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Northern Exposure: First Season (1990)

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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Television
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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An offbeat comedy drama series, which gained a loyal cult following and enthusiastic press during its five-season run, Northern Exposure concerned Dr. Joel Fleishman (Rob Morrow), a recent medical school graduate who attended Columbia University on a scholarship that stipulated that after graduation, he had to spend four years working as a general practitioner in the small town of Cicely, AK, where he is to be paid the princely sum of 465 dollars a month. As Fleishman bides his time in Cicely, he gets to know many of the local residents, including Maurice Minnifield (Barry Corbin), a multi-millionaire former astronaut who is the city's largest property owner; Maggie O'Connell (Janine Turner), a bush pilot (and the town's mayor) who has an on-again, off-again romance with Fleishman; Chris Stevens (John Corbett), the philosophical DJ at the local radio station; Holling Vincoeur (John Cullum), the owner of a local watering hole who has married Shelly Marie (Cynthia Geary), a young woman who was once in love with Maurice; Ed Chigliak (Darren E. Burrows), a genius-IQ teenager who wants to become a filmmaker; and Marilyn Whirlwind (Elaine Miles), a soft-spoken Native American who serves as Fleishman's receptionist. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Northern Exposure: First Season (Disc 1 of 2) (1990)
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7.92 (48 votes)
Northern Exposure: First Season (Disc 2 of 2) (1990)
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8.23 (40 votes)

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Beginning of Greatness (Disc 2) by LMcGuff June 10, 2004 - 2:07 AM PDT
Disc Two of Northern Exposure season one contains "A Kodiak Moment," "Aurora Borealis," "The Russian Flu," and "Sex, Lies, and Ed's Tapes." There are two episodes on each side of the disc.

The extras are deleted scenes for each episode, unexposed footage (gag reel), and mock movie footage from the "Sex, Lies, and Ed's Tapes" episode.

I sure hope they plan to release the other seasons.

The Beginning of Greatness by LMcGuff June 10, 2004 - 2:04 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Northern Exposure was my favorite TV show while it was on, and I've been waiting for it to be released on DVD. I'm glad to finally see it. In the first season, you can see the beginning of the character development that made it so great at its peak.

Disc 1 has four episodes: "Northern Exposure (pilot)," "Brains, Know How and Native Intelligence," "Soapy Sanderson," and "Dreams, Schemes and Putting Greens."

There are deleted scenes from each episode (although not in story order, which bugged me) and "unexposed footage", flubbed lines. There's also video documentary footage from the Soapy Sanderson episode. (This isn't a documentary about Northern Exposure, it's a documentary being made within the story.)

For some reason, though, each disc is two sided, with two episodes and some extras per side.

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