Way before there were shows like CSI or Diagnosis Murder, there was the man, the one man who refused to be denied. If someone came across this man’s metal slab and it didn’t seem kosher? That something might be amiss? This man would bull his way forward to the truth, until that truth had been uncovered. (Had to be an Aries, right?) He was the police forensics version of Don Quixote. No medical windmill too tall, no killer too tough… whether a corporate monster, or an evil plastic surgeon… or even a corrupt, mob-backed, union leader. No, this man…. this man, never gave up. And you know of whom I speak, yes?
Of course I speak of Quincy M.E.
Quincy M.E. ran for seven years, 1976-1983, and starred The Great One, Jack Klugman. One of his Twilight Zone episodes, from 1963, called “In Praise of Pip” is carved into the Mount Rushmore of my favorite T.Z. episodes. The Klug was an actor who never, ever called it in. Just watch him chew the scenery when he played Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. The stuff of legends, and then some.
But when he played Quincy?
He was something else entirely. As much as Peter Falk was Columbo, Klugman was Quincy.