The quirky show Northern Exposure was a one-hour "dramedy" that aired on CBS on Monday night. It told the adventures of a doctor (played by Rob Morrow) transplanted from NYC to the live-and-let-live town of Cicely, Alaska (whose founders were two lesbians). It aired for six seasons, and in Season 4 it aired an episode on May 2, 1994 in which innkeepers Ron and Erick were married. As pioneering as the storyline was, this was the second same-sex wedding in primetime history - Fox's sitcom Roc had the first in the fall of 1991.
Since that time there have been a number of other gay marriages on network TV, among them:
- On the Dec. 12, 1995 episode of Roseanne, Roseanne's boss Leon (played by Martin Mull) married his partner (played by Fred Willard).
- On the Jan. 18, 1996 episode of Friends, Ross' ex-wife and her female partner married and Ross walked his ex down the aisle.
- On the Feb. 20, 2005 episode of The Simpsons Homer became an ordained minister and married Marge's sister, Patty, and her female partner Veronica (who was later revealed to be a man).
- On the May 11, 2008 episode of Brothers & Sisters, Kevin (one of the "Brothers") married Scotty.
- On the May 5, 2011 episode of Grey's Anatomy, after last-minute family tension put the wedding in jeopardy, Callie and Arizona marry. It was juxtaposed with straight couple Meredith and "McDreamy" exchanging vows at the same time, but at City Hall.