Long-Term Exposure

by Leonard Pierce

On July 12 of 1990, an hour-long comedy-drama created by Josh Brand and John Falsey debuted on CBS.  Entitled Northern Exposure, it followed the humorous fish-out-of-water encounters with rural Alaskan culture of New York doctor Joel Fleischmann, as portrayed by Rob Morrow at the beginning and the end of a promising career.  The show would nourish the careers of a number of writers and producers of the similarly quirky and whimsical Mafia sitcom The Sopranos, as well as making household names of the likes of Cynthia Geary and Apsenahkwat.

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