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In season 1, we meet Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), an urban New York yuppie who consents to four years of rural servitude after Alaska pays his medical-school tuition. Joel's fish-out-of-water adventures drive the show, but it's the quirky ensemble of characters--Chris, the DJ/philosopher (John Corbett), Holling, the bartender (John Cullum), Maurice, the town patriarch (Barry Corbin), Ed, the filmmaker (Darren E. Burrows), and Maggie, the bush pilot (Janine Turner), among others-that keeps the series consistently entertaining. The town develops its own offbeat personality as well, a Mayberry-meets-Twin-Peaks blend of Native mysticism, Aurora Borealis-induced dreams, unlikely tales of long-lost family members, and rumors of a Bigfoot-like creature known simply as "Adam."
Northern Exposure provides a utopian escape--a place where life is interesting but never dangerous, everyone's insightful, the mystical becomes real, and nobody's burdened with a mundane 9-to-6 desk job. Cicely is a delightful place to visit, even if it's only for an hour at a time.
A mid-season replacement, season 1 consists of just eight episodes on two DVDs. Each episode includes 5-10 minutes of outtakes and deleted scenes. --Shane Burnett
I'm so happy to have this collection, have been wanting it a long time..Published 16 days ago by Lenore
I remembered this show as being quirky and entertaining. But I guess my rememberer is faulty; it's boring and inane.Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Grimshaw
I had heard good things about Northern Exposure so I bought the first season. I have to say I was not really impressed. We watched four or five episodes and I lost interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles Burt
I just finished watching Seasons 1 & 2. I never saw the show when it originally aired. Based on the large number of 5 star reviews, I expected this show to be fantastic, but have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I had such fond memories of this series that I bought the DVD as it's not available on streaming anywhere. But so disappointed--was Season 1 really this boring and unfunny? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrea B