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  • People need to relax their standards a bit. No one in their right mind expects fiction to be historically accurate at all times.

    However, it must be said that, more often than not, the time line was appropriate for many of the events portrayed.

    A reviewer mentioned that the pacifist ideals of Dr. Mike were highly unusual for the time. Indeed. That is why, perhaps, she (and Sully) are often the only ones who held those pacifist views, where as most of the townsfolk in the show wanted to have a hanging every chance they got. There were peace-loving people back then. Had there not been, every single Native American would be wiped out, slavery would have continued undeterred, and women would have been denied the right to vote... to name only a few examples.

    As for women not going to college back then? Nonsense. It was not as common then as it is today, obviously, but it did occur. Please, do a google search on "Medical College of Pennsylvania, Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania", which opened in 1850 and was the first female medical college in the world. It does not require a huge stretch of the imagination to suppose that a graduate from such a school would have been progressive, and might have found herself practicing medicine on the American frontier.

    As for the show, I love it. I found the Season 4 DVDs in my local book store, and now have seasons 1-3. I watched the show when it was brand new in the early 90's, but stopped at season 2 because my husband and I got stationed in Asia and it was unavailable there. It's been a pleasure becoming reacquainted with Dr. Mike, Sully, and all of the people of Colorado Springs.

    We normally don't watch TV, as there is nothing on worth watching. It is so refreshing to be able to watch good television with my kids. I recommend this show whole-heartedly.
  • I am really taken aback that the only comment I see so far for this excellent show is entirely negative and dismissive. I feel compelled to set the record straight. The commentator dismisses the show for, among other things, anachronistic historical inaccuracy, as well as politically correct emotional sterility.

    That is ridiculous. This was a wonderful show. The episodes were certainly not all the same. It dealt with many issues that are politically and socially relevant. It presented emotionally gripping drama, with different points of view, especially including compassionate consideration of the plight of native American people. It reminded me very much of the show Kung Fu, which is set during the same period in American history, the 1870s, and also had similar themes of pacifism, labor militancy, feminism, the plight of native Americans as well as the Chinese immigrants. (In actuality, David Carradine himself, a good friend of the Director and Seymour's husband, James Keatch (brother to Stacy Keatch, who appeared in one episode as President Ulysses Grant), appears in one of the episodes. The Keatches and the Carradines go back at least to the time when both families did the movie on the Younger-James gang.)

    This show won an AWARD from the Smithosonian institution, hardly a left-wing bastion of political correctness, for its portrayal of the massacre of the Cheyenne at Washita. Its portrayal of the history of the persecution and genocide of the native Americans, by such notorious b******s as Chivington and Custer, was meticulously researched. Its show on Walt Whitman is a case in point as a study of actual attitudes, scientific as well as popular, toward homosexuality, during this period.

    The show presented well the CENTRAL cultural conflict in American history, as portrayed by such authors as Leslie Fiedling (LOVE AND DEATH IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL) and Richard Slotkin (RESURRECTION THROUGH VIOLENCE): between the murderous drive to conquer nature and exterminate the "Reds," vs. those, like Dr. Quinn, Sully, and their family, who seek, then as now, to make peace with their fellow human beings and the natural environment.

    The show emphasized the value of an emotionally, politically, and socially complex community, with its racial and ethnic hierarchies which Doctor Quinn continually challenged, and its emotional intimacies among men and women. Absolutely historically accurate!

    Last but certainly not least, the romantic aspects of the show: the growing romance between Dr. Quinn and Byron Sully, her adopted son Matthew and first Ingrid, and then the prostitute (what was her name?), and between her daughter. Caroline, and the Doctor, Andrew, were great: as was the portrayal of Matthew's coming of age as first the non-violent sheriff of the town, and then as a budding attorney.

    Please, if you have never seen this show before, do not be dissuaded by the previous commentator. Check it out-you'll be doing yourself a big favor. This is one of the best shows ever made for television!
  • Despite being such a simple series, It is probably one of the best for that reason. The 'EastEnders' of nowadays is becoming way too stereotypical and predictable that this masterpiece of a series has a somewhat timelessness to it. I mean, I'm a 16 year old, and I'M ADDICTED TO IT! The acting is of a high standard and there is no part of it I can deem as typical.

    The best thing is, that if you miss a few episodes and pick it up from a random episode, it still makes sense and you still enjoy watching it. It's not like one of those series that if you miss one episode, you don't really understand what's going on in all the episodes following it. That is why this series is so viewer-friendly.

    I don't know about you, but I'm considering buying the entire box-set!
  • While I was not a faithful devotee of the series, I tuned in whenever the opportunity presented itself and invariably enjoyed the stories revolving around a frontier town's lady doctor. I view the program strictly as entertainment, and missed too many episodes to comment accurately on any social issues depicted or historical liberties taken. However, I will note that the show does justifiably denounce racism and tends to cast native people in a sympathetic light.

    Set just after the Civil War, the series portrays the ongoing story of a lovely young Boston doctor, Michaela Quinn, who following the death of her own physician father, moves to the frontier town of Colorado Springs. There Dr. Mike sets up her medical practice, to the consternation of those upset at the novel prospect of a female physician. Byron Sully, a rugged mountain man (and friend to the Cheyanne) helps her adjust to frontier life, and naturally the pair develop a mutual attraction. She is aided by a midwife, Charlotte Cooper, who on her deathbed following a snake bike, places her three children (Colleen, Brian, and the older Matthew) in Dr. Mike's care. Thus the doctor takes upon herself the responsibility of three adopted children. Later Dr. Mike marries Sully and they have a baby of their own, little Katie, to add to their previously existing foster family.

    The beautiful British actress, Jane Seymour, is radiant, appealing, and sympathetic as the frontier doctor. Dr. Quinn certainly displays an admirable strength of wit and character, tackling both a challenging career and an instant family in this rugged pioneer setting. Yet she also reveals a touching vulnerability. The chemistry is electric between her and Sully (charismatically played by actor Joe Lando) and that factor is probably responsible for much of the show's success. On the whole, it's an engaging series and when it first aired, proved from my perspective superior to much of that era's TV programming.
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    Where do I begin with this incredible show. Bravo to to CBS and Beth Sullivan for realizing America was more than ready for another hit Western series, long after GUNSMOKE ended. What genius ability went into this production. In fact, that's an understatement. From its fascinating 3-hr premiere; not only were modern viewers captivated by a new television western, but that it starred mini-series queen herself, Jane Seymour, in the title role.

    Though most of the pilot characters were recast; kicking off the first season; it was all in good standing. The best replacement was Henry Sanders (ROBERT E). He brought so much more fire and personality to that role. And the introduction of 'Grace', whom he would later marry, was most endearing. Then, Sullivan needed a much younger, attractive 'Jake'; understood. How quaint, her own spouse, actor Jim Knobeloch, deemed perfect!

    'Sully' would become Joe Lando's signature role. No actor could have replaced him. He will always be regarded as Byron Sully. William Shockley was unforgettable as 'Hank'. How could you honestly hate the guy? Yes he could be seriously temperamental at times, but he was always honest, and those gorgeous baby blues; he sure gave Sully a run for the ladies!

    This show brought the frontier life to a whole new perspective. It was kept real. Here you had a Bostonian raised, refined woman physician; trained under the masterful eye of her own physician father, endearing chance by taking a huge risk to move far away from home, to a wilderness she knew nothing about. Naturally upon her arrival, townsfolk would not take to her so keenly. A woman doctor was historically and realistically unheard of, in 1850. Obviously, a few colleges provided medical training to female physician's. However, like our 19th and 21st Amendments; they also were not taken seriously; still treated abhorrently as 'Assistant's, rather than certified doctors.

    And the Native American's. Their story was vividly portrayed, not just in the Washita incident, but also during the many trials with the Federal and Union Armys. This wasn't a typical shoot-em-up-cowboys-and-indians drama. It was history - brought to life. That is also what captivated audiences.

    Jessica Bowman taking over 'Colleen': Yes fans were disappointed. However, I felt Bowman brought a newer, fresh approach to the role, and adapted quite well. She eventually came through and made it her own. Besides, I seriously doubt any actual screen chemistry between (Ericka) Flores and the future 'Andrew'(Brandon) Douglass.

    Larry Sellers.....was legendary as 'Cloud Dancing'. What more can one say? I know I totally fell in love with him! Ingenious idea; matching him with 'Dorothy', during S5. Their screen chemistry was undeniable. I grew even more captivated witnessing the love blossom between them.

    And lest not forget, the addition of Daniel Simon; Legendary hunk - former 'Duke boy', John Schneider. Had producers decided Sully get killed off, Daniel would have been the only suitable mate choice for Mike.

    Shame to CBS for prematurely canceling it. There were several areas of blame; none of which were true. And most sadly, there has never been another series quite like this, today. The writers were exceptional, the directors brought scenes to life, and Sullivan made us fall in love with ALL her characters.

    Hats off to you, Ms. Sullivan, for the finest of the American frontier.
  • volse6 January 2012
    I cannot believe anyone would give this show a negative review, and there is only one neg review for this show on IMDb, so certainly that speaks for itself, I didn't get to watch this show during its original run on Saturday nights 93-98 and recently started watching it on INSP and GMC and found it to be so great that i bought the entire series for $60 brand new on ebay. As an avid collector of DVD's (especially classic TV shows), this is by far one of the best shows ever on TV. I was very surprised the way it tugged and brought out so many different emotions from laughing to anger to tears and I am not someone to easily get teary-eyed from TV or movies. The acting is superb by most all the actors making very very believable characters--some u love to hate. Racism being a very major part of this TV series against the blacks, indians, Chinese and most all races other than white, was a major theme for this show. The historical accuracy was superb also and anyone with any knowledge of history can vouch for that. The treatment of the Indians by the government was spot on and the show did a great job of showing those despicable acts by many of historys famous figures (Gen. Custer, Gen. Wooden were nothing short of murderers believing genocide of the Indians was the only way)including the murder of more Indian women and children than braves. Anyone giving this show some thought as to watching it please do so, it truly is superb. Being a man, I rarely care much for romance in movies and TV per say but the great on screen chemistry between Jane Seymour and Joe Lando was awesome and really made this show even better. Also the evolution of some of the townspeople character going from pure racists to acceptance of other races through the series 6 year run also gave such great credibility to the show and like i said before many many of the shows really pulled at my heartstrings while others were very funny,,,,I was very impressed with the actors portraying the townspeople and hands up to Jason Leland Adams who is a great actor playing Custer in the season 2 and 3 and joining the cast as banker Preston Lodge III seasons 4-6 (any actor that can make u despise the character they are portraying is a great actor),,superb show well worth buying the entire series,,watching the shows from the pilot through 6 seasons and the final 2 movies made all the difference in the world in coming to appreciate the highest quality of the writing, acting and explosive issues this show tackled (rape, murder, death, cancer, discrimination of race and gender, etc. etc. ,many of which are still major issues in todays time. I also appreciated the medical issues regarding diagnosis, medical equipment and medicines used in the 1860's,,,very authentic show specializing in the crucial importance of family values,,a show for all families as my whole family has benefited from watching these DVD's over and over, I have watched the entire series within 6 weeks of purchasing it and now have started rewatching and its nice how i can catch things i previously missed during my watching the series the first time.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This is quite possibly the best show to ever be aired on television! It has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. "Dr. Quinn" is a story about embarking on life's many adventures and finding family, friends and love along the way in people and places you never thought possible. And it's a tale about the great West and the little happenings of a small town called Colorado Springs. Dr. Mike is a strong-willed, compassionate and independent woman who dedicated her life to helping others. Jane Seymour's performance in every episode, from beginning to end, was phenomenal. Joe Lando was also excellent as the beloved Sully. I love the romance they both share with each other and how they build their family around it. They are the sexiest couple of all time and have outstanding chemistry together that's evident in every episode! Their love story is one of the greats. I most definitely have more than one favorite episode, among them would have to be when Sully proposes to Michaela, when Dr. Mike and Sully finally get married, and when little Katie is born. The show sends out such a wonderful message about always doing what's right and sticking together as a family. It's also about loss and learning how to put the pieces back together again and finding joy in the little things. Each and every character adds to the success of the show and it just wouldn't be the same without them all. You really get to know them with each passing season and they almost become like family. It is unlike any other show on television. Nothing else compares! "Dr. Quinn" will always be an all time favorite of mine, for it truly touches the heart.
  • how could anybody possibly say anything bad about Dr. Quinn at all?! its so addictive its ridiculous! i didn't even start watching it until a year and a half ago because my girlfriend used to be obsessed when she was little and she made me start watching the DVDs with her, but now I'm so obsessed with it! it was an amazing show and its a shame that people are badmouthing it. i wish it was still on. for the people who said that they were running out of diseases for her to cure that is ridiculous.. there are millions of diseases in this world, and of course they did not know about lots of them in the late 1800s but there are many episodes where the end of the episode she still does not know what is wrong with the person and cannot cure them because the disease wasn't really discovered yet. then they make a little announcement at the end of the episode stating what disease it is and if it has a cure now and what year they found it and all that. so really that claim that they ran out of ideas is ridiculous.. and really i mean one doctor for a whole town of course shes gonna have to deal with lots of different problems over and over again. and i have heard people saying it was not realistic for these people to get almost deathly ill so often, but really think about it. medicine was advanced, but no where near as advanced as it is now with vaccines and everything, we are much more sterile and all that now, so people did get sick more often then. this was over a hundred years ago! and i don't see how people can say that the native Americans were too "in touch with nature" thats what native Americans DO! they are all about nature and peace with nature, yes there were some native Americans who were violent and angry and all that and i think they did show that, they did not make them look like they were not violent at times. and also, there's no way you can say that the army coming in and stealing land and forcing native Americans into ethnic cleansing camps basically is a right thing to do and was the "founding" of our country, because the "founding" of our country was about freedom from England and religious persecution. oh and the original colleen (Erika Flores) didn't quit, she was forced out of the show by her father. thank you. the end. p.s. Dr Quinn rocks!
  • anny_b81-19 August 2008
    Well said. I absolutely love this show. It has heart without being sappy. Of course that's just my opinion but I think that people should realize that others might have different tastes and might like this show. Being negative about it doesn't really help anybody because they have to make up their own mind. As you said it's not a documentary, it's entertainment and it should be seen as only that. I agree Sully is cute but that's not the main reason I watch the show. I don't lay in bed after I watch an episode thinking: "I can't get Sully out of my head". I think about the values that came from the show, things that might make me a better person.
  • First off I would like to start out by saying that I just can't understand why people think this is a bad show. The most common thing I read was that this show was basically historically incorrect or fake. Do you people think the things that happened on Little House on the Prairie were real? Do you think that all TV shows and movies that are based around some historical time period have to be accurate? If that were the case TV/movies would be very boring. Besides a few episodes that gave a few actual historical facts, it never claimed to be historically correct. Why can't people just watch the show and enjoy the amazing sets, wonderful characters and interesting story lines. Do you watch every John Wayne movie and judge them by what's historically correct? I doubt it. Anyways, I personally think it was one of the best shows ever. Joe Lando is hot, Jane Seymour is beautiful and both are great actors. I loved all of the characters, even the ones I hated. Most of the story lines were sad and made you feel for each character involved, but I laughed a lot too. I watched the show religiously and then for years on reruns and now I can't wait until the DVDs get a little less expensive so I can buy them all!!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This is one of the best television shows of all time. Jane Seymour's Michaela Quinn is quite possibly one of the most influential characters in television history, inspiring women to stand up for what they believe in, even when everyone else says you're wrong.

    This show revolves around the lives of Dr. Michaela Quinn, one of the first female doctors in the western US during the 1860s, her husband, Byron Sully, who is an advocate for the Native Americans who are being persecuted so unjustly, and their four children. Colleen, a young woman who wants nothing more than to be a doctor like her mother, and Brian, a young boy who tries to fit in with his peers, are Michaela and Sully's adopted children. Along with their brother Matthew (legally an adult and unable to be adopted), who is searching for his purpose in life after the death of his fiancée, these children help Michaela adapt to life in the West after living in high-society Boston. Later in the series, baby Katie joins the family, and Michaela, Sully, Matthew, Colleen and Brian are drawn closer together.

    Filled with an amazing cast (Orson Bean, William Shockley, Barbara Babcock, Jonelle Allen, et al), this show promotes family values while still exploring controversial issues at the time. Even scenes that would, nowadays, be explicit and graphic, are tastefully done with full respect for younger viewers.

    Anyone interested in the west, the history of women, family values or just good, quality television programming would do well to check this show out. It reruns every weekday morning on the Hallmark channel at 9 am, and all seasons are available for purchase on DVD.

    It's a real tragedy that this show was canceled when it was. It was almost ready to end, but not quite. If you want to see more Dr. Quinn past the episodes, there are two television movies, "Revolutions" (the better of the two) and "The Heart Within".
  • It is a sad day when programs produced for general family viewing are so few and far between. However, it is comforting to know that Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman joins the ranks of great family programming. One of my favorite episodes is 'Just One Lullaby', which depicts the thin line between school discipline and abuse. I did not agree with the way in which the teacher 'got a taste of her own medicine' toward the end of the episode, but it proved the adage that 'what goes around, comes around'.

    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman may just go down in history as a great television classic.

    Huzzah for this one.
  • sep78011 September 2005
    This is my favorite show. I became hooked shortly after I started to watch it.Dr. Mike is a brave, stubborn woman who knows what she wants (atleast most of the time) & goes after it. She is a great mom to Matthew, Colleen, & Brian and also to Katie. She's also a great doctor. The medical procedures they show on the show are all actual procedures they did back in the time it takes place, too. Sully is also a great guy who reins in Dr. Mike whenever she needs it. He is an excellent friend to all of his friends. The show deals with real issues, too. They dealt with prejudice(when Robert E. buys his house & Dr. Mike the clinic), gambling(Matthew), drinking (Jake), etc.In short it is a wonderful show.
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    I would first like to address the clueless individual who said this show lacked any kind of historical accuracy. Being a student of history and have taken enough classes in college to know the subject quite well, yes it did embellish certain things but not all of it was BS. Fact: There were a handful of women who were educated and did have degrees in medicine, they primarily came from what we would consider today Liberal areas in the North i.e. Boston, Philadelphia. Fact: The genocide that human garbage such as Custer and Chivington did to the Native Americans was well documented and treated very solidly during the two parter where Custer slaughtered Native Americans at Washita. Fact: After the Civil War, many people including single women, very few but they did make the trek, moved West because of the nightmarish slaughter of the War. Also it's spelled History or if you wanted to say Herstory, it's Her Story. You need to go back to school or take some anger management classes, given your hostile and laughable comment on a great show. Only drawback was the last season where Sully was living in a cave after killing that insect Sgt. O'Connor played very well by Patrick Kilpatrick. Also when Sully held that dead Indian baby after the Washita Massacre I was in college at the time taking a U.S. History course and did a paper on low life Custer, got an A- for that! Again, a great show that I wish could have gone on for at least one more season. Jane Seymour and the rest of the cast came into their own roles very well and it's a shame that it's not shown that much on T.V. anymore. FX, bring it back!
  • endmaine12 April 2011
    Dr Quinn, was the best weekly TV show period. It had an excellent story to tell for the whole family. Much better than the crap wrap that is out there today. Whole some entertainment with family values,, not the cheesy, gay stuff you see everywhere today. The wild west was famous for instilling family values and nurturing the community. Too many times we do not get to know our neighbors at all. When we were children we had family BBQs and parties. Now there is none of that. We are all way too busy to get to know our neighbors and have fun. How many of you know the names of your neighbors.Lets return to those days shall we ! God Bless America and the creators of Dr Quinn.
  • Shiryu0525 August 2009
    Dr. Quinn is one of those shows where you can enjoy yourself regardless of age. The show teaches values that are important regardless of your race, religion or gender ^_*

    My favorite characters are Sully and Hank. Sully for always standing up for what's right and Hank, well because Hank is a scarred soul where glimpses of goodness can be found if you look hard enough - i do hate the fact that Hank is horrible to his animals and on more than one occasion has abused his horse...not forgetting he makes me laugh because he's so damn cheeky.

    I would have to say the person I like the least, guest characters included would be Dorothy who just seems insincere to me. Dorothy is always quick to jump on the rumour wagon despite the fact that she's supposed to hunt for the truth and cast aside personal prejudices; and when she has to finally accept the truth, her apologies (or whatever) seem to stick in my throat - i would have kept Loren's sister Olive on the show instead of bringing someone like Dorothy in, who for the most part is insignificant in the larger scheme of things.

    I thought changing Colleen was a bad choice. Erika Flores' Colleen 'fit' the Cooper family, Jessica Bowman is a cute kid but i thought she didn't suit the part at all.

    Christianity plays a large part in this show but if we're looking at a western in that particular time in history, it fits.

    A really enjoyable show, hopefully the viewers who saw this on TV ages ago will relive good memories and the new viewers will see the huge difference between quality back then and how most of it is now
  • I dearly love this show. I was so sorry to see it cancelled. I watched it every week and in reruns. Some of my favorite episodes had Johnny Cash and his wife June and a couple of episodes with Willie Nelson.

    I was watching it on Hallmark when they suddenly took it off. Now I can't find it on any channel. Good news though. They have now put Dr. Quinn on DVD. I have bought the first season and am waiting for the second season to come out the end of this month. Now I can watch them any time I want and don't have to depend on tv to put them on just whenever they want to.
  • This was a great series, too bad it was canceled. It was "Little House" of the 90s.

    Don't miss Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, the Movie.
  • I fell in love with the show right away I guess being a girl. I was working at the time when the series finale aired. I felt sorry for the entire show's cast and crew who most likely expected to return for another season. But the CBS executives decided to cancel the show. I along with other wrote letters trying to save the show. I always looked forward to Saturdays on CBS. Shame on you CBS! Now onto business. There is only one Dr Quinn and Sully. I always Sully was a cutie. And William Shockly who played Hank the bartender. Robert E looked like a trusting person, Johnny Cash who guest starred looked like a gentle person. There have been three people playing Elizabeth Quinn (Dr Quinn's mother) the third one was the best. No offense to the series pilot or Jane Wyman. Certain episodes will stand out. The wedding of Mike and Sully. The birth of Katie. Even the episode where Grace and Robert E bought a house in town and in comes the KKK. That's how it was for black people. You can't forget when Ingrid died. Or Colleen's wedding to Andrew. You can see one episode on The Hallmark Channel and you will be hooked. Thanks to The Hallmark Channel for airing reruns of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman. Has anyone besides me noticed that the guy who played General Custer in the wedding episode was the very same guy who played the banker Preston Lodge III?
  • If you think that "Dr. Quinn" is even vaguely related to US history, please go back to school.

    First, there were very few women who had any sort of education at the collegiate level, fewer still who made it into medicine. Fewer still that would've left life in settled America for the frontier, etc.

    The attitudes of characters in this series are either imposed late 20th century versions or extremely characterized 19th century ones.

    In short, this is not a "Western," it is FANTASY.

    The show does not depict attitudes towards "Indians" minorities, women, etc. as even close to correct. The appearance of men with long hair (a very rare thing in the 19th C) is odd, as was any use of "buckskin" by that era (the Mountain Man was gone by 1826, you fools).

    Whatever universe it is set in, it isn't this one.
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman was an extraordinary show. Its classic western setting, history, magical romance, and rich cast made Dr. Quinn like no other show on television. It is definitely my all-time favorite TV show, which I greatly miss. If you are lucky enough to get the Hallmark Channel (reruns are currently - 2002 - playing on the channel), don't miss an episode of this outstanding series. And if you want more? Help in the effort for a third Dr. Quinn movie to be made.
  • WndyStook16 July 2001
    The series Dr. Quinn was an excellent show. It had great stories from the time it aired in 1993 to it's untimely and disappointing cancellation in 1998. I for one watched it every saturday all 6 years, including the two movies that followed. I loved the historical and family themed episodes.I ESPECIALLY enjoyed the love and romance between Dr. MIKE AND Sully pure chemistry. I hope there will be more movies based on the show.
  • Okay,

    If you miss "Little House on the Prairie" you'll like this series.

    Men like it for Jane Seymour. An ageless beauty who is as articulate as she is beautiful. She never goes out of style.

    Women like it, because Jane plays a doctor in an era where women weren't supposed to leave the home.

    Joe Lando plays a likeable character. Good hearted but cool.

    Of course with all good things they pulled the plug on this show.
  • Auryn-42 November 1999
    The series started out really good, starring Jane Seymore as the strong, good-hearted feminist physician. Joe Lando also plays a good characters, Sully, a white man who adapted to the cherokee ways after the death of his wife. The setting is intriguing, the landscape stunning and the characters lovely. Up to a point.

    Dr Quinn is a prime example of a good show that "lost it". When the makers ran out of diseases for the woman doctor to cure, they have her perform plastic surgery (in the 1800-something), cure various diseases not even discovered at that point in time, save the president and so on, and so on.

    The show turns into a soap opera, the actors quit (both the girl who played Colleen and the one who played Myra), the same problems are dealt with over and over again, but without heart the subsequent times.

    The thing that remained good the longest was the chemistry between Dr Quinn and Sully, and it kept the show interesting. But once they were married the makers replaced the lovely chemistry with edited-for-children sex-scenes.

    My advice to you: See the show, but stop watching in time. It starts really good, but it looses a LOT along the way.
  • tabipha4 November 2017
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    I watched this show the first time around when it was on a major television network and I do NOT recall it being SO poorly acted!! The actor who plays Preston is the absolute worst in terms of actually being able to act, and I don't understand why they didn't get a better actor. Admittedly, the majority of people on the show were NOT great actors, but at least most of them were tolerable to watch, but I cringed every time Preston was in a scene. I'm part way thru Season 5 now and the show is getting harder to keep watching because the acting seems to be getting progressively worse!! And A lot of the cases that Dr. Quinn treated should have died given her primitive surroundings and equipment. And things like when Matthew got shot during the bank robbery and then he went after them hours later, was SO NOT reality since there would have been NO way he could have even saddled his horse and then riding out to find and then fight the bad guys would have torn his wound open and he should have bled to death!! Yes, I know it is just a TV show, but there were SO many unrealistic things when this was supposed to be a show based in historical facts!!!!!!! I also can't even count the times that Sully did things where he was "undetected" by the soldiers when there is NO WAY that he wouldn't have been seen or caught doing things the way he did!! The only episode that involved a patient that I think was an ACTUAL reality as to what would have really happened was when the baby died from the rancid milk from the poorly designed bottle tho now that I think about it, I doubt that the baby would have died that fast and he should have been vomiting a lot, not just diarrhea. BUT the whole way the "court" treated that and not investigating when the mother admitted to giving the baby milk AFTER Dr. Quinn told her not to, and not testing things before trying to revoke her license, and her accepting the dad's half-ass apology when he almost ruined her life was just ridiculous!! There is so much crap on TV now and this show doesn't have swearing, sex, dirty jokes, violence, gore, shock value, scandals, huge action sequences, etc that SO many shows rely for on for ratings these days but it could have been done SO much better, and I honestly just put it on now to fall asleep to because I know there won't be loud explosions or lots of loud things going on that will wake me up, and its boring and slow enough that you don't miss much when u fall asleep halfway thru. They should do a reboot with some good actors and more accurate outcomes for the medical cases, and put more reality into what would actually happen after the surgeries and natural disasters instead of acting like she was some kind of miracle worker in the late 1800's where she could ALWAYS bring back people on the brink of death to full recovery with NO lingering issues. This show was made in the 90's so it SHOULD have been SO much better WITHOUT the cheesiness it has that you would find in shows that came out in the 60's and 70's!! It definitely got worse the longer it was on and the more poor actors they added to the main cast. They must have been desperate for actors too using the one Indian actor for numerous roles and bringing back the actor for Andrew just a few episodes after he was the con man and ripped everyone off with his refrigerator scam!!
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