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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998)

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The trials and adventures of a female doctor in a small wild west town.


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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Quinn - Medicine Woman (149 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Byron Sully (149 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Matthew Cooper (149 episodes, 1993-1998)
Shawn Toovey ...
 Brian Cooper (149 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Loren Bray (148 episodes, 1993-1998)
Jim Knobeloch ...
 Jake Slicker (131 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Hank Lawson (124 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Horace Bing (121 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Rev. Timothy Johnson (115 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Robert E. (110 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Grace (109 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Dorothy Jennings (102 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Colleen Cooper (88 episodes, 1995-1998)
 Cloud Dancing / ... (79 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Myra Bing (77 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Colleen Cooper (61 episodes, 1993-1997)
Jason Leland Adams ...
 Preston A. Lodge III / ... (61 episodes, 1994-1998)


The fifth daughter of a wealthy Boston physician, Michaela Quinn defies the conventions of post-Civil War society by following in her father's footsteps. After his death, 'Dr. Mike' leaves Boston and moves to the frontier town of Colorado Springs, where she finds the citizens less than thrilled by the concept of a woman doctor. While she struggles to earn their trust, Mike's life is complicated by a growing relationship with mountain man Byron Sully, and the unexpected responsibility of raising three orphaned children. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Drama | Family | Western


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Release Date:

1 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Docteur Quinn, femme médecin  »

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1.33 : 1
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Dr. purchased her step-children's late boarding house in Colorado Springs to use as her current medical clinic. The green sign advertising her business was purchased by the town for her birthday. See more »


Mr Bray's store doors change from having windows to solid wood and back to having windows. See more »


Byron Sully: She's awfully angry.
Cloud Dancing: You have stuck your hand in a hornet's nest that was hidden. I have done that myself.
Byron Sully: Well, if this is what it's gonna be like bein' with a woman, I don't know if I'm fit for it.
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Great show, not garbage at all
30 March 2004 | by (Brooklyn, USA) – See all my reviews

I am really taken aback that the only comment I see so far for this excellent show is entirely negative and dismissive. I feel compelled to set the record straight. The commentator dismisses the show for, among other things, anachronistic historical inaccuracy, as well as politically correct emotional sterility.

That is ridiculous. This was a wonderful show. The episodes were certainly not all the same. It dealt with many issues that are politically and socially relevant. It presented emotionally gripping drama, with different points of view, especially including compassionate consideration of the plight of native American people. It reminded me very much of the show Kung Fu, which is set during the same period in American history, the 1870s, and also had similar themes of pacifism, labor militancy, feminism, the plight of native Americans as well as the Chinese immigrants. (In actuality, David Carradine himself, a good friend of the Director and Seymour's husband, James Keatch (brother to Stacy Keatch, who appeared in one episode as President Ulysses Grant), appears in one of the episodes. The Keatches and the Carradines go back at least to the time when both families did the movie on the Younger-James gang.)

This show won an AWARD from the Smithosonian institution, hardly a left-wing bastion of political correctness, for its portrayal of the massacre of the Cheyenne at Washita. Its portrayal of the history of the persecution and genocide of the native Americans, by such notorious b******s as Chivington and Custer, was meticulously researched. Its show on Walt Whitman is a case in point as a study of actual attitudes, scientific as well as popular, toward homosexuality, during this period.

The show presented well the CENTRAL cultural conflict in American history, as portrayed by such authors as Leslie Fiedling (LOVE AND DEATH IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL) and Richard Slotkin (RESURRECTION THROUGH VIOLENCE): between the murderous drive to conquer nature and exterminate the "Reds," vs. those, like Dr. Quinn, Sully, and their family, who seek, then as now, to make peace with their fellow human beings and the natural environment.

The show emphasized the value of an emotionally, politically, and socially complex community, with its racial and ethnic hierarchies which Doctor Quinn continually challenged, and its emotional intimacies among men and women. Absolutely historically accurate!

Last but certainly not least, the romantic aspects of the show: the growing romance between Dr. Quinn and Byron Sully, her adopted son Matthew and first Ingrid, and then the prostitute (what was her name?), and between her daughter. Caroline, and the Doctor, Andrew, were great: as was the portrayal of Matthew's coming of age as first the non-violent sheriff of the town, and then as a budding attorney.

Please, if you have never seen this show before, do not be dissuaded by the previous commentator. Check it out-you'll be doing yourself a big favor. This is one of the best shows ever made for television!

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