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An aging Sheriff tries to keep the peace in Rome, Wisconson, 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:
...  Sheriff Jimmy Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
...  Dr. Jill Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
...  Kenny Lacos 88 episodes, 1992-1996
...  Maxine Stewart 88 episodes, 1992-1996
...  Kimberly Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
...  Matthew Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
...  Zachary Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996
...  Douglas Wambaugh 87 episodes, 1992-1996
...  Judge Henry Bone 81 episodes, 1992-1996
Kelly Connell ...  Carter Pike 73 episodes, 1992-1996
...  Ginny Weedon 44 episodes, 1992-1994
...  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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the early stages of development, the show was called "Security Fences". As the crime aspect grew to become the center focus, and Rome became less secure, producers decided that the show should be renamed "Picket Fences". See more »


[The day after Kenny and Maxine have slept together]
Maxine: What are you looking at?
Kenny: Leftovers.
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Referenced in The George Carlin Show: George Pulls the Plug (1994) See more »

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too preachy, hasn't aged well...

I used to enjoy this show when it first aired.

Watching it decades later I feel that it hasn't aged well. I also find it too preachy, the writers really shove their opinions down the viewers throats. A lot of the subject matters seem silly today, at least to me as a Scandinavian. (but judging by the comments here it seems that this show is still controversial to some people).

Some of the stuff still works, the small absurd things, but all the politics really date the show.

Perhaps interesting as a time document, but to a modern viewer a lot of the show feels awkward.

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