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Northern Exposure - The Complete Fifth Season

4.7 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews

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The northern lights are shining down on all 24 hilarious, offbeat episodes of The Complete Fifth Season of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series Northern Exposure! Reunite with Dr. Joel Fleischman (Emmy nominee Rob Morrow), Maggie (Emmy nominee Janine Turner), Chris (Emmy nominee John Corbett) and the rest of the beloved and quirky residents of Cicely, Alaska, as they take on evil spirits, cannibalistic ancestors and the birth of a new resident. Digitally restored for outstanding picture and audio quality, this 5-disc collection brings all the heartwarming episodes of Season Five to DVD for the first time ever. Follow the moose to fun today!

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Welcome back to Cicely, Alaska, where whimsy and magical realism are always in season. While Northern Exposure's heart is as big as all outdoors, its charms are starting to wear a little thin in its penultimate season, particularly John Cullum's New Age-y DJ McDreamy, Chris (one longs for that season 1 episode in which he lost his voice). But there is compensation in such sweet, unexpected moments as the one in "A River Doesn't Run Through It," in which bush pilot Maggie O'Connell (Janine Turner) finds the tape recorder of Dr. Joel Fleishman (Rob Morrow), who is out in the field, and, missing his voice, sits down to listen to one of his tapes. The long-awaited thawing of what Joel calls their "bizarre" relationship is this season's biggest development. Their efforts to "go out" and be nicer to each other are frustrated by such nuisances as a dust-mite allergy ("Mite Makes Right"). Another blessed event is the birth of Shelley's (Cynthia Geary) so-called "Little Pooper," but not before she freaks at impending motherhood ("Baby Blues") and has a series of laundromat encounters with her future child at different stages in her life, from Barbie-playing adolescent to aspiring Dallas Cowboy cheerleader ("Hello, I Love You"). Aspiring young filmmaker and shaman Ed (Darren E. Burrows) finds himself at a crossroads in "Rosebud," one of his better episodes, in which he is charged with organizing a film festival to put Cicely on the map. Peter Bogdanovich, as himself, regales one and all with his Orson Welles stories, and encourages Ed to finally make a movie. A quintessential love-it-or-hate-it Northern Exposure episode is "Mr. Sandman," in which the Northern Lights cause the residents to swap their dreams. The season ends on a heartwarming grace note with "Lovers and Madmen," in which Joel, who has always kept himself aloof from the close-knit community (in "Rosebud," he resists joining the volunteer fire department), at last accepts that he has become a "Cicelian," after discovering a frozen wooly mammoth. Too bad the series couldn't have ended here before finally jumping the caribou in its last season. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

Disc 5:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, John Corbett, William J. White
    • Directors: Randall Miller, Matt Nodella
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 5
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
    • Run Time: 1097 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000HT3Q1E
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,298 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Northern Exposure - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

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    NORTHERN EXPOSURE SEASON 5 EPISODES

    1.) Three Doctors (episode 77704)

    Joel contracts Alaskan flu; Ed wakes up in strange places; Shelly loses her singing voice.

    First aired Monday, Sep 20 1993

    2.) The Mystery of the Old Curio Shop (episode 77705)

    Maggie probes odd behavior by an antique store's owners; signs of aging disturb Maurice; Joel investigates Jewish influence on American Indian language.

    First aired Monday, Sep 27 1993

    3.) Jaws of Life (episode 77707)

    The mobile dentist's annual visit creates anxiety; a wax sculpture of Maurice is too authentic.

    First aired Monday, Oct 4 1993

    4.)Altered Egos (episode 77702)

    Bernard's new love cohabited with Chris; Marilyn screens dates by their medical history; Joel fears the loss of his New York edge.

    First aired Monday, Oct 11 1993

    5.)A River Doesn't Run Through It (episode 77708)

    Maurice tries to outsmart a wealthy American Indian in a land deal; Maggie is asked to be homecoming queen.

    First aired Monday, Oct 25 1993

    6.)Birds of a Feather (episode 77701)

    Joel's visiting parents adapt easily to Cicely; Holling's disdain for sports causes Shelly concern over their baby's athletic future.

    First aired Monday, Nov 1 1993

    7.)Rosebud (episode 77703)

    Ed faces a career impasse while organizing the Cicely Film Festival; Joel makes excuses for not joining the volunteer fire department; guest Peter Bogdanovich.

    First aired Monday, Nov 8 1993

    8.)Heal Thyself (episode 77711)

    A demon makes Ed doubt his future as a shaman; Holling's jokes during Lamaze class infuriate Shelly; Maggie misses the laundromat.
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    I think season five of NX is not only the best season yet, but it is better than the previous four combined. In this season, the show has matured and we get to see the characters develop as each one faces difficult challenges. I also noticed that they are finding new ways of showcasing specific talents. We have already heard the pipes of Holling and Shelly, but we had no idea that Marilyn could be such a stirring story teller, or that Walt could be so funny. That's always what the show has been about, but this season seems better thought out. There is a clear trajectory in the story.

    As always, the writing is just brilliant, delivering some of the best dialogue ever written for television. I just finished the final episode last night and now I want to watch the whole thing from season one over again. I forgot just how much I missed it.

    I must be honest, though. I have a personal bias. The second episode of Disc 5 is about a wheelchair race. There are people using wheelchairs everywhere. Being a wheelchair user who is so sick of able bodied actors playing the disabled, I truly appreciated this.

    If you were ever a fan of the show, I highly reccomend this. If not, well, it could be a bit of an acquired taste. I think it was the most brilliant program ever aired.
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    i am a HUGE NX fan...

    where's all the good music that originally aired in the show ?????

    the music helped 'make' this series... (i think season 1 & 2 have most of all the original tunes)...

    so why didn't they use the original music on these dvds ?

    did they not get the permission to use all those great songs on these new discs ???

    doesn't make sense to me at all...

    VERY disappointing, indeed.
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    If you like to watch something that will actually positively influence your life, you normally would prefer to watch a feature film that plays off for two hours. You walk out and feel a sense of, for lack of a better word "enlightment". With NX it was like that every week. The advantage of owning it on DVD is you can watch an episode that relates to your situation that day. There are not any show nor was there during the past 11 years (last season 1995) that has this quality. I'm not kidding if I say, we've been watching season after season again and again.

    This season was amazing, already watched it 2ice since its been released. Its sad that it will end one day and then I wouldn't know how to watch normal TV again.

    I do know however its not everyone's cup of tea. If you like Texas ranger then dont bother trying. If you're a more conservative viewer, some of the views on the series might offend you. But anyone with an open mind will regard Northern Exposure as a piece of holy grail.

    Some people take longer too get hooked, but once you're in NX will change your life.

    The beauty of NX is that it is timeless.

    The question is why arent there more intelectually stimulating programs on TV, the only one that I would say is in the league intellectually is probably "Lost" but its a different genre.
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    We return once again to Cicely, Alaska with a visit to the oddball characters of a small middle-of-nowhere town that usually makes a tv show a hit. As far as the product itself, it's the standard fair of a boxed set, great crisp clean photos from the series on the packaging and easy to follow menus on the discs. With this season, we get five discs, one sided this time out which I feel helps the viewing out because no you don't have to be constantly flipping the discs over to view the next part of the series (did that make sense?). Also included at the on disc one and disc five are the deleted scenes from different episodes. Gone however are the bloopers which are missed because they are usually so fun to watch.

    As for the show itself, this was the season that was going to determine the future of the series. For me, the early part of the season lacked that certain something in the stories that were such a hit in the previous seasons. There is a change in the writing and lack of good stories in the early season. I still enjoy them but that extra 'perkiness' is absent. Mid season sees three religion influence episodes come in and the latter part of the season returns to the fully entertaining aspects that was the cast and setting. We are introduced to recurring characters like Cal the violinist and locales like Walt Kupfer, Hayden Keys, Adam, and Office Semansky begin taking larger recurring roles (especially Walt, he figures prominantly into season 5). Changes are made to the regulars, including Ed from film afficianado into shaman, the arrival of Holling and Shelly's baby, and the officially dating of Joel and Maggie. A bit of a minor annoyance is the episodes are aired out of sequence of when they were filmed.
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