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A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 25 wins & 89 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Maurice J. Minnifield / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
...  Maggie O'Connell / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
...  Holling Vincoeur / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
...  Ed Chigliak / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
...  Chris Stevens 110 episodes, 1990-1995
...  Shelly Marie Tambo / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
...  Marilyn Whirlwind / ... 110 episodes, 1990-1995
Peg Phillips ...  Ruth-Anne Miller / ... 107 episodes, 1990-1995
...  Dr. Joel Fleischman / ... 102 episodes, 1990-1995
William J. White ...  Dave the Cook 49 episodes, 1991-1994
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Joel Fleishman 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, in the wilds of Alaska. Once there, he is welcomed by the peculiar locals who are not keen to see him go, most especially Maurice Minnifield, the ex-NASA 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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12 July 1990 (USA)  »

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The fictional town of Cicely is based on Talkeetna, a small town 80 miles north of Anchorage by the Alaska rail. See more »

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In the pilot the town sign of Cicely shows the town's population as 215, corrected upwards from 214 (still visible but crossed out), in episode 1.6 "Sex, Lies, and Ed's Tape" the town's population is 839. See more »

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[Shelly sees her skin peeling]
Shelly Tambo Vincoeur: God! What's happening to me? I look like Swamp Thing!
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we laughed, we cried
20 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

This series is by far the best series ever. It ignores bland stereotypes and sleezy "one-liners", it's true, it's real. Real emotion, real plot. Northern Exposure is a show that involves the thought process. It's about a doctor from New York trapped in a small Alaskan town called Cicely. But the show goes more into depth than just "a trapped doctor". We laugh and cry for Northern Exposure.


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