Northern Exposure (1990–1995)
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A doctor from New York City adjusts to life in a rural town in Alaska.


Joshua Brand


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Morrow ... Dr. Joel Fleischman
Barry Corbin ... Maurice J. Minnifield
Janine Turner ... Maggie O'Connell
John Cullum ... Holling Vincoeur
Darren E. Burrows ... Ed Chigliak
John Corbett ... Chris Stevens
Cynthia Geary ... Shelly Marie Tambo
Art LaFleur ... Walter
Lois Foraker Lois Foraker ... Edna
Grant Goodeve ... Rick Pederson
Peg Phillips Peg Phillips ... Ruth-Anne
Elaine Miles ... Marilyn
Robert Nadir Robert Nadir ... Pete Gilliam
Tom Hammond Tom Hammond ... Patient #1
Anne Gordon 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 beaver's teeth checked. His landlady is female pilot Maggie, his nurse an ever-smiling squaw. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

12 July 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Joel arrives in Cicely, the population of the town is shown as 215, corrected from previously 214, on the Welcometo Cicely sign. In a later episode the town's population is 839, as a joking reference to the show's budget of $839,000. This rise of the population is never explained. See more »


Maurice J. Minnifield: When I heard we had a crack at a Jew doctor from New York City... well, I don't have to tell you I jumped. You boys do outstanding work.
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References Manhattan (1979) See more »


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Performed by Bud and Travis
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Good Pilot
16 November 2018 | by soundphurySee all my reviews

Like lots of pilots, this one suffers from some slight inconsistencies with the actual series. Darren E Burrows hasn't gone "full Ed" yet in locking down his character's wonderful idiosyncrasies. And certain characters - Chris and Shelly - don't even have speaking parts here. And for a series that could be uneven as Northern Exposure was, you wouldn't be surprised if the pilot was a little off the map. However, to the contrary, this episode serves as a great introduction to Dr Fleischman's predicament in the wilds of Alaska and the quirky town he'll be based in for the next six seasons.

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