Northern Exposure - The Complete First and Second Seasons
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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."
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
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--Louis Armstrong, Little Egypt and Bad Moon Rising were there. THANK YOU !! YES!!
There is enough to keep with the Spirit of the show.
If they use different music at times--it works well.
The DVD Picture quality is good.
And it is GREAT to see my favorite shows again.
I just ordered Season 3. I really love the episode ROOTS.
where Adam starts cooking at the Cafe, and psychoanalyzing Dr Joel Fleischman and Maggie.
I hope Miriam Makeba's Emabhaceni is at the ending, I loved it so much I bought her album,
but if it isn't--I feel sure that they wouldn't cut out the opening dream scene with those wonderful African dancers.
I really appreciate the availability of these Northern Exposure DVD's. THANK YOU :)
UPDATE --I GOT SEASON 3 6 discs--disc 2 has ROOTS
YES the African dancers are there--YES Miriam Makeba' Emabhaceni was there at the end!!! YES!
Dr. Joel Fleischman, played by Rob Morrow, is trapped in a town in Alaska that he finds offbeat, strange, and, sometimes, dangerous. Many of the characters you will learn to love as Chris the DJ, played by the amazing John Corbett. There is also Holling as 62 year old the bartender, played by the calm and mild John Cullum, along with Maurice played by the, somewhat over the top, Barry Corbin. And there is Ed, the want to be filmmaker in search of his roots and a good story, played by Darren E. Burrows who happens to be the best character in the series. Well, to me anyway. And the beautiful Maggie, the bush pilot played by Janine Turner, who has the boyfriend curse.
There are others, of course. The one episode Adam, Rick the fifth boyfriend, and others. None of them are really minor characters yet few are major. Even Doctor Fleischman sometimes seems to be in the background, almost part of the audience, trying to understand the logic that is Cicely, Alaska.
While there are two seasons the total number of episodes are 15, as it was kind of a filler when it first came out. I am also not sure CBS was sure of the humor and didn't foresee it becoming a hit.
It has tons of extras in the form of deleted scenes and unused footage. The best part is now I have been to Alaska a couple of times I know, and have been, to the cities they are talking about and understand some of the background.