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Quincy, M.E.

"I've analysed this week's plot, and discovered it to be - precisely the same as last week's!"“GENTLEMAN, YOU are about to enter the most fascinating sphere of police work.” What, going undercover? Chasing people through busy streets? Manning a space station-sized walkie-talkie control panel? “The world…” Yes? “…of forensic medicine”. More Larsonry, with JACK KLUGMAN as “I’m Quincy, me” going about his cadaverous business with oriental lab assistant Sam boiling up some coffee on a tripod and gauze. Lived on a boat. Kept poking his nose into unsolved cases, before poking his beak into another jar at Danny’s Place. Still a staple of the schedules in 2009. “Mr. Klugman’s wardrobe furnished by Botany 500.”



  1. Cindylover1969

    June 12, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Actually, it’s a staple of ITV3 and ITV1 in 2009 (ITV had it first, see) – it did turn up on the BBC in the ’90s though. Will the “CSI” shows be so durable?

  2. The Klug Man

    July 31, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Best episode ever of this was the infamous punk rock one, where Quincy found that punk rock was a contributing factor to a young girl’s death. Needless to say the programme was on the side of the fuddy-duddies all the way, with hilarious results.

    For some reason Zorak on Space Ghost Coast to Coast was obsessed with Jack Klugman in the same way that Moltar was obsessed with CHiPs. Sadly I don’t think Jack was ever a guest on the show, although SG did interview Erik Estrada.

  3. goodpudding

    September 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I’m sure I remember a SG where Jack did appear…

    Funniest part? All the policeman fainting unconvincingly at the beginning… Hello RADA?

  4. Ace5150

    September 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I found one episode that should be deemed a classic is when they inter-weaved footage of Man Utd into an episode. Bobby Charlton never did get royalties for that!!

  5. Chris Jones

    March 19, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    My wife and I play a bingo version: When will Jack absolutely lose it and embark on the rant of the century ? My bet’s always first 10 minutes of any given episode – invariably proved correct

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