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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 is the king of formula shows. Every single episode goes down the same
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.
Eat your heart out, Jordan Cavanaugh
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
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.
..."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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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