Quincy, M.E.

Season 1 Episode 3

A Star Is Dead

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 28, 1976 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Very good episode, well worth watching.

    This is a very well planned, structured and written episode in my opinion. The episode had a great representation of the life and death of Judy Garland.

    Although it was a very good episode I do believe that the length of the episode was rather unnecessary and there were bits in it that could of been left out as they were not needed to explain the story. The story within itself is fantastic, and I can certainly say that the ending was very unexpected (unexpected endings make great episodes. 9/10
  • Could have been a great 50 minute episode, but at "movie length," it suffers from padding.

    Some stories do not benefit from an extended run time. "A Star is Dead" is such a story. What could have been a tight 50 minute script is instead painfully stretched for the 90 minute "NBC Mystery Movie" length. Consequently, the story loses some of its punch, and the dramatic tension fizzles out exactly when it should be reaching a climax.

    On the surface, the plot is strong, and it's a change from the usual Quincy practice of trying to prove murder. In this case, Dr. Q suspects suicide but must combat his own department, the police, the insurance company and the paparazzi in his efforts to clear the prime suspect of murder charges. Toss in the fact that the accused is an old friend of Quincy's, and the fact that Quincy continues to turn a blind eye to his friend's irregular behavior and lies, and you have the makings of a strong episode.

    However, the whole show culminates in a coroner's inquest that dissolves into "Quincy's Soapbox." Without spoiling the specifics of the ending, we get an impassioned speech by Quincy, attempting to shift the blame for the victim's death on a different, albeit sleazy, third party. To top it all off, the whole thing ends with a surprise shooting ending, obviously an effort to give the preceeding events a greater weight and to "make you think." Instead, it's just pretentious.

    William "KITT" Daniels and Robert Foxworth provide good guest support, but this is not the best the first season had to offer.