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List of the best Northern Exposure episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. Northern Exposure is a sitcom that ran from 1990-1995 about a New York City physician who gets sent to practice in Alaska. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Northern Exposure episodes of all time are. Fans of Northern Exposure are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

List features episodes like "Sleeping With the Enemy" and "The Mommy's Curse." What is the best Northern Exposure episode of all time? Look below and find out, and bask in the nostalgia of the Northern Exposure TV show.

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Spring Break is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Spring Break May 06 1991 - Things get a little crazy as the town waits for the annual ice breakup and the annual ""running of the bulls"" down the streets of Cicely. Joel and Maggie find themselves ...more

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Northern Lights is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
oddwaters added Northern Lights Mar 01 1993 - Joel goes on strike when the state of Alaska will not allow him time off for a Caribbean vacation he was planning. Chris has trouble seeking inspiration for his new sculpture. A vagrant's ...more

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The Big Feast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
The Big Feast Mar 22 1993 - When Maggie distributes the invitations for Maurice's 25th Anniversary Bash for Minnifield Communications an event ""everyone"" is attending Joel doesn't get one. Shelly ...more

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Pilot Jul 12 1990 - Dr. Joel Fleischman arrives in Anchorage, Alaska to fulfill his part of a bargain that paid $125,000 for his medical education in exchange for service in the state as a doctor. Sure, it'll be ...more

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Aurora Borealis- A Fairy Tale ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Aurora Borealis- A Fairy Tale for Big People Aug 30 1990 - The approach of the Aurora Borealis and the constant light produces some strange behavior among the residents of Cicely. Chris abandons the radio station to build an unusual piece of modern ...more

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Burning Down the House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Burning Down the House Feb 03 1992 - Maggie receives an unexpected visit and some unwanted news from her mother. Meanwhile, Chris searches everywhere for just the right cow to fling for his conceptual art piece and Joel becomes ...more

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Cicely is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Cicely May 18 1992 - Joel meets an old man who's returned to Cicely after many years. The man tells him the story of two remarkable women, Roslyn and Cicely, whom transformed the town into ""the Paris of ...more

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Three Doctors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Three Doctors Sep 20 1993 - Ed wakes up in strange places with no clues about how he got there. Joel contracts ""glacier dropsy"" which gives him the feeling of pins pricking his nose, a fear of shrimp, ...more

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The Quest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
The Quest Feb 08 1995 - Joel finds a map and brings Maggie with him on a quest to find a mythical city, they meet a belligerent gatekeeper, and when faced with a crossroads, Joel sees his future and departs. Phil ...more

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Up River is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Up River Nov 14 1994 - Maurice sends Ed after Joel, who's moved up river; and Joel tells Ed of the few days he and Maggie spent together, where every time they got together, there was gunfire. Chris hires a contractor ...more

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Midnight Sun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Midnight Sun Oct 05 1992 - Joel is charged with energy as the sun hasn't sent and he uses his pent up energy to try to coach Cicely's basketball team to victory. Holling is distracted by Shelly's cheerleading outfit. The ...more

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Our Wedding is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Our Wedding May 11 1992 - As their wedding approaches, Adam debates with Joel about women and Eve lets a gung-ho Shelly take over the wedding plans as she worries about more important matters. Maggie and Joel try in ...more

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Old Tree is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Old Tree May 24 1993 - The town's oldest tree is dying. Shelly wakes up and finds that she can't talk, but she can sing. The town asks Joel to diagnose Old Vicki. Chris goes wireless and is freed from the confines of ...more

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First Snow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
First Snow Dec 13 1993 - As the town prepares for winter, a healthy elderly patient tells Joel she is dying, much to his disbelief. Maggie decides to redecorate her house before winter sets in and gets a new chair that ...more

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Lovers and Madmen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Lovers and Madmen May 23 1994 - Joel is the only one awestruck by his discovery of a frozen woolly mammoth. Chris gets reacquainted with a girl whose beauty he remembers from high school; however, when she arrives, all is not ...more

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It Happened in Juneau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
It Happened in Juneau May 04 1992 - Joel foresees sophisticated delights when he travels to Juneau for a medical conference but winds up with good old Maggie, meanwhile back in Cicely, Chris finds himself tongue-tied with the ...more

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Blood Ties is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Blood Ties May 16 1994 - Though he promotes it on the air, Chris has reservations about making a donation for Maurice's blood drive. Ed discovers his rare blood type is shared by another person in town, so he hires a ...more

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Northern Hospitality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Northern Hospitality Feb 28 1994 - Joel discovers that his friends consider him remiss about entertaining them, so he plans a dinner party; later he worries about potential food poisoning. Holling tells Shelly that he is not a ...more

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Dinner at Seven-Thirty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Dinner at Seven-Thirty Sep 19 1994 - Joel takes a spiritual journey to New York City after drinking orange juice that contains some Indian folk medicine and sees how life might have been. There he and his wife Shelly, a corporate ...more

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My Mother, My Sister is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
My Mother, My Sister Mar 16 1992 - 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

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Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Thanksgiving Nov 23 1992 - The Indians in Cicely celebrate Thanksgiving by throwing tomatoes at white people. Joel is Ed's first victim and he is angered because in his words he is ""definitely not ...more

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A Cup of Joe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
A Cup of Joe Nov 22 1993 - Chris suffers an anxiety attack during the written part of the exam, when he decides to become a pilot. Holling and Ruth-Anne's friendship undergoes a strain when a diary that Ed has found shows ...more

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Heal Thyself is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Heal Thyself Nov 15 1993 - Ed accompanies Leonard on a house call and has success with his first try at being a shaman. Joel teaches a childbirth class which Holling finds amusing and makes Shelly embarrassed and causes ...more

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Sleeping With the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
Sleeping With the Enemy May 17 1993 - Maurice's son comes to ask for his permission on his choice of a bride. There is a little hitch, Ron thinks that the new bride maybe the daughter of North Korean Colonel Pak Soon Ye, the butcher ...more

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The Final Frontier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
The Final Frontier Apr 27 1992 - Maurice becomes curious about the influx of Japanese tourists to the area during the Northern Lights, Holling sets out to discover if Jesse the bear is really dead, and Maggie leads the curious ...more

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The Great Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Northern Exposure Episodes
The Great Mushroom Jan 04 1995 - Maggie decides to go and see Joel in the Manonash village after she begins to have visions of him dying. The Capras are having a small get together, but the whole town seems to turn out. Marilyn ...more