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Picket Fences 

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An aging Sheriff tries to keep the peace in Rome, Wisconsin, a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes.

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David E. Kelley
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 29 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Tom Skerritt ...  Sheriff Jimmy Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
Kathy Baker ...  Dr. Jill Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
Costas Mandylor ...  Kenny Lacos 88 episodes, 1992-1996
Lauren Holly ...  Maxine Stewart 88 episodes, 1992-1996
Holly Marie Combs ...  Kimberly Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
Justin Shenkarow ...  Matthew Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
Adam Wylie ...  Zachary Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
Fyvush Finkel ...  Douglas Wambaugh 87 episodes, 1992-1996
Ray Walston ...  Judge Henry Bone 81 episodes, 1992-1996
Kelly Connell Kelly Connell ...  Carter Pike 73 episodes, 1992-1996
Zelda Rubinstein ...  Ginny Weedon 44 episodes, 1992-1994
Don Cheadle ...  D.A. John Littleton 39 episodes, 1993-1995
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Picket Fences deals with life in a small town - in this case the town of Rome, Wisconsin; it centers around the Brock Family. Jimmy Brock is the Sheriff of the town and likes to think he's the center of attention. His wife Jill is the town doctor; they have three children: Kimberly, 18, Matthew, 13 and Zachary, 10. A lot happens in this small town from bizarre murders to rape, assault, drunk driving, kidnapping & spontaneous human combustion. It seems that all the crimes that have occurred in the whole of the United States have at one point or another happened in Rome and they have to deal with it in their own quirky way. Written by dirk-79

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al otro lado de la cerca See more »

Filming Locations:

Monrovia, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(87 episodes) | (1 Episode)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The courthouse was the building of the Methodist Church in Monrovia, California. Much, if not all, of the religious symbolism was digitally erased by early CGI. See more »

Quotes

[The day after Kenny and Maxine have slept together]
Maxine: What are you looking at?
Kenny: Leftovers.
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Referenced in Diagnosis Murder: Death in the Daytime (1995) See more »

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Not Always a Bed of Roses.
31 October 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Sometimes a very intense drama, but sometimes very light-hearted, "Picket Fences" stayed around on CBS from 1992-1996 and stayed under the radar on Friday nights and usually had just enough momentum to win the night. The show took place in a small Wisconsin town that was anything, but normal. Usually one family (led by sheriff Tom Skeritt and doctor Kathy Baker) took center-stage. The children (Holly Marie Combs, Justin Shenkarow and Adam Wylie) also became key elements as problems for under-aged people were explored on several occasions. The townspeople (county judge Ray Walston, lawyers Don Cheadle and Fyvush Finkel, deputies Lauren Holly and Costas Mandylor, secretary Zelda Rubinstein and mayor Marlee Matlin) would end up helping to create some of the strangest situations you could ever imagine. Up and down the whole way, I enjoyed the series for the most part due to its creativity and its black humor. Usually the episodes had something to say, but sometimes they would cover their messages in thick sugar. 4 stars out of 5.


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