Obligated to offer his services to the state of Alaska, Dr. Joel Fleischman—the quintessential neurotic New Yorker Jew—is sent to the tiny village of Cicely.
POINTS OF INTEREST: Dr. Fleischman’s office, The Brick (watering hole, diner, and social hub), and the KBHR studios (broadcasting on 570 AM, the station offers music, local news, and the philosophical musings of deejay Chris Stevens).
LIVABILITY: The residents are are friendly (if a bit odd) and natural splendors are aplenty, but the long winters and the remote setting make Cicely a viable home for only for the most hardy and adventurous.
REAL-LIFE INSPIRATION: The bustling (by local standards) town of Talkeetna, Alaska.
SHOOTING LOCATION(S): The great majority of exterior scenes were shot in Roslyn, Washington. A (now long-gone) wall mural of the Roslyn Cafe is featured in the show’s opening credits and almost every episode. Producers integrated a Roslyn into Cicely’s “history”—introduced as one of the two women who founded the town in 1908—and added an apostrophe and an ’s’ to the mural.
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