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Northern Exposure 

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A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.
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Cast

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 49 episodes, 1991-1994
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Yiddish | Tlingit | Hebrew

Release Date:

12 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Northern Exposure See more »

Filming Locations:

Easton, Washington, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(110 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In Season 5, there is an unexplained fact that Maurice hurt his leg.

Barry Corbin, the actor who plays Maurice, fell off his horse and broke his left leg and left foot (Seattle Times, December 19, 1993).

One must go back a few episodes to see how this is brought into the story without any explanation.

Corbin's last scene before his leg injury was S05E14 ("A Bolt From The Blue") .. he is also not present in S05E15 ("Hello I Love You") which is the Walt+Ruth-Anne trip. Maurice was originally supposed to take this trip with Ruth-Anne (minus the romance story). It could be argued that the arc of Walt's relationship with Ruth-Anne was made possible by Barry Corbin's real-life injury.

The first mention of the injury is at Joel's dinner party, S05E16 ("Northern Hospitality") where it is remarked that Maurice couldn't make it "with his leg". Maurice/Corbin is not present for S05E16. Interesting how he wasn't there for the debacle with Chris's radio show (on Maurice's radio station, KBHR) being argued to blame for Edgar Hankins' suicide . And that Maddam Mayor Hancock, who id rarely seen, is the one who calls this town meeting, instead of Maurice.

S05E17 ("Una.Volta.in.L'inverno"), still no Maurice and still no mention of his injury.

Maurice/Corbin Barry doesn't show back up until S05E18 ("Fish Story"), where he jabs at Holling about his "paint by numbers" art. This is the same episode where Ruth-Anne takes her impromptu bike trip and Maurice calls a meeting about Ed re-opening the store. Maurice has two scenes here. One: at the Brick, where he is sitting, no crutches on view. Two: at the town meeting he called to order, and he is leaning on the lectern the entire time, with no crutches in sight.

He is first seen with crutches beginning with S05E19 ("The Gift Of Maggie"), and ending with S05E21 ("I Feel The Earth Move"). Viewers are left with no explanation of how he hurt his leg (in the Northern Exposure universe), or his absence for three whole episodes. See more »

Goofs

At KBHR, the needles on both of the illuminated VU meters (on the control board) do not move when Chris is talking or at any other time there is modulation. That would never be the case in a real radio station. See more »

Quotes

Chris Stevens: There's a dark side to each and every human soul. We wish we were Obi-Wan Kenobi, and for the most part we are, but there's a little Darth Vader in all of us. Thing is, this ain't no either-or proposition. We're talking about dialectics, the good and the bad merging into us. You can run but you can't hide. My experience? Face the darkness. Stare it down. Own it. As brother Nietzsche said, being human is a complicated gig. So give that ol' dark night of the soul a hug. Howl the eternal yes!
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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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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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