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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993)
Fantastic Family Programming
This is one of the best television shows of all time. Jane Seymour's Michaela Quinn is quite possibly one of the most influential characters in television history, inspiring women to stand up for what they believe in, even when everyone else says you're wrong.
This show revolves around the lives of Dr. Michaela Quinn, one of the first female doctors in the western US during the 1860s, her husband, Byron Sully, who is an advocate for the Native Americans who are being persecuted so unjustly, and their four children. Colleen, a young woman who wants nothing more than to be a doctor like her mother, and Brian, a young boy who tries to fit in with his peers, are Michaela and Sully's adopted children. Along with their brother Matthew (legally an adult and unable to be adopted), who is searching for his purpose in life after the death of his fiancée, these children help Michaela adapt to life in the West after living in high-society Boston. Later in the series, baby Katie joins the family, and Michaela, Sully, Matthew, Colleen and Brian are drawn closer together.
Filled with an amazing cast (Orson Bean, William Shockley, Barbara Babcock, Jonelle Allen, et al), this show promotes family values while still exploring controversial issues at the time. Even scenes that would, nowadays, be explicit and graphic, are tastefully done with full respect for younger viewers.
Anyone interested in the west, the history of women, family values or just good, quality television programming would do well to check this show out. It reruns every weekday morning on the Hallmark channel at 9 am, and all seasons are available for purchase on DVD.
It's a real tragedy that this show was canceled when it was. It was almost ready to end, but not quite. If you want to see more Dr. Quinn past the episodes, there are two television movies, "Revolutions" (the better of the two) and "The Heart Within".