Northern Exposure - The Complete First Season

Northern Exposure - The Complete First Season

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Cast: Rob Morrow, Barry Corbin, Darren E. Burrows

     
 

Northern Exposure earned a loyal following thanks to its clever scripts, whimsical tone, and winning ensemble of actors. The show's entire first season is collected on this two-disc set. Each episode is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes, extended scenes, and/or bloopers for each of theSee more details below

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Northern Exposure earned a loyal following thanks to its clever scripts, whimsical tone, and winning ensemble of actors. The show's entire first season is collected on this two-disc set. Each episode is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes, extended scenes, and/or bloopers for each of the episodes. This is a fine set from Universal that also boasts a truly original packaging gimmick. The set is available wrapped in an orange parka that has a working zipper topped off with a moose-shaped pull tab. This is a fine disc that will easily please fans of the show.

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Summer replacements rarely achieve landmark status in TV, as networks typically use the off-season to burn off shows they had second thoughts about after ordering them. When Northern Exposure debuted on CBS in July 1990, it was easy to see why CBS suits had been reluctant to go to air with it: Compared to the conventional fare that defined A. C. Nielsen’s Top 20 prime-time network shows for the 1989-90 season, this offbeat hour-long ensemble program seemed much too weird to succeed. Perhaps audiences were primed for the peculiar -- Twin Peaks began its brief and sensational run three months earlier -- but the show’s instant success more likely reflected the fact that Northern Exposure is just flat-out refreshing and fun. This Season 1 set collects the eight episodes CBS aired that summer, and there’s not a weak outing in the bunch. The story opens with Dr. Joel Fleischman’s arrival in Cicely, a tiny Alaskan town in which the recent Columbia Medical School graduate will have to serve for several years. Alaska picked up his med school bills; and while the Manhattan native thought he’d repay the debt working in Anchorage, his benefactors in the Forget-Me-Not State had other ideas. As the fish-out-of-water at the show’s center, Rob Morrow is the quintessential smart, spoiled, New York brat that America loves to hate; but it’s the supporting ensemble that lifts Northern Exposure to the level of TV classic. The cast includes: Barry Corbin as Maurice J. Minnifield, a retired astronaut with legacy issues who’s bent on turning Cicely into a prime destination for sportsmen; Janine Turner as Maggie O’Connell, an air taxi pilot and Dr. Joel’s landlord; John Collum and Cynthia Geary as watering-hole owner Holling and his teen fiancée, Shelly; and Peg Phillips as general store proprietor Ruth-Anne. Breakout newcomers in the cast include future Sex and the City regular John Corbett as Chris, the laid-back local DJ, and Darren E. Burrows as Ed, a wide-eyed young man who does odd jobs for Maurice and dreams of becoming a filmmaker. Last and certainly not least is first-time actress Elaine Miles as Marilyn Whirlwind, the Eskimo assistant in Dr. Joel’s office, whose deadpan delivery and native wisdom won her many fans. Conceived by St. Elsewhere producers Joshua Brand and John Falsey, Northern Exposure proved that quirky can work on network TV, paving the way for future oddball faves, from Ed to Ally McBeal. It’s truly a pleasure to go back to Cicely, after all these years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0025192442629
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
6:24:00

Special Features

Over an hour of deleted scenes; never before seen footage and hilarious outtakes from every episode; outrageous footage from the "Soapy Sanderson" episode; "Sex, Lies and Ed's Tapes" extended footage.

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