Northern Exposure

1990 NR 6 seasons

Northern Exposure

1990 NR 6 seasons
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CBS's Emmy-winning dramedy follows the adventures of New York doctor Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), who reluctantly agrees to pay off his student loans by establishing a practice in a small Alaskan town overflowing with eccentric locals, moose and lots of snow. Joel is attracted to feisty pilot Maggie (Janine Turner) and befriends bartender Holling (John Cullum), who finds love with a beauty queen coveted by ex-astronaut Maurice (Barry Corbin).
John Corbett, Barry Corbin, Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Darren E. Burrows, Doug Ballard, John Cullum, Elaine Miles, Cynthia Geary, William J. White, Paul Provenza
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6

Summary of Season 1 (1990) - 2 discs

In this quirky, Emmy award-winning CBS series, New Yorker Dr. Joel Fleishman (Rob Morrow) is lured to Alaska by the chance of paying off his medical school bills. But it takes a while for him to warm to the colorful citizens of tiny Cicely, Alaska: feisty Maggie (Janine Turner), pragmatic Holling (John Cullum) and idealistic Chris (John Corbett). Throw in Joel's problems adjusting to the severe weather cycles, and each episode in the first two seasons provides a wealth of rich, appealing humor.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this quirky series offers some good but subtle lessons about the benefits of diversity and the ability of people from different backgrounds to get along within the confines of a small community. It's not a comedy in the traditional sense either, but the overall tone is light rather than dramatic. Expect to hear some low-level swearing (including "crap," "damn," etc.) and see a little social drinking that sometimes leads to drunkenness. There's also some light sexual tension between male and female characters, along with a bit of violence (and occasional blood) related to hunting or some type of minor injury.

Sexual Content

Light sexual tension/banter between male and female characters. A married couple consists of an older man with a much younger wife and there are ongoing storylines relating to the appropriateness of the match.


Actual violence is rare but guns are present, mostly used for hunting. There are also some injuries with small amounts of blood.


Audible words include "crap," "hooker," "damn," etc.

Social Behavior

Through its characters, the show stresses diversity and individuality within the context of a quirky small-town community. There's also a palpable sense of connection among the characters, in spite of their cultural and physical differences.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking, with occasional drunkenness played for humor. Many scenes occur in a bar/restaurant.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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