53. NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Created by Joshua Brand & John Falsey
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Aired: CBS, 1990-1995
The series’ classic fish-out-of-water premise involved Joel Fleischman, a New Yorker fresh out of Columbia Medical School who is sent to run a clinic in frigid, off-the-grid Cicely, Alaska. Northern Exposure had the markings both of a Hollywood romantic comedy and an indie film’s fond and slightly jaundiced look at the way small-town eccentrics behave. Though the world of the show is the creation of Brand and Falsey, who took home the Emmy for a drama in 1992, the series also became known for the fact that David Chase was the showrunner for two later seasons – during which he worked with the writing teams of Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green, as well as Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, all of whom later worked for Chase on The Sopranos.
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