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Set in the fictional town of Rome, Wisconsin, this DavidEKelley family/legal/medical/cop dramedy won the Emmy for Best Drama twice. After four seasons, it got cancelled for being too weird for its own good.

[[AC:The main characters are:]]
* Jimmy Brock - TheSheriff of Rome.
* Jill Brock - Jimmy's wife, the town doctor.
* Kimberly Brock - Jimmy's teenage daughter from a previous marriage.
* Matthew Brock - Jimmy and Jill's son.
* Zachary Brock - Jimmy and Jill's son.
* Kenny Lacos - Deputy, [[IdiotHero not the sharpest knife in the drawer]].
* Maxine Stewart - Deputy, Kenny's partner, the more driven of the two.
* Douglas Wambaugh - Town lawyer who [[AmbulanceChaser represents every defendant in town]].
* Judge Henry Bone - Town judge.
* Carter Pike - Medical examiner, conspiracy theorist.

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!!This show provides one or more examples of:

* ActorAllusion: In one early episode Judge Bone (Ray Walston) attends a Halloween party dressed as Uncle Martin from ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian''.
* AlterKocker: Douglas Wambaugh, an Ashkenazi Jew.
* AmoralAttorney: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Wambaugh takes any case for a fee, and isn't above using highly dubious tactics to win, but it eventually becomes clear that he's just playing a character.
* ArtisticLicenseGunsafety: Sheriff Brock ought to know everything there is to know about keeping guns secure at home, yet [[spoiler: Zachary]] has no trouble retrieving Jimmy's pistol and pantomiming potshots at [[spoiler: Matthew's]] attacker when no one else is around. Played ''completely serious'', and chilling.
* BodyInABreadbox: A corpse was discovered stuffed into a dishwasher.
* ButICantBePregnant: A comatose car crash victim is found to be pregnant even though she is a virgin. [[spoiler:They find out her doctor is a religious fanatic who [[MedicalRapeAndImpregnate impregnated her through IVF without her knowledge]]. When she threatened to tell the police, he tampered with her car's brakes.]]
* CatchPhrase:
** Wambaugh--"Douglas Wambaugh, for the defense!"
** Judge Bone--"Now, get out!"
** Carter Pike--"Let me exhume the body!"
* CerebusSyndrome: The show started out as a quirky, light-hearted SliceOfLife, then morphed once into a PoliceProcedural involving the hunt for [[SerialKiller serial killers]], then again into an {{Anvilicious}} [[LawProcedural courtroom drama]]. There's also how the show took quirky comedy concepts from its first few episodes and have them turn out to have a rather dark RealityEnsues payoff. That amusing CloudCuckooLander with some of the funniest lines in the show? Turns out he has Alzheimers, which eventually leads to a tragic downward spiral.
* CourtroomAntic: Used very often by Wambaugh. Usually [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], because Judge Bone always called him on it.
* DinnerAndAShow: Whenever they have dinner guests. Wambaugh [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it when urging another guest to accept an invitation: "Strange things happen when they ''eat''."
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A male teacher accuses a woman of raping him. The defense is based on [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization the fact that the man climaxed]]. In the end, the woman is found not guilty.
* DrivenToSuicide: A repentant pedophile who moves to town and gets chilly-to-hostile receptions from everyone, including Judge Bone [[spoiler:his father]].
* DudeNotFunny: In-universe example. After Wambaugh tells an un-PC joke about Jews and Native Americans (during a funeral eulogy, no less), the local rabbi tries to have him excommunicated.
* HighTurnoverRate: Mayors of Rome have died from spontaneous combustion, being pushed into freezers, and gunshots. Others have gotten thrown into jail or run out of office for making porn.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Ginny Weedon - Portrayed by Zelda Rubinstein, who basically plays the same part that she did in ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''. It never stopped her from complaining about little people stereotypes, though.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: In this case, Wisconsin. Palm trees can also be seen occasionally.
* OverprotectiveDad: After walking in on Kimberly having sex with her boyfriend, Jimmy has the boyfriend arrested on the spot for statutory rape.
* MsFanservice: Maxine, to the point where [[LikesOlderWomen Matt]] (who is just getting into puberty) starts having very sexy dreams about her seducing him, one of which had her in a [[WalkingSwimsuitScene bikini]], offering him a Game Boy, a slice of chocolate cake, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers herself]].
* PatientOfTheWeek: Seen by Jill, who has up-to-date knowledge of every disease and the latest treatments.
* QuirkyTown: Rome has this trope in spades.
* RefugeInAudacity: Wambaugh, in his courtroom antics. In one episode, a drunk driver is allowed to drive home with police following her. After she causes a wreck that injures a young man, she calls Wambaugh, who tells her to drink in order to discredit the breathalyzer. When Judge Bone calls him on this, and gives him a very harsh dressing-down, Wambaugh decides to plead the case out for a suspended sentence. He then represents the victim of the wreck in a lawsuit against the town, using the driver's testimony that she was too drunk to drive. Legally, they couldn't do anything to Wambaugh for this, but Judge Bone gets so mad that he throws him in jail for contempt.
* ShockParty
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: The depressed, alcoholic mayor was written out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust in his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.
* SweepsWeekLesbianKiss: Kimberly and her best friend kiss during a sleepover, causing Kimberly's parents to panic.



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Set in the fictional town of Rome, Wisconsin, this DavidEKelley family/legal/medical/cop dramedy won the Emmy for Best Drama twice. After four seasons, it got cancelled for being too weird for its own good.

[[AC:The main characters are:]]
* Jimmy Brock - TheSheriff of Rome.
* Jill Brock - Jimmy's wife, the town doctor.
* Kimberly Brock - Jimmy's teenage daughter from a previous marriage.
* Matthew Brock - Jimmy and Jill's son.
* Zachary Brock - Jimmy and Jill's son.
* Kenny Lacos - Deputy, [[IdiotHero not the sharpest knife in the drawer]].
* Maxine Stewart - Deputy, Kenny's partner, the more driven of the two.
* Douglas Wambaugh - Town lawyer who [[AmbulanceChaser represents every defendant in town]].
* Judge Henry Bone - Town judge.
* Carter Pike - Medical examiner, conspiracy theorist.

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!!This show provides one or more examples of:

* ActorAllusion: In one early episode Judge Bone (Ray Walston) attends a Halloween party dressed as Uncle Martin from ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian''.
* AlterKocker: Douglas Wambaugh, an Ashkenazi Jew.
* AmoralAttorney: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Wambaugh takes any case for a fee, and isn't above using highly dubious tactics to win, but it eventually becomes clear that he's just playing a character.
* ArtisticLicenseGunsafety: Sheriff Brock ought to know everything there is to know about keeping guns secure at home, yet [[spoiler: Zachary]] has no trouble retrieving Jimmy's pistol and pantomiming potshots at [[spoiler: Matthew's]] attacker when no one else is around. Played ''completely serious'', and chilling.
* BodyInABreadbox: A corpse was discovered stuffed into a dishwasher.
* ButICantBePregnant: A comatose car crash victim is found to be pregnant even though she is a virgin. [[spoiler:They find out her doctor is a religious fanatic who [[MedicalRapeAndImpregnate impregnated her through IVF without her knowledge]]. When she threatened to tell the police, he tampered with her car's brakes.]]
* CatchPhrase:
** Wambaugh--"Douglas Wambaugh, for the defense!"
** Judge Bone--"Now, get out!"
** Carter Pike--"Let me exhume the body!"
* CerebusSyndrome: The show started out as a quirky, light-hearted SliceOfLife, then morphed once into a PoliceProcedural involving the hunt for [[SerialKiller serial killers]], then again into an {{Anvilicious}} [[LawProcedural courtroom drama]]. There's also how the show took quirky comedy concepts from its first few episodes and have them turn out to have a rather dark RealityEnsues payoff. That amusing CloudCuckooLander with some of the funniest lines in the show? Turns out he has Alzheimers, which eventually leads to a tragic downward spiral.
* CourtroomAntic: Used very often by Wambaugh. Usually [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], because Judge Bone always called him on it.
* DinnerAndAShow: Whenever they have dinner guests. Wambaugh [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it when urging another guest to accept an invitation: "Strange things happen when they ''eat''."
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A male teacher accuses a woman of raping him. The defense is based on [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization the fact that the man climaxed]]. In the end, the woman is found not guilty.
* DrivenToSuicide: A repentant pedophile who moves to town and gets chilly-to-hostile receptions from everyone, including Judge Bone [[spoiler:his father]].
* DudeNotFunny: In-universe example. After Wambaugh tells an un-PC joke about Jews and Native Americans (during a funeral eulogy, no less), the local rabbi tries to have him excommunicated.
* HighTurnoverRate: Mayors of Rome have died from spontaneous combustion, being pushed into freezers, and gunshots. Others have gotten thrown into jail or run out of office for making porn.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Ginny Weedon - Portrayed by Zelda Rubinstein, who basically plays the same part that she did in ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''. It never stopped her from complaining about little people stereotypes, though.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: In this case, Wisconsin. Palm trees can also be seen occasionally.
* OverprotectiveDad: After walking in on Kimberly having sex with her boyfriend, Jimmy has the boyfriend arrested on the spot for statutory rape.
* MsFanservice: Maxine, to the point where [[LikesOlderWomen Matt]] (who is just getting into puberty) starts having very sexy dreams about her seducing him, one of which had her in a [[WalkingSwimsuitScene bikini]], offering him a Game Boy, a slice of chocolate cake, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers herself]].
* PatientOfTheWeek: Seen by Jill, who has up-to-date knowledge of every disease and the latest treatments.
* QuirkyTown: Rome has this trope in spades.
* RefugeInAudacity: Wambaugh, in his courtroom antics. In one episode, a drunk driver is allowed to drive home with police following her. After she causes a wreck that injures a young man, she calls Wambaugh, who tells her to drink in order to discredit the breathalyzer. When Judge Bone calls him on this, and gives him a very harsh dressing-down, Wambaugh decides to plead the case out for a suspended sentence. He then represents the victim of the wreck in a lawsuit against the town, using the driver's testimony that she was too drunk to drive. Legally, they couldn't do anything to Wambaugh for this, but Judge Bone gets so mad that he throws him in jail for contempt.
* ShockParty
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: The depressed, alcoholic mayor was written out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust in his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.
* SweepsWeekLesbianKiss: Kimberly and her best friend kiss during a sleepover, causing Kimberly's parents to panic.


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22nd Mar '13 12:23:01 PM LeeM
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* ActorAllusion: In one early episode Judge Bone (Ray Walston) attends a Halloween party dressed as Uncle Martin from ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian''.
14th Mar '13 3:29:31 PM SharleeD
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* ArtisticLicenseGunsafety: Sheriff Brock ought to know everything there is to know about keeping guns secure at home, yet [[spoiler: Zachary]] has no trouble retrieving Jimmy's pistol and pantomiming potshots at [[spoiler: Matthew's]] attacker when no one else is around. Played ''completely straight'', and chilling.

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* ArtisticLicenseGunsafety: Sheriff Brock ought to know everything there is to know about keeping guns secure at home, yet [[spoiler: Zachary]] has no trouble retrieving Jimmy's pistol and pantomiming potshots at [[spoiler: Matthew's]] attacker when no one else is around. Played ''completely straight'', serious'', and chilling.
14th Mar '13 3:29:02 PM SharleeD
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* ArtisticLicenseGunsafety: Sheriff Brock ought to know everything there is to know about keeping guns secure at home, yet [[spoiler: Zachary]] has no trouble retrieving Jimmy's pistol and pantomiming potshots at [[spoiler: Matthew's]] attacker when no one else is around.

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* ArtisticLicenseGunsafety: Sheriff Brock ought to know everything there is to know about keeping guns secure at home, yet [[spoiler: Zachary]] has no trouble retrieving Jimmy's pistol and pantomiming potshots at [[spoiler: Matthew's]] attacker when no one else is around. Played ''completely straight'', and chilling.
14th Mar '13 3:28:25 PM SharleeD
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* BodyInABreadbox: A corpse was discovered stuffed into a dishwasher.
7th Feb '13 10:35:20 PM zoom32
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* MsFanservice: Maxine, to the point where [[LikesOlderWomen Matt]] (who is just getting into puberty) starts having very sexy dreams about her seducing him, one of which had her in a [[WalkingSwimsuitScene bikini]], offering him a Game Boy, a slice of chocolate cake, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers herself]].
18th Nov '12 1:20:13 AM Ingonyama
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* {{Anvilicious}}: Many examples, but the cow in the manger comes most strongly to mind.



* HarsherInHindsight: In "To Forgive is Divine,"the community of an Amish rape victim is sued after the victim refuses to disclose the identity of the rapist in court (because her religion precludes cooperation with the secular court system/the Amish council delcined to press charges). While on the stand, the girl's father tells the court that his community doesn't expect help from the outside world. In response, the plaintiff's attorney asks if they would accept help if the community were under siege by an armed attacker. This was 10 years before the horrific 2006 Amish schooolhouse shooting, when a teacher had to run to a payphone in order to call for help.



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18th Nov '12 1:18:13 AM Ingonyama
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* TheMountainsofIllinois: In this case, Wisconsin. Palm trees can also be seen occasionally.

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* TheMountainsofIllinois: TheMountainsOfIllinois: In this case, Wisconsin. Palm trees can also be seen occasionally.



* SweepsWeekLesbianKiss: Kimberly and her best friend kiss during a sleepover, causing Kimberly's parents to panic.



* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: The depressed, alcoholic mayor was written out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust in his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.

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* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: The depressed, alcoholic mayor was written out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust in his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.character.
* SweepsWeekLesbianKiss: Kimberly and her best friend kiss during a sleepover, causing Kimberly's parents to panic.
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7th Jul '12 12:25:40 AM Nocturna
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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A male teacher accuses a woman of raping him. The defense is based on [[ItsNotRapeIfYouEnjoyedIt the fact that the man climaxed]]. In the end, the woman is found not guilty.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A male teacher accuses a woman of raping him. The defense is based on [[ItsNotRapeIfYouEnjoyedIt [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization the fact that the man climaxed]]. In the end, the woman is found not guilty.
3rd Jul '12 9:34:08 AM Finchster
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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A male teacher accuses a woman of raping him. The defense is based on [[ItsNotRapeIfYouEnjoyedIt the fact that the man climaxed]]. In the end, the woman is found not guilty.



* RapeIsOkWhenItIsFemaleOnMale: A male teacher accuses a woman of raping him. The defense is based on [[ItsNotRapeIfYouEnjoyedIt the fact that the man climaxed]]. In the end, the woman is found not guilty.
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