Picks and Pans Review: Northern Exposure

updated 07/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Thursdays, 10 P.M. ET)

B

This summer-replacement series is built on a ridiculous concept. A young doctor (Rob Morrow) must return to practice medicine in Alaska for four years to repay his tuition. Why didn't they just leave him in New York City and attach his pay? After a week of Manhattan office-visit fees, he could have balanced Alaska's state budget.

That's not to say that this comedy-drama, from the makers of St. Elsewhere, totally lacks a goofy kind of charm. It's a simple setup: how woefully out-of-place this over-amped self-absorbed guy is in a rural setting. But the series is stocked with good actors (Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, John Cullum, Darren E. Burrows) playing vivid characters in a realistic environment.

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