Northern Exposure: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (12 Jul. 1990)

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A doctor from New York City adjusts to life in a rural town in Alaska.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren E. Burrows ...
Lois Foraker ...
Peg Phillips ...
Robert Nadir ...
Pete Gilliam
Tom Hammond ...
Patient #1
Anne Gordon ...
Patient #2


Jewish New Yorker Dr. Joel Fleischman agreed to have his $125,000 Columbia med school bills paid for by the state of Alaska in exchange for him working 4 years there. As the capital Anchorage's quota is filled, he's offered an alternative rural post in Cecily. He hates it at first sight, but learns he can't get out of his contract and optimistic entrepreneur Maurice J. Minnifield will hold him to it, by any means. The locals and their mostly laid-back life-style are most confusing. His patients includes Walter, whose even fatter wife Edna shoots and stabs him because they didn't talk for years, and a girl who wants her teeth checked. His landlady is female pilot Maggie, his nurse an ever-smiling squaw. Written by KGF Vissers

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The character of Ed at one point quotes from St. Elsewhere (1982), praising the show. The creators of Northern Exposure (1990), Joshua Brand and John Falsey were the masterminds behind St. Elsewhere (1982). See more »


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