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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 12, 1990
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6

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  • Starring: Rob Morrow, John Cullum, Janine Turner
  • Summary: Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) graduated from Columbia University medical school where he attended thanks to a scholarship from the state of Alaska. Though he was slated to work in Anchorage, instead he gets assigned to be the General Practitioner the tiny Alaskan town, Cicely, to pay for his education. The location is remote, the people are weird and quirky, and Joel wants to return to New York. The show thrived on the "will they or won't they" dynamic between Fleischman and Janine Turner's Maggie O'Connell.

    First air date: July 12, 1990
    Last air date: July 26, 1995
    Original air time: Monday 10:00:00 pm (Eastern)
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 12, 2013
    It's just as good as I remembered. Even better, if that's possible. [8 Apr 1991]
  2. Reviewed by: John Haslett
    Aug 12, 2013
    Compared to much of what passes for comedy (and drama) in prime time, North ern Exposure is wonderful. The writers rarely condescend and they seem to assume (Oh, heresy!) that there are some intelligent people watching television. [8 Apr 1991]
  3. Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    Aug 12, 2013
    Northern Exposure returns with its comic sensibilities hilariously and charmingly intact...This is a show that has the potential - with its near-perfect ensemble and engaging style - to join the ranks of TV's best comedies.[8 Apr 1991, p.5]
  4. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Aug 12, 2013
    Viewers who find Twin Peaks too weird, thirtysomething too whiny and L.A. Law too slick should look north . . . north to Alaska . . . specifically to tiny Cicely, where Dr. Joel Fleischman resumes his medical practice tonight...But don't worry that Northern Exposure is overly odd. This gently witty show, from the creators of "St. Elsewhere", breaks the rules of television physics: It remains down-to-earth, yet soars. [8 Apr 1991, p.C1]
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 12, 2013
    Former fans of "Twin Peaks" who feel that show has become too ridiculous to bear may find the snowy terrain of Northern Exposure a pleasing substitute. The series seems to have struck a happy balance: just ridiculous enough. [8 Apr 1991, p.C2]
  6. 80
    As it was before, it's a wonderfully quirky show, funny and warm and all that good stuff. [8 Apr 1991, p.C-7]
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    The show has some nice touches. Joel's Jewishness is refreshingly up-front, and it's good to see a few Native Americans on TV for a change. But this domesticated Twin Peaks is too precious by half.

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