A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.
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 Maurice J. Minnifield / ... (110 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 Maggie O'Connell / ... (110 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 Holling Vincoeur / ... (110 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 Ed Chigliak / ... (110 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 Chris Stevens (110 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 Shelly Marie Tambo / ... (110 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 Marilyn Whirlwind / ... (110 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 Ruth-Anne Miller / ... (107 episodes, 1990-1995)
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 Dr. Joel Fleischman / ... (102 episodes, 1990-1995)
William J. White ...
 Dave the Cook (49 episodes, 1991-1994)
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Joel Fleishman is fresh out of medical college, and fresh out of luck. Failing to read the fine print in his scholarship conditions, he finds he has no choice but to move to the remote and somewhat eccentric town of Cicely, in the wilds of Alaska. Once there, he is welcomed by the peculiar locals who are not keen to see him go, most especially Maurice Minnifield, the ex-NASA astronaut. Despite Joel's adamant denials, one gets the impression that he enjoys life in Cicely more than he admits. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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12 July 1990 (USA)  »

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A calendar for "Clicquot Club" ginger ale can be seen hanging in Dr. Fleischman's office in some of the episodes. The calendar features a caricature of a woman with a bundled baby on a bicycle, and the slogan "Refreshment Coming Your Way" appears next to it. The page of the calendar is stuck on January 1942. The ginger ale was sold from the 1920s until the 1960s when it went out of business. See more »

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In the pilot the town sign of Cicely shows the town's population as 215, corrected upwards from 214 (still visible but crossed out), in episode 1.6 "Sex, Lies, and Ed's Tape" the town's population is 839. See more »

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Chris Stevens: Greetings, Cicely, on this most exceedingly beautiful spring morning. A morning swollen with new life, a morning on which, if I had the voice, I would let loose with song. It's hard to believe just a few short weeks ago we were eating our cornflakes in the wintry dark. Now, well it's still kind of dim our there, but I can see the golden glow of Apollo's chariot waiting in the wings, about to make its entrance. Winter's on the lam, no doubt.
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No other show has brought as much love to the TV screen.
16 February 1999 | by (Lowell, MA) – See all my reviews

Northern Exposure has been one of very few shows that have brought both laughter and tears to my eyes within each and every episode. There has never been a series as consistent in warmth and love as this one. I'm not sure if the writers were the same on similar (later) series like "Key West" and "Going to Extremes" but these did not last as long and seem to be unavailable in syndication. Perhaps I lean toward enjoying eccentricity more than some, but throughout any given episode's "quirky" moments there will always be an undercurrent for the common man, and a generous one at that. Having been a college DJ myself, I particularly appreciate the thoughtful summaries at the conclusion of most episodes with Chris' venting his mellow thoughts to the cold wilds of the Cicely (sp?) night.

If you don't have a fireplace, curl up with a Northern Exposure hour, and the effect will be much the same.


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