An Overview of the Quincy TV Series
Quincy, M.E. is a TV series from Universal Studios that aired for eight seasons and a total of 148 episodes. It ran from 1976 to 1983 on the NBC television network. Glen A. Larson and Lou Shaw created the Quincy television show. Note: Some people refer to the show as Quincy MD, which is incorrect. The show is about a Medical Examiner (ME), not a Medical Doctor (MD).
The series stars actor Jack Klugman in the title role, who worked as a Los Angeles County medical examiner (coroner). Generally speaking, his job was to determine the reasons for suspicious deaths. Quincy’s theories about the cause of death often put him at odds with his boss and the police. Quincy was a stubborn, crusading medical examiner who solved cases using forensic analysis, crime scene investigation techniques, and sharp intuition.
The Quincy TV Series was distinguished from other shows in the genre in one obvious way – the show often used the same actors and actresses in different roles in various episodes.
This was one of the first TV crime shows that focused largely on using medical methods in criminal investigations. Quincy was one of the first, if not THE first, to use in-depth forensic methods and crime scene investigation techniques to analyze evidence, provide facts and support theories about why crimes were committed. If you’re into CSI and forensics, this show is for you.
The first half of the first season of the Quincy television show was broadcast as 90-minute shows as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie in the fall of 1976 alongside Columbo, McCloud, and McMillan. The Quincy series became so popular that it was spun off into its own weekly series.
Quincy TV Series Episodes (View on Amazon)
The Quincy TV series starring Jack Klugman ran for eight seasons with a total of 148 episodes. The first season actually had 90-minute episodes. In seasons two through eight, the running time was shortened to 60 minutes per episode. All eight of the seasons are available on DVD. The DVD’s include the episode from each season, along with bonus footage, cast interviews, and other bonus features. All seasons are available to purchase on Amazon.com.
Our favorite set is the Quincy, M.E. – Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD – This collector’s set starring actor Jack Klugman includes all 16 episodes from the first and second seasons on three two-sided discs.
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List of Quincy TV Series Cast Members
- Jack Klugman played Dr. R. Quincy, M.E. (Jack starred in a total of 148 episodes from 1976 to 1983)
- John S. Ragin, Dr. Robert Asten (148 episodes from 1976 to 1983)
- Robert Ito, Sam Fujiyama (148 episodes from 1976 to 1983)
- Joseph Roman, Sgt. Brill (147 episodes from 1976 to 1983)
- Garry Walberg, Lt. Frank Monahan (145 episodes from 1976 to 1983)
- Val Bisoglio, Danny Tovo (138 episodes from 1976 to 1983)
- Eddie Garrett, Ed (113 episodes from 1976 to 1983)
- John Nolan, Bartender (88 episodes from 1977 to 1983)
Production Company and Distributor
The Quincy TV Series is produced by Glen A. Larson Productions and Universal Television. In 1983 and 1984, the series was distributed by MCA TV. It is currently distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
Awards, Recognition, and Ratings
Jack Klugman earned a total of four Emmy nominations for his role and spawned the medical investigation genre.
- The series has a rating of 7.3 out of 10 stars on IMDB and 7.9 out of 10 stars on TV.com
- 91% of Google users indicate they like the show
Questions and Comments
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