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Northern Exposure - The Complete First and Second Seasons (1990)

Rob Morrow , Janine Turner  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, John Corbett
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 714 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTTS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Northern Exposure - The Complete First and Second Seasons" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Unexposed Footage

  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Unexposed Footage

  • Disc 4:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Unexposed Footage

  • Editorial Reviews

    Northern Exposure - The Complete First Season
    Whether it's a snowy nude sprint down Main Street, the mysterious appearance of a long-lost relative, or the improbable death of yet another of Maggie's boyfriends, life's never dull in the remote hamlet of Cicely, Alaska. Colorful characters and quirky plots propelled Northern Exposure into the hearts of millions of viewers, earning the CBS "dramedy" series seven Emmy awards between its 1990 debut and its demise six seasons later. 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

    Northern Exposure - The Complete Second Season
    The colorful cast of characters from Cicely, Alaska, returns for a new set of adventures in Northern Exposure: The Complete Second Season. While much of the first season was devoted to establishing the plot, each of the seven episodes in season 2 helps us to know the offbeat ensemble of Cicely residents a little better. Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), the New York urbanite stationed in small-town Alaska to pay off his medical-school tuition, still complains constantly about his assignment, but it's clear the town's growing on him when he passes up an opportunity to return home (if only temporarily). We learn from town patriarch Maurice (Barry Corbin) that retired astronauts have groupies, and when a beautiful woman steals the voice of DJ "Chris in the Morning" (John Corbett), it's no huge surprise when the long-deceased spirit of "One Who Waits" provides Chris with an ancient Indian cure.

    But it's the chemistry between Joel and Maggie (Janine Turner) that really makes the series sizzle. The season is book-ended by a pair of breakups that leave first Joel, and then Maggie single, clearing the way for the romance to come in later seasons. The season includes "Spring Break," one of the best-loved episodes from the series. With the impending arrival of spring, libidos run amok, a wave of petty crime hits the town, and the men in town blow off steam au naturale in the annual "Running of the Bulls."

    Season 2's packaging and extras are virtually identical to those from season 1. The two-disc set comes sheathed in a collectible mini zippered nylon "parka," and each episode includes deleted scenes and bloopers. There are no retrospectives or interviews with cast and crew, and no printed materials accompany the discs. --Shane Burnett

    Product Description

    This 7-time Emmy award-winning series is a remarkable blend of quirky humor and heartwarming storytelling. With an ensemble cast including Rob Morrow (Quiz Show), John Corbett (Sex and the City), and Janine Turner (Cliffhanger), Seasons 1 & 2 of Northern Exposure take you back to where it all began. Fresh out of New York's Columbia University, cocky young Dr. Joel Fleischman (Morrow) is looking forward to his comfortable position in Alaska's largest city. But upon his arrival, Joel finds himself a fish out of water as he's instead assigned to a tiny Alaskan village where the offbeat locals would love him to stay forever. Relive the complete first and second seasons of the show TV Guide calls "one of television's truly fine series."

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    183 of 189 people found the following review helpful
    I had previously purchased seasons one and two separately and wish they had this option then. You get both seasons one and two for less than the price of season one's issue price alone. I recommend you buy this set if you are a Northern Exposure fan or are just discovering the series. Seasons one and two contain some of my favorite episodes and begin to establish the characters and provide the basic information about the dynamics of Cicely Alaska that will help you enjoy the later seasons. My favorite episodes in these first seasons include: The Series Pilot; Brains, Know how and Native Intelligence; The Aurora Borealis; The Big Kiss and Spring Break. Here is a brief description of all episodes, enjoy!

    Season One

    1.1 One-Hour Pilot

    Dr. Joel Flesichman, an inveterate New Yorker, arrives in Alaska with plans to fulfill his medical school financing obligation by practicing in metropolitan Anchorage. However, he is quickly informed that his services are not needed in Anchorage, but in a small, remote village by the name of Cicely.

    1.2 Brains, Know-How and Native Intelligence

    While Joel is struggling with evergrowing frustration over faulty plumbing in his cabin, he sensitively deals with Ed's uncle Anku, a proud but ill medicine man who is reluctant to embrace modern medicine.

    1.3 Soapy Sanderson

    After the passing of one of Cicely's most-loved eccentrics, Soapy Sanderson, Joel and Maggie battle over the proper handling of his one hundred acres of land, left to them in his will.

    1.4 Dreams, Schemes and Putting Greens

    Holling gets cold feet and leaves a pregnant Shelly at the altar, while Joel and Maurice try to make a deal with visiting Japanese businessmen to build a resort in Cicely.

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    99 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not the same show. November 15, 2007
    I intend not to beat a dead horse, so I'll be brief. Without the same music, this is not the same show. Not bad, just different. I once read a critique of X-Files that likened that show to chamber music. Northern Exposure held the same attraction: atmosphere. I understand the predicament is one of licensing. Perhaps a second version, true to the original, could be released at a commensurate price. I, for one, would gladly pay the premium.
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    225 of 262 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Better to get it right late than not at all May 6, 2006
    OK, this is how it should have been done from the outset. For those who either don't know or don't remember, NORTHERN EXPOSURE was originally a summer replacement show, beginning to run only a couple of weeks after TWIN PEAKS in 1990. That first summer season ran 8 episodes and the following spring the second season ran for 7 episodes, meaning that Seasons One and Two run to a grand total of 15 episodes. Despite this, the first two seasons were originally released as separate box sets but priced as much as full single seasons. It was one of the most overpriced pair of sets in the relatively short history of DVDs. No sane person would have considered buying them (I rented from Netflix). Now, however, sane people can consider getting the first two seasons. I already own Seasons Three and Four, and now I can add Seasons One and Two.

    Before saying a couple of things about the seasons, let me say that people who complain about the soundtrack really need to . . . I apologize beforehand for any impoliteness here . . . shut up!!! Look, music substitution is just going to be part of the future from here on out in TV shows coming out on DVD. There is simply no way around it. Or rather, if you want to blame someone, blame ASCAP and BMI and RIAA. Here is the real deal: as long as these folks continue to exact such huge royalties for the use of songs, we are going to get vastly less expensive songs substituted for the original ones. There is simply no way around it. The makers of the DVDs have two choices: substitute music and sell the sets at reasonable prices or use the original music and sell the sets at absurdly high prices. Want to pay $100 per season of NORTHERN EXPOSURE? Well, neither do I. But to get the original music that is what it is going to cost.
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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars beware of the price August 26, 2006
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    The pricing of this and other Northern exposure seasons seem to vary a lot. I bought season 1&2 at $19.99. At this moment it is $29.99. I ordered season 3 at $29.99, then within the hour I was fortunate enough to notice that the price was $19.99, so I removed the higher priced season from my order and then reordered. Hold out for the lower price!
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    39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Is this false advertising? March 17, 2009
    By Hal
    Apparently, the product being sold here is not the original series, but instead sort of a music-remake. My wife and I were going to buy this for my folks as a gift, since they never saw the original series. But after reading about how they changed out the music, we are no longer interested in purchasing it.

    Since the DVD producer has apparently been duplicitous, should do the right thing and disclose up front that this is not really the original series due to the swapped out music.

    The apparent dishonesty of the DVD producer is not surprising. But it is surprising that would not have higher standards of integrity. Or, perhaps was also duped and is, in some abstract sense, also a victim.
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    Published 1 month ago by Capt. Bob
    5.0 out of 5 stars i have had so much fun watching these videos and sharing them with the...
    i have had so much fun watching these videos and sharing them with the neighbors! highly recommend even if you have seen the it before.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great to revisit a fabulous show
    Published 2 months ago by Don
    4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the series
    Loved the series and never missed it a few years back. It's fun to see how the characters have progressed in the show and again over the years.
    Published 2 months ago by candace
    5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC --not all of it is missing!
    I just watched Aurora Borealis --CORRECTED Moonlight Sonata IS THERE!
    --Louis Armstrong, Little Egypt and Bad Moon Rising were there. THANK YOU !! YES!! Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Sacred Chapel
    3.0 out of 5 stars Northern Exposure
    Don't remember buying this, must have been a long time ago. Don't still own it. Can't give a better review.
    Published 3 months ago by Satisfied customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Exposure
    Very witty and a pleasant change from the status quo. This show really was very good and is not diminished by time, even though over 20 years have gone by. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by john g van sciver
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
    Bought this to watch with my sister who never saw it in the 90s. Excellent series. We have been enjoying it together.
    Published 3 months ago by MegaShopper
    5.0 out of 5 stars big fan
    Loved this series and this is great to have when I get rid of Cable TV and revert back to local TV. I enjoyed the series - this is the early seasons and I recommend it to fans.
    Published 5 months ago by lesmoore2204
    5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Exposure
    I am just nostalgic for this series.
    Spoiler alert****even though its not really filmed in Alaska and they were NOT able to put
    the original songs on the DVD its still... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Lucas Martin
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    No there are less features with this first and second combo set than there were on the original individual season 1 and season 2 editions of Northern Exposure. About one hour and 26 minutes worth of bonus features are not on this set that were on the original two according to this link - (once... Read More
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