Northern Exposure: Season 1

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Jul 12
1990

Pilot

Dr. Joel Fleischman arrives in Anchorage, Alaska to fulfill his part of a bargain that paid $125,000 for his medical education in exchange for service in the state as a doctor.…

2 Jul 19
1990

Brains, Know How and Native Intelligence

Ed asks Dr. Fleischman to help him convince his uncle, a traditional tribal medicine man, to seek medical treatment for a health problem. A self-reliant Maggie chides Joel abou…

3 Jul 26
1990

Soapy Sanderson

A hermit takes Joel’s advice to put his affairs in order and leaves all his considerable land holdings to be jointly administered by Maggie and the good doctor, who has d…

4 Aug 02
1990

Dreams, Schemes and Putting Greens

Joel’s mind is on helping Maurice sell Alaska as the ““new Riviera”“ to two Japanese businessmen in hopes of becoming the ““attending…

5 Aug 09
1990

Russian Flu

A virulent strain of flu, whose only treatment is a smelly Indian concoction brewed up by Marilyn, keeps Joel from enjoying a visit by Elaine, his New York fiancée who is deve…

6 Aug 16
1990

Sex, Lies and Ed's Tapes

A young man from Saskatchewan further rocks the already delicate relationship between Shelly and Holling. Ed suffers from writer’s block and a lack of focus as he tries t…

7 Aug 23
1990

A Kodiak Moment

Maurice feels his mortality after his brother dies, and decides to adopt Chris as the Minnifield heir, but the title doesn’t sit well on the younger man. Shelly distracts…

8 Aug 30
1990

Aurora Borealis- A Fairy Tale for Big People

The approach of the Aurora Borealis and the constant light produces some strange behavior among the residents of Cicely. Chris abandons the radio station to build an unusual pi…

About Northern Exposure

Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) graduated from Columbia University medical school where he attended thanks to a scholarship from the state of Alaska. Though he was slated to work in Anchorage, instead he gets assigned to be the General Practitioner of the tiny Alaskan town, Cicely, to pay for his education. The location is remote, the people are weird and quirky, and Joel wants to return to New York. The show thrived on the “will they or won’t they” dynamic between Fleischman and Janine Turner’s Maggie O’Connell.

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