I recently had the pleasure of joining Craig Carter and Heather Barefoot at Westworld the Podcast for a discussion of a another western drama series – Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Before Westworld, we didn’t often see strong, independent female protagonists in the western genre, but Dr. Michaela Quinn certainly set the stage for characters like Dolores and Maeve. If you are unfamiliar with the series, it aired on CBS for six seasons, from January 1, 1993 to May 16, 1998, and followed the story of Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn – a “physician who leaves Boston in search of adventure in the Old American West and who settles in Colorado Springs, Colorado.”
It was a fun trip down memory lane, as I grew up watching the show as a teenager. It has held up surprisingly well over the years and touches on many themes that are still relevant today. If you were a fan of the show, or just want to hear a discussion of another tough and resilient woman in an old west setting, take a listen below!
“Dolores and Maeve aren’t the only strong female television characters in a western setting. The 90’s gave us Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Special guest Vanessa Cole from the fan site Westworld Watchers joins Craig and Heather to discuss the pilot episode. They talk about the history behind the show (6:46), their memories of watching it when it originally aired (10:47), themes of sexism and racism (15:45), issues of class and status (19:00), Jane Seymour (23:48), Quinn’s plans for independence (25:22), the treatment of Native Americans (29:45), “Sullyclaus” (36:20), and our favorite moments (37:20).”