A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.
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Series cast summary:
Barry Corbin ...  Maurice J. Minnifield / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
Janine Turner ...  Maggie O'Connell / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
John Cullum ...  Holling Vincoeur / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
Darren E. Burrows ...  Ed Chigliak / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
John Corbett ...  Chris Stevens / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
Cynthia Geary ...  Shelly Marie Tambo / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
Elaine Miles ...  Marilyn Whirlwind / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
Peg Phillips Peg Phillips ...  Ruth-Anne Miller / ... 107 episodes, 1990-1995
Rob Morrow ...  Dr. Joel Fleischman / ... 102 episodes, 1990-1995
William J. White William J. White ...  Dave the Cook 48 episodes, 1991-1994
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Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) is fresh out of medical college, and fresh out of luck. Failing to read the fine print in his scholarship conditions, he finds he has no choice but to move to the remote and somewhat eccentric town of Cicely, Alaska. Once there, he is welcomed by the peculiar locals who are not keen to see him go, most especially Maurice J. Minnifield (Barry Corbin), the ex-N.A.S.A. astronaut. Despite Joel's adamant denials, one gets the impression that he enjoys life in Cicely more than he admits. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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As an inside joke, some radio stations in Michigan and other snow-heavy states used to play the theme music from the show as a lead-in to announcing school closings and other snow related events. See more »

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In most radio stations, the "On The Air" sign only lights when there is a live mike but, at KBHR, it remains lit whether Chris is using the microphone or not. See more »

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Dr. Joel Fleischman: The only consequence of all this will be, that whenever I open a nice Bordeaux, there will be the distant, distasteful memory of a nutcase who tried to kill me because I allowed her to kiss me on the cheek under false pretenses. I can live with it.
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Alternate Versions

Only the first season retains the Universal Television logo on its DVD release, whereas further seasons edit out the logo. See more »

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Referenced in Numb3rs: Hydra (2009) See more »

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Truly, one of the finest TV series ever.
2 October 1999 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

I'm not much of a "TV series" watcher. Most of them are extremely shallow or violent or forced funny. The very few I have really enjoyed over the years are MASH, TAXI, and Northern Exposure. That's not many, in over 40 years of viewing.

All 3 of the series I've enjoyed have common threads - they are set in unique locations, have a broad array of quirky characters, are extremely well-written and acted, are genuinely funny in just the right places, and most of all, leave you with a really genuine "message" about life and relationships. Without fail.

Of the 3 I mention, Northern Exposure is the best, in my opinion. My favorite is the episode where Maggie and Maurice go half-and-half to buy and build a small airplane, have a falling out that ends up just perfect, and the final scene, with the airplane flying during the funeral was so emotional that it brings tears to my eyes every time I see it.

Unfortunately, when Rob Morrow left the show, it was never the same. I suspect the same would have happened if any of the 5 or 6 key characters had departed. After 5 years it was probably time anyway. But it lives on via DVD sets.


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12 July 1990 (USA) See more »

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Northern Exposure See more »

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Easton, Washington, USA See more »

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(110 episodes)

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