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


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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 28 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
 Judge Henry Bone 81 episodes, 1992-1996
Kelly Connell ...
 D.A. John Littleton 39 episodes, 1993-1995


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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Release Date:

18 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al otro lado de la cerca  »

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(87 episodes) | (1 Episode)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


[Watching a car of murder suspects drive by slowly]
Kenny: They were speeding.
Maxine: What are you talking about? They weren't speeding!
Kenny: Sure they were. You just can't tell.
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Awesome thought-provoking show
2 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

With all the pap that's passing for entertainment these days, this show stands out all the more. Week after week this show tossed out thought provoking questions in all areas of our society - medical, criminal, religious, philosophical - any aspect of our society and lives was fair game. And it wrapped these questions around the lives of a hugely talented cast of fully realized characters. The show also had the courage to not play it safe. It routinely tackled "hot button" issues from abortion, to homosexuality, to belief in God, to constitutional protection of rights. Is there ANY show on TV now that comes close to this??

Ironically, I "discovered" this show while on vacation in the Midwest when I came across a full page advertisement by a religious organization, decrying it's blasphemy. The advertisement described some of the situations dealt with in the show - and I knew right away this was a show for me.

Entertaining, intelligent, funny, exciting, involving. If they ever get around to releasing the 5 seasons on DVD - jump on it!

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