Northern Exposure
Overview
Northern Exposure is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 television series that ran on CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

 from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes.
The series was given a pair of consecutive Peabody Award
Peabody Award
The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals. In 1939, the National Association of Broadcasters formed a committee to recognize outstanding achievement in radio broadcasting...

s: in 1991–92 for the show's "depict[ion] in a comedic and often poetic way, [of] the cultural clash between a transplanted New York City doctor and the townspeople of fictional Cicely, Alaska
Alaska
Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait...

" and its stories of "people of different backgrounds and experiences" clashing but who ultimately "strive to accept their differences and co-exist."

It received a total of 57 award nominations during its five-year run and won 27, including the 1992 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
This page lists the winners and nominees for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, since its institution in 1951. The award is often cited as one of the "main awards" at the Emmys ceremonies, and has changed names many times in its history. It was first called Best Dramatic Show...

, two additional Primetime Emmy Award
Primetime Emmy Award
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s, four Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globes
Golden Globe Award
The Golden Globe Award is an accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign...

.

The series was created by Brand
Joshua Brand
Joshua Brand is an American television writer, director, and producer who created St. Elsewhere, I'll Fly Away and Northern Exposure with his writing-and-producing partner John Falsey....

-Falsey
John Falsey
John Henry Falsey, Jr. is an American television writer and producer.Falsey was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Patricia Helene and John Henry Falsey...

 Productions.
Encyclopedia
Northern Exposure is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 television series that ran on CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

 from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes.

Overview

The series was given a pair of consecutive Peabody Award
Peabody Award
The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals. In 1939, the National Association of Broadcasters formed a committee to recognize outstanding achievement in radio broadcasting...

s: in 1991–92 for the show's "depict[ion] in a comedic and often poetic way, [of] the cultural clash between a transplanted New York City doctor and the townspeople of fictional Cicely, Alaska
Alaska
Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait...

" and its stories of "people of different backgrounds and experiences" clashing but who ultimately "strive to accept their differences and co-exist."

It received a total of 57 award nominations during its five-year run and won 27, including the 1992 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
This page lists the winners and nominees for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, since its institution in 1951. The award is often cited as one of the "main awards" at the Emmys ceremonies, and has changed names many times in its history. It was first called Best Dramatic Show...

, two additional Primetime Emmy Award
Primetime Emmy Award
The Primetime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming...

s, four Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globes
Golden Globe Award
The Golden Globe Award is an accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign...

.

The series was created by Brand
Joshua Brand
Joshua Brand is an American television writer, director, and producer who created St. Elsewhere, I'll Fly Away and Northern Exposure with his writing-and-producing partner John Falsey....

-Falsey
John Falsey
John Henry Falsey, Jr. is an American television writer and producer.Falsey was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Patricia Helene and John Henry Falsey...

 Productions. Critic John Leonard
John Leonard (American critic)
John Leonard was an American literary, television, film, and cultural critic.-Biography:John Leonard grew up in Washington, D.C., Jackson Heights, Queens, and Long Beach, California, where he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School...

 called Northern Exposure "the best of the best television in the past 10 years." Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg is an English actor, comedian, writer, film producer, and director. He is best known for having co-written and stared in various Edgar Wright features, mainly Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the comedy series Spaced.He also portrayed Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the 2009 Star Trek film...

 has stated that the series was one of the influences on the British sitcom Spaced
Spaced
Spaced is a British television sitcom written by and starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, and directed by Edgar Wright. It is noted for its rapid-fire editing, frequent pop culture references and jokes, eclectic music, and occasional displays of surrealism and non-sequitur humour...

.

History

The show started as an eight-episode summer replacement
Midseason replacement
In American and Canadian television, a midseason replacement is a television series that premieres in the second half of the traditional television season, usually between January and May...

 series on CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

 in 1990. It returned for seven more episodes in spring 1991, then became a regular part of the network's schedule in 1991-92
1991-92 United States network television schedule
This was the television schedule on all four United States commercial broadcast television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1991. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football....

, where it was among the top 10 among 18 to 49-year-olds
Nielsen Ratings
Nielsen ratings are the audience measurement systems developed by Nielsen Media Research, in an effort to determine the audience size and composition of television programming in the United States...

, as well as in 1992-93
1992-93 United States network television schedule
This was the television schedule on all four United States commercial broadcast television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1992. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football....

, and 1993-94
1993-94 United States network television schedule
This was the United States television schedule on all four commercial broadcast television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1993. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football....

. Its last season, 1994-95
1994-95 United States network television schedule
This was the broadcast television schedule on all four United States commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1994. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football....

, included a gap during May 1995 sweeps when CBS broadcast other programming.

Northern Exposure began with a focus on Joel Fleischman as an audience-identification
Identification (literature)
Identification is a term used in literary and film studies to describe a psychological relationship between the reader of a novel and a character in the book, or between a spectator in the audience and a character on screen...

 character for urban "lower 48" viewers, with storylines revolving around his fish-out-of-water difficulties adjusting to Alaska, and his hot-and-cold romantic involvements with Maggie O'Connell. As Northern Exposure continued, supporting characters such as Chris, Ed, Holling, Shelly, Maurice and Ruth-Anne (along with recurring characters such as Adam and Eve, Barbara Semanski and Bernard) received more development.

Rob Morrow (Joel Fleischman) and his representatives spent much of Seasons 4 and 5 lobbying for an improved contract, and intermittently threatened to leave the show. The producers responded by reducing Fleischman's role in the storylines, and introducing characters such as Mike Monroe (season 4) and Dr. Phil Capra (season 6) to partially compensate for the absence of Morrow.

Cast/Characters


  • Rob Morrow
    Rob Morrow
    Robert Alan "Rob" Morrow is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of Don Eppes on Numb3rs and as Dr. Joel Fleischman on Northern Exposure, a role which garnered him three Golden Globes and two Emmy Award nominations for "Best Actor in a Dramatic Series."-Personal life:Morrow was born in...

     as Joel Fleischman, starred for most of the series, leaving halfway through the final season. Joel is a Jewish physician and the proverbial fish out of water from New York City, fresh out of family medicine residency, he arrives in the remote Alaskan town of Cicely, contractually bound to practice for four years to repay a student loan
    Student loan
    A student loan is designed to help students pay for university tuition, books, and living expenses. It may differ from other types of loans in that the interest rate may be substantially lower and the repayment schedule may be deferred while the student is still in education...

     from the state of Alaska.
  • Barry Corbin
    Barry Corbin
    Leonard Barrie Corbin, known as Barry Corbin , is an American actor with more than one hundred film, television and video game credits.-Early life:...

     as Maurice Minnifield, played a successful businessman and celebrated former astronaut. Maurice owns the local radio station KBHR 570 AM and newspaper, and 15000 acres (60.7 km²) of land he hopes to develop. Determined to make tiny Cicely the "Alaskan Riviera
    French Riviera
    The Côte d'Azur, pronounced , often known in English as the French Riviera , is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, also including the sovereign state of Monaco...

    ", Maurice arranges to bring Joel to the town.
  • Janine Turner
    Janine Turner
    Janine Turner is an American actress who starred on the prime time television show Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995. From 2000 to 2002, she appeared on the Lifetime original series Strong Medicine...

     as Maggie O'Connell, played a bush pilot
    Bush flying
    Bush flying is a term for aircraft operations carried out in remote, inhospitable regions of the world. Bush flying involves operations in rough terrain where there are often no prepared landing strips or runways, frequently necessitating that bush planes be equipped with abnormally large tires,...

    , who develops a love-hate relationship
    Love-hate relationship
    A love–hate relationship is an interpersonal relationship involving simultaneous or alternating emotions of love and hate. This relationship does not have to be of a romantic nature, and may be instead of a sibling one...

     with Joel. The sexual tension
    Sexual tension
    Sexual tension is a social phenomenon that occurs when two people interact and one or both feel sexual desire, but the consummation is postponed or never happens....

     between the two and their opposed views on most subjects are sources of frequent conflict.
  • John Cullum
    John Cullum
    John Cullum is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in many stage musicals and dramas, including On the Twentieth Century and Shenandoah , winning the Tony Awards for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for each...

     as Holling Vincoeur, was the sexagenarian owner of the Brick - a bar and restaurant. He and Maurice are best friends, though their relationship was strained at one time by their love for the much younger Shelly Tambo.
  • Cynthia Geary
    Cynthia Geary
    Cynthia Geary is an American actress best known for her role as Shelly Tambo in the television series Northern Exposure. In her Emmy-nominated role, she played a former Miss Northwest Passage beauty queen living with a decades-older lover, Holling Vincoeur...

     as Shelly Tambo was a waitress at the Brick, a town tavern where she lives with Holling. She was brought to Cicely by Maurice, who had hoped to marry her. The character was originally slated to be of Native American descent until Geary auditioned for the role.
  • John Corbett as Chris Stevens, played a philosophical ex-felon who works as the disc jockey
    Disc jockey
    A disc jockey, also known as DJ, is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience. Originally, "disc" referred to phonograph records, not the later Compact Discs. Today, the term includes all forms of music playback, no matter the medium.There are several types of disc jockeys...

     at KBHR 570 AM. In between songs, Chris offers comments about events in Cicely and more intellectual subjects.
  • Darren E. Burrows
    Darren E. Burrows
    Darren E. Burrows is an American Actor / Director.Burrows was born in Winfield, Kansas, the son of actor Billy Drago. Burrows is best known for playing Ed Chigliak in the television series Northern Exposure...

     as Ed Chigliak, was a mild-mannered, half-native Alaskan
    Alaska Natives
    Alaska Natives are the indigenous peoples of Alaska. They include: Aleut, Inuit, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Eyak, and a number of Northern Athabaskan cultures.-History:In 1912 the Alaska Native Brotherhood was founded...

     foundling
    Child abandonment
    Child abandonment is the practice of relinquishing interests and claims over one's offspring with the intent of never again resuming or reasserting them. Causes include many social and cultural factors as well as mental illness. An abandoned child is called a foundling .-Causes:Poverty is often a...

      raised by local Tlingits. Ed does odd jobs for Maurice and works part-time at the local general store. He is a film buff and would-be movie director.
  • Peg Phillips
    Peg Phillips
    Peg Phillips was an American actress best known for playing storekeeper Ruth-Anne Miller on the television series Northern Exposure....

     as Ruth-Anne Miller, played the level-headed owner of the general store
    General store
    A general store, general merchandise store, or village shop is a rural or small town store that carries a general line of merchandise. It carries a broad selection of merchandise, sometimes in a small space, where people from the town and surrounding rural areas come to purchase all their general...

     and 30-year resident of Cicely. A widow, Ruth-Anne lives alone until late in the series, when she becomes involved with Walt Kupfer, a fur-trapper and retired stockbroker.
  • Elaine Miles
    Elaine Miles
    Elaine Miles is an American actress best known for her role as Marilyn Whirlwind in the television series Northern Exposure.-Biography:...

     as Marilyn Whirlwind, was Joel's native Alaskan receptionist. Her few words and calm demeanor are a strong contrast with her employer's talkativeness and high-strung temperament.


In the show's last season, two new characters were introduced in an attempt to fill the void left by Morrow's departure:
  • Paul Provenza
    Paul Provenza
    Paul Provenza is an actor, comedian and filmmaker, a self-professed skeptic currently based in Los Angeles.-Early years:...

     as Phil Capra, was recruited as town physician after Joel takes to the wilderness.
  • Teri Polo
    Teri Polo
    Theresa Elizabeth "Teri" Polo is an American actress known for her role of Pam Focker in the movie Meet the Parents and its two sequels, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers...

     as Michelle Schowdowski Capra, was Phil's wife. She also works as a reporter for a newspaper owned by Maurice.


Major recurring character
Recurring character
A recurring character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who appears from time to time during the series' run. Recurring characters often play major roles in an episode, sometimes being the main focus...

s include Apesanahkwat as Lester Haines (a native millionaire), Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards
Anthony Charles Edwards is an American actor and director. He has appeared in various movies and television shows, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Top Gun, Zodiac, Revenge of the Nerds, Northern Exposure and ER.-Early life:Edwards was born in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Erika...

 as Mike Monroe (allergy sufferer and ecological watchdog), James L. Dunn as Hayden Keyes (ex-con on the fence), William J. White
William J. White
William John White was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.Born at Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada, White moved to the United States in 1857 with his parents, who settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the district schools. He entered business as a candy maker in 1869, and later began the manufacture of...

 as Dave the Cook (an employee fixture at The Brick), Graham Greene
Graham Greene (actor)
Graham Greene is a Canadian actor who has worked on stage, and in film and TV productions in Canada, England and the United States.-Early life:...

 as Leonard (the official local shaman), Adam Arkin
Adam Arkin
Adam Arkin is an American television, film and stage actor and director. He played the role of Aaron Shutt on Chicago Hope. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including a Tony as well as 3 primetime Emmys, 4 SAG Awards , and a DGA Award...

 as foodie
Foodie
Foodie is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. The word was coined in 1981 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr, who used it in the title of their 1984 book The Official Foodie Handbook.- Distinguished from gourmet :...

 and master chef Adam, and Valerie Mahaffey as his chronically hypochondriacal wife Eve; Mahaffey was the only actor from the series to win an Emmy Award.

Production

Although the town of Cicely is widely thought to be patterned after the real town of Talkeetna, Alaska
Talkeetna, Alaska
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2000 census the population was 772.-Geography:...

, the main street of Cicely and the filming location was actually that of Roslyn, Washington
Roslyn, Washington
Roslyn is a city in Kittitas County, Washington, United States. The population was 893 at the 2010 census.-Geography:Roslyn is located at...

. Northern Exposure II (The main production facility) was located in Redmond, Washington
Redmond, Washington
Redmond is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located east of Seattle. The population was 54,144 at the 2010 census,up from 45,256 in 2000....

 in what is now the headquarters of Genie Industries, behind a business park.

Prior to producing Northern Exposure, Joshua Brand and John Falsey created the popular television program St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988. The series is set at fictional St. Eligius, a decaying urban teaching hospital in Boston's South End neighborhood...

. Series producer and writer David Chase
David Chase
David Chase is an American writer, director, and producer of television series. Chase has worked in television for more than 30 years; he has produced and written for shows as The Rockford Files, I'll Fly Away, and Northern Exposure. He has created two original series; the first, Almost Grown,...

 went on to produce, amongst other things, The Sopranos
The Sopranos
The Sopranos is an American television drama series created by David Chase that revolves around the New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the often conflicting requirements of his home life and the criminal organization he heads...

.

According to The Northern Exposure Book, the moose
Moose
The moose or Eurasian elk is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic configuration...

 in the opening titles was named Mort and was provided by Washington State University
Washington State University
Washington State University is a public research university based in Pullman, Washington, in the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1890, WSU is the state's original and largest land-grant university...

, where he was part of a captive herd. To film the opening sequence, the crew fenced off Roslyn, set him loose, and lured him around with food.

Episodes

Notable episodes in the series include the pilot
Television pilot
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 (nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Writing"), the third season's last episode "Cicely" (which was recognized with a Peabody Award, three Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and a Directors Guild of America Award), and the fifth season episode "I Feel the Earth Move" which featured the first same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or social gender. Supporters of legal recognition for same-sex marriage typically refer to such recognition as marriage equality....

 story arc
Story arc
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 on U.S. prime-time television.

Awards

Over the course of Northern Exposure's run, the series was nominated for over fifty Emmy Award
Emmy Award
An Emmy Award, often referred to simply as the Emmy, is a television production award, similar in nature to the Peabody Awards but more focused on entertainment, and is considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards and the Grammy Awards .A majority of Emmys are presented in various...

s and multiple Golden Globe awards. In addition, Joshua Brand and John Falsey received two Peabody Award
Peabody Award
The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals. In 1939, the National Association of Broadcasters formed a committee to recognize outstanding achievement in radio broadcasting...

s, in 1991 and 1992, sharing the latter award with CBS and Finnegan-Pinchuk Company. During one of their thank you speeches, Brand and Falsey said that they appreciated the drama awards, "but it's a comedy."

The show's other awards include:
  • Emmy Award (1992), Joshua Brand and John Falsey, Outstanding Drama Series.
  • Emmy Award (1992), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Valerie Mahaffey.
  • Emmy Award (1992), Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Drama Series for "Seoul Mates."
  • Golden Globe (1993), Best Drama series.
  • Golden Globe (1994), Best Drama series.
  • Directors Guild Award (1993), Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows, "Cicely"

Nominations

Emmy Award:
  • 1994 - 3 Nominations, 1 win
  • 1993 - 16 Nominations
  • 1992 - 16 Nominations, 6 wins
  • 1991 - 3 Nominations


Golden Globe:
  • 1994 - 3 Nominations
  • 1993 - 4 Nominations, 1 win
  • 1992 - 3 Nominations, 1 Win

Additional Awards/Nominations

1995

American Cinema Editors
American Cinema Editors
Founded in 1950, American Cinema Editors is an honorary society of film editors that are voted in based on the qualities of professional achievements, their education of others, and their dedication to editing itself. The society is not to be confused with an industry union, such as the I.A.T.S.E...

 - Eddie nomination for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Television - Briana London - For episode "Lovers and Madmen"

Environmental Media Awards, USA - Award for Ongoing Comittment - Josh Brand and John Falsey

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards
A Screen Actors Guild Award is an accolade given by the Screen Actors Guild to recognize outstanding performances by its members. The statuette given, a nude male figure holding both a mask of comedy and a mask of tragedy, is called "The Actor"...

 -nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

1994

BMI
Broadcast Music Incorporated
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 TV MUSIC AWARD: Northern Exposure - David Schwartz

Casting Society of America
Casting Society of America
Founded in Los Angeles, California in 1982, the Casting Society of America is a professional society of about 350 casting directors for film, television, and theatre in Australia, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. The society is not to be confused with an industry union. The...

, USA - Artios nomination for Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Episodic - Megan Branman

1993

American Cinema Editors - Eddie nomination for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Television - Briana London - For episode "Cicely"

American Society of Cinematographers
American Society of Cinematographers
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, USA - ASC Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series' - Frank Prinzi

BMI TV MUSIC AWARD: Northern Exposure - David Schwartz

Casting Society of America, USA - Artios nomination for Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Episodic - Megan Branman

Directors Guild of America Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows - Night -- For episode "Cicely"
Robert Loeser (second assistant director) (plaque)
Patrick McKee (first assistant director) (plaque)
Jack Terry (II) (unit production manager) (plaque)
Robert C. Thompson

Directors Guild Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows - Night - For episode "Kaddish for Uncle Manny"
Michael Lange

Electronic Media Critics Poll - Best Television Series

Environmental Media Awards, USA - EMA Award TV Drama - For episode "Survival of the Species"

Retirement Research Foundation, USA - Wise Owl Award - Honorable Mention Television and Theatrical Film Fiction -- Joshua Brand (executive) John Falsey (executive) - For episode "Three Amigos"

1992

BMI TV MUSIC AWARD: Northern Exposure - David Schwartz

Casting Society of America, USA - Artios for Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Episodic - Megan Branman and Patricia Carnes Kalles

Electronic Media Critics Poll - Best Television Series

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
A Grammy Award — or Grammy — is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry...

 NOMINATION: Northern Exposure Theme - David Schwartz

Peabody Award
Peabody Award
The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals. In 1939, the National Association of Broadcasters formed a committee to recognize outstanding achievement in radio broadcasting...

 - Presented to Falsey-Austin Street Productions for NORTHERN EXPOSURE and "I'll Fly Away" for presenting episodic drama on television with intelligence, sensitivity and humor.

PGA Golden Laurel Awards
Producers Guild of America
Producers Guild of America is a trade organization representing television producers, film producers and New Media producers in the United States. The PGA's membership includes over 4,700 members of the producing establishment worldwide...

 - Television Producer of the Year Award - Joshua Brand and John Falsey

Retirement Research Foundation, USA - Wise Owl Award - Honorable Mention Television and Theatrical Film Fiction -- Joshua Brand (executive) John Falsey (executive) - For episode "A Hunting We Will Go"

Television Critics Association
Television Critics Association
The Television Critics Association is a group of approximately 200 United States and Canadian journalists and columnists who cover television programming...

 - Program of the Year

Viewers for Quality Television
Viewers For Quality Television
Viewers for Quality Television was an American nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to advocate network television series that members of the organization voted to be of the "highest quality." The group's goal was to rescue "...critically acclaimed programs from cancellation despite their...

 - JOHN CULLUM, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Viewers for Quality Television - ADAM ARKIN, Best Specialty Player

Young Artist Award
Young Artist Award
The Young Artist Award is an accolade bestowed by the Young Artist Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to recognize and award excellence of youth performers, and to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically and/or financially challenged.The Young Artist...

s - nomination for Best Young Actor Guest-Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series - Grant Gelt (Goodbye to All That)

1991

Casting Society of America, USA - Artios win for Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Pilot - Megan Branman, Patricia Carnes Kalles and Lynn Kressel

Casting Society of America, USA - Artios nomination for Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Episodic - Megan Branman and Patricia Carnes Kalles

Electronic Media Critics Poll - Best Television Series

Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly is an American magazine, published by the Time division of Time Warner, that covers film, television, music, broadway theatre, books and popular culture...

’s Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker was an English footballer who played as a left winger....

 gave the first episode a B+, writing that Exposure “may well prove to be summer television’s most likably eccentric series.”

It has not been rated on Metacritic
Metacritic
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.

TV ratings

season 1: 12.4 rating
season 2: 15.5 rating
season 3: 16.3 rating
season 4: 15.8 rating
season 5: 14.5 rating
season 6: 11.2 rating

Series Debut http://articles.nydailynews.com/1998-08-06/entertainment/18076769_1_maximum-bob-ratings-abc

Soundtrack

Ausgerechnet Alaska (1992)
  1. The Moose - Northern Exposure Theme-Mix
  2. The Kingsmen
    The Kingsmen
    The Kingsmen is a 1960s garage rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States. They are best known for their 1963 recording of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie", which held the #2 spot on the Billboard charts for six weeks...

     - Louie Louie
  3. Little Milton
    Little Milton
    James Milton Campbell, Jr. , better known as Little Milton, was an American electric blues, rhythm and blues, and soul singer and guitarist, best known for his hit records "Grits Ain't Groceries" and "We're Gonna Make It."-Biography:Milton was born James Milton Campbell, Jr., in the Mississippi...

     - Stand by Me
    Stand by Me (song)
    "Stand by Me" is the title of a song originally performed by Ben E. King and written by King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller, based on the spiritual "Lord Stand by Me,", plus two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2-3...

  4. Lee Dorsey
    Lee Dorsey
    Lee Dorsey was an African American pop/R&B singer during the 1960s. Much of his work was produced by Allen Toussaint with instrumental backing provided by the Meters.-Career:...

     - Ya Ya
  5. Billy Steward - Summertime
  6. Little Richard
    Little Richard
    Richard Wayne Penniman , known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s. He was also the first artist to put the funk in the rock and roll beat and...

     - Good Golly Miss Molly
  7. Coasters - Little Egypt
  8. The Drifters
    The Drifters
    The Drifters are a long-lived American doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group with a peak in popularity from 1953 to 1963, though several splinter Drifters continue to perform today. They were originally formed to serve as Clyde McPhatter's backing group in 1953...

     - On Broadway
  9. Dolly Parton
    Dolly Parton
    Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist, actress and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music. Dolly Parton has appeared in movies like 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias and Straight Talk...

     - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
  10. Guy Mitchell
    Guy Mitchell
    Guy Mitchell, born Albert George Cernik, was an American pop singer, successful in his homeland, the U.K. and Australia...

     - Singing The Blues
  11. Patsy Cline
    Patsy Cline
    Patsy Cline , born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Gore, Virginia, was an American country music singer who enjoyed pop music crossover success during the era of the Nashville sound in the early 1960s...

     - Crazy
  12. Paul Anka
    Paul Anka
    Paul Albert Anka, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor.Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs like "Diana'", "Lonely Boy", and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder"...

     - My Way
    My Way (song)
    "My Way" is a song popularized by Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by Paul Anka and set to music based on the French song "Comme d'habitude" composed in 1967 by Claude François and Jacques Revaux, with lyrics by Claude François and Gilles Thibault. Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the...

  13. The Marcels
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    The Marcels were a doo-wop group known for turning American classical pop songs into rock and roll. The group formed in 1959 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and signed to Colpix Records, with lead Cornelius Harp, bass Fred Johnson, Gene Bricker, Ron Mundy, and Richard Knauss...

     - Blue Moon
  14. Showaddiwaddi - Who Put The Bomp
  15. Trini Lopez
    Trini Lopez
    Trini Lopez is an American singer, guitarist and actor.-Career:Lopez was born in Dallas, Texas, on Ashland Street in the Little Mexico neighborhood. He began his entertainment career in Dallas playing at the Vegas Club, a nightclub owned by Jack Ruby...

     - This Is Your Land
  16. Jerry Butler
    Jerry Butler (singer)
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     - Moon River
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  17. Andy Williams
    Andy Williams
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     - Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
    Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (song)
    "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song was publicized first in the movie, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing , winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song...



More Music From Northern Exposure (1994)
  1. Georgia Wettlin-Larsen - Ojibway Square Dance (Love Song)
  2. David Schwartz - Theme from Northern Exposure
  3. Johnny Nash - Stir It Up
  4. Ruth Brown - Mambo Baby
  5. Simon Bonney - Someone Loves You
  6. David Schwartz - The Ladder
  7. Big Joe & His Washboard Band - If You Take Me Back
  8. Basin Brothers - Un Marriage Casse (A Broken Marriage)
  9. Vinx - There I Go Again
  10. Les Paul & Mary Ford - Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (and Dream Your Troubles Away)
  11. David Schwartz - Mooseburger Stomp
  12. Joanne Shenandoah - I May Want a Man

DVD releases

Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is the home video division of Universal Pictures...

 has released all six seasons on DVD in Regions 1, 2 & 4. The Region 1 DVD releases have caused controversy among the show's fans, due to their high prices and for the changes to the soundtrack introduced in order to lower their costs. The release of season 1 contained the original music, but retailed for $60 due to the cost of music licensing
Music licensing
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. Subsequent seasons replaced most of the music with generic elevator-style music, resulting in a lower-cost release. The first and second seasons were also re-released together in packaging that matches the third through sixth seasons.
DVD Name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season 8 May 25, 2004 May 21, 2001 February 18, 2004
The Complete Second Season 7 November 30, 2004 May 9, 2005 July 13, 2005
The Complete Third Season 23 June 14, 2005 January 30, 2006 March 8, 2006
The Complete Fourth Season 25 March 28, 2006 July 31, 2006 September 20, 2006
The Complete Fifth Season 24 November 13, 2006 January 22, 2007 February 21, 2007
The Complete Sixth Season 23 March 6, 2007 June 25, 2007 July 4, 2007
The Complete Series 110 November 13, 2007 October 8, 2007 November 11, 2009

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(1982–1988), A Year in the Life
A Year in the Life
A Year in the Life was a 1986 Emmy Award–winning miniseries and a one hour dramatic series which ran on NBC during the 1987–1988 television season, created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey A Year in the Life was a 1986 Emmy Award–winning miniseries and a one hour dramatic series which ran on NBC...

(1987–1988) and I'll Fly Away
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(1991–1993), the latter of which shared in one of the Peabody Awards given to Northern Exposure; Brand created Going to Extremes, a 1992 series about medical students on a tropical island, which lasted a single season.

Diane Frolov
Diane Frolov
Diane Frolov is an American television writer and producer. She has written for several television shows, including The Sopranos and Northern Exposure. She frequently co-writes episodes with her husband, Andrew Schneider.-Career:...

 and Andrew Schneider
Andrew Schneider
Andrew Schneider is an American screenwriter and television producer, whose credits include writing for The Sopranos, Northern Exposure, and Alien Nation. He frequently co-writes episodes with his wife, Diane Frolov. In 1992 Schneider won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama...

, head writer
Head writer
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s of Northern Exposure, created The CW's comedy-drama Easy Money, which premiered on October 5, 2008. The series had a similar fish-out-of-water feel, but failed to gain much interest and was cancelled not long after its premiere.

Television series with premises similar to Northern Exposure include:
  • Due South
    Due South
    Due South is a Canadian crime drama series with elements of comedy. The series was created by Paul Haggis, produced by Alliance Communications, and stars Paul Gross, David Marciano, and latterly Callum Keith Rennie...

    , a drama-comedy series which in many ways attempted to reverse the central Northern Exposure dynamic by having a Canadian Mountie
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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     move to Chicago
  • Everwood
    Everwood
    Everwood is an American drama television series that initially aired in the United States on The WB. The series is set in the fictional small town of Everwood, Colorado, and was filmed in Ogden, South Salt Lake, and Draper, Utah, except the series pilot which was filmed in Canmore, Alberta,...

    , a drama from The WB with a doctor moving from New York City to a mountain community full of quirky characters
  • Corner Gas
    Corner Gas
    Corner Gas is a Canadian television sitcom created by Brent Butt. The series ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2009. Re-runs still air on CTV and The Comedy Network in Canada; it formerly aired on WGN America in the United States....

    , a comedy series set in rural Saskatchewan, with a character moving there from Toronto to open a coffee shop
  • Men in Trees
    Men in Trees
    Men in Trees is an American romantic television dramedy series which premiered on September 12, 2006 on ABC and starred Anne Heche who played relationship coach Marin Frist. The series was set in the fictional town of Elmo, Alaska and concerned Marin Frist's misadventures in relationships...

    , a 2006-2008 series also set in Alaska, with a lead character also transplanted there from New York
  • Ballykissangel
    Ballykissangel
    Ballykissangel is a BBC television drama set in Ireland, produced in-house by BBC Northern Ireland. The original story revolved around a young English Roman Catholic priest as he became part of a rural community. It ran for six series, which were first broadcast on BBC One in the UK from 1996 to 2001...

    , a series set in Ireland about a close farming community with similar characters, notably film-star Colin Farrell. Initially focused on the love-hate relationship between the new English priest in the same 'fish out of water' scenario and the world-weary and agnostic landlady Assumpta FitzGerald. Continued after the love story fizzled out after her death.

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