History Series / PicketFences

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]].
20th Oct '14 11:30:25 AM PF_Fan
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* SliceOfLife: The show was this much more in it's early days, focusing heavily around the Brock family and the dynamics of town of Rome itself. Over time it seemed to shift towards the police procedural and courtroom drama plots more heavily but still managed to juggle the different elements pretty successfully.

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* SliceOfLife: The show was this much more in it's early days, focusing heavily around the Brock family and the dynamics of the town of Rome itself. Over time it seemed to shift towards the police procedural and courtroom drama plots more heavily but still managed to juggle the different elements pretty successfully.



* WillTheyOrWontThey: Kenny and Max's relationship is based off of this.

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* WillTheyOrWontThey: Kenny and Max's relationship is based off of this. [[spoiler: TheyDo.]]
20th Oct '14 11:07:40 AM PF_Fan
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* {{Fetish}}: The season two episode ''My Left Shoe'' deals with the town's Catholic Priest who, it is discovered, has a shoe fetish.

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* {{Fetish}}: The season two episode ''My "My Left Shoe'' Shoe" deals with the town's Catholic Priest who, it is discovered, has a shoe fetish.
19th Oct '14 12:38:42 AM PF_Fan
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* MoodWhiplash: Due to the 'dramedy' nature of the show it would often switch between serious, dramatic A-plots to more light hearted 'comedic relief' B-plots, often within the same episode.


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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The current mayor (Rome goes through a lot of them) always seems to fill this role, especially Mayor Bill Pugen in the first season who is so obsessed with the town's reputation and his prospects of being re-elected at the next mayoral election that he is constantly trying the stop the Sheriff's Department from openly investigating crimes that might reflect badly on the town.


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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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* SliceOfLife: The show was this much more in it's early days, focusing heavily around the Brock family and the dynamics of town of Rome itself. Over time it seemed to shift towards the police procedural and courtroom drama plots more heavily but still managed to juggle the different elements pretty successfully.


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* TwoLinesNoWaiting / PlotParallel: Due to the fact that the show had a fairly large ensemble cast and it also had so many story elements (family drama, cop drama, legal drama, e.t.c), all of the episodes featured at least two plotlines (sometimes more) and the narrative would jump between them. The two (or more) plots would also often tie together or relate to each other in some way.
19th Oct '14 12:28:41 AM PF_Fan
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* MayflyDecemberRomance: In "Thanksgiving" Jill's father shows up to thanksgiving dinner with a beautiful 26 year old fiance, much to Jill's horror. Eventually subverted as it's revealed that the fiance is suffering from Cystic Fibrosis and Jill's father will most likely end up outliving ''her'', not the other way around. Jill, seeing their genuine love, eventually helps to mend fences between them.

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* MayflyDecemberRomance: MagicalNativeAmerican: Averted in the episode "Rights of Passage" in which the local Chippewa tribe storm the courthouse and declare war on the town of Rome for approving plans to build a golf course on their sacred burial ground. The tribe are merely portrayed as human beings who are desperately fighting for their way of life to continue to exist and are never given the 'Magical Native American' treatment.
* MayDecemberRomance:
In "Thanksgiving" Jill's father shows up to thanksgiving dinner with a beautiful 26 year old fiance, fiancee, much to Jill's horror. Eventually subverted as it's revealed that the fiance fiancee is suffering from Cystic Fibrosis and Jill's father will most likely end up outliving ''her'', not the other way around. Jill, seeing their genuine love, eventually helps seeing the genuine love between them, ultimately tries to mend fences between them.fences.


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* MusicalEpisode: Whilst not being an outright musical episode, the third season finale "The Song of Rome" featured the town putting on a spring pageant and the various self-written and [[HilarityEnsues hilariously inappropriate]] musical numbers that Wambaugh tries to get into it.
--->"It is now my chance to seize her, As her husband's in a freezer, One whack on the head, He's dead, And now she's mine."
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