The BEST Episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 3, 2020

Network: CBS

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman was a show that focused on Dr. Mike, a woman doctor in a time when that was unheard of. It started with her journey to Colorado Springs to be the town's physician after her father's death in 1868. The show focused around the town that she loved, treated and it also focused on the three children, Matthew (Chad Allen), Colleen (Erika Flores, later Jessica Bowman) and Brian Cooper (Shawn Toovey), whom she had to raise after their mother died from a rattle snake bite. In the later years, the show focused on Dr. Mike and Sully (Joe Lando) who got married and had a daughter towards the end of the shows successful run.

The Incident

#1 - The Incident

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 6, 1993

While hunting, Jake accidentally kills the Cheyenne brave Little Eagle and Sully tries to keep the peace between the Cheyenne and the town.

star 9.10
59 votes
The Great American Medicine Show

#2 - The Great American Medicine Show

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 13, 1993

When Doc Eli, a medicine-show man, arrives in town professing to have created the perfect bottled elixir, Mike sets out to call his bluff, especially when her children's health becomes jeopardized.

star 8.77
93 votes
Directors: Richard Heffron
Writers: Toni Perling
The Circus

#3 - The Circus

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 15, 1994

When a former circus performer and her daughter bring their circus to Colorado Springs, most of the town is recruited as performers.

star 8.76
49 votes
Writers: Jeanne C. Davis
Washita (1)

#4 - Washita (1)

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 29, 1995

Dr. Mike and Sully convince Chief Black Kettle that he should move his starving people to a new reservation. Dr. Mike and Sully are both working on wedding presents for each other.

star 8.67
18 votes
Directors: James Keach
Writers: Julie Kirgo, Kathryn Ford
The Operation

#5 - The Operation

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired May 8, 1993

While out on a walk with Sully, Brian climbs a tree to show he could fly like the eagle in Sully's story but falls and hits his head. At first every thing seems fine and the town gets ready to build a school house. Brian is really excited about it and goes to help Lorne but loses his sight. Lorne rushes him to Dr. Mike. Although she is certain of what it is she does not know how to fix it. She wires for a doctor in Boston to advise as to nearest specialist. Dr. Mike refuses to leave his bed side and when they finally get word that the specialist is coming they find that he had slipped into a coma. Sully finally shows back up after being gone for 2 days and Michaela being so scared blames Sully. When they find that the stage will take longer to get here Dr. Mike realizes that there is not other way but to do the operation herself.

star 8.58
59 votes
Between Friends/A House Divided (2)

#6 - Between Friends/A House Divided (2)

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 15, 1997

While Sully is away for a few days to procure some money, Preston arrives threatening to repossess the homestead for nonpayment of the load. Daniel rejects Dr. Mike's objections and pays off the entire loan. Upon hearing how Daniel interfered in his business, the proud Sully becomes furious.

star 8.57
7 votes
Directors: James Keach
Writers: Eric Tuchman
Another Woman

#7 - Another Woman

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 22, 1994

A woman who as been living with Indians for over 10 years is found and brought to Colorado Springs. Tensions rise between Sully and Mike when the girl becomes unusually attached to Sully.

star 8.51
53 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Toni Graphia
The Offering

#8 - The Offering

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 8, 1994

The army brings supplies to the Cheyenne as an offering for their land. Dr. Quinn advises them to take the supplies in order to ease their suffering through the harsh winters. However, the supplies harbor a hidden surprise for the Cheyenne.

star 8.47
53 votes
Directors: James Keach
Writers: Toni Perling
The Abduction (1)

#9 - The Abduction (1)

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 30, 1994

Dr. Mike is abducted by Indians.

star 8.45
55 votes
Writers: Josef Anderson
When a Child is Born (1)

#10 - When a Child is Born (1)

Season 4 - Episode 27 - Aired May 11, 1996

Dr. Mike's mother and sisters arrive with a young Dr. Cook to deliver the baby. Conflict arises between Horace and Myra which ruins Preston's hotel groundbreaking. Sully works to prevent Cloud Dancing's transfer to another reservation.

star 8.44
18 votes
Directors: James Keach
Writers: Carl Binder
Luck of the Draw

#11 - Luck of the Draw

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 5, 1994

Matthew gets hooked on gambling. Rev. Johnson's past catches up to him.

star 8.37
52 votes
Writers: Kathryn Ford
Vengeance

#12 - Vengeance

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 25, 1998

U.S. Marshall Elias Burch asks Matthew, still a student of law, to defend him when he's accused of murder.

star 8.33
15 votes
Writers: Philip Gerson
Running Ghost

#13 - Running Ghost

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 27, 1993

The railroad hires men to kill off all the buffalo, which the Cheyenne need to survive, and Sully gets hurt when he tries to stop the men.

star 8.31
99 votes
Directors: James Keach
Writers: Ed Burnham, Elaine Newman
Where the Heart Is (1)

#14 - Where the Heart Is (1)

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 20, 1993

Dr. Quinn's mother in Boston is ill. Dr. Quinn takes the children to Boston.

star 8.28
89 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Beth Sullivan
Hearts and Minds

#15 - Hearts and Minds

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 9, 1996

Even though Dr. Mike and the Reverend Johnson favor the opening of a Indian school on the reservation, Cloud Dancing sees it as the final destruction of Indian culture.

star 8.25
12 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Andrew Lipsitz
A New Beginning

#16 - A New Beginning

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 16, 1998

Dr. Mike's elation at Colleen's acceptance to medical school quickly turns to disappointment when Colleen chooses to marry Andrew before starting school. A bitter family argument erupts when Dr. Mike tells Colleen that she is less than overjoyed at her announcement and feels that the couple is rushing into marriage and should wait until Colleen completes medical school. Meanwhile, Jake's sale of his half of the Golden Nugget to Preston angers Hank; Robert E and Grace have wonderful news to share; the stock market crash hits Preston and the townsfolk hard, and Dorothy and Cloud Dancing reach a new level in their relationship.

star 8.24
21 votes
Cooper vs. Quinn (1)

#17 - Cooper vs. Quinn (1)

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 4, 1995

Colleen and Brian's biological father Ethan returns to town with a new wife, intending to take the children away from Dr. Quinn. The children don't want to go but a court hearing seems to work against the Sully and Dr. Mike, who they consider their parents.

star 8.20
20 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Sara Davidson
Giving Thanks

#18 - Giving Thanks

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 27, 1993

There is a drought and no food for the town's Thanksgiving dinner. The townspeople fight over water.

star 8.19
26 votes
Directors: Michele Lee
Writers: Toni Perling
The Cattle Drive (2)

#19 - The Cattle Drive (2)

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 1994

The Cattle Drive continues with various difficulties to overcome including conflicts between Matthew and Sully, cattle rustlers, hungry Indians, and a prairie fire. Dr. Mike delivers a calf, and Sully helps her clean up afterwards.

star 8.19
21 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Sara Davidson
Fifi's First Christmas

#20 - Fifi's First Christmas

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 16, 1995

Dr. Mike and her family receive an unexpected gift from Boston, a small poodle unsuited to life on the frontier. Brian has his first crush on Sara, Preston is embarrassed by a painful kidney stone, and the Pastor plans a living nativity.

star 8.14
14 votes
Directors: Jerry Jameson
Writers: Carl Binder
The Secret

#21 - The Secret

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired May 15, 1993

A woman dies and they find a hidden boy at her house. Dr. Mike takes the boy in while they try to determine who he is and if he has any family.

star 8.14
57 votes
Writers: Toni Graphia
Return Engagement (1)

#22 - Return Engagement (1)

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired May 21, 1994

A stranger with close ties to Dr. Quinn comes to town with an agenda of his own.

star 8.13
15 votes
Directors: Gwen Arner
Writers: Sara Davidson
The Cowboy's Lullaby

#23 - The Cowboy's Lullaby

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 20, 1993

A wandering cowboy abandons his baby boy and leaves him in Dr. Mike's care.

star 8.10
122 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Josef Anderson
Point Blank

#24 - Point Blank

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 28, 1998

Michaela is shot at the clinic by a man that has a grievance with doctors. The physical wounds heal, but the emotional ones linger.

star 8.09
23 votes
Directors: James Keach
Writers: Carl Binder
For Better or Worse (2)

#25 - For Better or Worse (2)

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired May 20, 1995

Bolstered by the long-awaited arrival of the railroad, the citizens of Colorado Springs busily prepare for the biggest social event in the town's history, the wedding of Dr. Mike and Sully. The first train carries some surprise visitors, Dr. Mike's mother, Elizabeth, and sisters Marjorie and Rebecca, who have unexpectedly traveled all the way from Boston for the occasion. However, their elaborate wedding plans threaten to ride roughshod over the townsfolk's more homespun arrangements. Sully, meanwhile, is crestfallen to learn that Gen. Custer has placed a bounty on the head of his close friend Cloud Dancing, who he had planned to have as his Best Man.

star 8.08
25 votes
Directors: Gwen Arner
Writers: Beth Sullivan