Picket Fences

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  • 1992
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.8  (4,026)

Picket Fences is a U.S. television drama that follows the citizens of Rome, Wisconsin. Created, produced and written by Emmy Award winner David E. Kelley, the show is broadcast on the CBS network. The series' exteriors were all shot in Monrovia, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Also included were actual townspeople in many background scenes. The series depicts how the residents of the small town deal with all manner of strange things that are known to happen. For example, cows give birth to humans, while a bunch of folks are found dead in freezers. Sheriff Jimmy Brock (played by Tom Skerritt) tries to keep things in line, but that doesn't seem to happen. Sheriff Brock's second wife is town doctor, Jill (played by Kathy Baker). They are trying to raise their three kids: Kimberly - from his first marriage (played by Holly Marie Combs), Matthew (played by Justin Shenkarow) and Zachary (played by Adam Wylie). Lauren Holly and Costas Mandylor play sheriff's deputies, the immature and impulsive Max and Kenny. Overbearing lawyer Douglas Wambaugh (played by Fyvush Finkel) displays irritation when dealing with the cranky Judge Henry Bone (played by Ray Walston). One story follows Wambaugh refusing to hear confessions of guilt from his clients. He fears that it will stand in the way of an adequate defense in court. Bone's rulings always seem to concern his own personal moral compass than any actual relevant law. After several prosecutors come and go, Don Cheadle joins the cast, playing John Littleton. In addition, the town's post of mayor was a revolving door, each one meeting rather questionable fates. Kelly Connell plays the medical examiner, Carter Pike - who desperately desires to become a deputy. Zelda Rubenstein plays Ginny Weedon, the police dispatcher. Other actors in the cast were Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, Dabbs Greer and Richard Masur. The show covered a number of topics that were usually not covered in a series of this type. For example: abortion, LGBT adoption, homophobia, transsexuality, atheism and God, racism, medical ethics, polyamory, polygamy, adolescent sexuality, date rape, the Holocaust, cryonics, shoe fetishism, spontaneous human combustion, masturbation and constitutional rights.

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Seasons
Liver Let Die
22. Liver Let Die
April 24, 1996
Brock immerses himself in a murder investigation after Dr. Joey discovers a potentially fatal growth on his liver.
To Forgive Is Divine
21. To Forgive Is Divine
April 24, 1996
An Amish rape victim refuses to press charges against her attacker.
Forget Selma
20. Forget Selma
June 26, 1996
Friends grow concerned about Wambaugh's mental state when he becomes obsessed with proving Myriam's love interest is a con artist.
Winner Takes All
19. Winner Takes All
June 19, 1996
Jill is drafted as the high school's new basketball coach. Matthew loses 200 dollars to a bookie and cannot settle the debt.
Three Weddings and a Meltdown
18. Three Weddings and a Meltdown
June 12, 1996
Wambaugh is convinced Myriam's new beau has ulterior motives.
Bye-Bye, Bey-Bey
17. Bye-Bye, Bey-Bey
April 22, 1996
A legal battle erupts when Mayor Bey grants custody of her new baby to her gay brother and his partner.
Dante's Inferno
16. Dante's Inferno
June 5, 1996
A radio shock-jock targets Max after she is appointed Rome's temporary Mayor.
Bottled
15. Bottled
February 16, 1996
Jill suffers mysterious, menopause-like symptoms on the eve of Zack's thirteenth birthday.
The Z Files
14. The Z Files
February 9, 1996
Zach's buddy sends a teacher's photo over the Internet. Max dates a chat-room acquaintance.
My Romance
13. My Romance
January 26, 1996
Carter has an out-of-body experience. Judge Bone runs into an old friend he hasn't seen in over fifty years. Zack develops a crush on a gifted musician.
Snow Exit
12. Snow Exit
January 19, 1996
A huge blizzard strikes Rome, and strands Jill and Kimberly at the high school with others during Lydia's singing debut.
Bloodlines
11. Bloodlines
January 12, 1996
After a classmate commits suicide, Matthew accompanies Brock on a bear hunt. Carter helps Kimberly overcome her squeamishness towards blood. Kenny replaces Rebecca as Laurie's Lamaze coach.
Dem Bones
10. Dem Bones
January 5, 1996
A fifty-year-old murder case is reopened after Carter identifies the remains of a German-American Bund member who was allegedly killed by a Jew.
This Little Piggy
9. This Little Piggy
December 15, 1995
Kimberly lobbies for the elimination of Rome's pig-wrestling competition.
Witness for the Prosecution
8. Witness for the Prosecution
December 8, 1995
Animal-rights activist Kimberly is arrested for a felony. A woman's medical treatment is inhibited by her daughter's religious beliefs.
Down the Tubes
7. Down the Tubes
November 3, 1995
Jill considers tubal ligation. Brock must dance the polka with the Mayor for charity. Haunted by the death of his brother, Littleton returns to Chicago.
Heart of Saturday Night
6. Heart of Saturday Night
October 27, 1995
During the course of one Saturday night, Matthew spends the evening with the gorgeous wife of the coolest guy in town; Brock and Jill's night of passion turns disastrous.
Dog Eat Dog
5. Dog Eat Dog
October 20, 1995
Controversy arises when Max shoots a man wearing a bratwurst costume. Jill grows concerned when Kimberly approaches Joey with a medical problem.
Bloodbrothers
4. Bloodbrothers
October 13, 1995
Littleton's half-brother escapes from prison and seeks refuge in Rome.
Pal Joey
3. Pal Joey
October 6, 1995
A famous television physician attempts to buy Jill's practice. A Hmong woman rejects her people's martial traditions, sending a potential husband to jail.
Reap the Whirlwind
2. Reap the Whirlwind
September 29, 1995
The town braces for a tornado. Kenny's prostitute is busted in a sting operation. Wambaugh celebrates his fortieth wedding anniversary.
A Change of Season
1. A Change of Season
September 22, 1995
Kimberly decides not to pursue a legal career. Carter accidentally sets fire to his home after attempting suicide. Mayor Bey implements changes in the police force to improve community relations.
Description

Picket Fences is a U.S. television drama that follows the citizens of Rome, Wisconsin. Created, produced and written by Emmy Award winner David E. Kelley, the show is broadcast on the CBS network. The series' exteriors were all shot in Monrovia, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Also included were actual townspeople in many background scenes.

The series depicts how the residents of the small town deal with all manner of strange things that are known to happen. For example, cows give birth to humans, while a bunch of folks are found dead in freezers. Sheriff Jimmy Brock (played by Tom Skerritt) tries to keep things in line, but that doesn't seem to happen.

Sheriff Brock's second wife is town doctor, Jill (played by Kathy Baker). They are trying to raise their three kids: Kimberly - from his first marriage (played by Holly Marie Combs), Matthew (played by Justin Shenkarow) and Zachary (played by Adam Wylie). Lauren Holly and Costas Mandylor play sheriff's deputies, the immature and impulsive Max and Kenny. Overbearing lawyer Douglas Wambaugh (played by Fyvush Finkel) displays irritation when dealing with the cranky Judge Henry Bone (played by Ray Walston).

One story follows Wambaugh refusing to hear confessions of guilt from his clients. He fears that it will stand in the way of an adequate defense in court. Bone's rulings always seem to concern his own personal moral compass than any actual relevant law. After several prosecutors come and go, Don Cheadle joins the cast, playing John Littleton. In addition, the town's post of mayor was a revolving door, each one meeting rather questionable fates.

Kelly Connell plays the medical examiner, Carter Pike - who desperately desires to become a deputy. Zelda Rubenstein plays Ginny Weedon, the police dispatcher. Other actors in the cast were Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, Dabbs Greer and Richard Masur.

The show covered a number of topics that were usually not covered in a series of this type. For example: abortion, LGBT adoption, homophobia, transsexuality, atheism and God, racism, medical ethics, polyamory, polygamy, adolescent sexuality, date rape, the Holocaust, cryonics, shoe fetishism, spontaneous human combustion, masturbation and constitutional rights.

Picket Fences is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (88 episodes). The series first aired on September 18, 1992.

Where to Watch Picket Fences

Picket Fences is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Picket Fences on demand at Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 18, 1992
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (4,026)