In 1993, CBS aired the first episode of the Western drama, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The show – which starred Jane Seymour and Joe Lando – told the story of female physician, Michaela ‘Mike’ Quinn, who moves from Boston to Colorado Springs to make a new life for herself.
Arriving in Colorado she initially finds some resistance from the locals, who expected their new doctor to be male. But the townsfolk soon overcome their misgivings and quickly grow to appreciate Dr. ‘Mike’ as an important member of the community.
Thanks to its gentle approach to storytelling, as well as its recreation of the past, Dr. Quinn, Medicine was a hit with audiences when it first aired during the ‘90s. It performed well in the US, as well as overseas, and this kept it on the air for six seasons.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman was also accompanied by two television movies: Dr. Quinn: The Movie and Dr. Quinn: The Heart Within. The movies featured cast members from the show, and provided fans with two feature-length adventures.
But if you are just checking out Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for the first time, do you start with the series or are you supposed to watch the movies first? Well, hold onto your stethoscope – I have all the answers!
The Dr. Quinn timeline
As noted above, when Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman first arrived, it was in the form of a television series. The first season of the show aired from January 1993 through to May of the same year, with the second season beginning in September.
Four additional seasons followed, with new episodes airing every year until May 1998. By this time, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman had clocked up six seasons and a whopping 150 episodes.
After the conclusion of the show’s final season, CBS felt that Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman had run its course, but the show’s very loyal fanbase disagreed. Fans made it very clear they wanted to see more from Michaela Quinn, so CBS produced a television movie called Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie (aka Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman Revolutions) to act as a follow-up.
The film aired in 1999, picking up a couple of years after the events of the series. It was not as well-received as the show, but this didn’t stop a second movie going into production, in the form of 2001’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within.
After 150 episodes and two feature-length adventures, Michaela’s story was concluded. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within marked the end of the road for the good doctor.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman in viewing order
If you are planning on watching Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman in chronological order, then make sure you watch the series first, before continuing with the two television movies.
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season One (1993) – TV series
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season Two (1993 – 1994) – TV series
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season Three (1994 – 1995) – TV series
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season Four (1995 – 1996) – TV series
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season Five (1996 – 1997) – TV series
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season Six (1997 – 1998) – TV series
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie (1999) – TV movie
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within (2001) – TV movie
If you’re a fan of the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman television show and/or the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman TV movies, you may be interested to know that all of the stories are currently available on Region 1 DVD.
The stories are available season by season, beginning with Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season One, which includes the first 18 episodes. The two movies are available in a boxset called Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movies Collection.
The Dr. Quinn DVD boxsets are available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US.
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