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Picket Fences: Season 1 (1992-1993)




Critic Consensus: Kooky and a touch spooky, Picket Fences marries creator David E. Kelley's earnest topicality to a surreal small town setting, yielding a series that is both cloying and riveting.


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David E. Kelley's surreal slice of small-town Wisconsin life centered on the Brock family: the town's sheriff, his physician wife and their three kids. There was some conventional murder and mayhem, along with dark humor. The occasionally bizarre story lines (like a `serial bather' sneaking into homes) were often juxtaposed with ruminations on a variety of social issues (among them, bigamy and euthanasia). While never much of a ratings hit, this was a critical darling, winning 14 Emmys.


Kathy Baker
as Dr. Jill Brock
Tom Skerritt
as Sheriff Jim Brock
Holly Marie Combs
as Kimberly Brock
Fyvush Finkel
as Douglas Wambaugh
Costas Mandylor
as Kenny Lacos
Ray Walston
as Judge Henry Bone
Gary Frank
as Dr. Bufell
Dabbs Greer
as Novotny
Bojesse Christopher
as Billy O'Connell
Rusty Schwimmer
as Julia Boles
Liz Sagal
as Ellen
Jack Murdock
as Lunster
Dana Gladstone
as Michael Ralo
Linda Gehringer
as Marcia Banks
Jason Beghe
as DA Petrovek
George D. Wallace
as Father Lyne
Elisabeth Moss
as Cynthia Parks
Don Keefer
as Billy Shauger
Olivia V. White
as Eve Stockton
Russell Curry
as Dep. Thayer
Elaine Kagan
as Harriet Bridges
Sam Anderson
as Agent Morell
Lance Davis
as Danny Milch
Dan Kern
as Dr. Downey
Richard Kiley
as Jill's Father
Nancy Stephens
as Mrs. Kendall
Linden Chiles
as Dr. Packard
Ann Marie Lee
as Mrs. Doyle
Harvey Jason
as Rabbi Jacobs
Thomas Ryan
as Leo Bauer
Michael Jeter
as Peter Lebeck
Chris Owen
as Milton
Adrian Sparks
as Dr. Marino
Dierk Torsek
as Dr. Mellor
Akuyoe Graham
as Sister Cray
Robert Covarrubias
as Father Jesus
Joel Polis
as Dr. Paymer
David Proval
as Frank the Potato Man
Harry Smith
as Harry Smith
Gary Carlos Cervantes
as Reporter No. 1
Marlee Matlin
as Mayor Laurie Bey
Bruce Gray
as Joseph
Lydia Hannibal
as Reporter No. 2
Justin Shenkarow
as Matthew Brock
Susan Angelo
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Picket Fences: Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

The show is labeled a "one-hour drama," but that's a misnomer. There's never been an hour of Picket Fences that wasn't interrupted by sophomoric farce or nonsense.

June 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The drama is more ponderous and the humor a good deal more forced. Despite the program's artificially, it is atmospheric and flashy.

June 13, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's this combination of the societal and the personal that makes Picket Fences one of the more intriguing family shows ever made.

June 14, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Perhaps the show's willingness to disregard realism is best exemplified in Finkel's marvelous character, which seems to represent every defendant, every litigant before Judge Bone... A real find.

June 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The acting was decent, and the writing was okay when it wasn't shoving the writer's political beliefs down your throat, but ultimately Picket Fences was a show made for its time alone.

June 14, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Picket Fences clearly aims to be a kinder, gentler [Twin] Peaks, but the goosey, paradoxical mood for which it strives -- heartwarming creepiness -- is, at this point, more of a turnoff than a turn-on.

June 13, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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