Quincy, M.E.

1976 | United States

Beginning life in the USA as part of the anthology series Mystery Movie, Quincy, M.E. (the M.E. was dropped from the title in Britain), proved popular enough to be promoted to its own slot where it ran for almost ten years. 

The lead was taken by veteran actor Jack Klugman, who managed to effortlessly shake off the image of rough, gruff, slob, Oscar Madison in the equally long running The Odd Couple, to become the caring, conscientious and inquisitive pathologist, who had turned his back on his previously lucrative medical practice to work for the Los Angeles County Coroners Office, where he was ably assisted by young colleague Sam Fujiyama (Robert Ito). Quincy, impulsive and headstrong, was not adverse to leaving his microscope behind and venturing outside to conduct investigations of his own, much to the consternation of his boss, Dr. Robert J. Asten (John S. Ragin) and local police cheif Frank Monahan (Garry Walberg). 

In later seasons the series boldly attempted to face up to real issues such as drug abuse among teenage athletes. In private Quincy frequented a bar known as Danny's Place (the owner was played by Val Bisoglio), and dated a girl by the name of Lee Potter (Lynette Mettey). However, the romance with Lee didn't last and eventually Quincy met and married psychiatrist Emily Hanover (Anita Gillette). 

His first name was never given in the series although he carried a business card which revealed his first initial as R. The series was created by Glen A. Larson.

Published on January 24th, 2019. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.