History Series / NorthernExposure

1st Aug '16 8:57:14 AM DracoKanji
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* AbsenteeActor: Starts to happen a lot more from the third season onward, especially when an episode breaks the usual TwoLinesNoWaiting structure and focuses on a single story, perhaps even taking the action out of Cicely in the process.
** Season 3's "Three Amigos" is the first episode in which neither Joel nor Maggie appear. The focus is entirely on Holling and Maurice's friendship, with some of the other main characters only appearing at the beginning and end of the episode.
** On the flipside, Joel and Maggie are the ''only'' main characters to appear in Season 4's "Grosse Point, 48230".
** This almost happened with Maggie in "Tranquility Base", which was not planned to be the finale when it was written. When the writers found out the series had been cancelled, she was hastily written into the end of the episode so that all the characters could be present in the final act.
27th Mar '16 9:49:50 AM nombretomado
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* EccentricTownsfolk: yes, [[TheAndyGriffithShow Mayberry]] had these, but this show and ''Film/LocalHero'' recreated this trope on television.

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* EccentricTownsfolk: yes, [[TheAndyGriffithShow [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Mayberry]] had these, but this show and ''Film/LocalHero'' recreated this trope on television.
15th Mar '16 3:33:33 AM morenohijazo
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* MortalityPhobia: Inverted. Chris's father and grandfather both died by the age of 40, so he figures that he will too - so he tends to do risky things, like take out loans and not pay them off. But then Joel diagnoses him with high blood pressure and gives him medication, stating that his father & grandfather probably had it too. Now that Chris is given a chance at a long life, he starts toning down his risky behavior.
28th Jan '16 5:46:07 PM dmcreif
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** This trope is how this series starts, with an utterly ludicrous contract that is fully explored on the trope page.

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** This trope is how this series starts, with an utterly ludicrous contract. To elaborate:
***Joel goes to medical school for free, in exchange for agreeing to practice in an Anchorage, Alaska, hospital for four years. However when the
contract falls through and he is released from it, he then finds that is fully explored on the trope page.[[ReadTheFinePrint Fine Print]] sentences him to a 15-year prison sentence, if he fails to practice for ''four'' years in the boondock town of "Cicily" instead (the legality of which is likewise confirmed by an AmoralAttorney). Such a contract is not only legally impossible, but in fact constitutes ''involuntary servitude'' under the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Needless to say this is completely illegal. Insult is added to injury, likewise, when the doctor later learns that the contract somehow binds him to ''five'' years of practice, rather than four (actually a shallowly disguised plot device to extend the series). In addition, the doctor is threatened with death by a {{Vigilante}}, if Fleischman tries to break it. In actuality, the doctor could only be subject to civil suit for damages, as well as possible revocation of his medical license; and a death threat naturally is a crime by itself. While this would sway most people, the writers clearly chose to pursue Hollywood Law (as well as VigilanteExecution) as the first in a long series of many tropes which would later characterize the series.
***It's not at all clear that the doctor would even be subject to a civil suit for damages. Personal services contracts are notoriously difficult to enforce. ''If'' the contract had a liquidated damages clause that the court held not to be excessive, the plaintiff would be able to get those damages, but that would probably be it. Alternatively, they might be able to get restitution damages, that is, the return of the money spent on his tuition, but that would be about it.
***Furthermore, the obligor of the contract was the State of Alaska, which therefore would be in breach for unconscionability and unequal bargaining-power against a lay individual with limited resources to contest the contract (Fleischman). Fleischman clearly did not agree to the terms deduced by the series, but only agreed to practice in Anchorage, not Cicely or other "under-served areas;" but the law was trumped up in order to suit the series narrative.
***The legal errors could be overlooked due to the fact that Fleischman got his legal advice from his girlfriend, who was not even a lawyer but a law student, and could have been acting under a WizardOfOz premise that he "could have gone home at any time, but he wouldn't have believed it." However later in the series he did consult with an actual lawyer, who declared the contract "bulletproof."

16th Nov '15 12:41:57 PM eroock
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* DreamSequence: the entire show was made of these.

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* DreamIntro: An episode starts inside Joel's sex dream where he's RobertPalmer singing "Simply Irresistible." There's a SexyDiscretionShot fading to the opening credits when things turn steamy.
* DreamSequence: the The entire show was made of these.
30th Oct '15 7:54:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* EccentricTownsfolk: yes, [[TheAndyGriffithShow Mayberry]] had these, but this show and ''LocalHero'' recreated this trope on television.

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* EccentricTownsfolk: yes, [[TheAndyGriffithShow Mayberry]] had these, but this show and ''LocalHero'' ''Film/LocalHero'' recreated this trope on television.
1st Aug '15 3:10:39 PM Faradn
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* CatapultNightmare: In "All Is Vanity," Holling becomes convinced fiancée Shelly prefers, ahem, circumcised men and schedules an appointment with Dr Fleischman. He soon has [[BodyHorror second thoughts]].

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* CatapultNightmare: In "All Is Vanity," Holling becomes convinced fiancée Shelly prefers, ahem, prefers circumcised men and schedules an appointment with Dr Fleischman. He soon has [[BodyHorror second thoughts]].
1st Aug '15 3:09:13 PM Faradn
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* CatapultNightmare: In "All Is Vanity," Holling becomes convinced fiancée Shelly prefers, ahem, ''cleaner-looking'' men and schedules an appointment with Dr Fleischman. He soon has [[BodyHorror second thoughts]].

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* CatapultNightmare: In "All Is Vanity," Holling becomes convinced fiancée Shelly prefers, ahem, ''cleaner-looking'' circumcised men and schedules an appointment with Dr Fleischman. He soon has [[BodyHorror second thoughts]].
22nd Feb '15 4:08:47 PM tenryufan
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Shelly was written to be Native-American but Caucasian Cynthia Geary ended up getting the part.



* FridayNightDeathSlot: The "burn off episodes in the summer" variety. The show both started and ended this way, with its first season airing entirely in the summer, and the last few episodes of its final season being held back from May sweeps and aired in June and July, presumably because the ratings dropped precipitously after Rob Morrow's departure.



* HeyItsThatGuy: Chris is also [[Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding a vegetarian English professor]] and [[SexAndTheCity dating Carrie until she leaves him for Mr. Big]].
** Creator/JackBlack plays a high school senior in a Season 5 episode.
** Minor example: The German clockmaker in "Nothing's Perfect" is also [[{{Lost}} the immortal guardian of a mysterious island]].



* RealLifeRelative: Marilyn's mother is played by Armenia Miles, the real-life mother of Elaine Miles. Interestingly, Elaine never auditioned for the show, but was offered the part when she accompanied her mother to ''her'' audition.
13th Feb '15 5:39:40 PM notahandle
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* AGoodNameForARockBand: Happened in real life when Justin Vernon was home sick with mono, and watching the series on DVD. The scene at the end of "First Snow" where everyone wishes each other "Bon hiver!" inspired his stage name, BonIver.

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* AGoodNameForARockBand: Happened in real life when Justin Vernon was home sick with mono, and watching the series on DVD. The scene at the end of "First Snow" where everyone wishes each other "Bon hiver!" inspired his stage name, BonIver.Music/BonIver.
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