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Northern Exposure

The charming and quirky hit drama series "Northern Exposure," a show with such colorful characters that it captures the hearts of fans everywhere, will be broadcast exclusively on Hallmark Channel U.S. beginning Monday, October 1 at 11:00 PM (ET/PT). Check out the "Northern Exposure" Episode Guide (below) and Photo Gallery.

Set in the fictional hamlet of Cicely, Alaska, the series stars Rob Morrow as proverbial "fish out of water" Jewish physician "Dr. Joel Fleishman." Fleishman, New York City born and bred, is a recent Columbia University medical school graduate who finds himself stuck playing doctor in Cicely, Alaska, a bargain he made in exchange for his government financed education.

Dr. Fleishman meets more than his share of vivid personalities in Cicely, but the main characters include "Maggie," (Janine Turner) the beautiful daring bush pilot who has five dead boyfriends and is Joel's landlord. "Maurice Minnifield," (Barry Corbin) Cicely's resident former NASA astronaut, owns half the town and makes certain that Dr. Fleishman stays to fulfill his obligation. There is "Ed," (Darren E. Burrows) the aspiring filmmaker and shaman whose desire to know his parents takes him to the place where he became a man in order to remember all that made him happy. "Holling" (John Cullum) is Cicely's former mayor and the owner of "The Brick" restaurant and tavern and a man in love with young Shelly. The beauty queen who stole Holling's heart is "Shelly," (Cynthia Geary) a young woman who invented a pattern of speech known as "Shellyspeak." "Chris," (John Corbett) also known as "Chris in the Morning," is Cicely's voice and radio disc jockey. Chris became an ordained minister after answering an ad in Rolling Stone. "Ruth Ann" (Peg Phillips) is the owner of Cicely's general store and the only person in town who can say she has truly danced on her own grave. "Marilyn Whirlwind" (Elaine Miles) is the taciturn and mostly silent office assistant who raises ostriches and falls in love with flying men.

"Northern Exposure," which premiered on July 12, 1990 as an inconspicuous summer "replacement" show, quickly took hold of the television landscape. It is still considered to be the pioneer of "dramedy," the fusion of drama with a comedic undertow. "Northern Exposure" is widely celebrated as the series that created this new genre of television, whose successes today include shows like "Ally McBeal" and "Ed."

The unique, contemporary, hour-long series, which won seven Emmy Awards and two DGA Awards, was created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey, whose earlier writing credits include the critically acclaimed dramas "St. Elsewhere" and "I'll Fly Away." David Chase, creator of "The Sopranos," won an Emmy for his writing on "Northern Exposure."

Northern Exposure Episode Guide

Season 1

  • Pilot
  • Brains, Know-How and Native Intelligence
  • Soapy Sanderson
  • Dreams, Schemes and Putting Greens
  • Russian Flu
  • Sex, Lies, and Ed's Tape
  • A Kodiak Moment
  • Aurora Borealis

Season 2

  • Goodbye To All That
  • The Big Kiss
  • All Is Vanity
  • What I Did For Love
  • Spring Break
  • War And Peace
  • Slow Dance

Season 3

  • The Bumpy Road To Love
  • Only You
  • Oy, Wilderness
  • Animals R Us
  • Jules et Joel
  • The Body In Question
  • Roots
  • A-Hunting We Will Go
  • Get Real
  • Seoul Mates
  • Dateline: Cicely
  • Our Tribe
  • Things Become Extinct
  • Burning Down The House
  • Democracy In America
  • The Three Amigos
  • Lost And Found
  • My Mother, My Sister
  • Wake-Up Call
  • The Final Frontier
  • It Happened In Juneau
  • Our Wedding
  • Cicely

Season 4

  • Northwest Passages
  • Midnight Sun
  • Nothing's Perfect
  • Heroes
  • Blowing Bubbles
  • On Your Own
  • The Bad Seed
  • Thanksgiving
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Survival of the Species
  • Revelations
  • Duets
  • Grosse Pointe 48230
  • Learning Curve
  • Ill Wind
  • Love's Labour Mislaid
  • Northern Lights
  • Family Feud
  • Homesick
  • The Big Feast
  • Kaddish for Uncle Manny
  • Mud And Blood
  • Sleeping With The Enemy
  • Old Tree

Season 5

  • Three Doctors
  • The Mystery of the Old Curio Shop
  • Jaws of Life
  • Altered Egos
  • A River Doesn't Run Through It
  • Birds of a Feather
  • Rosebud
  • Heal Thyself
  • Cup of Joe
  • First Snow
  • Baby Blues
  • Mr. Sandman
  • Mite Makes Right
  • Bolt From the Blue
  • Hello, I Love You
  • Northern Hospitality
  • Una Volta in L'Inverno
  • Fish Story
  • The Gift of the Maggie
  • A Wing and a Prayer
  • I Feel the Earth Move
  • Gran Prix
  • Blood Ties
  • Lovers and Madmen

Season 6

  • Dinner at 7:30
  • Eye of the Beholder
  • Shofar, So Good
  • The Letter
  • The Robe
  • Zarya
  • Full Upright Position
  • Up River
  • Sons of the Tundra
  • Realpolitik
  • The Big Mushroom
  • Mi Casa, Su Casa
  • Horns
  • The Mommy's Curse
  • The Quest
  • Lucky People
  • The Graduate
  • Little Italy
  • Balls
  • Bus Stop
  • Ursa Minor
  • Let's Dance
  • Tranquility Base


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