‘Dr. Quinn’ Ended 25 Years Ago, But the Story Continued On-Screen and Off

DR. QUINN MEDICINE WOMAN: THE MOVIE, from left: Joe Lando, Jane Seymour, 1999.
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It’s an understatement to say fans were upset when CBS canceled Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 25 years ago.

“I got more letters on that show than on all the rest of the shows I’ve canceled combined,” Les Moonves, then CBS Television’s president and CEO, told the Deseret News at the time.

Nevertheless, the network upheld Dr. Quinn’s cancellation, citing declining ratings and an aging fanbase. And so the Season 6 finale, “A New Beginning,” which aired on May 16, 1998, became the series finale.