Northern Exposure Reruns A Cure For Writers Strike Blues

Great shows never die; they just move to cable. And, sometimes, to PBS.

KBDI Channel 12 is into its second run of the full Northern Exposure series, which originally ran from 1990 to 1995 on CBS. After spending some time on cable’s A&E channel, in the “Daybreak” spot (where it won even more fans), it languished for a time before being picked up for the Denver market by KBDI.

Northern Exposure as a series defines “quirky”; despite the foreground will-they-won’t-they between New York transplant Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow, before his tragic Boston accent work in Quiz Show) and tough and beautiful bush pilot Maggie O’Connell (Janine Turner, before her memorable turn as “that chick who doesn’t produce tears” in Restasis commercials), the show works more as an ensemble piece, featuring some of the best characters that network TV ever produced. Its setting is a big part of that, too — a charming little community in Cicely, Alaska (though shot in Roslyn, Washington), populated with eccentrics. Seriously, how many people considered moving to Alaska based on what they saw in this show?

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Sean Cronin