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"Northern Exposure" Aurora Borealis: A Fairy Tale for Big People (1990)

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Original Air Date:
30 August 1990 (Season 1, Episode 8)
While Joel gives Ed golf lessons, the Indian warns him Adam is around, the never actually seen monster-prankster... See more » | Full synopsis »
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One of the best episodes See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter O'Fallon 
Writing credits
Joshua Brand (created by) &
John Falsey (created by)

Charles Rosin (written by)

Produced by
Cheryl Bloch .... co-producer
Joshua Brand .... executive producer
Martin Bruestle .... associate producer
John Falsey .... executive producer
Matt Nodella .... coordinating producer (as Matthew Nodella)
Charles Rosin .... supervising producer
Robert T. Skodis .... producer
Original Music by
David Schwartz 
Cinematography by
James Hayman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thomas R. Moore 
Casting by
Patti Carns Kalles  (as Patti Kalles)
Production Design by
Phil Peters 
Art Direction by
Lachlin Loud 
Set Decoration by
Woody Crocker 
Costume Design by
Katharine Bentley 
Makeup Department
Bryn E. Leetch .... hair stylist
Joni Powell .... makeup supervisor (as Joni Meers)
Production Management
Tom Leetch .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Cook .... first assistant director (as Philip Cook)
Nancy King .... second assistant director (as Nancy King-Perkins)
Art Department
Sean Everett .... property master (as Sean E. Markland)
Sound Department
Glenn Micallef .... production sound mixer
Art Ottinger .... supervising sound editor
Peter Barnes .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John C. Cole .... key grip (as J.C. Cole)
Bob Good .... chief lighting technician
James A. Lebovitz .... camera operator (as James Lebovitz)
George Santo Pietro .... dolly grip
Bob Webeck .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mimi Melgaard .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Steve Johnson .... colorist
Michael L. Sale .... assistant editor (as Michael Sale)
Location Management
Sean M. Grayson .... location manager
Music Department
John McCullough .... music supervisor
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Russ Powell .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Sarah Auerswald .... script supervisor
Lin Grayson .... production coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Klasky-Csupo (Aurora Borealis effect created by) (as Klasky Csupo)

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Canada:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

Bernard Stevens:Those Northern Lights are some kind of weird psychic, something?
Chris Stevens:Yeah.
Bernard Stevens:What causes them to do that?
Chris Stevens:Well, this is just my guess, but I think that high speed electrons and protons from the sun are trapped in the van Allen radiation belt. Then they're channeled through the Polar Regions by the earth's magnetic field where they collide with other particles and create a brilliant luminosity.
Bernard Stevens:What does that have to do with us?
Chris Stevens:I swear man, I don't know.
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
One of the best episodes, 3 July 2006
Author: Miles-10 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This episode is noteworthy for being the first in which a couple of recurring characters appear. They are "Adam" who is played by Adam Arkin and "Bernard Stevens," played by Richard Cummings Jr. A very magical episode with possible influences from Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream." Each character goes on a journey or experiences a crisis. Joel (Rob Morrow) must visit a forest ranger, braving the woods that are supposedly haunted by Bigfoot--who turns out to be named Adam. Meanwhile, Chris (John Corbett) feels compelled to build a curious sculpture and is visited by a stranger who has way too much in common with him. They find that they have a shared history despite never having met before--Bernard is Chris's long lost brother!

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