The 1992 Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama offered early 90s audiences a lighter, quirkier take on colorful small-town life in the Northwestern corners of America than did some of its contemporaries. Beginning life as a CBS summer replacement in 1990, the goings-on in Cicely, Alaska quickly became a surprise hit, running for five seasons and 110 episodes.
Northern Exposure would never have captured the hearts and minds of the Lower 48 if not for former Secretary of State William Henry Seward, who facilitated the purchase of the Alaska Territory from Russia in 1867. This Was Television On doesn’t really have a joke here, but hey, how often do you get to invoke former Secretary of State William Henry Seward on a TV website? He was a cool guy. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Gracie Allen, saying goodnight (d. 1964); Blake Edwards, Peter Gunn progenitor (d. 2010); Helen Mirren, Prime candidate (67); Jeremy Piven, solid Gold (47); Jason Robards, playhouse prolific (d. 2000); Kevin Spacey, Wiseguy (53); Vivian Vance, seldom had to do any ‘splainin’ to Fred (d. 1979); Olivia Williams, Dollhouse-keeper (44).