The trials and adventures of a female doctor in a small wild west town.


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Series cast summary:
...  Dr. Quinn - Medicine Woman 149 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Byron Sully 149 episodes, 1993-1998
Shawn Toovey ...  Brian Cooper 149 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Matthew Cooper 149 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Loren Bray 148 episodes, 1993-1998
Jim Knobeloch ...  Jake Slicker 131 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Hank Lawson 123 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Horace Bing 121 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Rev. Timothy Johnson 115 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Robert E. 110 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Grace 109 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Dorothy Jennings 101 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Colleen Cooper 88 episodes, 1995-1998
...  Cloud Dancing / ... 77 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Myra Bing 76 episodes, 1993-1998
...  Colleen Cooper 61 episodes, 1993-1997
Jason Leland Adams ...  Preston A. Lodge III / ... 61 episodes, 1994-1998


The fifth daughter of a wealthy Boston physician, Michaela Quinn defies the conventions of post-Civil War society by following in her father's footsteps. After his death, 'Dr. Mike' leaves Boston and moves to the frontier town of Colorado Springs, where she finds the citizens less than thrilled by the concept of a woman doctor. While she struggles to earn their trust, Mike's life is complicated by a growing relationship with mountain man Byron Sully, and the unexpected responsibility of raising three orphaned children. Written by Marg Baskin <>

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Drama | Family | Western


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Release Date:

1 January 1993 (USA)  »

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Joe Lando who played Byron Sully insisted on doing almost all his own stunts. He said doing his own stunt work made the character feel more real to him. In addition, Joe admitted some stunts such as eating worms and running on top of a moving train were things he would probably never have an opportunity to do again. See more »


Mr Bray's store doors change from having windows to solid wood and back to having windows. See more »


Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn: Do you think most women find it agreeable?
Grace: Sure.
Myra Bing: If they're in love, they do.
Dorothy Jennings: I think women find it more agreeable then men do. I *do*. I mean, the men don't wanna know it. It would just vex 'em.
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Engaging Western series portrays frontier town's lady doctor
4 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

While I was not a faithful devotee of the series, I tuned in whenever the opportunity presented itself and invariably enjoyed the stories revolving around a frontier town's lady doctor. I view the program strictly as entertainment, and missed too many episodes to comment accurately on any social issues depicted or historical liberties taken. However, I will note that the show does justifiably denounce racism and tends to cast native people in a sympathetic light.

Set just after the Civil War, the series portrays the ongoing story of a lovely young Boston doctor, Michaela Quinn, who following the death of her own physician father, moves to the frontier town of Colorado Springs. There Dr. Mike sets up her medical practice, to the consternation of those upset at the novel prospect of a female physician. Byron Sully, a rugged mountain man (and friend to the Cheyanne) helps her adjust to frontier life, and naturally the pair develop a mutual attraction. She is aided by a midwife, Charlotte Cooper, who on her deathbed following a snake bike, places her three children (Colleen, Brian, and the older Matthew) in Dr. Mike's care. Thus the doctor takes upon herself the responsibility of three adopted children. Later Dr. Mike marries Sully and they have a baby of their own, little Katie, to add to their previously existing foster family.

The beautiful British actress, Jane Seymour, is radiant, appealing, and sympathetic as the frontier doctor. Dr. Quinn certainly displays an admirable strength of wit and character, tackling both a challenging career and an instant family in this rugged pioneer setting. Yet she also reveals a touching vulnerability. The chemistry is electric between her and Sully (charismatically played by actor Joe Lando) and that factor is probably responsible for much of the show's success. On the whole, it's an engaging series and when it first aired, proved from my perspective superior to much of that era's TV programming.

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