Series: Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Mike and Sully
TV show starring Jane Seymour Dr. Michaela "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 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 Mountain Man
, 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 Touched by an Angel
. 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.