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The Best Northern Exposure Episodes

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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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  • 1
    Spring Break
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    Spring Break

    May 06 1991

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 2

    Episode Number5

    Things get a little crazy as the town waits for the annual ice breakup and the annual...
  • 2
    Aurora Borealis- A Fairy Tale for Big People

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 1

    Episode Number8

    The approach of the Aurora Borealis and the constant light produces some strange behavior...
  • 3
    Burning Down the House
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    9

    Burning Down the House

    Feb 03 1992

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 3

    Episode Number14

    Maggie receives an unexpected visit and some unwanted news from her mother. Meanwhile, Chris...
  • 4
    Pilot
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    4

    Pilot

    Jul 12 1990

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 1

    Episode Number1

    Dr. Joel Fleischman arrives in Anchorage, Alaska to fulfill his part of a bargain that paid...
  • 5
    The Big Feast
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    4

    The Big Feast

    Mar 22 1993

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 4

    Episode Number21

    When Maggie distributes the invitations for Maurice's 25th Anniversary Bash for Minnifield...
  • 6
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    7

    Northern Lights

    Mar 01 1993

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 4

    Episode Number18

    Joel goes on strike when the state of Alaska will not allow him time off for a Caribbean...
  • 7
    Cicely
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    10

    Cicely

    May 18 1992

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 3

    Episode Number23

    Joel meets an old man who's returned to Cicely after many years. The man tells him the story...
  • 8
    Our Wedding
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    3

    Our Wedding

    May 11 1992

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 3

    Episode Number22

    As their wedding approaches, Adam debates with Joel about women and Eve lets a gung-ho Shelly...
  • 9
    First Snow
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    5

    First Snow

    Dec 13 1993

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 5

    Episode Number10

    As the town prepares for winter, a healthy elderly patient tells Joel she is dying, much to...
  • 10
    It Happened in Juneau
    16
    4

    It Happened in Juneau

    May 04 1992

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 3

    Episode Number21

    Joel foresees sophisticated delights when he travels to Juneau for a medical conference but...
  • 11
    Three Doctors
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    9

    Three Doctors

    Sep 20 1993

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 5

    Episode Number1

    Ed wakes up in strange places with no clues about how he got there. Joel contracts ""glacier...
  • 12
    Midnight Sun
    15
    5

    Midnight Sun

    Oct 05 1992

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 4

    Episode Number2

    Joel is charged with energy as the sun hasn't sent and he uses his pent up energy to try to...
  • 13
    Lovers and Madmen
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    9

    Lovers and Madmen

    May 23 1994

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 5

    Episode Number24

    Joel is the only one awestruck by his discovery of a frozen woolly mammoth. Chris gets...
  • 14
    My Mother, My Sister
    16
    8

    My Mother, My Sister

    Mar 16 1992

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 3

    Episode Number18

    An abandoned baby gets attention from the whole town and helps awaken Adam's paternal...
  • 15
    Northern Hospitality
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    5

    Northern Hospitality

    Feb 28 1994

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 5

    Episode Number16

    Joel discovers that his friends consider him remiss about entertaining them, so he plans a...
  • 16
    The Final Frontier
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    12

    The Final Frontier

    Apr 27 1992

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 3

    Episode Number20

    Maurice becomes curious about the influx of Japanese tourists to the area during the Northern...
  • 17
    Thanksgiving
    10
    5

    Thanksgiving

    Nov 23 1992

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 4

    Episode Number8

    The Indians in Cicely celebrate Thanksgiving by throwing tomatoes at white people. Joel is...
  • 18
    A Cup of Joe
    11
    8

    A Cup of Joe

    Nov 22 1993

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 5

    Episode Number9

    Chris suffers an anxiety attack during the written part of the exam, when he decides to become...
  • 19
    Blood Ties
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    8

    Blood Ties

    May 16 1994

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 5

    Episode Number23

    Though he promotes it on the air, Chris has reservations about making a donation for Maurice's...
  • 20
    Up River
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    12

    Up River

    Nov 14 1994

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 6

    Episode Number8

    Maurice sends Ed after Joel, who's moved up river; and Joel tells Ed of the few days he and...
  • 21
    The Quest
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    10

    The Quest

    Feb 08 1995

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 6

    Episode Number15

    Joel finds a map and brings Maggie with him on a quest to find a mythical city, they meet a...
  • 22
    Heal Thyself
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    7

    Heal Thyself

    Nov 15 1993

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 5

    Episode Number8

    Ed accompanies Leonard on a house call and has success with his first try at being a shaman....
  • 23
    Old Tree
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    9

    Old Tree

    May 24 1993

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 4

    Episode Number25

    The town's oldest tree is dying. Shelly wakes up and finds that she can't talk, but she can...
  • 24
    Sleeping With the Enemy
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    5

    Sleeping With the Enemy

    May 17 1993

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 4

    Episode Number24

    Maurice's son comes to ask for his permission on his choice of a bride. There is a little...
  • 25
    Dinner at Seven-Thirty
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    11

    Dinner at Seven-Thirty

    Sep 19 1994

    SeasonNorthern Exposure - Season 6

    Episode Number1

    Joel takes a spiritual journey to New York City after drinking orange juice that contains some...