- 4 Seasons
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.