- Anvilicious: Particularly in the later seasons, nearly every episode took on a "cause" of some sort. Whether ghost surgery, advertising alcohol on TV, Drugs Are Bad, or fraternity hazing, there was always some cause-of-the-week that the show tried to hammer home its message about as unsubtly as possible.
- It didn't help that Quincy (and in one episode Asten) was not above delivering speeches about the subject.
- Harsher in Hindsight: In "Let Me Light The Way", Quincy attempts to persuade the law-enforcement bureaucracy to support the nationwide use of rape kits to collect evidence of sexual assaults. The penny-pinching reluctance of an FBI official to fund Quincy's plans seems a lot harsher when one considers that, forty years later, thousands of the rape kits which Real Life MEs and activists like Quincy worked so hard to make available have been left sitting in the evidence room, collected but never analyzed, because it would cost money to test them.
- Many of the issues that Quincy fought for in the 70s to 80s STILL persist in Real Life as of 2015. Drug companies shelving vital medications because there isn't enough profit? Plastic surgeons being allowed to practice with only superficial medical credentials and no real certifications to their skills? Companies cutting corners on safety to save a few bucks? Just to name a few...
- Seasonal Rot: Quite a few people find the later seasons less enjoyable because of their tendency towards preachiness.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: For all the complaining about the series being preachy, this is exactly why such a change happened. Many of these social issues needed to be addressed.
- Special Effect Failure: The apartment fire effect in season 7's "Smoke Screen" is a terribly done overlay that doesn't look close to real.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "What Happened To Morris Perlmutter?", in which a gripping murder mystery is inexplicably sidelined in favour of a PSA about the title character's hearing for almost the entire episode. (Why yes, this is from the final season, how'd you guess?)
- That is to say, the murder that opens the episode is quickly shoved to the sidelines. A blood test against a possible suspect turns out negative, until it's revealed the suspect is anemic and requires frequent blood transfusions, which caused the negative result... then nothing. That little discovery ends the murder story and it's not touched upon again.