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Picks and Pans Review: DVD View

updated 05/31/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/31/2004 01:00AM

Couch potatoes, rejoice! New DVDs include one of the quirkiest dramas of the '90s and a much-beloved sitcom's farewell.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE:THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

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(Universal, $59.98) The familiar bass line serenading a strolling moose heralds the return of this whimsical series (1990-95), a brightly told gefilte-fish-out-of-water tale. New York doc Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) is dropped into Cicely, Alaska, and a crop of eager then-unknowns (including Janine Turner and Sex and the City's John Corbett) make his trip to the middle of nowhere a treat. Extras: One of aspiring filmmaker Ed Chigliak's movies (a western, starring the Cicely crowd) and out-takes; the sight of Fleischman's stone-faced aide Marilyn (Elaine Miles) melting into laughter is disarming. It's hard not to join her.

FRIEND: THE SERIES FINALE

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(Warner, $14.97)

Rushed into stores just five days after 52.5 million viewers watched the show's satisfying, heartwarming final episode—in which Ross and Rachel reunite while Monica and Chandler become parents of twins—the disc features an extended version of the show, with a few cute extra scenes (Monica and Chandler stumble into the wrong delivery room; Joey clowns with the twins).Extras: The 1994 Friends pilot, in which the sextet click immediately (but what's with Monica's suspenders?). Sadly, there is no behind-the-scenes footage of the cast's final Friendly moments.

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