This is another great family show, especially for girls, who will find a strong, smart, yet feminine role model in Dr. Mike. What's interesting and compelling here is the educational value; Dr. Mike was "liberal" for her time and is often juxtaposed with characters who embrace things like bigotry and bias because they know nothing else (and for their era, alternative attitudes would often not exist). But Mike is rarely presented as the righteous judge figure; she actually gets along well with most of the town or can reconcile differences enough to help a loved one or patient. Mike also grows as a character; this somewhat head-ruled, headstrong doctor opens up and mellows out as she becomes an instant mom and later, a wife.
The romance between Mike and Sully is tender, sweet, and refreshingly without premarital sexual action. There is, as noted, some violence, some of which crosses into cautionary territory (a KKK member forcibly cuts Grace's hair and the group tries to lynch Robert E). And younger kids may have trouble understanding some of the frontier values in the context of their own world. But for mature young people and their families, pull up a chair.