The Tall Man (TV series)
The Tall Man is a half-hour American western television series about Sheriff Pat Garrett and the gunfighter Billy the Kid that aired seventy-five episodes on NBC from 1960 to 1962, filmed by Revue Productions. It was theatrically released and dubbed in North Korea in the 1960s; the series is set in the late 1870s and early 1880s, depicts other figures of the period, such as John Tunstall and Lew Wallace. The Tall Man stars 6'3" Barry Sullivan as Sheriff Pat Garrett, Clu Gulager as Billy the Kid. Gulager was 32 in 1960, 11 years older than Billy the Kid was at the time of his death in 1881 at the age of 21; the fictionalized series provides a more humane image of the Kid than has history itself. In real life Garrett shot Billy dead in a night-time ambush at a farmhouse in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, but no concluding episode depicting the grim conclusion was filmed. Set in and about Lincoln, New Mexico, the series opens with a view of the long shadow cast by Sullivan on a Western street, hence the name "the tall man".
In the premiere episode, "Garrett and the Kid", Garrett arrives in Lincoln, depicted in the series as a gold-mining boomtown, as the new deputy sheriff, only to learn that a crooked saloon owner, Paul Mason, dominates the community, including the marshal, Dave Leggert. When he sees his power threatened, Mason tries to hire Billy to kill Garrett, unaware that the two were on friendly terms. Vaughn Taylor is cast in this episode as Judge Riley, King Donovan appears as a Mason henchman. Marianna Hill was cast in several episodes as one of Rita. In one episode, Robert Lansing played the frontier dentist and gunfighter John H. "Doc" Holliday. Andy Clyde was cast in five episodes as Pa McBeam. Different actress were cast as May. Olive Sturgess played the part of May in "McBean Rides Again", "The Reluctant Bridegroom", "Millionaire McBean". In "The Reluctant Bridegroom", Ellen Corby is featured as Hannah Blossom, a potential mail order bride, for Pa McBeam. Hannah is lured to Lincoln through a fraudulent letter written by the McBeam daughters.
In "Substitute Sheriff", the McBeam daughters enlist their father as an acting sheriff in a scheme to thwart the seizure of their property for right-of-way by the railroad. Bob Hastings appears in this episode as J. S. Chase. Andy Clyde appeared at the time in the role of the neighboring farmer George MacMichael on ABC's The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan. In "The Reversed Blade", Murray Matheson portrays Billy's employer, John Tundall, though the name of the historical person is John Tunstall. Tundall grows indignant when the con-man Ben Webster, who stole his wife and $10,000 eight years earlier, arrives in Lincoln. Jeanne Cooper plays now Mrs. Elmira Webster. John Tunstall died at twenty-four, but Matheson was forty-nine when he assumed the role as Billy's employer. Two episodes focus on visits to Lincoln by Governor Lew Wallace of the New Mexico Territory. In "The Great Western", Frank Ferguson plays Wallace in a story about Big Mamacita, the owner of a rowdy cantina outside Lincoln and her grandson, a Wallace aide.
In "The Black Robe", Robert Burton plays Governor Wallace. In the story line, after the fall of Emperor Maximilian, a French foreign agent is supplying arms to the Mescalero Apaches in a murky plot to reoccupy Mexico. Chief Yowlachie is cast as "The Great Chief". In "The Cloudbusters", Frank de Kova plays Mike Gray Eagle, who sells water to Lincoln residents at inflated prices during a drought, during which the only flowing stream is on the Apache reservation. In "Death or Taxes", Garrett rides into a railroad company town that abuses its workers, runs illegal gambling halls, refuses to pay its taxes. Character actor Will Wright plays Mayor Hackett in this episode, which features James Seay as Holman. In "Apache Daughter", J. Pat O'Malley portrays Sam Bartlett, whose daughter, Sally, is released from Apache captivity after nine years. However, Sally wants to return to Talano, a Chiricahua warrior. In "Shadow of the Past", Charles Aidman is cast as Ben Wiley, the father of Billy's newest girlfriend, Sue Wiley.
Sheriff Garrett recognizes Wiley as an informant who stopped Garrett from escaping from a Confederate prison during the American Civil War. Nancy Davis Reagan appears in this episode as Sarah. In "The Girl from Paradise", Billy is framed for murder by his old nemesis, Rafe Tollinger, the sheriff of a neighboring county, he is sent to the gallows along with Anne Drake, a pretty young woman, framed for murder. The two are handcuffed together but manage to escape and must flee from an approaching posse. In "St. Louis Woman", Jan Clayton of CBS's Lassie, portrays Janet Harper, a widow engaged to marry Tom Davis, a longtime friend of Sheriff Garrett. While Tom is away from Lincoln on a cattle drive, Janet begins to show a romantic interest in Garrett. Roger Mobley appears in this episode as Janet's young son. In "The Hunt", a wealthy young man, Edward Van Doren hires Billy to guide him into the wilderness to kill a mountain lion. However, Van Doren's real target is Billy himself; this episode presents details about the Colt Model 1877.41 caliber, the gun used by Billy
Summer Heat (1987 film)
Summer Heat is a 1987 film drama written and directed by Michie Gleason, with a screenplay by Michie Gleason based on the novel Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail by Louise Shivers. It stars Lori Singer. In rural North Carolina in the post-Depression late 1930s, Roxy Walston is only 17 when she marries a boy she knows, Aaron, they live and work on a farm that raises tobacco. Roxy's father, who operates a mortuary, sends a young drifter named Jack Ruffin their way to be a farmhand. Jack has an affair with Roxy, with tragic results. Lori Singer as Roxy Walston Anthony Edwards as Aaron Bruce Abbott as Jack Ruffin Kathy Bates as Ruth Dorothy McGuire as Narrator Summer Heat on IMDb Summer Heat at Rotten Tomatoes Summer Heat at Box Office Mojo
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III is a 1990 American slasher film directed by Jeff Burr. The film is the sequel to the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and the 1986 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; the third installment of the series, it stars Kate Hodge, William Butler, Ken Foree, Tom Hudson, Viggo Mortensen, Joe Unger, R. A. Mihailoff; the film was distributed by New Line Cinema, who bought the rights to the series from The Cannon Group. This film was given an X-rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, which limited the studio's release possibilities. After the studio made cuts, it was re-rated R, New Line released it on January 12, 1990, it was refused classification in the UK upon its initial release. It has since been released on home video in both unrated and rated versions, a cut version was accepted with an 18 certificated in the UK; the film was both a critical and commercial failure, grossing less than $6 million in the US box office, making it the poorest performing film in the series at the time, until the release of its successor.
Leatherface bludgeons a young woman, Gina, to death with a sledgehammer and cuts off her face to make it into a mask while Gina's sister Sara watches from a nearby window. Sometime a couple traveling through Texas and Ryan, reach the Last Chance Gas Station, where they meet a hitchhiker named Tex and the station's owner Alfredo. A fight soon breaks out between Tex and Alfredo when Tex finds Alfredo spying on Michelle as she uses the station restroom; as Michelle and Ryan flee in their car, they witness Alfredo killing Tex with a shotgun. When Ryan and Michelle become lost, the driver of a large truck throws a dead coyote at their windshield; as Ryan changes the car's flat tire, Leatherface ambushes them, but they manage to drive off unscathed. Afterward, Michelle and another driver, a survivalist named Benny, crash when a bloodied Tex leaps in front of the car. Michelle and Benny decide to find Tex. On the way, Benny discovers a hook-handed man named Tinker, who offers his assistance in setting down road flares.
Benny soon realizes Tinker's real intentions after he finds a damaged chainsaw in the back of his truck. He is saved by Sara, who had earlier escaped Leatherface. Benny learns that Sara's entire family was killed, that Leatherface and his family are watching the roads. Benny leaves Sara. Leatherface attacks Michelle and Ryan, capturing the latter when he gets caught in a bear trap. Escaping, Michelle locates a house and is captured by Tex, who brings her into the kitchen and introduces her to the deceased and decomposed "Grandpa". Tinker drags in the badly injured Ryan, whom he and Tex suspend upside-down with a pair of meat hooks; when Leatherface returns home, Tex equips him a large golden chainsaw with the words "The saw is family" engraved on it. Outside the house, Benny finds and attempts to interrogate Alfredo but is unsuccessful knocking Alfredo into the bog and leaving him to drown; as the family prepare for dinner in the kitchen, the Little Girl kills Ryan with a sledgehammer-swinging device.
Leatherface prepares to kill Michelle as well, but Benny opens fire on the house with an automatic rifle. In the process, Anne is killed and Tex are injured, Michelle escapes. Michelle flees to the woods, pursued by Leatherface, while Benny fights and burns Tex alive. Benny rushes to Michelle's aid, but is killed by Leatherface; as dawn breaks, Michelle reaches the main road and rests on an abandoned tire, before Alfredo's pickup truck, driven by a surviving Benny, stops in front of her. As Benny helps her into the truck, Alfredo attacks him from behind with a sledgehammer. Benny avoids Alfredo's attacks, Michelle shoots Alfredo in the chest with a shotgun before the pair drive away, unaware that Leatherface is revving his chainsaw some distance away. After the success of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, New Line bought the rights to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from The Cannon Group with the intention of turning it into a new series. Part of their intent with the new series was to project the title character Leatherface as the primary star, above that of his cannibalistic family.
New Line began scouting locations in July 1989. In a statement, they said they were "going back to hard-core horror". Shooting took place in Valencia, California in that month. Director Jeff Burr wanted Gunnar Hansen to return to the role of Leatherface but the parties couldn't come to an agreement on financial remuneration; the film gained a certain amount of notoriety prior to release due to a battle between New Line Cinema and the MPAA, which rated the film an X because of its graphic violence. It was the final film to receive this rating before the MPAA replaced X with NC-17. Burr cited as issues involved that the studio was independent, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 had been released unrated, the film's grim tone; the studio relented and trimmed the more graphic elements. Burr said; the film was rejected by the British Board of Film Classification upon submission for theatrical release in 1990, the trimmed version gained an 18 certificate when submitted for video in 2004. A total of 4 minutes and 18 seconds was cut in order to gain MPAA approval.
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III was slated for a November 3, 1989 theatrical release. However, the release date was soon pushed to the following year and it opened in 1,107 theaters on January 12, 1990, grossing $2,692,087 in its opening weekend with an a
Charlie's Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was produced by Aaron Spelling, it follows the crime-fighting adventures of three women working in a private detective agency in Los Angeles and starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith in the leading roles and John Forsythe providing the voice of their boss, the unseen Charlie Townsend, who directed the crime-fighting operations of the "Angels" over a speakerphone. There were a few casting changes: after the departure of Fawcett and Jackson came the additions of Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, Tanya Roberts. Despite mixed reviews from critics and a reputation for being "Jiggle TV", Charlie's Angels enjoyed huge popularity with audiences and was a top ten hit in the Nielsen ratings for its first two seasons. By the third season, the show had fallen from the top 10; the fourth season of the show saw a further decline in ratings.
The series continues to have a cult and pop culture following through syndication, DVD releases, subsequent television shows. The show spawned two feature film adaptations and a reboot television series in 2011. Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts came up with the idea for a series about three beautiful female private investigators as a breakthrough but escapist television series. Producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg first considered actress Kate Jackson during the early pre-production stages of the series, she had proven popular with viewers in The Rookies. Jackson was cast as Kelly Garrett, but was more attracted to the role of Sabrina Duncan, her request to switch roles was granted. Farrah Fawcett was next cast, she was offered a part by Spelling. Jaclyn Smith was among the hundreds of actresses. Despite liking Smith and Goldberg were wary about hiring her because their initial concept concerned a brunette and red-headed woman. Smith was the only brunette who auditioned for the role and was cast only after producers liked the on-screen chemistry she shared with Jackson and Fawcett.
Producer Leonard Goldberg, had the initial idea three years for a show that would be a cross between The Avengers and Honey West, a short-lived drama from the 1960s about a female private eye. Goff and Roberts had first titled the series The Alley Cats in which the three females would reside in alleys and wear whips and chains. Jackson disapproved of the title, since she was given semi-control over the development of the series, she encouraged producers to find a new title, it was Jackson who decided the three women would be called "Angels" after seeing a picture of three angels hanging in Spelling's office, the series became known as Harry's Angels. This title was dropped, when ABC did not want to run into conflict with the series Harry O, was thereby changed to Charlie's Angels. In the initial concept of the series, the three females' boss would be a millionaire who aided them in their assignments. With this, millionaire Charlie Townsend was an unseen character on the series who only spoke to the Angels via a Western Electric speakerphone.
John Forsythe, who played the unseen Charlie Townsend, recorded his lines in an audio studio and was never on set. Thus, Forsythe met any of his female co-stars; some years he bumped into Farrah Fawcett at the tennis courts, as he recalled, "I was coming off the court when she came up to me and said,'Charlie! I met Charlie!'" Forsythe was offered the'Charlie' role in a panicky late-night phone call from Spelling after the original choice, Gig Young, showed up too intoxicated to read his lines. "I didn't take my pajamas off – I just put on my topcoat and drove over to Fox. When it was finished, Aaron Spelling said,'That's perfect.' And I went home and went back to bed". Spelling and Goldberg decided to add actor David Doyle to the cast as John Bosley, an employee of Charlie, who would aid the Angels in their assignments. Although ABC had approved of a pilot film, they were concerned about how audiences would accept three women fighting crime on their own. ABC executives brought in David Ogden Stiers as Scott Woodville, who would act as the chief backup to the Angels and Bosley's superior.
The 74-minute pilot film aired on March 21, 1976. The story focuses on Kelly Garrett who poses as an heiress who returns home to gain her father's successful winery. In the end of the film the three women are caught in a bind and Scott attempts to save them, but to no avail, leaving them to solve the dilemma on their own. ABC executives were somewhat disappointed in this initial project, fearing there was more emphasis on camp than serious drama. After viewing the pilot, Spelling encouraged executives to delete Scott Woodville from the series.
Walk Like a Man (1987 film)
Walk Like a Man is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Melvin Frank and starring Howie Mandel, Christopher Lloyd, Amy Steel, Cloris Leachman. The plot concerns a young man who returns to his high-society family after having been raised by wolves, it was released to theaters on April 17, 1987. Henry Shand goes to Alaska to find his fortune. While there, his spoiled brat of a son, gets mad that he has to work for money. What further angers him is the fact that he has to share the dogsled with his two-year-old brother Robert, nicknamed "Bobo". Reggie decides to take matters into his own hands and pushes the toddler off the sled, leaving him to die in the wintery Klondike wilderness; some twenty years Henry has died, giving Reggie a large inheritance of thirty million dollars. Reggie foolishly spends it within a year, causing his new bride, Rhonda, to become an angry alcoholic, as they have gone broke and had to move back in with Reggie's mother, Margaret. Margaret has gone insane since Bobo's disappearance and Henry's death, has now spent much of the family's fortune on buying homes for stray cats.
Meanwhile, a biologist named Penny arrives from Alaska, claiming to have found Bobo well. They discover that Bobo has been raised by wolves, causing him to sniff everyone's butts, greet people by licking their faces, run on all fours, eat with his mouth rather than using flatware and bark, chew on shoes, run through fresh cement while chasing cats or fire trucks. Reggie decides to manipulate Bobo into signing over his inheritance to him to pay off gambling debts. Reggie tells Penny that she can use Bobo for wolf research, but first must teach him to walk, read, and, of course, write. Penny gives Bobo a shave and a haircut, but getting him to act like a human proves to be a difficult task, Bobo continues to unknowingly cause problems. Things get worse when Bobo goes out in public, wreaking havoc in a shopping mall by going into dressing rooms, unwittingly trying on clothes and walking out of stores with them; as Bobo behaves more like a person than a dog, Penny begins to fall in love with him.
Reggie wants her to speed up the training of his savage sibling, as the people he owes money to want their cash quickly. In court, Penny stands up for Bobo. Bobo refuses to sign, Reggie frantically engages in canine behavior—growling, chewing on a squeaky toy—in an attempt to demonstrate how Bobo was acting, making him look asinine to the judge, who dismisses the case. Bobo and Penny go outside and kiss. Howie Mandel as Robert "Bobo" Shand Christopher Lloyd as Henry Shand /Reggie Shand Cloris Leachman as Margaret Shand Colleen Camp as Rhonda Shand Amy Steel as Penny Stephen Elliott as Walter Welmont George DiCenzo as Bob Downs John McLiam as H. P. Truman Earl Boen as Jack Mollins Howard Platt as Fred Land Millie Slavin as Essie Welmont William Bogert as A. J. Brown Isabel Cooley as Judge / Bystander Asa Lorre as Bobby Shand Jeremy Gosch as Young Reggie The film was an independent film, one of the first to be produced by Mandel. To this day, the budget is unknown. However, the film was a box office bomb, grossing $460,608 at the box office.
The film was released on VHS shortly after its release, but that soon fell out of print during the late 1990s. Its replacement was a DVD, produced by MGM, it was discontinued, the film remains out of print. As of January 2012, it can be found on Netflix. Walk Like a Man on IMDb Walk Like a Man at Rotten Tomatoes Walk Like a Man at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
The Big Bus
The Big Bus is a 1976 American disaster comedy film starring Stockard Channing and Joseph Bologna, directed by James Frawley. A spoof of the disaster movie genre, it follows the maiden cross-country trip of an enormous nuclear-powered bus named Cyclops; the Big Bus received mixed reviews at the time of its 1976 release, although the New York Times gave the film a favorable review. Box office sales were disappointing, but the film has since been recognized as a cult classic of its genre. Director Frawley won the audience award at the 1977 Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival. Coyote Bus Lines' scientists and designers work feverishly to complete Cyclops, a state-of-the-art articulated jumbo bus, enabling man to achieve a new milestone in busing: non-stop service between New York City and Denver. After the bus's engine is equipped with nuclear fuel, a bomb goes off, critically injuring Professor Baxter, the scientist in charge of the project. Cyclops itself is undamaged. Kitty Baxter, the professor's daughter and the Cyclops designer, is forced to turn to Dan Torrance, an old flame.
Once a promising driver, Torrance was disgraced after he crashed his bus atop Mount Diablo, was accused of saving his own life by eating all of his passengers. Narrowly surviving an assault by vindictive fellow drivers with the help of "Shoulders" O'Brien, Torrance is recruited to drive Cyclops. Meanwhile, a sinister tycoon plots with oil sheikhs to destroy the bus. Known as "Iron Man," he is encased in a huge iron lung while directing his brother Alex to sabotage Cyclops using timebombs. Alex would prefer to use a manmade earthquake, but Iron Man insists that the bus be destroyed and discredited. Before its maiden voyage, Alex hides a bomb within the bus. Amid public fanfare, the bus leaves New York bound for Denver. Among the passengers are the Cranes, a neurotic married couple waiting for their divorce to finalize. At first, Cyclops' journey is a success, Torrance triumphantly breaks the 90 mph "wind barrier". Soon, disaster strikes. Investigating a mechanical problem, Dan finds Alex's bomb, he disarms it.
Now unable to stop, Cyclops speeds across America. Dan is determined to achieve Cyclops' historic goal of non-stop service to Denver, but he needs to surpass a treacherously curvy road where his father died. Dan succeeds, but not before a truck collides into the upper deck windshield, the bus runs off the road, finding itself teetering over a cliff. To save the bus and Shoulders shift all weight to the back of the bus by pumping all of the vehicle's storage of carbonated beverages into the opposite end of the bus into the galley, as well as jettisoning all of the passenger luggage. Knowing he has only one more chance to destroy Cyclops, Iron Man is persuaded by Alex to use the earthquake. For Iron Man, Alex has somehow set the coordinates for Iron Man's house instead. Back on the road, Cyclops is once again headed to its destination, only 25 miles outside of Denver, the front and rear halves of the bus split from each other. Joseph Bologna as Capt. Dan Torrance Stockard Channing as Kitty Baxter René Auberjonois as Father Kudos John Beck as "Shoulders" O'Brien Ned Beatty as Shorty Scotty Bob Dishy as Dr. Kurtz Murphy Dunne as Tommy Joyce José Ferrer as Ironman Ruth Gordon as the Old Lady Harold Gould as Professor Baxter Larry Hagman as Parking Lot Doctor Howard Hesseman as Jack Sally Kellerman as Sybil Crane Stuart Margolin as Alex the Hot Dog Seller Richard Mulligan as Claude Crane Lynn Redgrave as Camille Levy Richard B.
Shull as Emery Bush Vic Tayback as Goldie Mary Charlotte Wilcox as Mary Jane Beth Sue Vito Scotti as Barber On the director's commentary of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, John Landis reveals that he cast Murphy Dunne as the leader of "Murph and the Magic Tones" because he had seen him as a cheesy lounge singer in an earlier film. Although Landis doesn't mention The Big Bus by name, the film was Dunne's only previous performance as a lounge singer; the central set piece of the film is the bus itself—credited for the design is the film's art director Joel Schiller. The bus is a nuclear double-decker, articulated bus with 32 wheels, it is named Cyclops due to the single large headlight prominent at the front. The front features large wraparound windows on both upper and lower decks—with the lower deck containing the cockpit and the upper, front portion containing the lounge/bar. Cyclops requires the operation of a co-driver. In the film, Cyclops has a passenger capacity of 110, is equipped with a bowling alley, Oriental-style cocktail lounge with a piano bar, swimming pool, captain's dining room, private marble-and-gold bathroom with sunken tub, chef's kitchen.
Exterior features shown are an automatic washing mechanism for the Cyclops exterior. Cyclops can be compared to the German Neoplan Jumbocruiser, an actual double decker articulated super bus with a capacity of 170 built in 1975. According to articles in 1976 issues of both Motor Trend magazine and the now defunct Bus World magazine, the real bus used in the film was a large road-worthy vehicle
Quincy, M. E. is an American medical mystery-drama television series from Universal Studios that aired from 1976 to 1983 on NBC. Jack Klugman stars as a Los Angeles County medical examiner. Inspired by the book Where Death Delights by Marshall Houts, a former FBI agent, the show resembled the earlier Canadian television series Wojeck, broadcast by CBC Television. John Vernon, who played the Wojeck title role guest starred in the third-season episode "Requiem for the Living". Quincy's character is loosely modeled on Los Angeles' "Coroner to the Stars" Thomas Noguchi. Quincy was broadcast as 90-minute telefilms as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie rotation in the fall of 1976, alongside Columbo, McCloud and McMillan; the series proved popular enough that after four episodes of Quincy, M. E. had aired during the 1976–1977 season in the extended format, Quincy was spun off into its own weekly one-hour series without a typical 60-minute pilot. Instead, a two-hour episode kicked off a thirteen-episode shortened run of the series, which concluded the 1976–1977 season, while the Mystery Movie format was discontinued in the spring of 1977.
The Quincy series used the same actors for different roles in various episodes, a common occurrence on many Glen A. Larson TV programs. Writers Tony Lawrence and Lou Shaw received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1978 for the second-season episode "... The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone...". The series starred Jack Klugman as Dr. Quincy, a strong-willed principled Medical Examiner for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, working to ascertain facts about and reasons for possible suspicious deaths, his colleagues and wife all address him by his surname or the shortened "Quince". He was called "Winslow" in the episode. In his investigations, Quincy comes into conflict with his boss, Dr. Robert Asten, the police, in particular, LAPD Homicide Lieutenant Frank Monahan. Quincy and Asten would tussle 37 minutes into an episode, after which time Quincy would close the case for good; each have their own theories about a particular case and about Quincy's deductions. In early episodes, Quincy's relationship with both men is volatile and nearly adversarial.
This changed in episodes where Quincy appears to have much closer professional and personal relationships with the two. Quincy is assisted by Sam Fujiyama, it is revealed in the episode "The Last of Leadbottom" Quincy is a retired Captain in the US Navy and remains in the Naval Reserve. In the episode "Crib Job", Quincy notes he wanted to be a railroad engineer, after revealing a number of facts about the dangers of the occupation. A well-liked man, Quincy lives on a sailboat in a permanent boat slip in Marina Del Rey and frequents Danny's, a restaurant and lounge at the marina owned by his friend Danny Tovo. Quincy is popular with women, he lost his wife Helen to cancer. In the Mystery Movie installments and earliest hour-long episodes, Quincy has a regular girlfriend named Lee Potter who sometimes accompanies him on his cases; this is his only steady relationship until near the end of the seventh season, when Quincy remarries and sells the sailboat in the episode "Quincy's Wedding". Quincy drives an antique car, but friends sometimes ask why he drives his "work vehicle" on his day off.
Quincy claims. Early seasons' episodes contained elements of mystery and whodunit and focused on criminal investigation. Seasons' episodes began to introduce themes of social responsibility. Quincy, M. E. was one of the first dramatic series to use a format like this to further a social agenda. Klugman himself came to testify before the US Congress about some of these issues, describing what he had learned about a difficult or complex social concern as a result of its use in one of the show's episodes. In 2008, Klugman sued NBC, asserting that the network had concealed profits from the show which were owed to him. While many detective series had depicted rudimentary physical evidence analysis such as fingerprints and bullet comparisons, Quincy M. E. was the first to present the in-depth forensic investigations which would be the hallmark of detective shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its spin-offs, NCIS, Diagnosis Murder, Crossing Jordan, inter alia. Klugman himself made guest appearances on the latter two serie