I believe that Dr.Quinn is the greatest show that has ever aired television. It was a show that was done way before it's time, and forever made an indent on my life in so many powerful ways.
At first I thought I was crazy to love something like a TV show so much, and to STILL love it after almost 11 years! No matter where I'm at in life, or how old I am, I always tend to gravitate towards watching those reruns to transport me to Colorado Springs for that one precious hour when time seems to stand still.
One of my favorite memories of Dr. Quinn is when I watched it as a little girl.
When Dr. Quinn first aired, I was about 7 or 8. It was a special saturday night ritual that I treasured SO much with my mom. I would take a "saturday night bath"( because church was in the morning) and mom would serve me a bowl of icecream and she braided my damp hair to create the"crimped" effect
come sunday morning! It was a special time for just her and I, and it meant so much to me.
I have watch DQ faithfully for over eleven years now, and I will faithfully watch the reruns and DVDS for many years to come! It is a show that is timeless, precious and so wholesome, especially with all of the junk of primetime AND day time television these days.
My dream is to own all 6 seasons of Dr.Quinn, so that not only will I be able to enjoy them for a lifetime, but so that when I get married and have children, I can share with them the wholesome, value-filled episodes, and create a bridge in which I can talk to them about issues such as love, racism, tolerance, acceptance, and so many others.
I can relate with Dr. Mike's passion for the truth and desire to do good in her community and her world. Her stubborness echos mine in many ways, though I don't think I could ever handle being a Dr., due to the fact that my stomach tends to get queasy quite easily at bodily fluids!
Now here I am, almost 20 years old, and still enjoying the reruns of DVD. Through every hard point in my life, it was a comfort to me to put in a dvd and ressurect the good values, and the valuable lesson in every episode that reminded me of the importance to love like you've never been hurt, takes chances, and do and be EVERYTHING that you want to be! Dr. Quinn has instilled in me the importance of living each day with a certain amount of vigor, inspiration and acceptance of myself and my dream
Long live Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and all of the timeless values that seem to have been forgotten today.
|Like Going Home
|Dr. Quinn has been the only series that I have been
touched with such
passion. When the series was on I worked every weekend driving a
bus full of kids to activities and missed it all together. It wasn't
until I moved to Nebraska and it was put on the Hallmark channel
saw it. I was hooked from day one! I watched it every eve at 6:00.
Then I caught it at noon, sometimes at 10:00 and I watched all three.
My husband and I watched it every noon when he came home for lunch.
would leave for work and ask me if I got my daily dose of Sully?!!
Dr. Quinn had the values of my childhood. I grew up in a small
area in Iowa and my family was poor and very strong in our faith
and family that I found myself going back in time and hearing my
saying things that I heard on the show. It was a lot like going
being with my family and parents again. I think I was born 100
too late. I would have liked to have lived then and had a much
life. Hard work, family all together and friends close by.
I loved the way all the cast members made the characters come
in their own way. Little Brian was so cute that I know my husband
tired of hearing me say, (after seeing the same episodes over and
isn't he cute I think he is so cute Now listen to what he says
He drew me in and I wanted to just grab him and hug him to death!
like my own boys that are grown now I hated to see him grow up,
such a sweet boy.
What really touched me most was the mother Dr. Quinn was. I wanted
be like her so much and found myself thinking if only I could be
that with my kids. She was an inspiration to me to be the best
I could be and be fair and understanding.
When I get homesick or am down I just pick up my tapes or DVD's
to my bedroom and shut the door and watch Dr. Quinn. The family
that when that happens to leave me in peace and I have my daily
Dr. Quinn and I emerge in a much better attitude!
Dr. Quinn touched my life in so many ways that I couldn't just
It gave me hope for the future and appreciation of our past. It
me history of our country. A new understanding of predigest and
intolerance. I am sorry that it is off the air here in the US,
until it comes back on somewhere I will just keep watching my DVD's
tapes until they wear out and then buy more!!!!
|A New Passion
I will start
with the beginning when I first saw Dr. Quinn on television. My
daughter was only a baby and while I played with her on the floor
before putting her to bed, I made sure the television was on CBS
to catch Dr. Quinn. I was first attracted by the western style
of the show. Later on my husband got as interested as I did. Not
only for the western style of DQ, but he also appreciated Jane’s beauty. It became a joke between us as the seasons passed,
he’d say, “Oh, here’s my girlfriend on TV tonight.
I must watch the show.” It also helped him with English, as
it is not our first language.
always been attracted by the old times: How life was hard and
how people thought things simply. Also, I was also fascinated
by the way the creators wove the historical facts with fictional
events. I first started watching for those reasons but it quickly
changed to an addiction in the second season when the Dog Soldiers
then on, I absolutely needed to be home on Saturday nights. I
hated to be out on that evening. When I was absolutely incapable
of staying home, I taped the episode. But sometimes my antenna
couldn’t catch CBS because of the
weather; then frustrated, I would sprint between members of my
family who had cable and ask around if they could tape DQ for
me. It was out of the question that I miss one episode.
each episode, the mood of DQ would envelope me for several days,
leaving my imagination on a rampage every Saturday night. I would
often imagine a following to the episode I had just viewed. Michaela
and Sully fed my mind with so many different thoughts and stories.
I never spoke of those thoughts to anyone because I was too shy
to share them—not even
with my husband.
When DQ was canceled I was very upset that they would cancel such
a heartwarming show. I had hoped that it would continue for several
years like so many shows in the U.S. After its cancellation, I
never was as interested in another show as I was for DQ. I was
not part of the great wave of protest that it created because I
was not aware of it. I simply thought it was the end of a great
But what a surprise when my family could afford to have the Internet
and that after a search of curiosity, I found that DQ had not completely
ended with the cancellation of the show. How delighted and pleased
I was to see that DQ continued to live through resourceful sites
and bring so many strangers around the world together in an effort
to revive a show that had affected many nations and still does.
Through the world and in many languages, the important values of
honor and generosity transpired from the world of DQ, going as
far as being cited in books and in classrooms as examples for students.
until now it had not changed my life. This is where I want to
show you how much power DQ has on people. Even if this family
show deserted the world of television, it continued its wonderful
work of spreading balms over wounded souls, of helping others
to learn a foreign language. After many years DQ still has a
strong impact on people’s life. I
know it did on mine.
DQ touched me
by pushing me to explore a side of myself I had not discovered until
reading DQ fan fiction.I began reading fan fiction in my spare time
because I loved the characters of DQ so much. I realized then that
I was not alone with an overflowing imagination and, after reading
about just anything and everything about DQ; it gave me the inspiration
and led me to write a story myself.
Being a mother of three, who stays home for my children and husband,
DQ hollowed out the talent that was deeply buried in me. I surprised
myself by what I was capable of. DQ allowed me to practice with
a foreign language and express myself in words. I can show how
people of the 19th century lived from stories shared from my grandmother
and mother. Moreover, I can share my deepest feeling of life with
this, is only the beginning of what I found in myself, as I am
very motivated to continue my writing in producing a book and
maybe several— who knows. Again, friends of the DQ community
have encouraged me to write about my great-grandmother, who will
be the heroine of my novel. I can say I associated my ancestor
with Michaela’s character, for they both have strong-headed
It gave me the proper tools and self-confidence that I needed
to guide me in accomplishing a book with my newfound talent. Never
in my wildest dreams have I thought I would someday write novels.
It was never in my choice of career or a pastime pleasure.
If I do today, I owe my passion to Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman.
|The Gift of Life
I don't recall exactly when I became interested in Dr. Quinn Medicine
Woman. I remember my sister-in-law telling me that she watched
this show on Saturday evenings and while visiting with her and
my brother one Saturday, I sat with her and began watching the
show. It was toward the end of the second or third season, because
Erika Flores still played Coleen. I found the show interesting,
but since I often worked Saturday evenings, it was a while before
I saw the show again. When I saw that Erika Flores had been replaced,
I figured they would mention it, and I became a more frequent watcher,
seriously hoping that Erika would return as Coleen.
When the next season began with Jessica Bowman still playing
Colleen, I was disappointed; however, the story lines were
interesting enough to keep me watching season after season, and,
would you believe, just when I became an ardent fan, boom! CBS
canceled the show. I was outraged, to say the least, and wrote
'nasty' notes to CBS, but to no avail. Then, lo and behold, PAX
TV started to carry the show, and, I watched all the episodes
through season 5, over and over, but without the last season
(which I missed because I was working Saturday evenings that
final year), I looked for other sources to find out what happened.
I joined the Dr. Quinn Fan Club (Jane Seymour's) and was able
to obtain some of the copied videos of shows I didn't have. I
bought the VHS tapes from Columbia House and started collecting
various memoraphelia. Since I am originally from Europe, I also
joined the German Dr. Quinn Fan Club. In the meantime, I watched
the tapes and soon had my nephew and great-nephew interested
in watching them, too. They also loved the show and soon picked
their favorites. Of course, at their ages (both around 10), they
liked Brian the most. I continued watching PAX and again, had
to curb my temper when they, too, canceled the reruns. But, hey,
luckily our cable also carried the Hallmark Channel, which, thankfully
picked up the option to show the re-runs, especially Season 6.
I was in heaven again, watching the shows over and over. Alas,
as with all good things, this, too, came to an end and here I
am again, hoping and doing whatever I can to have some other
network pick it up, and, better yet, CBS decides to have another
update movie. Now, this brings me to how Dr. Quinn touched my
its beginning, the plots of the shows have been very real and
down to earth. The death of my loving mom (83) in 1994 was especially
difficult for me. It took a long time for the loss to heal, but
whenever I watched Dr. Quinn, the hurt eased and I was able to
put myself in many of the characters' places. My greatest healing
came when I first saw the episode, "Pike's Peace." I
can't recall if it was when it originally aired or when I saw it
from a video or a re-run, but, somehow, I identified the death
scene on the mountain with memories of my mom. My tears flowed
as freely as those of Dr. Quinn and suddenly, when "Sam" surrendered
her life, I realized that my mom, like "Sam", was finally
at peace and although I would always miss her, I thanked God
for that peace. That particular episode helped me understand
what a great gift life is, and when I faced my own personal struggle
with it in early 2000, I believe that gift became even more precious.
For six seasons, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman brought values back
to television that were being totally ignored by many of the shows
it competed with. The warmth of family and love the show demonstrated
renewed some of the moral standards that were lacking in most shows
of the 90's. I, for one, miss those values and have refused to
watch the so-called hits of the late 90's and 2000's. I did watch
the Emmys recently, but was very disappointed because I could not
identify any of the winners with their performances. How sad.
Dr Quinn Made Me Proud of My Heritage
I usually have my doubts when white people try to tell
the history of minorities. There is always a risk that it could
lead to false information. That is the case with the civil war
for example. The civil war is often presented as a war based on
equality issues between blacks and whites. That was not the case.
But sadly many people believe, that the civil war mainly was fought
for the blacksman's sake.
However, now I would like to discuss another minority, the native americans.
Me being partly Native American, I was rather pleased with how the redman was
presented in Dr Quinn. I liked that the redman was very well acknowledged
in the history of America. The native american story line was
based on many historical events that actually took place. Episodes like Washita,
The offering or Hearts and Minds maintained the historical
accuracy and worked very well on the show. The early seasons of DQ gave us many
Native American characters such as Chief Black Kettle, Snowbird, Franklin and
of course Cloud Dancing. Each character felt very real and human. None
them felt like stereotypes. Writers like Toni Perling, Toni Graphia,
SaraDavidson, Kathryn Ford, William Scmidt and Julie Henderson, showed a unique
talent when it came to presenting the tragic history of the Native Americans.
On a personal level DQ made me proud of my Native American heritage. So I would
like to thank Beth Sullivan, the writers mentioned above, especially Toni Graphia
my all time favourite, people envolved in the show, like Jennifer Youngs who
suggested that I should ask Mary Ann to post
this on the website.
Growing Through the
I sit here, looking at my computer desktop with a peaceful picture
of Michaela and Sully, I try to think of how Dr. Quinn has touched
my life. There
hasn’t been a specific incident that has been a
life-altering experience, such as a family reunion, or a “golden moment” with
a loved one, but rather an overall effect. I watched
Dr. Quinn in my early 20s, when I was dating my husband (then boyfriend/fiancé),
I really watched Dr. Quinn weekly for the excellent writing and the
developing storylines among the characters; I always was waiting with
anticipation to see what would happen the next week. In that regard,
other than being quality family programming, it was like some of the other
shows in which I watched.
In the last year or so, I’ve “found” Dr. Quinn again…now
married, (no kids), but seeing it from a different perspective. I first
got a hold of season 1, and some of season 2, and thought that those were
by far the best episodes. After all, those were the episodes when you
had Dr. Mike’s relationship with her children developing, and the relationship
between Michaela and Sully generated romance, tension, and love. How
could you not be drawn to that? Then I got a hold of later episodes,
after Michaela and Sully were married, Katie was born, the Cooper kids were
growing up, and I saw all the characters in a different light. The
show wasn’t just about that episode anymore; it became about
watching the characters grow, both individually and with each other. The
family dynamic had changed; everyone was growing up – even the adults. Suddenly,
the second half of the series became more
intriguing. I was torn between the early episodes and the later episodes – which
were better? As it turns out, neither was better; they were just different. All
the episodes were great because the
compilation of the series and the changes the characters went through was
what made it so special.
Through the years, I was able to watch Brian grow up, learn about life, right
vs. wrong, and I was able to watch him develop his morals, values, and character. Colleen
took the road less traveled,
particularly for a young woman at that time. As the show progressed,
Colleen became more and more like Michaela, growing out of the shy, reserved
little girl that she had been. Matthew grew into a man,
becoming more like Sully as the years went on. You always saw Matthew,
inside, evaluating himself, his decisions, and his life. Sully and Michaela
showed that adults grow just as much as children do. In the beginning
of the show, it seemed as if Michaela was the “smart one;” the
one with all the answers. Sully wasn’t book-educated and
people often didn’t go to him for answers. However, as the years
went by, it became apparent that Michaela and Sully were equally intelligent,
just in different areas, and they learned from each other and taught each
other in so many ways. It was one of the strongest aspects of their
relationship, and was also portrayed in their relationships with others in
the town, and with the children. For six years, they learned from each
other in friendship, in family, in life, and in love.
is no one event in my life that I can pin down that was affected
by Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; the show has affected many aspects
of my life, but particularly the relationships I have with others. Being
a high-school teacher, I pay-attention more, now, to what my students have
to say, and really listen to them. As Dr. Quinn said, “I
was hoping we could learn from each other; I’m willing if you are.” I
have many things to teach them, but they have many things to teach me,
and so much to offer.
I value my family more, and through good times and bad, I do my best to
remember how important it is to have a family. On the show, the family
was always there for each other in the good times, and no matter the disagreements,
the Quinn/Sully/Cooper family was there to support each
When I was younger, as many of us think, we know so much, when it turns
out, a little self-evaluation would do us all some good. As the show
progressed, Dr. Mike took the time to see how others perceived her, and
she grew as a person, a doctor, friend, and mother. I do try to take
a glimpse at how other see me, and in that right, do my best to treat others
as I would want to be treated.
Finally, the aspect of Dr. Quinn that has most affected my life up until
this point has been the relationship between Michaela and Sully. To
me, the most special part of their relationship was their ability to grow
together. Through good times and bad, they worked at their relationship. They
made an effort to make sure that it worked. In today’s world,
that is something sorely lacking. For me personally,
it has been an inspiration to me, in that it is the kind of marriage I
want to have and maintain. It was never perfect, but there was always
love between them and they always worked at making their relationship work.
Dr Quinn Saved My Life
What Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman meant to me:
I watched Dr. Quinn from the first episode. I originally started watching
because, like many others, I had been a fan of Joe Lando's when he was on One
Life to Live. I wanted to see what he could do with another role. I
was also intrigued by the Colorado Springs setting since I am a Colorado native
and life-long Colorado resident. Due to circumstances beyond my control,
however, the show itself and the community of fans surrounding it came
to mean far more to me than I could have ever imagined.
In Spring, 1995 I was diagnosed with vocal cord cancer. Since I had never
been a smoker, it came as a shock to everyone. I underwent surgery and
then 6 weeks of very painful radiation treatments. As a result of this,
I was left without a voice for several months. Since I found it very
difficult to communicate with others, especially in a room with several
people, I retreated to the computer.
While surfing one night, I stummbled onto the AOL Dr. Quinn message board,
which led me to the chat room. What a fun group of people I encountered there,
all as addicted to my favorite show as I was! I also quickly learned that
the computer was a great equalizer for me. Even without a voice, I could
be an equal participant in the lively conversations held there. The chat
room led me to the Dr. Quinn List. While the radiation treatments
I was enduring made my life an absolute hell, I now had a few things to truly
look forward to: the show, the chat and the list! I found the show
to be very comforting and I found myself watching my tapes over and over, especially
when I couldn't sleep at night due to the pain. I also couldn't wait for
the list to come every night. It never failed to make me laugh at a time
in my life when there was very little else to laugh at. The Dr. Quinn "community" truly
helped me get through it all.
Fortunately, they caught my cancer very early, and I have recovered completely. As
soon as I was physically able to go, I made the trip to California to visit the
set. I had a great time, and not only was I able to chat with the stars
that I had come to love, including Joe Lando, I was also able to meet several
people who had become my friends through the chat and the list. What
a wonderful group of people (cast, crew and fans) to be involved with!
Throughout the remaining years of the series, I was fortunate enough to
be able to visit the set several times. After the episode "Woman of the Year",
crew members were wearing t-shirts that sported the catch phrase from that episode: "Dr.
Quinn saved my life." While I didn't have a t-shirt, that phrase certainly
rang true for me! In a very special way, I can honestly say, "Dr.
Quinn saved my life!"
A Part of Me
Thank you for the opportunity and the challenge to find the words
express how Dr. quinn has touched my life.
It's difficult to remember how I used to look at life before
came along and made an impact on me like nothing else of the
tuned into Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman on Jan.1, 1993 because
I had fallen
in love with the west the summer before. My husband had a bone
transplant in Boston a year before that, and we promised ourselves
if he made it though that first year, we would take a cross
trip to visit our son who was studying for his masters
Then, some months after our first trip west, I caught a promo
lady Doc traveling from Boston to practice medicine in
the west in the
1860's. Still reeling from my newfound love of everything west
Mississippi, and since medicine continued to be at the center
life, I couldn't possibly pass that one up!
How did it impact my
life after that New years I curled up for a pleasant diversion? At first
was an escape from the realties of living with a post-transplant
patient. I couldn't
wait to step into Colorado Springs every saturday
night, and that was EVERY saturday night without fail. I came away each
week with some new thought to dominate my mind all the next week so I
didn't have to dwell on white counts and platelets and graft-vs-host
disease, and the dreaded worry of the return of the leukema.
However, somewhere along the way, probably at the rumor of an impending
Sully departure, it became something else entirely. By that time, each
and every character had become a very real part of my life. I decided to
visit the library and see if I could find any information on the
internet about what was happening with Quinn, and I couldn't believe it.
There were so many others who seemed to feel the way I did. Maybe I
wasn't such an obsessive nut, or at least I was among a number of other
very impassioned persons who saw more than a nice little TV show.
Sometime later, I had occasion to visit the set on a new excursion west,
but to my horror, they had cancelled the show just days before. I
my husband I couldn't bear to cross that bridge, and he marched me right
up there and got the park personnel to unlock the door to the clinic and
invite me to sit at Dr. Mike's desk. My husband just stood there in that
town we had come to know as our own, and watched me assume the
positions of so many scenes that had impacted my senses throughout the
years. I thought it was all over, not realizing at the time that it was
the beginning of yet a new chapter, an even greater involvement with all
I have met some of the most endearing people I have come
to know as friends, people who recognize and appreciate all that Dr.
Quinn is. I made a gallery in my den of that first bittesweet trip to
the set and since then, I have added on my desk, photos of me( I
to have my picture taken, but I'll make an exception n this case) with
both Joe and Jane, and in the desk drawers, albums and other
memorabilia of subsequent Quinn encounters, tangible evidence not
of how Dr. quinn has impacted me, but has become an undeniable part of
my life, occupying a very large portion of my heart. On subsequent
trips west, I have pointed out so many places of interest mentioned or
even visited in Dr. Quinn, the Powder River, Washita, taking the tour of
"The White House" in Sacremento, actually visiting old town Colorado
Springs and the "red rocks" of the Garden of the Gods, meeting an
elderly lady at the base of Pike's Peak with an uncanny resemblance to
Sam from Pike's Peace, and of course, everything Native American. I
thank Quinn for that.
Somewhere along the way, the story became real, the characters became
real people living their lives and trying to make their little corner of
the world a better place, and real it was, good and bad, happy and
everything from a little sliver in Horace's finger to the overwhelmng
saddness of the Washita massacre. Somewhere along the way,
it became a
part of me and I became a part of it., and I am the richer for having
opened my mind and my heart to all things Dr. Quinn.
JoyceG, New York State
A Wonderful Journey
For the first time in months I had the time to sit down tonight
and watch several episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and fell
in love with this remarkable program all over again. I thought
about what this show has meant to me over the past ten years, the
friends I have made and the marvelous events I have been able to
attend. It has been a wonderful journey.
I was lucky to have discovered Dr. Quinn right from the beginning.
What caught my interest was the fact that it was about a woman
physician trying to make a place for herself in a world that really
didn't want her. I have been in the health care field for all of
my adult life and I have always gravitated toward television programs
that centered around medicine. At that time CBS actually did a
wonderful job of promoting this show. I remember watching numerous
commercials previewing Dr. Quinn during the Christmas holidays.
What I saw looked interesting enough to want to sit down and watch
the two-hour pilot.
January 1, 1993 at eight o'clock in the evening I sat down
in front of my television and watch a program that totally blew
me away. When the pilot was over I remember thinking – wow!
It was so unique, something that had not been on television
before. It was not just about a woman physician, but also about
community, friendship and making a difference in the world.
What Dr. Quinn did for me was to allow me to participate in a
community of sorts and most importantly of all has allowed me to
meet and become friends with some wonderful people, all of whom
shared a love of this program.
The first time I really felt part of a community, unfortunately,
was when it was announced that CBS had cancelled Dr. Quinn. I was
truly amazed at how quickly our little community organized to fight
back. I do not normally write letters of protest, but I quickly
drafted letters of outrage and mailed them to CBS. It was most
fun talking my fellow employees in the hospital I worked at to
send in their nickels to Mr. Moonves, which was our way of letting
him know that we did not appreciate the fact that he was quoted
as saying the Dr. Quinn viewers were not worth an nickel as far
as advertisers were concerned. Another time when I was helping
at a dog show, I made the exhibitors in the obedience classes I
was helping with sign my petition of protest before I would hand
them their armband. I even got our obedience judge to sign! Ultimately,
even though our campaign did not bring our beloved show back I
still feel very proud to have participated.
part of our campaign we managed to gather well over one hundred
plus fans from all over the world for a weekend of “Quinn” events
that ended with a protest in front of the CBS Studios in Hollywood.
Not something that I would have normally done, but it was a wonderful
chance to let our feelings known and more importantly a chance
to get to know some of the wonderful people that lead the campaign.
Many of these have become great friends and remain so today.
Our group of friends has managed to get together for various events
over the years from Star Week (The Dr. Quinn Barbecue and other
events for Jane Seymour's Star on the Walk of Fame), attending
the filming of the two Dr. Quinn movies, and most recently attending
the wonderful DQ Times hosted Ten Year Dr. Quinn Reunion.
I will always hold a special place in my heart for Dr. Quinn,
Medicine Woman. It has enriched my life more that I had ever dreamed
possible. My Saturdays have not been the same and I truly miss
this show with all my heart.
Renewal of Hope
There was a period of time in my life from the
late 1980's through 1995 that I experienced some very dark and
desperate times. I was watching my family fall apart and something
precious slip away. During this time, I received strength through
much prayer and trying to focus on the positive things in my
life. In my times of trying to escape the pain and despair that
I felt, I would read or watch a movie that I liked. However,
it became increasingly difficult to find a movie or television
program that did not end up making me feel even more depressed.
Then, in January 1993, CBS introduced a wonderful
group of people to me. From the moment I saw the first preview,
I knew that something very special was waiting for me. I began
to look forward to each episode with pleasure, for I could momentarily
escape to a place called Colorado Springs. The characters were
brought to life in such a way that they were believable, which
is a very refreshing change from most programming today. Many
issues that were dealt with were parallel to modern issues. I
found myself being encouraged to regain trust in people, and
learning that, even though there were those I could never trust
again, that I could forgive them. I saw this particular trait
portrayed time after time on Dr. Quinn; whenever there was injury
to one member of the town by another, the usual outcome would
be overcoming the problem and the majority eventually standing
together in support.
the series continued, and the family unit began to come together,
I could feel their love for each other, even though they were
all brought together by tragic circumstances. Even as Dr. Mike
said to Brian, "We aren't really related, are
we?", the love that can be borne in a person's heart for another
is an incredible miracle. I saw how the little things that they
did for each other made their love grow stronger, and how they
learned to accept each other, in spite of their faults and mistakes.
In my own life, things did not go as I had at first hoped, but
looking back, I see so many positive things that have happened
as a result of all the tragedy. In the face of adversity, I saw
the character of Dr. Mike perservere against the odds that were
against her. I adopted that same concept and applied it to my
own life and eventually saw satisfying results. I remember the
sadness that touched my heart at the thought of Brian, Colleen,
and Matthew being deserted by their father. My son's father did
not desert him in that way, but it was, nevertheless, a neglect
that hurt terribly. I also remember feeling Horace's pain after
Myra left, because I had been there. It brought back the memory
of an emptiness that is difficult to describe. But sadness and
pain were not the only things I felt. The overwhelming joy I
felt upon seeing that love can be pure and true and watching
as people so sincerely portrayed these characters, as to make
the observer forget that it is only a story. The romance was
such that was incomparable with any other of it's kind, and has
often gave me hope that someday I might be blessed to find love
again. And while these characters struggled in finding their
way, they included in their journey of life a deep compassion
for those who were less fortunate such as the Native American
and other minority groups whose fate seemed hopeless at times.
Even though they were outnumbered for their support of people
who were "different", the Quinn-Sully family did not give in
to popular demand.
This portrayal helped me have a keener sense of
awareness of those who are shunned so many times because of their
differences and has encouraged me to have a greater depth of
compassion for the less fortunate.
"Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" is
definitely not just any story. It is truly in a category of it's
own and I know that there will never be another series to compare.
As I continue to watch this series over and over on a regular
basis, I find a new lesson to be learned almost daily.
A Beacon of Light
Sadly I didn't start watching DQMW when it first started. TV watching wasn't
in my time scheduling back in 1993. In the Spring of 1995 my 14 year old daughter
was diagnosed with bone cancer. Her course of treatment included a year of intense
chemotherapy and surgeries. I had a lot of time to sit at her bedside and you
guessed it--watch TV. In one episode of DQMW, at 3:00 pm one afternoon, I fell
hard and fast for this show.
At first I couldn't figure out why I was so intent
on making sure I could see this show. I discovered shortly after that new shows
were being shown on Saturdays. So when I wasn't living at the Ronald McDonald
House in Brookline, Massachusetts, I was home working out how to tape continuous
shows. I wanted the whole story. I wanted to see in time-order all the various
stories on this show.
The main attraction for me was the Mike and Sully 'show'.
I knew who Jane Seymour was but wasn't familiar with Joe Lando. I soon found
out more than I ever wanted to know by discovering the DQMW website on the
internet. I take back the more than I wanted bit--I can't get enough even
to this day. It was only after the year was over that I realized why I needed
DQMW in my life. It had kept me sane and focused while watching the torture
my daughter had to go through to beat her cancer. I watched other families
fall apart over their child's illness. I saw parents have physical problems
develop in their time of stress. Of course it also helped that my husband
and I were intact and supportive of each other. While I watched an episode
of DQMW--Brian falling out of a tree, should they hang the rapist, Ingrid
dying from rabies, Matthew gambling, Sully trying to take care of both his
families (Cooper/Quinn's and Cheyenne) Dr. Mike solving a medical mystery,
Colleen having a crush on
Sully, Grace and Robert E dealing with racism or Cloud Dancing figuring out
how to live--I was able to escape for a short time from the reality of my
daughter's illness. Nothing else was ever able to budge me away from her side.
(Except her telling me to go away!)
My internet connection didn't begin until the fall
of 1996. The only site I became familiar with was the DQMW site. I then noticed
the listserv. I joined and then so many wonderful things have happened. I remember
the first time I realized that I had finally seen every single episode except
the Pilot. As I started making friends through the DQMW site I found so many
willing to share what they had with me. Hence I was able to get the Pilot and
other episodes I didn't have taped yet. My hunger has never waned and watching
DQMW's is still fun for me.
This wonderful show, so sadly and unfairly canceled,
was a beacon of light to me in my darkest year. I held on to the fantasy,
romance, adventure, social issue discussions and character portrayals on a daily
basis. I made friends that were caring and compassionate when I needed them
most. I have found every day examples of Dr. Quinn's influence. I fell in love
with all the characters and totally in awe of Sully. As a happily
married woman he could only be a fantasy man to dream about. Between the
admiration I have of Dr. Mike and the respect for Sully I have found many moments
in my private life that encourage their kind of behavior. Other characters
in this show also have had great influence in my thinking. Grace, Robert E
and Cloud Dancing especially. And as my own children became adults so did
Brian, Colleen and Matthew.
Upon meeting most of the cast of DQMW in April 2002 I was
pleasantly surprised that the actors and actresses were more than I thought
they would be. Meeting them pushed away my needless worry about my obsession
for a TV show. DQMW, the show had become something far more important than
watching TV. It was a wonderful gift to me from a lot of wonderful and talented
My daughter beat her cancer. Last year she broke her hip while horsing
around. Again some of my DQMW friends were there for me in every way. Plus
they sent my daughter flowers. As the flowers were put on her bedside table
she read the signed card. She yells out in a loud voice "Hey! Dr. Quinn
sent me some flowers!" I think that says it all.
A Lifetime Friendship
I am the average demographic fan for the
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman TV show. Currently, I am
a 35 year old, Army
wife, and have just moved to Bangkok, Thailand. I did not
watch every episode of Dr. Quinn when it first aired in the 1990's,
as other shows and activities took precedent in my life at the
time. However, the reruns offered on various US TV stations
has renewed my interest in the show.
Following many fans, I found the Internet filled with Dr. Quinn
websites and other fans. The Dr. Quinn TV show has provided
several things in my life in the last year. First of all,
it was show that I could watch
with my ten- year old daughter, who enjoys the American West and Pioneer
era of stories and TV shows. It was a show that had a little bit
of everything for everyone in the family ---- children's adventures
for the children, cowboys and Indians for the men of the family that grew up
on TV Westerns, and a little romance for the women in the family. Often
shows had unrealistic events or historically incorrect
sections written, and we might say "That would never have happened back then....". But
we could tell ourselves that was alright, because the show was not really about
history, but rather about the timeless tale
of struggle, love and success that American's love to see.
The show also touched a few heartstrings with me, as my mother's family immigrated
from Germany prior to the Civil War and worked for generations on the expanding
railroad system, specifically the Cotton
Belt line, in America during and after the Civil War and on into my mother's
life time. Watching the struggle of the characters as the railroad came
to town, reflected many of the stories that have been
passed down in our family as well.
But, even more so, my interest in Dr. Quinn, has led to something more important
and more lasting --- friendships. I have met several wonderful people through
the Internet that are also Dr. Quinn fans.
One of these women has let me into her life as a friend more than any other. We
share many common interests: marriage, love, children, jobs, struggles, writing,
reading, quilting and more. Just this last year,
my husband was deployed to Egypt for a year without us, in which time we emailed
each other. I saw him just two times during that year. I was able
to share my joys and sorrows of this last year with my new
friend, Laurel. And she shared much about her family, and how much she
loved her life and husband.
Suddenly, this last month, her husband died. It has been a joy to meet
Laurel, and now she is including me in her new journey. She tells me how
when she first met her husband, she liked the way he walked. Later she
says to me it was the same as the way Sully would walk on the TV show. We
shared how and why our spouses were like or not like certain characters on Dr.
Quinn, and who we associated more with on the show and in real life. We
even wrote letters to each other describing why and how our spouses were like
those on the TV show. When her husband died she wrote that "he was my heart
song" , quoting a famous line from the Dr. Quinn show. She shared with me how
she is on a "different journey in her life without her husband", one I think
she never imagined she would have to make alone.
Through all this she still shares a joy in Dr. Quinn the show, and now
our new friendship. Even if Dr. Quinn is to come and go from my life, my friendship
with Laurel will last longer. So, for all those reasons
and more, I will now treasure the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman show, for all it
was to viewers, but all it has created in it's wake.
I am not so much writing this story for my own interests or in hopes of winning
the prize, but instead to be counted as a fan, to let those know there is still
viewer interest in the show, hopeful for more TV
specials or movies to be made, and getting the show a place in the syndicate
TV world. And, truely, hoping that Laurel might be awarded the prize for this
contest. She too has written something for this
contest. I do not know what she wrote, but I hope you will read it and
consider it. It is from her broken heart.
Joy in the midst of pain
I always considered myself a charter member of the DQ fan club.
I was a fan from the very first episode. I even knew before that,
it would be my favorite show. The promos were about the old west
and there was to be a romance. Two very favorite things of mine.
And as I had quessed, Iwas hooked from the get go. My childtren
who were young at the time were forced to watch the show with
me. As was my husband. We all started to enjoy it and begin to
care about all the characters.
My husband favorite character was Hank. He loved the way he talked
and acted.. My husband would love the saturday night episodes
that were more romantic. He said dq quinn made him a lucky man
on Saturday nights. They also made me a lucky woman.
So for the next 6 years Saturday nights were like a date night
for the whole family. The shows were so family friendly i never
had to worry about my kids watching. That is why this show received
the awards it did. There are so few shows out there now that a
parent can feel that comfort level about.
I have popped in a few tapes recently for myself to watch and
my kids, who are now teenagers . The are amazed how they still
feel drawn to sit and watch. They say this show was really good.
I know if the show came back on the air, we wouold all be watching
it again faithfully.
My husband died suddenly of a heart attack 4 weeks ago. He was
my heartsong, my Sully.
I watched episodes of dq evvery day while i walked on my treadmill.
It would make the 3 miles fly by.
After my husbands death, i was afraid to get back on my treadmill
and watch dq. I thought I should watch something else. I thought
i could not enjoy it now.But I needed to feel some familiarity.
I needed to see the characters who always made me want more ot
Two weeks after my husband died I got back on my treadmill. I
put in the baseball episode. I happen to be there in the chronical
order I usually watch. I watched and I enjoyed it just like I
always did. It made me feel good to know i could feel the same
joy about things i had before. I always thought DQ was an escape
or fantasy that was good for you. Now I know its true.
I have gotten on my treadmill 3 times since this has happened.
Each time it makes me feel joy- Just like before. I always thought
DQ gave me something no other show ever did. There is such a warmth
and compassion there. There is a comfort level it sends out to
the audience. I know that now more than ever. I will continue
to watch my new dvds and the tapes I have.
I wish this show could be resurected. The passion I feel for the
show, I had never felt for any other show before. My wonderful
husband always respected my passion for the show.
My husband Paul was 44 yrs young when he died. We had a marriage
of peace and tranqulitlity. And with 4 faboulous teenagers living
with us, I considered us to be one ot the unique marriages out
there. We were even better than Sully and Michaela.
My favorite character would have to be Sully. He had a lot of
ways that reminded me of my husband. Now here I am finding I can
relate to the pain of the character Sully felt when his wife died.
I never knew anyone close to me die before.
By writing this essay, I just wanted to be another voice who supports
such a wonderful show. And I wanted to voice about my husband.
And although I am feeling pain, no one should ever feel, the passion
I feel for this show is bringing me joy even now.