7.4
102 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 Worst Episodes of Quincy, M.E.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E2

#1 - A Matter of Principle

6.43

Season 6 - Episode 2

Sam tries to persuade the authorities to take notice of a new process he has developed to help track down killers. His tooth print process shows that the man the police have as their suspect in a rape case is not the man who did it. The bite mark has to have come from another person. His process being unknown though means that it is not accepted or believed.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 7 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E11

#2 - Scream to the Skies

6.50

Season 6 - Episode 11

Quincy investigates a plane crash at sea and discovers that most of the victims died needlessly.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 4 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S7E19

#3 - The Face of Fear

6.50

Season 7 - Episode 19

A woman, Vicki Maguire, who has suffered from agoraphobia, manages to finally leave her house, for the first time in seven years. While walking her dog along the beach beside her house she looks in through the window of another house, and witnesses what she thinks is a woman being strangled. The police are called and when Monahan and Brill get to the house there is no body, no sign of a struggle and a completely different man in residence. No one believes her story, except for her psychologist Dr. Rainer, and she goes to see Quincy. She persuades him that the woman wasn't seeing things and that he should help her find out the truth, before she suffers a relapse and will never be able to leave her house again.

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

Quincy, M.E. - S8E22

#4 - An Act of Violence

6.50

Season 8 - Episode 22

An old lady is attacked and killed in her own apartment. Quincy is horrified that someone could so callously attack an old woman and is determined to find evidence that will convict the killer. Later, after an evening visit to her apartment looking for more evidence Quincy himself is attacked and mugged, leaving him scared to go out in the dark and making him jump at every sound.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 2 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E14

#5 - Seldom Silent, Never Heard

6.75

Season 6 - Episode 14

A young boy, Jeffrey, dies when he falls from a building, after being chased in there. After the autopsy a doctor turns up wanting to have the brain. Jeffrey had Tourette's Syndrome and the doctor wants to try and find out what causes it and how to cure it. This is the only way he can research it as the drug companies don't think they could make enough money to make it worth their while.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 4 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S8E4

#6 - Dying for a Drink

6.80

Season 8 - Episode 4

A medical examiner starts making basic mistakes, mistakes that are putting her job on the line and are caused by her alcohol binges. She is heading deeper and deeper into alcoholism and it may be that only Quincy can help her before she falls too far.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 5 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S8E11

#7 - The Law Is a Fool

6.80

Season 8 - Episode 11

At the end of a school day a young girl gets into a cab for her daily ride home. She doesn't arrive there and a search is soon started. The real cab driver is soon found and he gives a description of the man who attacked him and the cab is soon found abandoned and examined for forensic evidence. Then all of a sudden a man who fits the description walks into a police station. He is alone and refuses to confirm or deny anything. All he will let the authorities know is that Quincy and Professor Hillman (the kidnapped girl's grandfather) are covering up a murder.

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

Quincy, M.E. - S7E18

#8 - Stolen Tears

6.83

Season 7 - Episode 18

A man who was a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps is run down and killed after he recognizes the man who was his tormentor in the camp. He manages to get a message sent to his friend, Heime, before his death and he tries to convince Quincy that it was murder, not an accident. At the same time Heime, who runs a Holocaust museum, has to deal with a rich, powerful man who spends his time proclaiming that the Holocaust never happened.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 6 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E5

#9 - The Hope of Elkwood

7.00

Season 6 - Episode 5

When a potential Olympic champion is cut down in his prime his coach is accused of negligent homicide. A young lawyer, the only man who is willing to defend him, must rely on Quincy to find evidence to clear his clients' name.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 3 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E10

#10 - Headhunter

7.00

Season 6 - Episode 10

When the body of an airline stewardess is found with her stomach cut open, Quincy's investigation runs into interference from Internal Affairs, who is certain that a well respected police officer is involved in the drug smuggling operation.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 4 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E15
#11 - Of All Sad Words
7.00
Season 6 - Episode 15

A club near Danny's burns down killing the owner, Lou Chesler. His wife, Elizabeth, is suspected of causing her husband's death, especially by an insurance investigator for the company that held her husbands' life assurance policy. He thinks she has also killed previous men in her life and warns the latest one that he could be next. The latest one is, of course, Quincy.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 4 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E16
#12 - To Kill in Plain Sight
7.00
Season 6 - Episode 16

An explosion kills a man who is discovered to be the advance scout for a hitman. Quincy is in a race against time to find the assassin and thwart the plot to kill a government official at a hotel convention.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 4 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S6E18
#13 - Vigil of Fear
7.00
Season 6 - Episode 18

A group of concerned citizens patrol their neighborhood to help keep crime off the streets. After chasing an armed criminal into a warehouse a gun battle takes place and they shoot the man. When examining the body Quincy proves he hadn't fired a gun and was so drunk he couldn't even have stood up at the time. He was not, and could not have been the thief they chased into the building. The vigilantes now look as if they are going to be charged with murder, will Quincy be able to help them?

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

Quincy, M.E. - S7E1
#14 - Memories of Allison
7.00
Season 7 - Episode 1

Sam and Quincy are attending a job fair for students when a woman falls down an escalator, just after shouting at someone who has been following her. While she is in hospital it is discovered she has a severe case of posttraumatic amnesia. A high price assassin is caught in her hospital room not long afterwards and leads to even more interest in who she is and why someone would want her dead.

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

Quincy, M.E. - S7E2
#15 - The Golden Hour
7.00
Season 7 - Episode 2

A young girl is injured in a car accident and rushed to a hospital by the paramedics. Her father who is severely injured is sent to a trauma center instead because he is a more serious case. The father survives and the daughter dies. The difference between a trauma center and an ER was what saved the man. City regulations make it hard for the center to get enough patients and it is about to get closed down unless Quincy can help.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 4 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S7E4
#16 - Slow Boat to Madness (2)
7.00
Season 7 - Episode 4

With the cruise ship being prevented from docking at any of the islands in the area it is down to Quincy and Janet to find out exactly what the disease on board is before everyone on the ship finds out and starts panicking.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 2 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S7E5
#17 - D.U.I.
7.00
Season 7 - Episode 5

A man is knocked down and killed by a drunk driver. Quincy is outraged to discover that the killer is likely to get away with a light sentence and tries to change things. His digging uncovers much more than he, and the prosecutor, could ever have expected.

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

Quincy, M.E. - S7E6
#18 - For Want of a Horse
7.00
Season 7 - Episode 6

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 4 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S7E9
#19 - Bitter Pill
7.00
Season 7 - Episode 9

After a teenager dies from taking a seemingly harmless pill, Quincy sets out to shut down the highly dangerous, but legal, trade in ‘look-alike' drugs. He tries to find out why it is legal to make such pills and concentrates on closing down a small, local shop that sells the pills.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 4 votes.

Quincy, M.E. - S7E10
#20 - Guns Don't Die
7.00
Season 7 - Episode 10

A man is mugged and killed in a park, fortunately the killer is quickly found and arrested. Sometime later a gang member kills a young boy. The autopsy shows that the same gun killed the boy and the mugged man. Quincy takes it upon himself to track down the weapon and make sure that it cannot be used to kill anyone else.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Quincy, M.E. from 2 votes.

Last updated: oct 26, 2020

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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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