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The sixth Season started showing it's cracks, though the episode that
sees Joel Fleischman off was brilliant and touching, but I've seen all
six seasons a half dozen times and never got bored with it. You wish
you were a part of this group of characters. Ruth Anne, Ed, Chris, and
my favorite, Adam, what can I say? Weird, insightful, strange, off the
wall but it works and well I still wish it hadn't ended. Like Cheers, I
felt, there was no reason to conclude the show from without; 11 seasons
of barroom bs? How's that even possible if it wasn't for the writing. 6
Seasons of small-town bs in Cicily Alaska you'd think would offer less,
but it was a first rate show with first-rate writing.
If ever there were a handful of shows I think would still be relevant today, it would be Northern Exposure, Cheers and Seinfeld. Personal ambitions of the actors and producers aside, you don't want it to end, and that's how you feel after Season Six; wanting more. Go visit on DVD, you won't want to go back to civilization after visiting Cicily, AK.
Note: On a road trip through Washington State, I stopped at Rosylyn, and I was caught by surprise the emotions. It was as real a thing, as to come back home again, not knowing what that is personally.
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For a 90's TV show you can't get more humor, drama, romance and mystery than in Northern Exposure. Pittoresque characters like Holling intertwine with street philosophers (Chris) and arrogant entrepreneurs as Maurice. The "cat and mice like" romance is taken care by Joel and Maggie and local culture is also represented by Marylin. But my favorite character is by far Adam, the most sarcastic and ironic nutcase in TV history. I could call this show 40% fantasy. It has the scenery and script of a fairy tail sometimes with all the day- dreaming and cinematographic metaphors embedded in it. You get from the beginning that the writers don't want a stereotypic and cliché ending but "oh my god" we are in for a surprise. And not a fun one. Joel not ending up with Maggie is the biggest disappointment. The second one is the fantasy ending of Joel's character. A too big of a metaphor for this kind of show. One thing I liked: the postcard received by Maggie with the message: "New York is a state of mind". That reveal all the answers to our questions: "Did Joel really returned to NY or his is still in deep wild landscape of Alaska?". That postcard was the "great finale", the song of the swan for this show, the epic ending of a fantastic character that finally discovered that leaving NY for Alaska was a spiritual journey that will mature and educate his soul. After that episode "The Quest", you can say goodbye to NE. If before we still hoped a future for Joel and Maggie, now everything is shattered into pieces and all the life of the show is diminished, the humor drops, the characters seam out of balance, the drama ceases to exist and joining Maggie with Chris is absolutely pathetic: the two don't click, Chris's energy and charm are killed; Maggie is to peaceful and it does not suit her. From my point of view the ending was sad. On the other hand, the song in the end was terrific - Iris Dement, Our town.
I wish Rob Morrow would have stayed on this show as Dr. Joel Fleischman
cause it could have gone another 3 maybe 4 seasons. Maybe he got a
little greedy and wanted more money. In any case this was the best TV
show in years with some of the most memorable characters and moments.
The writing was top notch and smart. Alaska was the best location they
could have used for a man so used to the big city of New York and
stocking it with quirky personalities like an astronaut, an old store
clerk, a want-a-be film maker, an old bar owner and his young wife, a
married gay couple and lets not forget Chris the DJ. They all just
meshed together so well with Joel being the outsider in a sense trying
to adjust to a small Alaska town where nothing happens.
I can't understand why we don't see more of these types of shows on TV anymore. It seems like every Fall TV season the new programs are either about cops or lawyers. There is no original programs anymore and I am getting sick of cop shows. Northern Exposure was a true original and classic and we need more like it...
Happy memories of this show have led me to rediscover it on DVD, two
decades after its original broadcast in the UK, and it still sparkles.
Joel Fleishman, a stuck-up and obnoxious New York doctor, makes it good
and finds humanity amongst the good and odd people of Cicely, Alaska.
From the views of the breathtaking outdoors to the stories behind the town mayor, the bartender and his child bride, the shop-owner, the Indians, and the DJ, this series was a winner right from the pilot.
Always surprising, sometimes funny, sometimes a tug at the heart, but never boring, 'Northern Exposure' deserves to be found and viewed by a new generation, if only for that funky theme tune and the weird soundtrack which grew from Ed and Chris and their fondness for the unusual in music.
As far as I recall Northern Exposure was not a big hit on British TV, being confined to a 'Cult US Programme' slot on a Monday night on Channel 4. However it has had a noticeable influence on some successful BBC shows. The show 'Ballykissangel' pretty much replicated the basic setup, with an Englishpriest arriving in an Irish village full of eccentric characters, and enjoying an on-off relationship with the feisty barmaid of the pub. (the fact that the hero was a priest gave this storeyline an added twist!)The series was less surreal and philosophical than NE and it could be argued that it owed more to the 1980's Bill Forsyth movie 'Local Hero', which was itself one of the influences on NE. Interestingly I detect more of NE in the BBC's replacement for Ballykissangel, 'Monarch of the Glen'. Early on this was dismissed as a clone of Ballyk, but has now got into its stride. It does have some of the rather stylised dialogue and situations, and the odd surreal subplot that make it very reminiscent of Northern Exposure.
This series began in a time of transition for television and the movie
industry. It's writing and flavor reflected a nation of viewer's that
we're changing and whose expectations we're changing. It often used
current events to prompt an exaggerated storyline that not only gave
the show its flavor, but also some it's characters.
The folksy, small-town delivery of the often dry humor by the actors, gave the show one of its most unique traits. One that would be copied and used by other series in the 1990's.
It should have been written as a 5 year series. As a nation began to crawl out of it's urban shell and expand its viewing and entertainment pleasure, this series reflected it to the proverbial 'T'. Always going to the extreme with it's delivery to make a point. As the series progressed, it would add cast and lose cast in transition with its needs. Although it ended in a bit of a rush, it left us with a warm, gentle good-bye and memories of bizarre events and how to keep our humor.
Before The Miami Herald was eviscerated & dumbed down it produced
Tropic Magazine &got lots of awards. In 1 of the last Tropic issues was
the story of Northern Ex's creator. He created it, had the whole
treatment ripped off by a Godzilla Hollywood house, took them to court
& won. He & his mom were holocaust survivors who came to South Beath &
lived in a 1 bedroom &he became a millionaire writer, a David who slew
a Goliath. South Beach was a Yiddish survivor ghetto when I was a kid
thru the 60s.
Addn'l: Chris in the Morning book collection of his zazen impromptus is fun & remaindered for a buck$ or 2/Amazon,etc. He says he was JUST an actor & had no interest in what the writers stuck in his dialogue. Now that IS funny zen...
What's the deal with this "Doug Ballard listed as being in all of the
Northern Exposure episodes? As someone who's seen every episode several
times, I can vaguely recall him in a couple of episodes, but certainly
no more than 10 and he certainly wasn't an important character.
BUT Because he is listed as being in all the episodes, he is listed 2nd on the cast listing BEFORE the main series star Rob Morrow, and before the other Series stars - John Corbett, Barry Corbin, John Cullen, Darren Burrows, Janine Turner, and the series regulars Marilyn Whirlwind and Peg Phillips.
These people made Northern Exposure what is was, not Doug Ballard.
It may seem trivial, but the stars listed above spent 6 years working on this great series and the data needs to reflect their work correctly.
This may be an inappropriate place for a link, but as a loving fan and
student of Northern Exposure, I'd like to share a fan's idea of closure.
The final show provided by the 'powers' was very unsatisfying.
I've received alot of very nice emails concerning my story. I tried to make it a 'fun' read, something lacking in some of the others I've read. There is NO financial gain for me, it's a labor of love... Check it out... I call it....THE EAGLE HAS LANDED... and it should give you an unexpected original dose of Cicely .....
RetroWeb Classic Television: Northern Exposure http://www.retroweb.com/nexp.html
Don't believe the hype. This show is overrated. I could only watch a few episodes. What turned me off the most was the constant bickering between Maggie O'Connell and Dr. Fleischman. Why didn't they make a show about people from Alaska? I would love to have seen that show. Why did they have to put this whining Dr. Fleischman next to all these (mostly) content townspeople? You don't need a spoiled New Yorker to make the show interesting. Maybe Maggie would have been more appealing if that kvetch the doctor was out of the picture. The characters I would have enjoyed seeing more of were Ed. What a terrific actor. What hair that guy had. I also enjoyed the radio announcer, Chris. He was believable and had a terrific voice. Marilyn's character was delightful also. See? Would these characters make a great TV show? Maybe after all these years they'll do a real character-driven show in Alaska. And, maybe they should do a sitcom with Dr. Fleischman as a stand up comedian.
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