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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 (133 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 (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTTS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,521 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."

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    181 of 187 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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    94 of 95 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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    224 of 261 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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    20 of 20 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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    28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Frosty Exposure February 28, 2010
    There have been a lot of television shows that have come and gone and whether you have seen this series, or not, one thing can be said is that this show has developed a cult following on its own. With television shows that take place in small fictional communities, Northern Exposure is just one of those very few that have defied expectations.

    Northern Exposure is an ensemble show that was produced back in the nineties and featured such notable stars as John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, Rob Morrow (Num3ers), Peg Phillips (7th Heaven), Adam Arkin, Anthony Edwards (Top Gun, E.R.) and Floyd Westerman (Walker, Texas Ranger). The series also welcomed a slew of guest stars through its six year run.

    For those that might be confused as to why the first two seasons had a small episode count, be mindful that the series was a summer replacement series for CBS at that time. It would gain a regular placement for the following 1991-92 season but was also limited to a certain number of episodes by the studio. When the series returned for a third season, Northern Exposure would get a full season worth of episodes that would last through the end of the series.

    Originally, the series focused on the character of Joel Fleischman, who was portrayed by Rob Morrow (Num3ers). When Rob Morrow ran into contract negotiations with the studio in an effort to improve his contract, network execs decided to switch the focus from Rob Morrow and opted to focus more on the other characters, giving the series more of an ensemble look. Eventually, Rob Morrow would leave the show, resolving the situation of Joel Fleischman and give the series a different direction, focusing ecven more of the characters of Cicely, Alaska.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    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 8 days 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 18 days ago by Lucas Martin
    5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER GREAT SERIES
    I really miss watching this series. It has many varied and quirky characters in it. All of them being feasible in a way. It also makes Alaska seem more intriguing as well. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by joekid
    5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Exposure
    Watched this show when it was on TV. Loved it then and love it now. Good buy, Very Funny

    Published 2 months ago by K. W. Whitehead
    5.0 out of 5 stars A production way ahead of its time
    Northern Exposure is not a show that people reminisce about like MASH or Cheers or even Seinfeld. I think the reason for this is because people were not ready for a show like this... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Dave Katz
    4.0 out of 5 stars Came onto a post holiday price of $14.99
    For some time I wanted to purchase this series, but considering the price for the number of episodes I waited. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Thomas G. Kohls
    5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SEASONS OUT THERE
    After visiting Roslyn, WA and seeing where this gem of a show was filmed, watching the first and second seasons again took on new meaning. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by not important
    5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
    My mom loved getting this series. I'll order more when she gets caught up. She was very happy that she gets to watch it from the beginning.
    Published 2 months ago by Nicole
    4.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning
    The primary purpose of the introductions was to set the stage and introduce the characters. The writers accomplished this task with competence. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Roma Jeanne Egli
    5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and wonderful
    It's been 22 or 23 years since this show grabbed my attention and it's just as hilarious now as it was back then. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Wayne Brink
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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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