Picks and Pans Review: Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

updated 01/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Saturdays, 8 P.M. ET)


More dismal escapist fare from CBS. Jane Seymour plays the title character, a doctor from Boston trying to establish a practice in the rootin'-tootin' town of Colorado Springs in the 1860s. As if Seymour doesn't already have her hands full trying to overcome the town's mistrust of a woman doctor, she also becomes foster mother to three young orphans. On the plus side, she strikes up a romance with the town's other outsider, a laconic mountain man (One Life to Live's Joe Lando). With his long hair and wolf companion, he's the ponchoed Tarzan of the Rockies.

The artificiality begins in the opening credits, when you see Seymour's head badly pasted on the body of a Victorian woman in an old print.

Despite a vivid pioneer look, this series is false and dull. Ah. well, if this show doesn't make it here, it can always join The Rifleman, The Big Valley, Bonanza, Gunsmoke and other horse-opera reruns on the Family Channel.

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