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Northern Exposure

1 9 9 0 – 1 9 9 5  (USA)
110 x 60 minute episodes

New Yorker Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) is fresh out of medical college, and – failing to read the fine print in his scholarship conditions – finds he has no choice but to move for four years to the remote and somewhat eccentric town of Cicely, in the wilds of Alaska.

Key characters included air taxi pilot (and Joel’s landlady) Maggie O’Connell (Janine Turner), rich ex-astronaut Maurice Minnifield (Barry Corbin), Native American film buff Ed Chigliak (Darren E. Burrows), owner of the local bar (The Brick) and mayor Holling Vincoeur (John Collum), Holling’s waitress and eventual wife, Shelly Tombo (Cynthia Geary), Joel’s single-minded and monosyllabic Eskimo assistant Marilyn Whirlwind (Elaine Miles), Ruth-Anne Miller (Peg Phillips), owner of the General Store, and Chris “In The Morning” Stevens, the town’s resident radio DJ (John Corbett).


Star Rob Morrow left the series after five years (travelling through a mystic portal that deposited him back in New York City!) and was replaced by Paul Provenza and Teri Polo as new doctor Phillip Capra and his journalist wife, Michelle. The series ended a few months later.

The series was filmed in Roslyn, Washington. The mural for ‘Roslyn’s Cafe’ in the opening credits is an actual café. The apostrophe and an ‘S’ were added since the show is supposed to take place in the fictional settlement of Cicely, Alaska. After the show was completed the apostrophe and the ‘S’ were removed from the mural.

Dr Joel Fleischman
Rob Morrow
Maurice J. Minnifield
Barry Corbin
Maggie O’Connell 

Janine Turner 
Holling Vincoeur 

John Collum
Ed Chigliak 

Darren E. Burrows
Chris Stevens 

John Corbett 
Shelly Marie Tambo 

Cynthia Geary 
Marilyn Whirlwind 

Elaine Miles
Ruth-Anne Miller 

Peg Phillips
Dr Phillip Capra
Paul Provenza
Michelle Capra
Teri Polo