North of 60
|North of 60|
North of 60
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||90, plus 5 made for TV movies between 1999 and 2005|
|Running time||45 minutes per episode|
|Original run||3 December 1992 – 18 December 1997|
North of 60 is a mid-1990s Canadian television series depicting life in the sub-Arctic northern boreal forest (north of 60° north latitude, hence the title). It first aired on CBC Television in 1992 and was syndicated around the world. It is set in the fictional community of Lynx River, a primarily Native-run town depicted as being in the Dehcho Region, Northwest Territories. Most of the characters were Dene. Some non-native characters had important roles: the restaurant/motel owner, the band manager, the nurse and (during the show's first season) the town's main RCMP officer. The show explored themes of Native poverty, alcoholism, cultural preservation and conflict over land settlements and natural resource exploitation. Originally somewhat light-hearted (a CBC response to the very successful Northern Exposure on CBS), it quickly became a more dramatic and ponderous series.
Starring in the series were Tina Keeper as RCMP Constable, later Corporal, Michelle Kenidi, Tracey Cook as Sarah Birkett (nurse during first year), Tom Jackson as Peter Kenidi (band chief in first year, Michelle's brother), Gordon Tootoosis as Albert Golo (bootlegger, then band chief), Dakota House as Trevor 'Teevee' Tenia (teen trouble-maker, then band chief), Lubomir Mykytiuk as Gerry Kisilenko (restaurant/motel owner/justice of the peace), Jimmy Herman as Joe Gomba (elder) and Simon Baker as Charlie Muskrat. Adam Beach and Tantoo Cardinal also starred. Elsie Tsa Che (Wilma Pelly) was a fan favorite, playing Teevee's grandmother, a community elder. John Oliver led the cast as Corporal Eric Olsen during the show's first two seasons and entered into an off-screen relationship with co-star Keeper; he left the show when his relationship with Keeper soured. Keeper subsequently became the show's lead actor for the remainder of its run. Oliver was replaced by Robert Bockstael (playing Corporal Brian Fletcher) who was replaced later by Peter Kelly Gaudreault (playing Constable James Harper).
List of characters
|Michelle Kenidi||Tina Keeper||1-6||RCMP officer, sister of Peter Kenidi band chief.|
|Eric Olsen||John Oliver||1-2||RCMP officer, who transfers to Lynx River after losing his partner|
|Sarah Birkett||Tracey Cook||1-6||Nurse and treatment center therapist.|
|Peter Kenidi||Tom Jackson||1-6||Brother of RCMP officer Michele and band chief has a daughter with his wife Ellen.|
|Albert Golo||Gordon Tootoosis||1-6||Bootlegger former band chief.|
|Brian Fletcher||Robert Bockstael||3-5||RCMP officer, who replaces Eric Olsen|
|Trevor 'Teevee' Tenia||Dakota House||1-6||Town trouble maker then becomes a portable sawmill operator, then band chief. He has a daughter with his girlfriend Bertha.|
|Bertha Kizha||Lori Lea Okemow||1-6||Teevee's Girlfriend|
|Lois Tenia||Wilma Pelly||1-6||Teevee's mother and daughter of Elsie Tsa Che|
|Gerry Kisilenko||Lubomir Mykytiuk||1-6||A non first-nations residents, store and motel owner|
|Elsie Tsa Che||Wilma Pelly||1-6||Elder and medicine woman, Elsie also raised her granddaughter, Marie Tenia, and grandson, TeeVee, to whom she often provides guideance. Her daughter, Lois Tenia, also lives with her.|
|Harris Miller||Timothy Webber||1-6||One of the few non first-nations residents of Lynx River—is the band manager and works closely with Peter Kenedi.|
|Rosie Deela||Tina Louise Bomberry||1-6||Married to Leon with three kids, has a history of severe alcoholism. Workd as a waitress/clerk in Gerry's store and restaurant.|
|Leon Deela||Erroll Kinistino||1-6||Rosie"s husband and an expert construction worker, with a history of severe alcoholism.|
|Ellen Kenidi||Renae Morriseau||1-5||Peter's wife and a social worker.|
|Joe Gomba||Jimmy Herman||1-6||An expert tracker and hunter.|
|Hannah Kenidi||Renae Morriseau||1-4||Michelle's daughter, who moves to Calgary in Season 2.|
|Nathan Golo||Michael P. Obey||1-6||Albert's smartest son.|
|Joey Small Boat||Mervin Good Eagle||1-6||A Lynx River teenager.|
|William MacNeil||Nathaniel Arcand||3-6||A young man from outside of Lynx River who's usually looking for trouble.|
|Rosemary Fletcher||Julie Stewart||4-5||Brian Fletcher's wife.|
|Andrew One Sky||Michael Horse||4-6||A psychologist who befriends Michelle after a tragic incident.|
|Charlie Muskrat||Simon Baker||4-6||A young boy whom Michelle Kenidi takes into her home when his mother is unable to properly care for him.|
|Sylvie LeBret||Michelle Thrush||1,5-6||Peter's love interest in later seasons|
|James Harper||Peter Kelly Gaudreault||5-6||RCMP officer, who replaces Brian Fletcher|
It ran weekly until 1998, and was followed by a series of made-for-TV films that featured various members of the show's recurring cast.
A soundtrack album was produced in 1994, including theme music, background music and songs performed by Tom Jackson and others.
It was shot in Bragg Creek, Alberta.
List of episodes
Pilot The story about the people from the fictitious Native settlement of Lynnx River begins when Eric Olssen moves from Vancouver to begin a new life after his marriage has failed and his partner has died. Eric tries to fit in with the residents, but he will find it hard to adapt to their customs.
A Different Drummer S1, Ep2 Dec. 10, 1992 A Different Drummer Eric becomes involved in a fight between Leon Deela and his wife Rosie when Leon files charges. Eric also tries to put Albert Golo and his sons out of business.
The Road Not Taken S1, Ep3 Dec. 17, 1992 The Road Not Taken The residents of Lynx River have mixed feelings towards two government surveyors who announce their plans for a new highway through the town. Al Bishop returns and desperately tries to get along with Sarah.
Fair Trade S1, Ep4 Dec. 31, 1992 Fair Trade Teevee Tenia and Joey Small Boat find an old skeleton of a lost hunter and prepare to return it to the man's family. Albert Golo steals it and demands to get his family's bones out of a museum. RCMP Inspector Cormier comes to Lynnx River to see how is Eric doing.
Letting Go S1, Ep5 Jan. 7, 1993 Letting Go Elsie Tsa Che draws attention to the obvious attraction between Eric and Sarah. Joey Small Boat and Teevee Tenia convince Hannah Kenidi to steal candies from Gerry's store. When Hannah's father comes Lynnx River, she sees the chance to dodge her troubled connection with Michelle.
Out of the Blue S1, Ep6 Jan. 14, 1993 Out of the Blue U.S. Air Force pilots are forced to make a stop in Lynx River after a food poisoning emergency. While the captain is resting in the clinic, Eric is surprised to find Marie Tenia and Donna Kizha entertaining the others. Teevee fells guilty for the way his sister Marie was acting.
The Reunion S1, Ep7 Jan. 21, 1993 The Reunion Eric's wife Lindy and two children come to Lynx River, but their reunion doesn't turn out the way they hoped, mostly because of Eric and Lindy's marriage difficulties. Michelle suspects a Wolverine Lake resident.
Birthright S1, Ep8 Jan. 28, 1993 Birthright Eric establishes a boxing program for local boys. Teevee isn't happy to see that Joey wants a relationship with his sister. Ellen refuses to give birth in Yellowknife. Harris Miller decides to establish a midwifery school.
Cold Comfort S1, Ep9 Feb. 4, 1993 Cold Comfort Teevee wants to publish a videotape of Eric and Sarah in a compromising situation on cable television. Donna begins to act rebellious, which recovers Michelle's memories as a teenager.
The Act of Hares S1, Ep10 Feb. 11, 1993 The Act of Hares Eric is frustrated by Sarah's recent strange behaviour. Andre LeBret attacks Peter because he thinks that Peter slept with his wife. Albert wants Eric to investigate Peter.
The Art of the Deal S1, Ep11 Feb. 25, 1993 The Art of the Deal Eric and Sarah try to convince Joe Gomba to stop eating meat because it hurts his stomach. Michelle suspects that Rico Nez, a new man in town, isn't working legally.
Sisters of Mercy S1, Ep12 Mar. 4, 1993 Sisters of Mercy Eric's estranged son Andy comes to Lynx River and starts hanging out with Teevee--against his father's advice. Andy refuses to listen to his father and ends up in trouble. Hannah has difficulty at school.
Freeze Out S1, Ep13 Mar. 18, 1993 Freeze Out A night of drinking becomes a disaster for Leon Deela and his friend Ray Jhikhe when Ray dies. Leon blames Albert for Ray's death. An unknown person decides to resolve the issue by shooting Albert. Sarah is frustrated when Eric starts avoiding her. Rosie can't forgive Leon.
All About Leslie S1, Ep14 Mar. 25, 1993 All About Leslie A new student named Leslie attracts all the men in town, and both Teevee and Harris try to seduce her. But she only has eyes for Eric, and she will do anything to make him notice her. Rosie is driving everyone crazy with the wedding preparations.
Southern Comfort S1, Ep15 Apr. 1, 1993 Southern Comfort
Fire S1, Ep16 Apr. 8, 1993 Fire Teevee has a fight with Michelle and becomes the prime suspect when her house burns down. To make room for Michelle and Hannah, Eric has to move into Sarah's apartment. He then has to decide whether to take the new job offer.
Bless This House Sarah is unhappy when her father visits. Teevee is unimpressed by the new recreation center. Michelle is worried when Hannah doesn't seem to like the new house.
Ciao, Baby S2, Ep2 Oct. 14, 1993 Ciao, Baby Eric moves the rest of his things from Sarah's apartment. Bertha decides not to take the scholarship in Yellowknife. Peter interrupts Harris's deal with the Italians.
Miles to Go S2, Ep3 Oct. 21, 1993 Miles to Go Sarah is angry when she learns she can't go on vacation. Teevee is kicked out of school. Eric and Joe are looking for a missing hiker as they stumble upon a caribou.
Hostage S2, Ep4 Oct. 28, 1993 Hostage Andre LeBret takes hostages in the band office after Peter is unable to make a deal with the Italian furrier. Eric and Michelle are in charge of the situation, but things aren't going well for them.
Arrangements S2, Ep5 Nov. 4, 1993 Arrangements Maria Sangali returns to Lynx River with new ideas--which don't go according to plan. Michelle isn't feeling well after the hostage situation. Sarah works with Albert.
Rumours S2, Ep6 Nov. 11, 1993 Rumours Inspector Cormier wants Michelle to accept a job out of town. Harris wants to marry Lois, but her brother doesn't support the marriage. Teevee advises Bertha to have an abortion. Sarah and Rosie argue while taking care of an injured Leon.
Lost Weekend S2, Ep7 Nov. 18, 1993 Lost Weekend Peter brings an archaeologist to Lynx River who discovers something in town that might interest everyone. Sarah is down when she makes an incorrect diagnosis. Harris and Peter try to keep the tannery business afloat.
Raven S2, Ep8 Dec. 12, 1993 Raven A convict returns to Lynx River, kidnaps Eric, and wants to take revenge on Michelle. Michelle hunts for him.
Maps and Dreams S2, Ep9 Dec. 9, 1993 Maps and Dreams Eric is frustrated when David Shore returns to Lynx River and spends time with Michelle. Gerry considers closing his business. In Edmonton, doctors must decide whether Sarah is ready to return to work.
Born Again S2, Ep10 Dec. 16, 1993 Born Again Sarah returns to Lynx River and her work. She does her best to regain the confidence of people she let down.
Crossing the River S2, Ep11 Jan. 6, 1994 Crossing the River Eric is still angry when he sees David with Michelle. Sarah moves in with Albert. Bertha decides to forget about Teevee and move on with her life. Peter tries to encourage Teevee to work and learn about responsibility.
Follow the Leader S2, Ep12 Jan. 13, 1994 Follow the Leader Peter and Albert fight for control of the tannery. Peter talks to Michelle about her relationship with David. Eric is upset to find out that Sarah is living with Albert.
Trapped S2, Ep13 Jan. 20, 1994 Trapped Rosie wants to open a restaurant, but Eric wants to spend the money for other things. Two animal rights activists come to Lynx River protesting against the tannery.
All Fall Down S2, Ep14 Jan. 27, 1994 All Fall Down When the material for the tannery arrives damaged, Harris discovers that he didn't purchase an insurance policy on the company. Rosie talks to Gerry about opening a café in town. David decides to end his relationship with Michelle.
Harvest S2, Ep15 Feb. 3, 1994 Harvest Rosie and others are depressed when the local tannery plans fail, but Peter has another plan. Gerry decides to raise prices to recuperate money he lost.
The Getting of Wisdom S2, Ep16 Feb. 10, 1994 The Getting of Wisdom Peter and Albert assume they are the primary candidates for the position of band chief in Lynx River-until a third candidate arrives. Eric's children come to visit again, with surprises.
S3, Ep1 Oct. 6, 1994 Fallen Angel Albert uses his new powers as chief for personal favours--with inevitable problems. Sarah discovers that some children are sniffing gasoline. Michelle worries that Hannah might be one of them.
The Long Goodbye S3, Ep2 Oct. 13, 1994 The Long Goodbye Everyone in Lynx River is shocked by Eric's sudden death. His wife Lindy comes to get his things. Albert considers replacing the RCMP detachment with a band constable.
Pulling Up Stakes S3, Ep3 Oct. 24, 1994 Pulling Up Stakes A diamond mining company is working near Lynx River, and the residents are unhappy about it. Michelle learns about Hannah's rebellious behaviour.
Partners S3, Ep4 Oct. 27, 1994 Partners Bertha returns to Lynx River, and Teevee tries to make things right with her. Gerry's shop isn't profitable, and Rosie considers buying it.
The Cure S3, Ep5 Nov. 3, 1994 The Cure Albert convinces Betty not to create a new treatment center in Fort McIntyre. Betty comes to Lynx River with Sandy Carlisle. Peter wonders what made Betty change her mind. Bertha tries to tolerate Teevee's laziness.
A Rock and a Hard Place S3, Ep6 Nov. 10, 1994 A Rock and a Hard Place
Spin Dry S3, Ep7 Nov. 17, 1994 Spin Dry Michelle and Hannah's weekend camping brings ugly memories to Michelle of her childhood. Teevee tries to convince Bertha to stay in Lynx River. Betty has new plans for the treatment center.
You Can't Get There from Here S3, Ep8 Nov. 24, 1994 You Can't Get There from Here
The Gift S3, Ep9 Dec. 1, 1994 The Gift Peter considers accepting a job offer from Ottawa. Bertha is frustrated because Teevee can't support her or the baby. Betty offers Sarah a job at the treatment center, but Albert isn't happy about it, so he asks Sandy to get Betty out of his way.
The Ties That Bind S3, Ep10 Dec. 8, 1994 The Ties That Bind Albert's old friend Ben Montour comes to Lynx River, wanting to get his life back on track, but Ben finds it difficult to cope with people in town. Ellen and Peter's relationship faces a crisis.
Break Dance S3, Ep11 Dec. 15, 1994 Break Dance Michelle alerts Sarah about Albert, but Sarah doesn't believe her. Teevee is shocked when he finds a familiar face in Ben Montour's motel room.
Bargains S3, Ep12 Jan. 5, 1995 Bargains
Shelter S3, Ep13 Jan. 12, 1995 Shelter Albert is away from Lynx River, so Peter has an opportunity to become chief. Teevee isn't happy to see an old acquaintance from Vancouver. Leon and Rosie argue over her work responsibilities.
The Hunt S3, Ep14 Jan. 19, 1995 The Hunt
Life Is a Memory S3, Ep15 Jan. 26, 1995 Life Is a Memory Lois decides to take drastic measures after being rejected by both Ben and Harris. Rumours spread through town about Nevada being HIV positive, causing havoc.
The Trial S3, Ep16 Feb. 2, 1995 The Trial
S4, Ep1 Oct. 12, 1995 Refugees Sarah worries about her baby's future if Albert continues to disappear. Nathan wants to end his punishment. Gerry's house and Ben Montour's raven sculpture are in danger.
Arrival and Departure S4, Ep2 Oct. 19, 1995 Arrival and Departure Hannah returns to Lynx River, with some noticeable changes. Brian's wife comes to Lynx River, determined to stay for good.
At Home and Away S4, Ep3 Oct. 26, 1995 At Home and Away
Limbo S4, Ep4 Nov. 2, 1995 Limbo A frustrated Gerry closes his store. Sarah doesn't want to give birth in Yellowknife. Ellen is angry when Peter doesn't appear to care about their baby. Nathan's isolation exhibits signs of insanity.
The Visit S4, Ep5 Nov. 9, 1995 The Visit Michelle leaves for Calgary to visit Hannah. She learns that Hannah is missing and decides to find her with the help of Andrew One Sky. Teevee returns to Lynx River with a new girlfriend and a lot of money.
Take Me Home S4, Ep6 Nov. 16, 1995 Take Me Home Teevee learns that the mine where he has been working has been closed. He has no money to pay for the motel where he been staying with Anne-Marie, so they are forced to move in with his family. Sarah can't wait for her baby to come. Michelle, Louis, and Andrew continue to search for Hannah.
The Weight S4, Ep7 Nov. 30, 1995 The Weight Following the tragedy of Hannah's death, Michelle wants Inspector Cormier to transfer her to Yellowknife. Sarah isn't ready to face Michelle, but when she does, Michelle isn't likely to react the way Sarah hoped she would. Wayne is having more difficulty than he has ever had dealing with Hannah's death.
A Shot Rang Out S4, Ep8 Dec. 7, 1995 A Shot Rang Out Freddy Small Boat, about to die in a few days, accuses Albert of murdering Rosie's father 27 years ago. Rosie wants Albert arrested, but there isn't enough evidence. As the investigation progresses, tension rises in Lynx River.
Revolving Door S4, Ep9 Dec. 14, 1995 Revolving Door Andrew One Sky, the psychologist who helped Michelle search for Hannah in Calgary, comes to Lynx River. Coincidentally, Ellen needs a counselor to help her keep the treatment center open. Teevee and Bertha continue to fight.
Moonlight Sonata S4, Ep10 Jan. 4, 1996 Moonlight Sonata
Vantage Point S4, Ep11 Jan. 11, 1996 Vantage Point
Traces and Tracks S4, Ep12 Jan. 18, 1996 Traces and Tracks Michelle arrests William for smuggling drugs, and he pesters her until she knocks him unconscious. Teevee applies for a new job. Sarah returns to Lynx River looking for a place to stay.
To Have and to Hold S4, Ep13 Jan. 25, 1996 To Have and to Hold Sarah continues to search for living quarters for herself and the baby. Harris and Lois prepare for their wedding, but everything goes wrong. Michelle and Andrew argue over the treatment center.
A Safe House S4, Ep14 Feb. 1, 1996 A Safe House Peter expresses his frustration about Michelle's relationship with Andrew One Sky. Teevee receives bad news about his recent job application. Betty comes to Michelle's house with Suzie Muskrat's son Charlie.
Prodigal Son S4, Ep15 Feb. 8, 1996 Prodigal Son A fire breaks out in the treatment center, and Ellen is worried about the insurance. Suzie Muskrat comes to Lynx River, looking for her son Charlie. Rosemary and Brian return from Vancouver, concealing the real reason why they left.
Tango S4, Ep16 Feb. 15, 1996 Tango
S5, Ep1 Oct. 3, 1996 Slow Burn
Bushman S5, Ep2 Oct. 10, 1996 Bushman Michelle wants to know what is happening with the treatment center, but Andrew warns her not to ask about it. Charlie has nightmares after seeing someone in the bushes.
Never Surrender S5, Ep3 Oct. 17, 1996 Never Surrender Albert stops helping Sarah raise her baby and files a complaint against her with social services. Elsie plans a birthday party for her daughter and suffers difficulties with her memory. Ellen returns for the party and talks to Peter about their relationship.
Partners and Other Strangers S5, Ep4 Oct. 24, 1996 Partners and Other Strangers Sylvie LeBret returns and revives ghosts of the past. Charlie starts using Michelle's hunting training to keep people from building a road on disputed land. Teevee and Gerry's sawmill arrives, and now Teevee must make the job work.
Fear of Flying S5, Ep5 Oct. 31, 1996 Fear of Flying Peter makes Sarah a new job offer. Andrew takes a new job, which could keep him away from Michelle and Charlie for a long time.
The Watchers S5, Ep6 Nov. 7, 1996 The Watchers
Simple Sufferings S5, Ep7 Nov. 14, 1996 Simple Sufferings Teevee needs to work with Albert Golo while making a big order for the sawmill, but Elsie suspects that Teevee might be in danger. Rosie spends time with Gerry while Leon is away. Lois wants to be a minister, but she runs into obstacles.
A Shimmer of Scales S5, Ep8 Nov. 21, 1996 A Shimmer of Scales
Suspicious Minds S5, Ep9 Dec. 5, 1996 Suspicious Minds Michelle tries to find out why Brian is acting strangely. Bertha and Teevee get into an argument related to mill business. Elsie tries to stop Sylvie from becoming a schoolteacher in town.
A Deeper Silence S5, Ep10 Dec. 12, 1996 A Deeper Silence Leonard Sahke, a drug addict, comes to town, so Brian and Michelle are forced to ask William MacNeil for help. Michelle tries to find out both who stole her notebook and why Brian is behaving strangely.
Walking with Ghosts S5, Ep11 Jan. 2, 1997 Walking with Ghosts Michelle continues her search for Brian with help from the RCMP rescue team. Betty Moses returns to re-open the treatment center and offer Sarah a job. Lois gives Harris news that upset him.
Hunting in the Dark S5, Ep12 Jan. 9, 1997 Hunting in the Dark Michelle goes to Vancouver to search for both Brenda Shore and the answer to Brian's apparent suicide. Sarah's housewarming party reminds Albert of his and Sarah's troubled relationship.
The Higher Law S5, Ep13 Jan. 16, 1997 The Higher Law Michelle and the RCMP are puzzled when Albert's house burns down and Albert disappears. Inspector Cormier informs Michelle about a possible upgrade, with strings attached.
S6, Ep1 Sep. 25, 1997 The Road Plans for building a road in Lynx River are still in progress. Constable James Harper is surprised that Michelle isn't leaving the force. Sarah continues to have visions of Albert.
Cold S6, Ep2 Oct. 2, 1997 Cold Brenda Shore returns expecting to be welcomed by Bertha and Teevee, but she may be surprised. After clearing the road, Teevee remains trapped in a blizzard with a friend.
Ghosts S6, Ep3 Oct. 9, 1997 Ghosts
Sleeping Dogs S6, Ep4 Oct. 16, 1997 Sleeping Dogs Peter is hiding from a Revenue Canada agent. Nathan, James, and Joe are frustrated by Michelle's unwillingness to arrest Albert. Gerry's relationship with a bank officer goes into crisis.
Love Hurts S6, Ep5 Oct. 23, 1997 Love Hurts
Peter and the Wolf S6, Ep6 Oct. 30, 1997 Peter and the Wolf Peter is stressed by an upcoming race. Leon receives an unexpected visitor. Sarah gets closer with a rig foreman.
Oil and Water S6, Ep7 Nov. 6, 1997 Oil and Water
If I Have Been Untrue S6, Ep8 Nov. 13, 1997 If I Have Been Untrue
Heroes (For One Day) S6, Ep9 Nov. 20, 1997 Heroes (For One Day)
The Smell of Violets S6, Ep10 Nov. 27, 1997 The Smell of Violets Constable James Harper and Inspector Cormier are still trying to determine who attacked Michelle and why Teevee is suddenly missing. Harris isn't happy about Jesse's upcoming christening, but Gerry is.
A Sparrow Falls S6, Ep11 Dec. 4, 1997 A Sparrow Falls
I Shall Not Want S6, Ep12 Dec. 10, 1997 I Shall Not Want Constable James Harper continues to investigate Michelle's shooting. Charlie is excited by Michelle's return, but he is also unhappy because she won't quit her job. Harris tries to find a way to help a desperate Lois.
Borrowed Time S6, Ep13 Dec. 18, 1997 Borrowed Time