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PICKET FENCES Season 1 is the first season of the critically acclaimed series from creator David E. Kelly ("Ally McBeal", "Boston Legal") starring Tom Skerrit and Kathy Baker, in the story of a sherriff and his family in Rome, Wisconsin, a town where things never seem to be business as usual. This long-awaited fan favorite is available on 6 discs.
While Ally McBeal garnered more attention, Picket Fences garnered more acclaim. It was justified. Set in Wisconsin, the Emmy-winning drama plays like The Andy Griffith Show by way of The Commish. The focus is on small-town life from a law and order perspective. The action revolves around Sheriff Jimmy Brock (Tom Skerritt), his physician wife Jill (Kathy Baker), and their children, Kimberly (Holly Marie Combs), Matthew (Justin Shenkarow), and Zack (Adam Wylie). Storylines alternate between personal issues, like puberty and pre-marital sex, and criminal cases. As Matthew quips, "Things happen around here." At city hall, Jimmy works with officers Kenny (Costas Mandylor) and Max (Lauren Holly), dispatcher Ginny (Zelda Rubinstein), and coroner Carter Pike (Kelly Connell), who likes to exclaim, "Let me exhume the body!" Judge Henry Bone (Ray Walston) and attorney Douglas Wambaugh (Fyvush Finkel) dominate the courthouse. Cases include such tragi-comic crimes as a serial bather ("Frank, the Potato Man") and a cupid killer ("Be My Valentine"), but serious issues also come into play, such as assisted suicide ("Sacred Hearts") and incest ("Nuclear Meltdowns"). Unlike Twin Peaks, to which it was sometimes compared, Picket Fences could be heavy-handed, but piety never trumped entertainment, and Baker, Skerritt, Walston, and Finkel all won Emmys for their work.
Notable guests are a hallmark of every David E. Kelley production, from Chicago Hope to Boston Legal (and beyond). The first season attracted Carnivále's Michael J. Anderson ("Mr. Dreeb Comes to Town"), Evening Shade's Michael Jeter ("Frog Man"), and Man of La Mancha's Richard Kiley ("Thanksgiving"). The series also features one of the last of the old-fashioned orchestral scores, Stewart Levin's distinctive piano theme. Picket Fences ran for four seasons on CBS (when Kelley left between seasons three and four, ratings took a nosedive). Afterwards, Combs joined Charmed, Baker joined Kelley's Boston Public, and Holly joined NCIS. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
My husband was thrilled to be able to watch this series again.Published 1 day ago by shoppinggranny
I loved this show when it aired on TV back when I was a high school kid in the 90s. I always remembered the quirkiness of the show and some of the episodes that tackled by putting... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mr James N Simpson
Love this show....but I've only seen season 2 other than this one...hopefully the rest follow.Published 2 months ago by Mark
One of my all time favorite shows! I hope they release the rest if the seasons for the US. I was going to wait and buy it as a boxed set, but I've been waiting for years! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Larene Johnson
I take this when I travel with my wife and have a hour to killPublished 3 months ago by robert craig mixon
Love this show now as I did in the past. An amazing ensemble of characters and plausible but bizarre plots and plot twists. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda L. Smith
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That's what I would like to know. However, this is the same studio that produced Hill Street Blues and they will not hesitate to discontinue a series if they don't get the sales they were looking for. After putting out the first 2 years of Hill Street Blues, they decided not to release any more... Read More
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I'm with you. I check back here a few times each week just to see if the status has changed!!
Aug 27, 2006 by Kate Mulligan | See all 3 posts
I am not sure, but wasn´t Stewart Levin the composer for the show..maybe he composed the title soundtrack?!?
Apr 2, 2008 by B. Wahl | See all 2 posts
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Pleeeeaaaase let us have Seasons 2-4 a.s.a.p. Having watched Season 1 has merely whetted our appetite.
Come on FOX (and Amazon!!) let us have the tentative dates when Seasons 2-4 will be made available. We are kinda in a hurry to watch the lives of the Brocks.....though this entire set - Seasons... Read More
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