History Series / PicketFences

16th May '17 4:43:50 PM nombretomado
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* SpiritualSuccessor: The show is a pretty clear spiritual successor for ''TwinPeaks'' which ended in the year that ''PicketFences'' began and heralded the beginning of the trend of 'quirky small town' dramas that persisted throughout the nineties. Twin Peaks was a lot darker and more surreal then Picket Fences however, and Picket Fences never overtly veered into the supernatural.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: The show is a pretty clear spiritual successor for ''TwinPeaks'' ''Series/TwinPeaks'' which ended in the year that ''PicketFences'' began and heralded the beginning of the trend of 'quirky small town' dramas that persisted throughout the nineties. Twin Peaks was a lot darker and more surreal then Picket Fences however, and Picket Fences never overtly veered into the supernatural.
30th Mar '17 11:41:32 PM PaulA
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These days the show, rather tragically, doesn't quite have the devoted cult following that it really deserves to have due to the fact that only the first season has ever been released on DVD thanks to ExecutiveMeddling and various legal battles.

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These days the show, rather tragically, doesn't quite have the devoted cult following that it really deserves to have due to the fact that only Only the first season has ever been released on DVD thanks to ExecutiveMeddling and various legal battles.
30th Mar '17 11:40:03 PM PaulA
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* BookEnds: The opening scene in the pilot episode and the final scene in the series finale both involve the townspeople all together at a public setting, the Town Player's performance of ''TheWizardOfOz'' in the pilot and [[spoiler: the triple wedding of Max/Kenny, Carter/Sue and Wambaugh/Miriam in the finale.]]

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* BookEnds: The opening scene in the pilot episode and the final scene in the series finale both involve the townspeople all together at a public setting, the Town Player's performance of ''TheWizardOfOz'' ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' in the pilot and [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the triple wedding of Max/Kenny, Carter/Sue and Wambaugh/Miriam in the finale.]]
15th Aug '16 7:39:25 PM hullflyer
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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 pot-shots at [[spoiler: Matthew's]] attacker when no one else is around. Played ''completely serious'', and chilling.

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* ArtisticLicenseGunsafety: 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 pot-shots at [[spoiler: Matthew's]] attacker when no one else is around. Played ''completely serious'', and chilling.
18th Jan '16 6:34:41 PM jormis29
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The show revolved around the residents of Rome, in particular the functionally dysfunctional Brock family headed up by the town Sheriff, Jimmy Brock. Sheriff Brock, along with his deputies at the Rome Sheriff's Department sometimes struggle to maintain order faced with such strange crimes and occurrences as cow udders exploding and a spate of people turning up dead in freezers. During it's tenure, the show also dealt with unusual (for the time) topics not limited to abortion, homophobia and LGBT adoption, transsexualism, racism, belief in God, medical ethics, polygamy, polyamory, adolescent sexuality, date rape, cryonics, the Holocaust, shoe fetishism, masturbation, spontaneous human combustion, and constitutional rights.

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The show revolved around the residents of Rome, in particular the functionally dysfunctional Brock family headed up by the town Sheriff, Jimmy Brock. Sheriff Brock, along with his deputies at the Rome Sheriff's Department sometimes struggle to maintain order faced with such strange crimes and occurrences as cow udders exploding and a spate of people turning up dead in freezers. During it's tenure, the show also dealt with unusual (for the time) topics not limited to abortion, homophobia and LGBT adoption, transsexualism, racism, belief in God, medical ethics, polygamy, polyamory, adolescent sexuality, date rape, cryonics, the Holocaust, shoe fetishism, masturbation, spontaneous {{spontaneous human combustion, combustion}}, and constitutional rights.



* 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.

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* HighTurnoverRate: Mayors of Rome have died from spontaneous combustion, SpontaneousCombustion, being pushed into freezers, and gunshots. Others have gotten thrown into jail or run out of office for making porn.
3rd Dec '14 5:07:34 PM StFan
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** Interestingly the show was also originally going to have an episode crossover with ''TheXFiles'' where Mulder and Scully would travel to Rome to investigate bizarre genetic experiments on cows but it never materialized because CBS and Fox wouldn't agree to it - the only traces of it existing are the Picket Fences episode "Away in the Manger" and the X-Files episode "Red Museum".

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** Interestingly the show was also originally going to have an episode crossover with ''TheXFiles'' ''Series/TheXFiles'' where Mulder and Scully would travel to Rome to investigate bizarre genetic experiments on cows but it never materialized because CBS and Fox wouldn't agree to it - the only traces of it existing are the Picket Fences episode "Away in the Manger" and the X-Files episode "Red Museum".
9th Nov '14 1:30:49 PM MarkLungo
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Welcome to the small town of Rome, Wisconsin where everyone knows everyone and the bizarre is an everyday occurrence. Created by DavidEKelley, the Emmy Award winning family/cop/legal/medical dramedy ''Picket Fences'' ran for four seasons and 88 episodes on CBS from 1992-1996 before it was cancelled for being a little ''too'' weird for it's own good.

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Welcome to the small town of Rome, Wisconsin where everyone knows everyone and the bizarre is an everyday occurrence. Created by DavidEKelley, Creator/DavidEKelley, the Emmy Award winning family/cop/legal/medical dramedy ''Picket Fences'' ran for four seasons and 88 episodes on CBS Creator/{{CBS}} from 1992-1996 before it was cancelled for being a little ''too'' weird for it's its own good.
9th Nov '14 1:30:28 PM MarkLungo
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-->''"This place is nuts!"''

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-->''"This ->''"This place is nuts!"''
9th Nov '14 1:30:15 PM MarkLungo
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* PromotionToOpeningTitles: The opening titles in the first season contained only Tom Skerritt (Jimmy), Kathy Baker (Jill), Costas Mandylor (Kenny), Lauren Holly (Max), Holly Marie Combs (Kimberly), Justin Shenkarow (Matthew) and Adam Wylie (Zach). The second season saw the addition of Fyvush Finkel (Wambaugh), Ray Walston (Judge Bone) and Zelda Rubinstein (Ginny). The third season then also added Don Cheadle (D.A. Littleton) and Kelly Connell (Carter) and removed Zelda Rubinstein after she left the show. The fourth and final season added Marlee Matlin (Laurie) and later removed Don Cheadle after he also left mid-way through the season.

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* PromotionToOpeningTitles: The opening titles in the first season contained only Tom Skerritt (Jimmy), Kathy Baker (Jill), Costas Mandylor (Kenny), Lauren Holly (Max), Holly Marie Combs Creator/HollyMarieCombs (Kimberly), Justin Shenkarow (Matthew) and Adam Wylie (Zach). The second season saw the addition of Fyvush Finkel (Wambaugh), Ray Walston (Judge Bone) and Zelda Rubinstein (Ginny). The third season then also added Don Cheadle (D.A. Littleton) and Kelly Connell (Carter) and removed Zelda Rubinstein after she left the show. The fourth and final season added Marlee Matlin (Laurie) and later removed Don Cheadle after he also left mid-way through the season.
20th Oct '14 1:16:09 PM PF_Fan
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The show revolved around the residents of Rome, in particular the functionally dysfunctional Brock family headed up by the town Sheriff, Jimmy Brock. Sheriff Brock, along with his deputies at the Rome Sheriff's Department sometimes struggle to maintain order faced with such bizarre crimes and occurrences as cow udders exploding and a spate of people turning up dead in freezers. During it's tenure, the show also dealt with unusual (for the time) topics not limited to abortion, homophobia and LGBT adoption, transsexualism, racism, belief in God, medical ethics, polygamy, polyamory, adolescent sexuality, date rape, cryonics, the Holocaust, shoe fetishism, masturbation, spontaneous human combustion, and constitutional rights.

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The show revolved around the residents of Rome, in particular the functionally dysfunctional Brock family headed up by the town Sheriff, Jimmy Brock. Sheriff Brock, along with his deputies at the Rome Sheriff's Department sometimes struggle to maintain order faced with such bizarre strange crimes and occurrences as cow udders exploding and a spate of people turning up dead in freezers. During it's tenure, the show also dealt with unusual (for the time) topics not limited to abortion, homophobia and LGBT adoption, transsexualism, racism, belief in God, medical ethics, polygamy, polyamory, adolescent sexuality, date rape, cryonics, the Holocaust, shoe fetishism, masturbation, spontaneous human combustion, and constitutional rights.


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* ChristmasCarolers: If you're in Rome, Wisconsin and it's Christmas, you'll most likely be serenaded by 'The Wambaugh Multicultural Singers'.


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* TheTeaser: Every single episode has one before the [[TitleSequence opening credits]].
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