8.3
480 votes
Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure

CBS 1990

Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) graduates from Columbia University medical school thanks to a scholarship from the state of Alaska. Though he was promised a placement at the large hospital in Anchorage, he is instead whisked away to the tiny town of Cicely, where he must work off his education debt as the local General Practitioner. The location is remote, the people are weird and quirky, and all Joel wants is to return to New York. The show thrived on this "fish out of water" storyline and the "will they or won't they" dynamic between Fleischman and Janine Turner's Maggie O'Connell.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure - S6E22

#1 - Let's Dance

7.00

Season 6 - Episode 22

Chris begins taking dance lessons from Marilyn, but she disciplines one of her other students into giving him the lessons only she doesn't want to be seen talking to him, even though they have similar interests. Philip offends Marilyn's mother when he breaks tribal protocols for manners and Michelle confirms his deficiency. Maurice and Barbara travel on a prisoner transport with Cal the violinist to bring him back to the sanitarium; however, along the way she falls under the spell of his violin playing causing her to think about violating the rules and letting him go free.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 21 votes.

Northern Exposure - S5E20

#2 - A Wing and a Prayer

7.26

Season 5 - Episode 20

Ed tells one person about the fact that he saw Ruth-Anne and Walt together and later she tells him about the relationship but doesn't want it to get around so he'd better keep quiet, but it slips out. Maggie hires Maurice to help her with the construction of an ultra-light, but fires him when his meticulous details take the project over. Shelly worries about Holling's relationship with the priest that's come to town to baptize Randi.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 34 votes.

Northern Exposure - S6E23

#3 - Tranquility Base

7.31

Season 6 - Episode 23

Maurice's plans to ask Barbara to marry him while spending the weekend at his new summer home are in jeopardy when her style clashes with the way he wants his guests treated. Phil and Michelle continue to try to work out their differences and Ed (in his Shaman capacity) and Joel's Rabbi offer some advice. Chris is on the loose when Maggie doesn't make the journey to Maurice's but soon realizes that he is a changed man. The Vincoeurs stay locked up in their room when Holling is in heat.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 29 votes.

Northern Exposure - S6E10

#4 - Realpolitik

7.34

Season 6 - Episode 10

Maggie gets elected mayor. Joel invites Phil up river, for a game of golf and a test. Michelle covers Maggie's first city council meeting as mayor and Maggie makes her first motion for a centrally located dumpster but runs into opposition from the fiscal-restraint minded crowd. Maggie's power as mayor becomes a turn on for Chris. Marilyn invests money in a stud dog that doesn't want to mate.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 32 votes.

Northern Exposure - S3E18

#5 - My Mother, My Sister

7.42

Season 3 - Episode 18

An abandoned baby gets attention from the whole town and helps awaken Adam's paternal instincts while Shelly's life is unsettled by a visit from her youthful, giddy mother and her new boy friend.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 65 votes.

Northern Exposure - S4E14
#6 - Grosse Pointe, 48230
7.43
Season 4 - Episode 14

Joel accompanies Maggie as her "boyfriend," in a trip to back to Michigan, where he has been promised tickets to a Knicks - Pistons game. Maggie goes to attend her grandmother's 80th birthday party; for the event, "Grammy" has locked herself in the upstairs bathroom and Maggie is the only one allowed access.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 60 votes.

Northern Exposure - S6E20
#7 - Buss Stop
7.45
Season 6 - Episode 20

Michelle decides to mount a stage production of "Bus Stop" unaware of the curse that has plague past stage productions. Ron helps guarantee that Erick gets a coveted role and Shelly is jealous when Maggie gets the female lead. Hayden designs the sets and a stage with a trap door. Holling, Erick and Chris all have issues to deal with about their parts in the play, which they discuss while drinking out at Holling's still.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 20 votes.

Northern Exposure - S3E5
#8 - Jules et Joel
7.47
Season 3 - Episode 5

On Halloween Joel hits his head, presaging a visit from his twin brother Jules. Chris and Ed set out to meet a criminal from Chris' hometown in West Virginia, and Holling pays an old debt.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 100 votes.

Northern Exposure - S1E6
#9 - Sex, Lies and Ed's Tapes
7.50
Season 1 - Episode 6

A young man from Saskatchewan further rocks the already delicate relationship between Shelly and Holling. Ed suffers from writer's block and a lack of focus as he tries to begin work on his blockbuster movie. Maggie and Rick tiptoe around "Maggie's curse" when he shows symptoms of a serious medical problem.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 131 votes.

Northern Exposure - S3E12
#10 - Our Tribe
7.51
Season 3 - Episode 12

Joel agrees, under pressure from Marilyn, to be adopted by a grateful village elder, but wonders if he'll survive. Maggie becomes concerned when Holling shuts down the Brick while Shelly's away, ostensibly to wax the floors.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Northern Exposure from 73 votes.

Last updated: apr 30, 2021

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