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Quincy, M.E. - Season 6: DVD Review

Jul 24th, 2013

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Quincy's latest TV-on-DVD set provides exactly what fans of the series expect...

Shout! Factory / 870 Minutes / 1980-1981 / Unrated / Street Date: July 9, 2013

The materials R. Quincy uses on this DVD set seem like caveman tools compared to the stuff CSI and its six thousand spin-offs utilize in today’s television market, but one can only imagine that back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Quincy (played with tough love by Jack Klugman) appeared to employ state-of-the-art tools of the trade as he solved mysteries. In hindsight, things on this Quincy, M.E.: Season Six seem pretty darned primitive, but the guy nevertheless knows what he’s doing.

any case, this lack of computer-driven crime-solving actually works in Quincy’s favor: instead of sitting around and making small talk while waiting for million-dollar machines to burp out test results, our protagonist here is always on the scene, searching for bad guys, and (with just a few exceptions) always getting his man. Whether it’s a mysterious plane crash, a mummy that is both a historical relic and a smuggling mule, an outbreak of bubonic plague on an Indian reservation (!), or even a diet book with lethal consequences, Quincy’s the guy for the job.

Newcomers might not find an ocean of intrigue on this Quincy, M.E.: Season 6 TV-on-DVD release, but viewers who have been busy watching crime dramas for the last few decades might get a kick out of going back to this L.A.-based show. Klugman is tailor-made for the part, and while at the end of the day, I suppose it’s fair to say that the mysteries here are cut from the same cloth as a hundred other mystery-oriented shows, but it’s still pretty fun to watch Dr. Quincy nail bad guys. 

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