In an age when women are expected to be seen but not heard, Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn is a renegade, an independent spirit who forsakes her home in genteel Boston for the rough-and-tumble life of the frontier. But the prejudice she encountered back east pales in comparison to the challenges awaiting in Colorado Springs. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman breathed new life into a tired genre and brought families together around the TV for six seasons with its refreshing take on the Western, blending a distinctly modern sensibility with painstaking historical authenticity and tales of courage, conviction and romance.

Studio: A&E Home Video
Year: 1993
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Run time: 1269 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Spec: 5 DVD
Region: 1

Season 2 is a 7 disc set with over 21 hours of some of the best television ever offered. In this season Dr. Mike, Sully and the rest of the town tackle some serious subjects. And, they do it in a way that may be viewed by the whole family, and each story will touch you emotionally in some way. “Dr. Quinn” offers lessons in life, love, cultural differences, and history in a most entertaining fashion.

Along with the heartwarming stories of love and family, that we have come to love, Season 2 delves into issues that were relevant then, and some are still relevant today. Matthew’s gambling addiction, spousal and child abuse, drug addiction, union strikes, the mistreatment of the Indian tribes, and racism as the KKK makes a terrifying appearance in Colorado Springs putting Robert E and Grace’s lives at stake. Other story lines will take you right through the holidays. Halloween brings the ghost of Sully’s dead wife to Michaela’s dreams, Thanksgiving unites the townsfolk and the Cheyenne during a terrible drought, and Christmas will leave you right in the spirit of things, and a little choked up, as Dr Quinn hides a pregnant woman and her husband in the stables.

The relationship of Mike and Sully grows deep and is tested many times in episodes that will tug at your heartstrings, the characters develop and change, Loren’s sister-in-law Dorothy, played by the wonderful Barbara Babcock is introduced (I’m not quite sure what happened to Miss Olive, maybe I missed something), and there are many fabulous guest stars to look foward to, among them Johnny Cash returns and this time has some touching scenes with June Carter Cash.

Movie Quality: 8/10

Special Features

  • “Beginnings” featurette
  • Awards and honors
  • Boarding House: guest stars

Special Features: 6/10

Final Thoughts

The transfers are great. Sharp picture, vivid colors and very good sound. Not as much in the way of bonus material this time, but it does include a featurette, “Beginnings”, with many of the cast members giving their views, and some notes on cast biographies, the guest stars and awards. Each disc has episode selection,each episode has scene selection, and all include opening and closing titles.
Overall Rating: 7/10