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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The fictional town of Cicely is based on Talkeetna, a small town 80 miles north of Anchorage by the Alaska rail. See more »

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Maurice Minnifield: I know black people. I've been around black people, and I know how they talk. The say "thang" instead of "thing." They say "ax," "I ax you this, brother, I ax you that." Now, you don't say "ax." Neither does Colin Powell and that, that Denzel fellow.
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Genuinely timeless
19 August 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Northern Exposure is, without a doubt, one of the best television series of all time. Almost every episode was a wonderful creation that brought an unusual look at life into the homes of its viewers. The unique humor, sensitivity, and absolute professionalism of the creators, directors, and actors combined to make a show the likes of which will never be seen again. The show took an unusual approach in its presentation. Although Dr. Joel Fleishman was presented as the main character in the first episode, the show soon grew outside the main storyline of the New York doctor stuck working in a tiny, hole in the wall town in Alaska. Viewers got to know every character on the show, and as such, the premise was based more on the plot and storylines rather than the star quality of one or two actors. One week, we would see the ongoing love/hate relationship between Joel and Maggie, and the next week an episode about Ed finding his birth father would be presented. The characters themselves were brilliantly cast. The "louder" ones, like Maggie and Maurice sharply contrasted to others like Marilyn, who although a main character, made her impressive presence known more through silence and eye language than words. Few characters can make an audience laugh out loud with nothing but a facial expression (In some cases, even less!) The final season, when Joel is replaced by Dr. Capra, is substantially weaker than the previous seasons, except for the last two episodes, which are exceptional. Reruns continue on cable, and if you want to see a show that is still fresh and lively (as it will probably be for many years to come) see this one.


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