Northern Exposure

Season 1 Episode 8

Aurora Borealis- A Fairy Tale for Big People

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 30, 1990 on CBS

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  • One of the single greatest ever episodes of this series.

    An already better-than-average first season comes to a bittersweet close with an episode that knocks one out of the park.

    Two story threads here: One concerning Joel getting lost in the woods, only to be rescued by Adam, a mysterious Bigfoot-like apparition that the denizens of Cicely don't even belileve actually exists. Adam Arkin makes a hilarious guest appearance as Adam, the mysterious recluse who is seemingly good at everything (especially cooking). The other story thread, just as excellent, albeit more heartwarming, concerns a stranger named Bernard who feels compelled to travel from his home in Portland to Cicely, where he creates a fast bond with Chris. I am confused as to how they could have the same birthdate, I'll admit, but the realization that they are, in fact, brothers is a television moment that I will never forget.