The cast is great, the characters delightfully predictable and occasionally over-the-top, and the storylines intriguing. Great stuff. And I got a huge kick out of the fact that Garry Walberg (Lt. Monahan) was also Speed on The Odd Couple. Guess he and Jack followed each other around. LOL
  • It has struck me that despite the implausible pairing of Quincy with much younger women, the clashes with the management and the police, this show covered some pretty controversial topics for a 30 year old mainstream show:- * Teenage alcoholism * Elder abuse * Mental health issues * Legislation for lief jackets on plains * Drunk driving *Public health issues such as food contamination/pollution Yes it can be cheesy but I still find many of them watchable and find the range of issues covered impressive for the times. I also think it's quite cool that Mark was actually a technician not an actor who is now a leading DNA expert!
  • I do agree that some of the plot lines can fall on the formulaic side, but I can't help liking Quincy M.E. all the same. The locations, scenery and photography are striking, and the music is above decent too. As is the direction, and even the most formulaic of story lines have their fun and engrossing spots. The pacing is pretty solid, while the writing and characters are engaging enough, the writing having wit and humour and the characters lead and supporting likable and fun. The acting I don't have a problem with, Jack Klugman is great as Quincy, who has his flaws such as being grumpy on occasions but is still charismatic, kind-hearted and clever, while Sam is a nice character and engagingly played. To conclude, a very nice if formulaic show. 8/10 Bethany Cox
  • For me Quincy was more laughable than a serious series, simply for the reason that Jack Klugman or should I say Quincy, exaggerated at almost every opportunity. The shouting, the OTT hand gestures and also the fact that he thought he was funny when he so blatantly was irritating. He fancied himself as a bit of a ladies man, which is OK but do viewers really want to see a middle aged, 50 - odd guy hitting on beautiful young girls? Why do I watch it then? Well, I don't really but when I do it's purely for the comedy, laughing at the fact that the show, however lovable, is awfully bad!
  • This series begins with a whimsical and blowsy saxophone as if the visuals are showing a women raising her skirt to check a torn stocking rather than an aging pathologist with surgical gloves. There follows a scene in which police rookies are shown an autopsy being performed by Quincy and they collapse one by one. But is it the sight of the corpse or the effect of Klugman's shouting that is doing the damage? Next we see Quincy examining a leg which turns out to belong to a beautiful women on a yacht. The women is, of course, young enough to be his daughter despite his conspicuously charm-less looks and zimmer frame status.

    To be fair, this program was never less than interesting in debating the medical, social and political issues of the day and the failures or contradictions inherent in the American capitalist system but mostly, it has to be said, you remember the shouting. Jack Klugman is from the 'can-you-hear-me-at-the-back?' school of thespianism. He's a passionate man with all the patience of a boiling kettle. When he loses his rag only dogs can hear the top notes. Corpses shake so violently that you are fooled into thinking they've risen again. Even minor conversations seem to rise in decibels as he holds forth on any subject no matter how trivial. His colleagues even dread asking him whether he wants a coffee. "This coffee. This coffee is TOO HOT! (Ceiling cracks) Does nobody CARE about the victims of this HOT coffee? How many people are going to be HORRIBLY DISFIGURED (Window shatters) by this coffee machine until something is DONE? I WILL TELL YOU THIS!!!....(Fire hydrant bursts on street)....I will not REST until the truth is OUT, you HEAR ME? You BETCHA!" Storms off, room covered in spittle.

    Highlights of the series include his fishing holiday. "The FISH? Where are all the FISH?" (Boat wavers precariously). Also any fish eaten are bound to be polluted resulting in an immediate investigation by Quincy involving dodgy corporations, femme fatales, hit-men and local police sporting ear muffs. And then there's the daily trip to the canteen. "THE GRAVY!!!!! (Glasses explode on every table) The gravy is LUMPY.... (stern thespian pause).....AGAIN!" A lethal mistake after just rebuilding the canteen.

    But Quincy is a man who cares, you have to give him that. He cares so much his face is permanently beetroot. And women adore him. But it's amazing that women who don't have hearing aids are able to spend an evening with him. "WAITER! THE CHECK! And don't you REALISE the TERRIBLE consequences of DIRTY spoons and BAD air conditioning? If you think I'm gonna BACK DOWN (Spittle) over this, you can GUESS AGAIN, PAL!!!!!!"
  • When I was in high school, I wrote that Quincy was my favorite detective. This show was the inspiration for such shows as Crossing Jordan and Diagnosis: Murder. However, one criticism I do have is that towards the end it became too issue oriented for my taste and I became bored with the show. However, when it came to being a mystery show it will always be one of the best.
  • Bondek25 July 2006
    Warning: Spoilers
    I first saw Quincy just under ten years ago when they showed it on BBC1 in the afternoons. My first memory was of the cops fainting when Quincy shows them the autopsy in the credits. To be honest my favourite character altered between Sam and Astin but I like the cast as a whole, the Danny-Quincy banter (always trying to get that recipe) that dynamic storyline and what have you. I always enjoyed how Quince solved complex cases, although he dealt with the dead it was similar to House or CSI probably more CSI. One episode springs to mind when they search for a boy who's been hidden underground in the desert, they search everywhere and it's by finding a rare flower that starts them off and finding the boy. Quincy dealt with issues as relevant today as they were in the 70's and 80's. Our treatment of people of different race, sex and religion. Quincy was someone who genuinely cared and played excellently by Jack Klugman.

    Of course, let's not forget that 'funky' soundtrack!
  • Quincy was a great show with some very good and relevant episodes, covering environmental, epidemics, cot death, legal and medical loopholes. Jack Klugman was perfect for the role and the banter between his character, Asten and Monaghan was excellent.

    There is one puzzle though, what was the point of two of the characters, Danny and Sergeant Brill? The character of Danny did bring some humour to the show, but the part was mostly a couple of minutes at the end of the show. Not much of a part! Sergeant Brill's part was even more pointless than Danny's! Playing second fiddle to Monaghan, the part was virtually pointless, he rarely had anything significant to say, it was almost as if he was just given token lines to say.
  • Glen Larson schmaltz. Just as unbelievable as a mystery writer who's smarter than every policeman or woman, ever, we have a coroner who tops that as Klugman, the frumpy nose pedastal, throws his weight around each obvious tale like the second coming. Always playing for the cheap seats Quincy is allowed to, not only do police procedural, but violate laws to achieve his ends in some cases. Oscar Madison put a leash on some of that ham fisted bravado, but you could tell in the Odd Couple Jack felt restrained. Here, add in some social causes and rediculous plot devices and you have pure Larson schlock. It is riveting, sometimes, just to see what they think is appropriate behavior, but I'll stick with Rockford or Columbo.
  • Quincy came out when I was 13 years old, and I thought it was an amazing and great show. I got upset when Quincy got upset! I was sad and outraged that nobody ever saw the wisdom of his words until he could prove it with science. Nobody ever listened to Quincy, and so I understood why he always seemed to be upset.

    The stories were usually pretty good too, though sometimes they went way too far into political activism. Most of the time, they used interesting ideas and science information that was cutting edge back in the 1970s. Now some of those ideas are totally antiquated and ridiculous.

    Forty years later, I have tried to enjoy Quincy like I did when I was young, and he is just way too harsh. His abrasive personality is mean to many of the people that support him the most. Additionally, Quincy has no respect for anyone at his Medical Examiner's Office. After living a life in the real world, most of the time I am thinking about all the reasons that he should get terminated during each episode.

    Quincy violates every rule, he violates every order from his boss, Dr. Astin (played by John S. Ragin), and sometimes he breaks the law too. In the real world, Quincy would be getting fired in almost every episode of his show. That makes it hard to enjoy the show, because it is so unrealistic to believe many of the activities that Quincy engages in.

    Quincy has lost his credibility to me, and that makes the show more silly and political than interesting and entertaining. However, I will always remember him fondly. Back when I was a kid, I thought that yelling at your boss every day was pretty cool. Quincy did everything "his way," and that was alright by me.
  • "Quincy M.E" was another television triumph for "Universal" after they were on a roll with one successful show after another. The episodes about a crusading coroner based in Los Angeles, quickly caught the interest of the public. The series made a household name of that fine character actor Jack Klugman, who made the main character his own. The show benefited from having some great writing, which guaranteed some classic episodes. Quincy was the kind of character who needed to complete a job regarding a suspicious death (his speciality), no matter that he inevitably rubbed certain people up the wrong way. Amongst these people, were a friend from the Los Angeles police department and Quincy's own boss. There were numerous times when Quincy would be facing some kind of disciplinary action or even being fired! To be fair to him though, he only wanted to do his job and not just because he was very good at it. Quincy genuinely cared about everything that went with his profession, including presenting bad news to someone's loved ones. He was overworked and underpaided but still liked his job. "Quincy M.E" became highly successful, the series ran from 1976 til 1983 and lasted 148 episodes. The theme tune is quite a catchy one. The show began with a season of episodes that lasted 75 minutes each. These episodes were the ideal way to introduce the main characters and the way they operated. It is seldom that I see any television show from today that could hold a single match stick, let alone a candle to classic shows like the above. The quality of actors and writers simply isn't in evidence any longer.
  • One of the last series to be created for the NBC Mystery Movie strand and the last successful show generated thus, "Quincy, M.E." became an hour-long series by itself after NBC cancelled the movie series in 1977. The first-name-challenged Quincy - even his girlfriends (and wife, in the very last episode) called him "Quince" - could be guaranteed to practically solve the case for the police, uncover proof of foul play against the most impossible odds, and go to bat for every cause under the sun... although it should be said that things didn't always end well (when it was Quincy vs. the airline industry in an episode about an air disaster, the industry won; one show about gun use ended with a boy playing with a weapon and shooting his sister).

    Plausible it may not have been - like all TV detectives, the poor man couldn't even go on holiday without getting into a medical emergency (as Leslie Halliwell wrote, "You'd think the cast would have figured out after one season that Quincy's always right"), and why did so many good-looking women fall for him? ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is filled with attractive people of both sexes - you'd think Messrs. Petersen, Helgenberger, Dourdan and Fox would be beating them off with a stick in the course of their work. But no...) And the show did carry bit too much message baggage... but somehow "Quincy M.E." only sounded the death knell when our hero had to sell his boat. Fortunately that was in the final two-part episode - Quincy without his boat would have been like Batman without his cape.

    It'll probably still be repeated long after we're all gone; formulaic but more effective than not, really.
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