When I was little, I remember crawling into bed with my mom to watch Jack Klugman as Quincy, M.E. He was a righteous, crime-solving, Holmes-esque medical examiner (coroner). Think CSI without all the fancy technology and groan-worthy one-liners. Or the granddaddy of Body of Proof. (Though, Dana Delaney’s Megan Hunt isn’t fit to run the chromatograph for Dr. R. Quincy!)
I was so excited to discover that good ol’ Quincy was back on Netflix Instant Watch. I’m working my way through the seasons (only up to Season 2 so far), but I’ve not been disappointed. One of the things I love about Quincy is how quick he is to quarantine people! It only took until S1E4 (Hot Ice, Cold Hearts) for the first suggested quarantine (this one of the Catalina coastline over suspicion of stonefish). The first two episodes of season two (Snake Eyes Part I and II) brought an actual quarantine at a Lake Tahoe resort over an unidentified contagion. I think the next quarantine happens in S3E11 (The Deadly Connection), but I haven’t gotten that far yet in my re-watch to confirm. I know there is another one in season five (The Monkey Plague, E9) and again in S7E3/4 (Slow Boat to Madness Parts I and II).
But that’s the fun of Quincy. Jack Klugman plays him with such fun and aplomb. He’s a middle-aged ladies’ man, Oscar Madison all grown up. The show definitely has a preachy quality to it, but it’s amazing how many of the issues he touched upon thirty years ago are still relevant today. Maybe not amazing–perhaps discouraging is a better word. Another fun reason is seeing the guest stars, often well-known actors in their much younger days. (Check out a young Louise Sorel (Vivian from Days of Our Lives) in these clips from season two!)
For some campy fun without all the fancy forensics, add this one to the queue! The acting may not be great, but it’s well above David Caruso standards.