Recipient of 39 Emmy nominations and winner of the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, Northern Exposure comes to an offbeat and inspirational conclusion. For this final season, newcomer Dr. Phil Cap... more »ra (Paul Provenza) joins Dr. Joel Fleischman (Emmy nominee Rob Morrow), Maggie (Emmy nominee Janine Turner), Chris (Emmy nominee John Corbett) and the rest of the quirky citizens of Cicely, Alaska. Digitally restored for optimum picture quality, this must-own five-disc set includes all 23 beloved episodes and over 30 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes. See the finale of this groundbreaking, heartwarming adventure that's as stunning as the Northern Lights themselves!« less
1.) Dinner at Seven-Thirty Original Air Date: September 19, 1994 Joel drinks orange juice from Ed's refrigerator, but it is actually a healing potion for body aches.
2.) Eye of the Beholder Original Air Date: September 26, 1994 Ed busts an insurance scam; Maggie donates a family heirloom for a charity auction; Maurice donates a case of "turned" red wine.
3.) Shofar, So Good Original Air Date: October 3, 1994 Rabbi Schulman plays the ghostlike character in "A Christmas Carol"; Maurice holds the annual fox hunt.
4.) The Letter Original Air Date: October 10, 1994 Maggie discovers a letter she wrote to herself when she was a teen; Shelly learns the fallacy of chain letters; and Chris meets the new town barber.
5.) The Robe Original Air Date: October 17, 1994 Shelly meets the devil; Ed works with Joel to prove himself to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and Chris becomes a ventriloquist.
6.) Zarya Original Air Date: October 31, 1994 Marilyn tells a story about Russian treaty negotiations.
7.) Full Upright Position Original Air Date: November 1, 1994 Joel and Maggie board a plane bound to Russia; Maurice brings his young cousin into his business; Chris gets inside electricity.
8.) Up River Original Air Date: November 14, 1994 Joel goes to Manonash; Chris remodels his trailer; Ruth-Anne surrenders to love.
9.) Sons of the Tundra Original Air Date: November 28, 1994 New doctor, Phillip Capra and his wife, Michelle, come to Cicely. Holling wants to join Sons of the Tundra; Ed sees the future.
10.) Realpolitik Original Air Date: December 12, 1994 Maggie is elected Mayor; Dr. Capra plays a round of golf with Joel; Marilyn buys a dog.
11. The Great Mushroom Original Air Date: January 4, 1995 Maggie goes to Manonash; the Capras entertain house guests; and Ed discovers a cure for shingles.
12.) Mi Casa, Su Casa Original Air Date: January 11, 1995 While house-sitting, Ed throws an outlandish bash on Maurice's dime; Marilyn goes to Manonash. Shelly and Holling look for their first house.
13.) Horns Original Air Date: January 18, 1995 Joel is free from his "imprisonment"; Maurice produces Cicely Water, which affects the town's people in strange ways.
14. The Mommy's Curse Original Air Date: February 1, 1995 Maggie's mother brings her boyfriend to town; Walt works for Ruth-Anne at the store; Holling and Dr. Capra hang out together.
15.) The Quest Original Air Date: February 8, 1995 Joel and Maggie search for the Jeweled City of the North; Chris sues Dr. Capra; and Michelle Capra writes a review of the Brick.
16.) Lucky People Original Air Date: February 15, 1995 Dr. Capra has a shocking realization; Cicely celebrates Founders Day; and Maurice buys gifts for Holling's daughter.
17.) The Graduate Original Air Date: March 8, 1995 Chris earns his Master's degree; Maggie purchases the local movie house; a young man claims to be Holling's son.
18.) Little Italy Original Air Date: March 15, 1995 Dr. Capra discovers "Little Italy"; Ruth-Anne is on NPR's "All Things Considered."
19.) Balls Original Air Date: March 22 1995 Cicely has a bowling team; Ed quits working for Maurice. Lester Haines makes Ed an offer.
20.) Buss Stop Original Air Date: April 12, 1995 Michelle Capra directs the play "Bus Stop."
21.) Ursa Minor Original Air Date: May 3, 1995 Ed adopts a bear cub; Maggie walks in on Chris using lucid dreaming; Maurice is upset about Cicely's population decline.
22.) Let's Dance Original Air Date: May 10, 1995 Officer Semanski has feelings for Cal Ingraham; Dr. Capra insults Mrs. Whirlwind.
23.) Tranquility Base Original Air Date: May 17, 1995 Finale: The cast of characters go to Maurice's Tranquility Base. Michelle gets lost in the woods; Maurice asks Barbara to marry him; Iris Dement's song, "Our Town" is the vocal backdrop for a wonderful montage."
The best show in the history of television
Roland | Idaho | 01/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Northern Exposure is the best show ever made in all of television history. This is the final season, and though Joel leaves the show to many peoples dislike, the rest of the characters keep the show interesting up till the finale episode. The way Joel's experiences in Alaska end up changing him are very significant as we see in the final season, and this has always been in my opinion one of the most existentially sincere and compelling character changes ever developed in any television show. This is the result of writing that is comparable to high literature if you compare the character of Joel from the first episode to the final one he appears in, and the entire series of NX becomes a protrayal of a man who goes through the most poignant and profound experiences of self realization."
Music Change a Detriment to the Series
Parlabane | Orange County, CA | 03/10/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love this show. I do.
But the entire feeling that I remember so fondly from the end of the episode entitled "The Quest" is altered by the change in music from the original. Years ago when it first aired, "Forever Nightshade Mary", by the Los Lobos side project band Latin Playboys, played over Rob Morrow's final scene on the show. I distinctly remember the calming, almost zen impression it made, twelve years after it first aired.
Now, it's gone, replaced with something that sounds like Rosemary Clooney or Ethel Merman, something that has far more bombast, and was no doubt cheaper to license for the DVD set. Do I love the fact that I can get the show on DVD? Yes. But it would be disingenuous to say that I don't cringe everytime I hear a piece of music that I know didn't play when the showed aired originally, as music played such an integral part of the mood and feel of the show. This is a case in point illustration of the effect of choice of music in television.
I had hoped against hope that it would not be the case with the sixth season (they had at least managed to get away from double sided DVDs), but alas..."
Worst season of one of the best shows still has its moments.
Paul J. Mular | San Carlos, CA USA | 03/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When Rob Morrow announced, at the end of the 5th season, that he would not be renewing his contract to do the show, it sent the producers on a hunt for a replacement. Since the show had started as a Summer Replacement show, Rob still had six months left in his five year contract to fulfill. This meant that he had to appear in some of the sixth season episodes, and Rob seems to be just walking through these episodes waiting for his contract to expire.
While Dr. Joel Fleischer was the basis character for the series, the town itself quickly became the star. So the death of the series at Rob's announcement was not a given situation, replacements worked fine for M*A*S*H which had the similar ensamble style (but it was not Hawkeye they were losing). The producers introduced a new town doctor, but this time he was not neurotic and would not be persuing Maggie (he was happily married). That was the trouble. In a town full of neurotic characters, replacing neurotic #1 with a bland character having less personality that the town's totum pole just reminded fans that the series was ending after all.
One would think that with six months notice a better replacement could have been found.
Fans could also have troubles with the character transformation of DR. Joel Fleischman. He starts off this season like other seasons, but he quickly becomes a different character than the one we grew to enjoy. Watching the last 10 episodes of this season could be like watching a slow death, almost like watching "After M*A*S*H". The surreal series finale is perfect for this surreal series, and should have happened a few episodes earlier than it did. The nice part about watching this on DVD is that you can skip over those Morrow-less episodes.
I think that the town of Cicily Alaska could have survived the loss of DR. Joel Fleischman had the right replacement character been found. The first 5 episodes are classic Cicily. When Shelly meets the Devil the outcome is in the true spirit of the series.
Others have listed the episodes, so I will not repeat this information."
Bittersweet final season
E. Bogaerts | Metro Detroit area, MI USA | 03/01/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This television series, up until this final year, had well established itself not only as a landmark series, but also had maintained a fairly consistent level of quality. That is, until this final year. Joel Fleishman's (Rob Morrow) character would see reduced time on this series until he ultimately left the show alltogether. The producers brought on a few new actors in an attempt to reinvigorate the "fish out of water" scenario, but they both proved to be dissapointing. That, and coupled with a good chunk of lackluster writing left longtime fans with a very very bittersweet ending to this series. Even the last episode was not even written to be their finale, (it was also a very dull episode as well) and only a few spare moments were done in reshoots to close out the show. Overall, I think this particular season is really lacking and is not in the same class as what had been established in the previous five years."