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[[caption-width-right:300:Mike and Sully]]

A [[TheWestern western]] TV show starring Jane Seymour Dr. Michaela "[[TomboyishName Mike]]" Quinn, who takes a post as a doctor in a frontier town. As a woman doctor in a post-civil war time, she often faces prejudice against women being licensed M.D.s. This was part of the reason she moved away from her hometown of Boston in the first place.

Once in the [[TheWildWest town]] of Colorado Springs Dr. Quinn becomes one of its prominent citizens, although she still has to fight for her reputation as a doctor. She meets Sully (Joe Lando), a MountainMan, and Charlotte, a midwife who in the pilot dies and asks Dr. Mike to raise her children. Michaela thus becomes a mother to three children, Matthew, Colleen, and Brian to provide further storyline fuel and to make the doctor more appealing to Sully, who seeks a family to replace the one he never had.

The series was a success for CBS, where it anchored a Saturday night line-up of family friendly shows like ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel''. However, behind the scenes, Joe Lando's dislike of how the show had effectively typecasted him, led to the series being retooled with John Schiender of Dukes of Hazard being brought in as Seymour's new love interest after Sully was presumed dead, to write him out of the series. The loss of Lando killed the show, but several TV-movies were put together to provide closure on the series.

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!!Tropes Featured:
* {{Adorkable}}: Horace. He's quite awkward, [[PlatonicProstitution pays Hank just to be able to talk to Myra]], and has jitters during his wedding night. He's also a pro at telegraphy, making him (more or less) the 19th century equivalent of an IT specialist. He's a nice man and Myra likes him, but other than that he's not seen as extra cute or attractive.
* ActorIsTheTitleCharacter: Jane Seymour IS Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
* AesopAmnesia: Repeatedly. The townspeople would learn a lesson in one episode (usually about bigotry or superstition), then would fall right back into their old ways in a subsequent episode.
* TheAlcoholic: Jake struggles with this. As does Grace.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Repeatedly played straight with Preston Lodge.
* AsYouKnow: Colleen, trying to save Sully from Jake: "He saved your life! Those Indians wanted to kill you when you accidentally shot one of them, and he persuaded them not to. You owe him!"
* AttractiveBentGender: Jake disguises himself as a woman in one episode, and gets taken hostage by two bandits. Both bandits take a shine to "her."
* TheBarber: Jake.
* BarBrawl: Frequently.
* BaseballEpisode: "Traveling All-Stars". The whole town becomes obsessed with the game, and women have to fight for their right to play as well.
[[spoiler: BlackDudeDiesFirst]] Happens during an episode where staph infection is featured (of course nobody, including Dr. Mike, knew what that was at the time).
* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: Averted. Miss Olive's will specifically states that her body actually be buried on the lone prairie rather than carted hither and yon.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The show was filmed at the Paramount Ranch in California, where the landscape isn't particularly like Colorado Springs at all.
* CharacterDevelopment: Dorothy is a relatively nice person, but in earlier seasons, she still displays some of the bigotry quite common to the time and place--abhors the idea of Michaela using Native American medicine to treat her son, and disapproving of Grace and Robert E.'s plans to buy a house in town (she does NOT, however, condone the Klan's terrorizing of them, though she does downplay it). By the series' end, Grace is one of her best friends and she's begun a friendship with a hint of romance with Cloud Dancing.
* CheerfulChild: Brian, much of the time. He tends to be this in contrast with Loren.
* ClipShow: The episodes "Ready Or Not" and "To Have And To Hold", reviewed Sully and Mike's relationship, while "Colleen's Paper", reviewed Dr. Mike's interesting cases.
* CultureClash: A major part of the series, with civilized, forward-thinking Michaela constantly running up against the deeply-ingrained racism, misogyny, bigotry, etc. of a backwoods Western town.
* CutShort[=/=]GrandFinale: The series was swiftly cancelled after its sixth season, but they had enough lead time to put together a nice enough finale. [[spoiler:It ends with Colleen and Andrew's wedding, right before she leaves for medical school. Grace tells Robert E. that she's pregnant with their child. Jake shows Teresa a sketch of a house he plans on building for them. Loren and Dorothy enter into a business arrangement. Preston sells the Chateau]].
** [[PostScriptSeason Post Script]] MadeForTVMovie: There were two TV movies made after the cancellation.
* DaddysGirl: Michaela was this to her father, becoming a doctor like he was and working with him in his office. All her dialogue makes it obvious that she adored and idolized him.
* TheDandy: Preston.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The last 1.5 seasons certainly took on a darker tone than the previous seasons, which admittedly had some dark moments of their own.
** The reverend goes blind and shakes Brian's faith in God in the meantime during the fifth season's Christmas episode.
** JohnnyCash 's character Kid Cole takes a turn for the worst with his consumption and plans to divorce his RealLifeRelative wife. They reconcile at the end, however.
** Horace attempts suicide after receiving the finalized divorce papers.
** In the final season, an epidemic hits, killing Colleen's best friend and Dr. Mike's sister. A man who hates all doctors shoots her in her office and the rest of the episode deals with her post-traumatic stress. Sully is almost killed, Dr. Quinn miscarries their second child and IllChild Anthony dies, leading his parents to nearly split up.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The Reverend, of all people. He's revealed to have once been a thief and a gambler when a former cohort shows up in town and threatens to reveal this to the townspeople.
* DecemberDecemberRomance:
** Loren's courtship of Dorothy.
** Loren's flirtation with Mrs. Quinn.
** Cloud Dancing and Dorothy get paired in the last season.
* DramaticIrony: One episode had the town terrified of the world ending from a meteor. As you know, it didn't.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The entire town calls Timothy Johnson "Reverend." His real name is used very little in the series.
* FrivolousLawsuit: One episode revolved around these. Horace sued Hank for punching him and breaking his nose, and Loren sued Preston for injuries sustained after slipping into a hot spring at Preston's resort (though in Loren's case, he was faking injury just to get back at Preston).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Done pretty often, and probably necessary, given that this was a family show airing at 8PM.
** After rescuing Mike from the gang of dog soldiers who kidnapped her, Sully gently asks if they "hurt" her. Just as gently, she tells him "no". Their mutual tones and his relief indicates that he was actually asking if they had ''raped'' her. The FridgeBrilliance of this is that "hurt was in fact often used as a euphemism for "rape" back in those days, so it wasn't simply a case of Sully trying to avoid saying the word.
** Horace complains about "losing the mood" when his and Myra's romantic evening is interrupted. The Reverend assures him that "all men lose their moods sometimes". Three guesses what they're really talking about . . .
** In the first episode, Myra asks to see Dr. Mike about a "female problem". After treating her, Mike advises Hank that Myra needs to be "chaste" for several weeks. When Hank complains about the loss of revenue, Mike warns him that he'll lose a lot more if she has to end up treating his customers as well, thus heavily implying that Myra has contracted an STD.
** Another STD plot, when Hank points out to Mike that her sister Marjorie is ill, citing her fevers and headaches. "I've seen it in my girls plenty of times. That husband left her with more than a broken heart". The symptoms coupled with the knowledge that her sister's husband was frequently unfaithful to her leads Mike to realize what the problem is.
** Probably the most famous case, Colleen gets involved in juvenile delinquency because Mike is too busy thinking about all of the hot sex she and Sully have been having since they got married, now that she's legally and socially able to have sex.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Dorothy is an older woman but she's still very much admired. Much younger Jake Slicker likes her a lot and initiates a May-December Romance with her. [[note]] It isn't a case of LikesOlderWomen because his next LoveInterest was a young woman.[[/note]] Loren tried to court her and start a relationship with her as well, though he could remember her as a young woman from their youth. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, she's romantically pursued by Cloud Dancing]].
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: Sully whenever he ditches the buckskins for a nice suit, particularly when he's in Boston. Not that there's anything wrong with the buckskins, of course.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Black Kettle, General Custer, Walt Whitman, and a few other historical figures show up in the series.
* HollywoodCostuming: Though not as bad as some.
* HollywoodHistory: The historical consultant stopped showing up when it was clear they weren't really listening to her.
** Sully is a MountainMan, though the fur trade, and the mountain men who made it possible, had disappeared decades before the setting of the show. There were still some former mountain men around (such as Kit Carson and Jim Bridger), and a few stragglers WAY out in the wilderness, but they were at least a generation older than Sully. Sully ''[[HollywoodCostuming dresses]]'' like a Mountain man but in actuality he lives and works with the local Native Tribe rather than trapping or trading. Once he and Mike get married he's actually a farmer mostly.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Most of the prostitutes fall into this category, most prominently Myra and later Emma.
* HotSpringsEpisode: They had one when Preston decided to open a spa in his hotel resort. He thought he found a gold mine and an attraction for tourists, but it was most enjoyed by local ladies who went and enjoyed a bath, mostly just to mess with him a bit.
* HowManyFingers:
-->'''Dr. Quinn:''' Horace, are you all right?
-->'''Jake:''' How many fingers?
-->'''Horace:''' Chocolate.
-->'''Dr. Quinn:''' I think he's finished for the day.
* HumansAreWhite: Subverted; the blacksmith and local restaurateur are both black and have to deal with the expected racism. There is also a Mexican schoolteacher in the later seasons. Black cowboys come through town with the cattle drives, too, as well as Asian men with the building of the railroad. There is an Indian reservation and black ghetto-like colony not far away from the town.
* InsatiableNewlyweds: Horace and Myra, once they get over their anxiety. Dr. Mike and Sully too.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Hank is the local purveyor of whores and booze, a racist, and a bigot, but he occasionally goes out of his way to help someone or show that he cares; i.e. when he comes to [[spoiler: Myra and Horace's wedding]]. Or despite his racist tendencies, is one of the few people who doesn't shun the Jewish family who comes to town (he reveals that a group of Jews once saved his life). And despite his frequent clashes with Mike, he completely freaks out when she's shot.
** To add to Hank's redeemable moments, we find out at the end of Season 1 that [[spoiler: he has an autistic son, the progeny of one of his "girls." He helps send the gifted boy to art school.]]
** Loren definitely fits into this category.
** Jake starts as this but softens a bit with CharacterDevelopment. Though he still shows his JerkAss side from time to time.
* LastNameBasis: ''Everyone'' calls Sully by his last name--even his love interest, (and later wife) and their ''children''! His full name is Byron Sully, but he appears to have abandoned his given name around the time he deserted the army.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Besides Dr. Mike, Sully, and the Cooper children, the show featured well over 20 townsfolk, relatives, and recurring guest characters. Most of these characters had ADayInTheLimelight at least once.
* TheLostLenore: Sully's wife Abigail, who died, along with their daughter, in childbirth. And Dr. Mike's fiance David, who she thought was killed in the Civil War, only to have him resurface years later.
* AManIsNotAVirgin:
** Averted. Horace is nervous on his wedding night as it is his first time. Especially so, since [[spoiler: his wife is Myra, the HookerWithAHeartOfGold, who has had ''lots'' of experience. When she tries to reassure him, stating that "I've had plenty of fellas who haven't. . ." her voice trails off as she realizes she's just pointed out the very reason for his anxiety]].
** When Matthew starts coming of age and goes into the Saloon for his first official drink of whiskey, the various patrons decide he needs to get laid to be a man. He's whisked off to Myra's room, but just so she can help him climb out the window.
** Subverted with several of the other male characters. While not virgins, it's strongly implied that they've been celibate for a long time, despite the presence of prostitutes who could have tended to their needs.
* MayDecemberRomance:
** Loren and Mike's sister Marjorie (the two actors are married in RealLife).
** Jake and Dorothy could count as well.
* MrFanservice: Sully. Oh, Sully. Shirtless and bathing scenes... More please.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. Colleen gets hers and is frightened and confused as neither her real mother nor Dr.Quinn have explained it to her (her mother died before she could give her "the talk" and Dr. Quinn assumed she was too young to have started). In another episode, Dorothy's stops and she thinks she's pregnant when she's in fact beginning menopause.
* NotInFrontOfTheKid: Loren often finds himself cleaning up his language whenever Brian is around. One episode had Loren telling some friends about a burlesque house where the girls lift up their...voices! To sing so beautifully!
* OldMaid: Dr. Mike refers to herself as this, with her 35th birthday looming and no husband in sight.
* PicnicEpisode: The characters often enjoyed their meals outdoors, for example after the Sunday masses in the meadow near the church.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Dr. Quinn is ''always'' right and the narrative is ALWAYS on her side, portraying any nay-sayers as total idiots [[JerkAssHasAPoint even if they're partially or totally right]].
* ProtagonistTitle
* PutOnABus: Myra. TheBusCameBack in the final season.
* RadishCure: Loren does this when a boy keeps stealing his cigars. He finally tells the boy he can have them- as long as he smokes them all in the store, in one sitting.
* SpecialGuest: In his only television performance as a fictional character, [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]], a fan of the show, guest starred as "Reverend Thomas."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** Loren's sister Olive [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome abruptly disappears between seasons without any explanation]] (although several years later, we learn she moved even further out west). In her place, Loren's sister-in-law (whom he had a romance with before marrying her sister) comes to town, fleeing an abusive husband and assumes the same role as Olive had as Mike's friend and confidante.
** Emma for Myra, as they're both cut from the same HookerWithAHeartOfGold mold.
* TheTalk: Sully awkwardly tries to give one to Matthew when he begins courting immigrant girl Ingrid, Dr. Mike attempts to give her son Brian the talk by reading him an anatomy textbook, and with her wedding night looming, the virginal Dr. Mike needs one herself from the more experienced Dorothy.
* ThatOldTimePrescription: Michaela was always prescribing willow bark tea.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Dr. Quinn frequently needs to remind people to address her as "Dr." instead of "Miss", several of whom ''deliberately'' call her "Miss" in an effort to needle her and demonstrate their lack of respect.
* TomboyishName: The writers felt it was necessary to explain why the townspeople accept the woman who is coming to be their doctor: they thought she was a man. Communication being what it was, her name was telegraphed to them, as telegraphs were, with no spaces, upper and lower cases, or punctuation. They're expecting "Michael A. Quinn." If her name had been Alice, or something, the viewer is meant to presume they would have cabled back saying "Forget it."
* VerySpecialEpisode: Many. This is probably the only Western to ever have an episode about the dangers of gun violence (the people end up voting that no one can carry firearms inside their city limits). There's also a two-for-one that covers both Child Abuse and Evolution vs Creationism (it turns out that there're no child abuse laws in their territory, but there are animal cruelty laws, so the town votes that evolution is true, thus making the girl legally an animal, so animal cruelty laws apply).
* WaterfallShower: Dr. Quinn and Sully have a ShowerOfLove under a waterfall shower.
* TheWestern
* WesternCharacters
** TheBarber: Jake
** TheBlacksmith: Robert E.
** CitySlicker: Preston A. Lodge III
** FrontierDoctor: Dr. Mike, of course.
** Andrew Cook later in the series, though his city background plays more into his practice than Dr. Mike's did with hers. For example, he runs his clinic out of the local posh hotel.
** TheGunslinger: Played in a recurring guest role by JohnnyCash, no less!
** MagicalNativeAmerican: Cloud Dancing, Sully's best friend, often portrays this trope.
** NobleSavage: Cloud Dancing is the embodiment of this.
** MountainMan: Sully
** PreacherMan:
*** The Reverend Timothy Johnson.
*** In one episode, it's [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]]!
** {{Rancher}}: Olive
** SaloonOwner: Hank is the bastard variety of this.
** {{Schoolmarm}}: Teresa Morales in the later seasons.
** ShopKeeper: Loren Bray
** [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Soiled Dove]]: Myra
** Also Emma, who eventually [[spoiler: became a love interest for Matthew.]]
** WesternUnionMan: Horace Bing, although he doesn't explicitly work for Western Union.
* [[WhenYouComingHomeDad When You Coming Home, Mom?]] Dr. Mike displayed some workaholic tendencies throughout the series. Justified in that she's a doctor (and the only one for miles for most of the series). In various episodes, she also had jobs as a teacher and a councilwoman.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: In the show's later seasons, Cloud Dancing and Dorothy strike up a friendship when she decides to write a book about him, much to the disapproval of both the townspeople and his fellow tribesmen. Earlier, there's a slight flirtation between Colleen and one of the Chinese railroad workers.
* WhatTheHellHero: Mike gets these a few times. In one instance when she automatically assumes that the Indians were the victims in a clash between them and the military, Dorothy truthfully points out that she wasn't there and doesn't know what really happened.
* WhiteManGoneNative: Sully, especially in the beginning of the series. Lessens somewhat in later seasons, but not by a whole lot.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: A lesser example as Matthew goes from a farmhand to a rancher to a sheriff to a budding lawyer throughout the six seasons.
* TheWildWest
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: The show's first ChristmasEpisode found Dr. Mike dreading the holiday, but not in a Scrooge-like manner, but rather because she was depressed about being away from her family and about the death of a patient--named Mr. Marley. The ghost of a friend who died early in the series' run comes to serve as all three spirits. Unlike most adaptations, the vision of the future is happy, showing her married with children and grandchildren, though the identity of her husband is left unknown. She recovers in time to assist a young woman (who has run away with her fiance to escape their disapproving parents) in giving birth. In a stable, of course.
* YouLookFamiliar: John Schneider had a guest role in the first season as a fugitive bank robber before being cast years later as Sully's best friend/new sheriff Daniel. James Leland Adams played General Custer in several episodes before being cast as the pompous Preston A. Lodge III. And Brandon Douglas played a con artist before being cast as neophyte physician Andrew Cook.
** Alley Mills can be glimpsed as one of Hank's prostitutes shortly before playing Mike's sister Marjorie.
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