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. - S3E7

#1 - Holding Pattern (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 8.27 from 11 votes.

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Quincy, M.E. - S2E13

#2 - Let Me Light the Way (Season 2 - Episode 13)

A suspected rapist seeks revenge on Quincy by attacking his friend

The episode was rated 8.18 from 11 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S5E9

#3 - The Money Plague (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 8.17 from 12 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S5E6

#4 - Sweet Land of Liberty (Season 5 - Episode 6)

A policeman is killed while on a routine visit to a house. The killer turns out to be an old friend of Sam's, the gentlest man Sam has ever known. Arrested he admits that he killed the policeman and then, while in a cell, kills himself. Sam is determined to find out what changed his friend and investigates. He finds radiation in the jawbone and uncovers the story of a military experience in Germany that involved torture and, possibly, the force-feeding of a radioactive drug. Can Sam prove that this is what caused his friend to kill and restore his good name?

The episode was rated 8.10 from 10 votes.

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Quincy, M.E. - S2E10

#5 - An Unfriendly Radiance (Season 2 - Episode 10)

Quincy is called in on his day off after a car crash victim is brought in and seems to have an extremely high level of radiation in his body. Ray Sanchez, who was helping out the now dead man, Bigelow, is arrested for manslaughter, even though Quincy is convinced of his innocence and makes no effort to hide his viewpoint. To help Sanchez Quincy decides to look more into the radiation aspect of Bigelow's death and tries to dig into his background and find out where he worked.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 15 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S3E6

#6 - Tissue of Truth (Season 3 - Episode 6)

When a kidnapper dies in a car crash after trying to pick up his ransom the only clue that will help the police find the missing boy is a half eaten apple. It is up to Quincy to use his medical expertise to uncover where the kidnapped boy has been hidden.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 10 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S3E16

#7 - Accomplice to Murder (Season 3 - Episode 16)

Quincy stakes his reputation on his forensic findings, which suggest that an influential businessman is responsible for the death of his estranged wife.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 14 votes.

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Quincy, M.E. - S5E14

#8 - Riot (Season 5 - Episode 14)

Quincy and Sam are called to a prison to help investigate the murder of one of the inmates. Once there they soon find themselves held hostage by the prisoners when they begin a riot.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 11 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S5E10

#9 - For the Benefit of My Patients (Season 5 - Episode 10)

Quincy has to autopsy a man who died at the county hospital. He is amazed at the ability of the Dr. who tried to save him. It turns out though that the patient was originally taken to a different hospital that turned the ambulance away because the man did not have any insurance. Quincy visits the hospital and, after seeing the same thing happen again, decides to make sure that the owner, Dr. Rollins, does not get to buy another local hospital and run it the same way.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 10 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S3E3

#10 - A Dead Man's Truth (Season 3 - Episode 3)

A rookie cop and his partner are called to a break in at a shop, when they arrive they go into a dark shop and start to search it. The criminal is still inside and when they find him an altercation ensues and ends up with the rookie cop shooting the burglar. After an autopsy Quincy quickly discovers that the story the rookie is telling is not the truth. With a crusading TV reporter looking into police brutality Monahan wants Quincy to find out exactly what happened and why the rookie is lying before the reports condemn him and ruin his chance of a career in the police.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 18 votes.

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Quincy, M.E. - S3E2
#11 - A Blow to the Head ... a Blow to the Heart
7.87
Season 3 - Episode 2

After a championship bout a young boxer collapses and dies. His wife thinks that it wasn't an accident and asks Quincy, a friend of her husband's trainer and the coroner on call, to see if he can find out how he really died. Once Quincy has completed the autopsy he begins to wonder if the woman is right, there is certainly something that does not seem to be quite right with the death, something that is made even more certain when Quincy is approached by 4 thugs who tell him in no uncertain terms that he better hurry up and make his report.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
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Quincy, M.E. - S2E4
#12 - Visitors in Paradise
7.86
Season 2 - Episode 4

Quincy and Danny go on a fishing holiday to the beautiful lakeside town of Paradise, free from their troubles of restaurant managing and Dr. Asten. Almost as soon as they have started fishing a young woman pulls her boat alongside them and thanks Quincy for coming to investigate her mother's murder! Quincy has no idea what she is on about but is affected by her pleading and agrees to look into it.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
Quincy, M.E. - S2E1
#13 - Snake Eyes (1)
7.85
Season 2 - Episode 1

Quincy, Lee and Danny are all in Lake Tahoe together. Quincy is there for a forensic Pathologist convention and the others for a weekend break. While they are there the guests and staff start coming down with some kind of strange illness. Quincy and a couple of other Forensic Pathologists are called in to help but when some of the patients start dying they still have no clue as to what is killing them. To make things worse the casino owner does not want to admit that anything is wrong, as it will affect his bookings and profits.

The episode was rated from 27 votes.
Quincy, M.E. - S3E8
#14 - Main Man
7.85
Season 3 - Episode 8

An autopsy on a college football star reveals a congenital brain disease, and Quincy urges the victim's younger brother to stay out of the next high school game. But the boy's father and the school are determined to win the championship at any cost.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
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Quincy, M.E. - S5E12
#15 - Honor Thy Elders
7.82
Season 5 - Episode 12

After Quincy's traces an old man's death to his son's physical abuse he is faced with a similar case involving the exploitation of two elderly women by their unscrupulous nephew.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Quincy, M.E. - S3E17
#16 - Ashes to Ashes
7.82
Season 3 - Episode 17

A young woman dies in a bar, apparently of a heart attack. After the autopsy Quincy is sure that something is not quite as it seems and soon discovers some unsettling facts about her husband.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Quincy, M.E. - S2E8
#17 - A Good Smack in the Mouth
7.80
Season 2 - Episode 8

Asten's wife Melissa picks up a young boy wandering at the side of the road at night. Soon afterwards they are involved in an automobile accident. Quincy is told, Asten is out of town, and he goes and visits Melissa, and the boy. As soon as he sees Joey's bruises he knows that they are not new ones caused by the crash, they are older and look like being beaten caused them. He looks at the x-rays taken of the boy and they confirm his opinion that the boy is being abused, probably at the hands of his parents.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
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Quincy, M.E. - S4E13
#18 - The Depth of Beauty
7.80
Season 4 - Episode 13

Quincy delves into the world of cosmetic surgery after he autopsies a woman who killed herself because she hated the scars a botched operation caused. He discovers that the plastic surgeon isn't in fact a qualified plastic surgeon, only a qualified MD. The law allows anyone who has qualified as a doctor to call himself any kind of specialist he likes.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Quincy, M.E. - S4E16
#19 - Aftermath
7.80
Season 4 - Episode 16

A large passenger jet crash-lands 40 miles outside LA. Quincy and Sam are sent out to start the identification of the bodies and to make sure that the crash scene is kept intact. Once the rest of the Coroners team has arrived and the positions of the bodies have been marked out they are all taken back to LA, where an autopsy has to be completed on each and every one of them, all one hundred of them! Quincy eventually discovers that a dangerous flammable gas was being carried by the plane, not illegal but extremely dangerous. He then finds himself with two dilemmas to solve. The first being how to persuade the airlines that transporting this sort of flammable substance is not a good idea and secondly, to get an insurance company to accept that one of the unidentifiable bodies was that of a man they insured so that his wife and family can claim his life insurance.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Quincy, M.E. - S5E8
#20 - Nowhere to Run
7.75
Season 5 - Episode 8

A girl falls off of a cliff while with her boyfriend. Quincy believes the boy's story that she committed suicide despite everyone else's belief that he killed her. Quincy finds out that the girl was pregnant and sets to find out who the father really is at a time when DNA testing has not been invented yet.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
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Last updated: aug 08, 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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