Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)

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The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

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Nominated for 10 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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 Dr. R. Quincy, M.E. (148 episodes, 1976-1983)
John S. Ragin ...
 Dr. Robert Asten (148 episodes, 1976-1983)
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 Sam Fujiyama (148 episodes, 1976-1983)
Joseph Roman ...
 Sgt. Brill / ... (147 episodes, 1976-1983)
Garry Walberg ...
 Lt. Frank Monahan (145 episodes, 1976-1983)
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 Danny Tovo (138 episodes, 1976-1983)
Eddie Garrett ...
 Ed / ... (114 episodes, 1976-1983)
John Nolan ...
 Bartender / ... (88 episodes, 1977-1983)
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Quincy and Sam are working as Coroners. Inspecting dead people they often see facts that don't match the theories of the police how or if really they were murdered. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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3 October 1976 (USA)  »

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(148 episodes)

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The character of Quincy was based on the real-life Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Dr Thomas Noguchi, who became famous for his often controversial conclusions. He performed autopsies on many stars including Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and John Belushi. In true Quincy-style, he raised doubts about the official account of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination by showing that Sirhan Sirhan could not have fired the fatal shot. He also acted as a technical advisor on the show. The show's concept was adapted from the Canadian series Wojeck (1966). See more »

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Engaging human drama of a coroner with class
24 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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.


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