Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jul. 12, 1990
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network

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Northern Exposure

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.

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06x23 Tranquility Base Aired: Jul. 26, 1995

Maurice's plans to ask Barbara to marry him while spending the weekend at his new summer home are in jeopardy when her style clashes with the …

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The show had 6 seasons and 110 episodes air between 1990 and 1995.

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  • The series is set in the imaginary town of Cicely in Alaska, and it was shot in Roslyn, Washington. Characters named Roslyn and Cicely appear on the show as the founders of the town.
  • During the early 1990s, creators Joshua Brand and John Falsey were working on two shows simultaneously: Northern Exposure, and the civil-rights-era family drama "I'll Fly Away." The two shows…
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    During the early 1990s, creators Joshua Brand and John Falsey were working on two shows simultaneously: Northern Exposure, and the civil-rights-era family drama "I'll Fly Away." The two shows had writing and production offices in the same building, across the hall from each other. In the 2013 book Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, David Chase (who was a writer and executive producer on "I'll Fly Away") talked about how much he had disliked the other Brand/Falsey show being made across the hall from his show: "The people who worked on Northern Exposure thought they were curing cancer and reinventing drama.... To me it was so precious, so self-congratulatory. It strained so hard for whimsy. We'd go to the Emmys every year and they'd get these awards and we'd get nothing. It wasn't that we really wanted these Emmys, but that show was being celebrated to the hilt and I felt it was a fraud at its core." But after both Brand and Falsey left "Northern Exposure," Chase took over, and he was its showrunner from late 1993 until the end of its run in 1995. Chase said that he "did it for the money."
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  • Paul Provenza was originally hired to take over the role of Dr. Joel Fleischman after Rob Morrow left the show. The difference in his appearance was to be attributed to Fleischman getting a…
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    Paul Provenza was originally hired to take over the role of Dr. Joel Fleischman after Rob Morrow left the show. The difference in his appearance was to be attributed to Fleischman getting a new haircut, which according to Janine Turner's character, Maggie O'Connell, "suited him". This idea was decided against, as not to alienate Morrow's fans. So 'Paul Provenza' _ became a new doctor, Phillip Capra. The series only lasted one more season after their Morrow's departure.
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