7.4
106 votes
Quincy, M.E.

Quincy, M.E.

NBC 1976

Quincy, M.E, a man who must have been a nightmare to work with! Quincy was a crusading Medical Examiner in Los Angeles, an expert at his job he was always capable of finding something that everyone else missed. A small clue that would go against all the rest of the evidence in a case and would lead to him arguing with his boss, Asten, and/or the investigating detective, nearly always Monahan. Quincy started of as a straight forward crime series with a difference, it was a M.E. investigating not a police officer or private eye.As the series went from strength to strength the writers, probably with a little push from Klugman, started bringing in stories about social injustice rather than criminal. Most of the time this worked, in fact it is sometimes interesting to see that some of the things highlighted still have not changed even now! Sometimes it came over a little preachy but the show can never be faulted for trying to enlighten the eyes of its viewers.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Quincy, M.E.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E13

#1 - Who Speaks for the Children?

9.00

Season 6 - Episode 13

Polly Carmody, a young 9 year old girl, is murdered and found in a refuse bin. The police quickly pick up a suspect but Lt. Alex Markasian thinks that he doesn't fit the profile of a child murderer. He is much more interested in the fact that the 'father' of Polly is in fact her stepfather, and has only been in the house for a couple of months. When the arrested suspects blood type doesn't match the blood found on the victioms clothing Donald Thompson, the stepfather, becomes an even more likely suspect. This is made even more likely when Alex and Quincy discover some disturbing things in Thompsons' background.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 2 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S2E2

#2 - Snake Eyes (2)

8.71

Season 2 - Episode 2

The disease continues to spread and the rest of the hotel/casino's guests want to know what is going on. They want to get out of the building but Quincy and his colleagues know that they have to keep the disease, and the guests, contained. If the disease gets out of the hotel it could cause an epidemic that could quickly spread all over the country!

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 7 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E4

#3 - The Night Killer

8.40

Season 6 - Episode 4

Mr. & Mrs. Estes have baby twins and with Bill Estes working all day Madeline is finding it harder and harder to look after the two boys. One night one of the twins dies suddenly in its sleep. All the medical and police personnel involved thinks that the baby died from SID (Sudden Infant Death) Syndrome, but a new, young and ambitious ME, Dr. Gauge, thinks that it was battered and calls in Lt. Monahan. Bill, remembering how his wife was getting angry with the workload of looking after both babies begins to think that she could have killed their son.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 5 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S7E16

#4 - The Shadow of Death

8.33

Season 7 - Episode 16

An ex-nurse, who served in Vietnam and suffered nightmares because of it, is found dead in her apartment. Her best friend, who was also a nurse in Vietnam, tries to help find the killer but has problems of her own. She suffers her own nightmares from the war and begins to fall deeper into depression and alcohol. The same thing happens to many vets when they come back from the war and Quincy wants to help her, if he can.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 3 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S8E19

#5 - Murder on Ice

8.33

Season 8 - Episode 19

Quincy and Emily receive the use of a Judge friends' mountain cabin for their honeymoon. They picture a long romantic week alone, skiing and sitting in front of an open log fire. When they arrive they are disappointed to find that there are other guests as well. All the guests are involved in law enforcement of some form or other and all know each other. They soon realize that the last time they saw each other al together was on when they all worked on the same case, a year ago. The man they all helped convict escaped jail and has never been heard of or seen since. When the judge doesn't arrive they all decide to go out looking for him in case there has been an accident. When they find his car, caught up in a snowdrift blocking the only way down the mountain, and his body inside it they all begin to worry whether the missing criminal is planning his revenge.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 3 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S3E7
#6 - Holding Pattern
8.27
Season 3 - Episode 7

Quincy has to persuade a group of hijackers that the plane they, and their hostages, are on has been exposed to a deadly virus.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 11 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S2E13
#7 - Let Me Light the Way
8.18
Season 2 - Episode 13

A suspected rapist seeks revenge on Quincy by attacking his friend

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 11 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S5E9
#8 - The Money Plague
8.17
Season 5 - Episode 9

‘R.W. Collins', a famous hijacker who escaped by parachuting out of a plane with his money five years ago is found dead, hanging from a tree in the National Park he bailed out over. He died before he hit the ground and has been hanging there, undiscovered, for 5 years now. Quincy and Sam are sent to the scene to see if they can find out whom the man really was. When they reach the park they find that things are a lot worse than they could have imagined, the anthrax particles he used to hijack the plane were released when the body was found and are spreading throughout the area infecting people who come into contact with it.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 12 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S5E13
#9 - Diplomatic Immunity
8.17
Season 5 - Episode 13

President Sarejo, the ruler of a small South American country, has come to America for some urgent hospital treatment. He brings with him most of his cabinet so that he can keep an eye on them while away. What with them and the large number of his countrymen protesting outside the hospital there are an awful lot of people who may want him dead. It isn't him who dies though; first one of his cabinet and then another die of suspected heart attacks.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 6 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S5E18
#10 - New Blood
8.14
Season 5 - Episode 18

Asten forces Quincy to take some unwanted vacation time and brings in a temporary replacement, Dr. McCracken, a pathologist rather than a Medical Examiner. That very same day the body of a controversial Congressman, Laurence Bridges, is found at the bottom of a flight of stairs in his office. With the press and police wanting a quick answer to what happened to Brideges Quincy is convinced that McCracken will not do a thorough enough job. A personality clash occurs between him and McCracken as he tries to get himself involved in her case.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Quincy, M.E. from 7 votes.

Last updated: may 01, 2021

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Another TV classic. But even at the time it originally aired it was much better than other shows. It was, first and foremost, good crime TV. The scripts were good and oftentimes meaningful. What sets this apart was that it involved social issues of the period, and tough ones at that. They wrote stories around those topics that hold up a mirror to society. It wasn´t always the easy entertainment. For a show of the late 70s to early 80s that was groundbraking. And watching it now you realise that a lot of those issues are true even today. Yes, the work of the M.E. was pushed a bit into the back but the show as a whole never suffered because of it. And amazingly, with some rare exceptions, they kept up the quality throughout the whole 8 years.

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