Visiting Long-Gone Friends

Not sure why it took me so long, but I have finally started revisiting Cicely, Alaska.  This is the first time I’ve watched Northern Exposure since it originally aired.  We’ve been working through the DVDs slowly but the first 2 seasons were really short so we’re into season 3 now.

It’s not that I forgot how much I love this show, no way I could do that.  Yet I keep blurting out “I LOVE this show!” at random intervals as I re-watch it.  And I didn’t forget how good it was, how surreal, how magical.  I think I’m just noticing a lot MORE levels of genius now that I’m watching it from an older/wiser/more educated position.  Unbelievable.  There’s no WAY anything a fraction of this smart would make it onto a major network today.

Anyway there’s something in NEX for everyone tho, no matter your age, creed, gender, social status, whatever.  I mean, is there anyone out there who doesn’t/didn’t like this show?  (If there are, I want to be notified because such individuals need to be locked up and subjected to laboratory experiments.)  Back in the day, seemingly everyone I knew was addicted to it.  It was a great shared experience.  I loved it.  My mom loved it.  I’m pretty sure my Grandma enjoyed it.  My good friend/college roommate and I had a mutual crush on John Corbett’s “Chris in the Morning.”  But then, so did my Aunt and I.  Hell, we traded Chris in the Morning-themed gifts at Christmas and birthdays.

Like I said, something to appeal to everyone.  You could take it at face-value for the comedy.  You could relish the philosophical/surrealist overtones.  You could easily find a favorite or two amongst the large cast of quirky but well-drawn characters.   You could follow along with the back-n-forth Joel/Maggie saga.  You could just enjoy all the cute boys.  Or all of the above.  If nothing else, the theme of Northern Exposure was Inclusiveness.  It did the best job of any show I’ve ever seen creating a sense of a REAL place where all were welcome.

So in the interest of 1990′s Auld Lang Syne, I will be devoting the rest of this week to saluting my favorite hotties from Northern Exposure.  If you were a fan, feel free to share your memories.  If you were not a viewer/were a child at the time, get thee to Netflix and get busy renting this show.  You will be a better person for it.

2 Responses to “Visiting Long-Gone Friends”

  1. mom Says:

    I too recently started watching this series again. I still LOVE it.

  2. babs Says:

    I watched my season 1 and hadn’t watched season 2. I bought Season 1 and then they repackaged it with 1 and 2. I hate that. They did it with Fame too.

    But, yes, Northern is still very fun. I loved the Twin Peaks bit they had. And I keep looking for Northerny type shows to watch.

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