Picket Fences (1992–1996)
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Liver Let Die 

Sheriff Brock is called out when a homeless man is found murdered behind Reverend Novotny's church but is suddenly stricken with terrible pains at the scene. Dr Joey discovers he has a ... See full summary »


Dennis Smith


David E. Kelley (created by), Lawrence Meyers


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Skerritt ... Sheriff Jimmy Brock
Kathy Baker ... Dr. Jill Brock
Costas Mandylor ... Kenny Lacos
Lauren Holly ... Maxine Stewart
Holly Marie Combs ... Kimberly Brock
Justin Shenkarow ... Matthew Brock
Adam Wylie ... Zachary Brock
Fyvush Finkel ... Douglas Wambaugh
Kelly Connell ... Carter Pike
Ray Walston ... Judge Henry Bone
Melinda Dillon ... Mrs. Klausner
Kevin Patrick Walls Kevin Patrick Walls ... Jack Klausner
Kristoffer Ryan Winters ... Billy Klausner
Dabbs Greer ... Rev. Henry Novotny
Jason Kristofer ... Stuart 'D-Mac' Rocco


Sheriff Brock is called out when a homeless man is found murdered behind Reverend Novotny's church but is suddenly stricken with terrible pains at the scene. Dr Joey discovers he has a potentially cancerous growth on his liver and she takes samples from it, telling him they'll know for sure by the end of the day. He pushes on with the murder investigation to take his mind off it. The victim is identified as a former army veteran and a boy named Jack Klausner, known to Kenny through the basketball team, comes forward as a witness and describes the two men he says were the killers. When his statement is found to be a lie, Brock interviews both Jack's mom and his retarded brother, Billy, who tells him that Jack wasn't home the night of the murder, and it emerges he was present when two of his friends killed the man with a brick. He flips out, taking Brock hostage at gunpoint, but Kenny brings Billy to the station and he talks him out of it. Written by Anonymous

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26 June 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »


References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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a touching, funny, thought-provoking David E. Kelly family story woven from current news and topics of interest,
9 November 2013 | by cellolyonSee all my reviews

This is another of the great successes by David E. Kelly with humor, brains, a wise judge, a clever and humorous lawyer, the doctor-wife, the sheriff-husband, and children from two marriages. The actors are always believable, and the story line carries through the ages of the children, teenagers, and adults, creating a series of stories within each episode. I always enjoy the dilemmas that the judge must handle, and the real-life dramas of the various couples. This series provokes the observer with emotions that run the gambit, but almost always leave a subject ready for discussion because of moral values that are challenged. I really enjoyed the series, and the actors Ray Walston, Fyvush Finkel, and Tom Skerritt. Perhaps we will all be lucky enough SOON to see this series returned to the public. Please!

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