Northern Exposure: Season 3


# Air Date Title
1 Sep 23

The Bumpy Road to Love

Maggie is devastated when the unveiling of a statue in Rick’s memory uncovers his life and loves away from Cicely. Maurice stumbles in his pursuit of Officer Semanski whe…

2 Sep 30

Only You

Maurice sulks over what he believes is an unflattering photo taken by Holling, Maggie worries about needing glasses and getting old, and Joel tries to explain Chris’ unca…

3 Oct 07

Oy, Wilderness

Maggie and Joel are forced to rough it when her plane is forced down by mechanical problems, and Shelly receives a visit from her former best friend, who is seeking a divorce f…

4 Oct 14

Animals 'R' Us

Maggie becomes convinced that the stray dog that’s adopted her is Rick reincarnated. Maurice tries to convince Marilyn to join him in a multi-million dollar scheme to pro…

5 Oct 28

Jules et Joel

On Halloween Joel hits his head, presaging a visit from his twin brother Jules. Chris and Ed set out to meet a criminal from Chris’ hometown in West Virginia, and Holling…

6 Nov 04

The Body in Question

Chris’ discovery of the frozen body of a Napoleonic Frenchman raises many questions for Joel, has Maurice dreaming of the economic benefits for Cicely, Shelly worrying ov…

7 Nov 11


Joel’s former fiancée Elaine, now a widow, comes to visit. Chris’ half-brother Bernard returns just as Chris is having dreams of Africa. The reclusive Adam takes a…

8 Nov 18

A-Hunting We Will Go

Joel decides to explore the fascination of hunting by accompanying Chris and Holling on their annual pilgrimage. Ed becomes worried and over solicitous when he learns that Ruth…

9 Dec 09

Get Real

A stranded bus of carnival performers brings romance to Marilyn, doubts about her future to Maggie, the mysteries of magic to Chris, and a break to the studious Joel; Shelly ho…

10 Dec 16

Seoul Mates

The holidays in Cicely see Joel experimenting with an unfamiliar Christmas tree, a clumsy Maggie suddenly left alone, Shelly pining for the religious pageantry of her childhood…

11 Jan 06

Dateline: Cicely

Maurice hires a colorful but questionable new investigative reporter for his newspaper, Maggie tries to enlighten Joel about the ““talking”“ trees, and…

12 Jan 13

Our Tribe

Joel agrees, under pressure from Marilyn, to be adopted by a grateful village elder, but wonders if he’ll survive. Maggie becomes concerned when Holling shuts down the Br…

13 Jan 20

Things Become Extinct

The death of his uncle sends Holling out to his still and into an orgy of self-doubt, Joel feels isolated as he searches for proof of other Jews in Alaska, and Ed widens his ow…

14 Feb 03

Burning Down the House

Maggie receives an unexpected visit and some unwanted news from her mother. Meanwhile, Chris searches everywhere for just the right cow to fling for his conceptual art piece an…

15 Feb 24

Democracy in America

The mayoral incumbent, Holling, faces opposition from an old friend with a long memory. Chris grows eloquent over the democratic process. Ed worries over casting his first vote…

16 Mar 02

Three Amigos

The death of an old friend sends Maurice and Holling packing off into the snowy wilderness to bury him at No-Name Point. But the way is hard, including an unexpected run-in wit…

17 Mar 09

Lost and Found

The hypochondriac, Eve comes to town to ask about her latest symptoms, but Joel is preoccupied with the ghost of a lonely old soul haunting his cabin. Maurice receives a visit…

18 Mar 16

My Mother, My Sister

An abandoned baby gets attention from the whole town and helps awaken Adam’s paternal instincts while Shelly’s life is unsettled by a visit from her youthful, giddy…

19 Mar 23

Wake Up Call

As spring blossoms, Shelly suffers from a skin rash, Holling gives away eggs, Joel gets a new outlook on patient care from a tribal medicine man and Maggie experiences a spirit…

20 Apr 27

The Final Frontier

Maurice becomes curious about the influx of Japanese tourists to the area during the Northern Lights, Holling sets out to discover if Jesse the bear is really dead, and Maggie…

21 May 04

It Happened in Juneau

Joel foresees sophisticated delights when he travels to Juneau for a medical conference but winds up with good old Maggie, meanwhile back in Cicely, Chris finds himself tongue-…

22 May 11

Our Wedding

As their wedding approaches, Adam debates with Joel about women and Eve lets a gung-ho Shelly take over the wedding plans as she worries about more important matters. Maggie an…

23 May 18


Joel meets an old man who’s returned to Cicely after many years. The man tells him the story of two remarkable women, Roslyn and Cicely, whom transformed the town into &#…

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.