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.

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* 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''.
** In another episode, Carter (wanting to examine a body who may have been exposed to extraterrestrial forces) says he doesn't believe in Martians. Judge Bone says he doesn't either
* {{Adorkable}}: Kenny on some occasions
* 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.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Wambaugh and his wife (who eventually divorces him because even she is sick of his antics) [[spoiler:although in the finale, they remarry.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Kenny and Maxine.
** A one-sided example would be from Sheriff Brock and his ex-wife, much to Jill's chagrin.
* 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.]]
** A friend of Kimberly's becomes pregnant even though she had previously claimed to be a virgin.[[spoiler: She was having sex with her "father," actually her polygamous husband]]
* ButtMonkey: Carter is unlucky in love, and all his attempts to appear as an authority on a variety of subjects have a tendency of backfiring on him
* 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.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Although set in the Midwest, the show was filmed in California.
* CourtroomAntic: Used very often by Wambaugh. Usually [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], because Judge Bone always called him on it.
* CowboyCop: The Rome Sheriff's Department occasionally dips into this, such as when Kenny beats up a SmugSnake corrupt businessman who had beaten a witness who was going to testify against him
* DeathBySex [=/=] OutWithABang: How [[spoiler:Pike's]] mother ended up dying (subsequently of a heart attack soon after). Around ''Christmas.''
* 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.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Subverted with D.A. Littleton, whose brother wasn't just foolish, but also an escaped convict who he had previously sent away.
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: "Frank The Potato Man" inverts this by having the guilty party [[spoiler: DA Barnaby Wood]] deliberately trying to commit a crime (in this case, breaking and entering people's homes so as to take a bath for sexual kicks) when he believed the titular character (who's wrongly suspected of the crimes) would have an alibi (in this case, by being in police custody or under surveillance). Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work out, as both times Frank had be released
* 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.
* JerkAssHasAPoint: Douglas Wambaugh isn't really a JerkAss, but he is viewed with contempt for his constant volunteering of himself as defense attorney, no matter who the client is. However, several times he is able to point out that his clients have been mistreated by the police or the community, and he often calls people out when they're wrong, such as when he pays Frank the Potato Man's bail because he views his imprisonment as being motivated by prejudice, or tells Jimmy he's being stupid when he tries to prosecute Kimberly's boyfriend for statutory rape
* JurisdictionFriction: "The Green Bay Chopper" has the Sheriff's Department and some FBI agents squabbling over the titular serial kidnapper who cuts off his victim's hands, who is believed to have killed his latest (making it a state rather than federal crime). At one point, Maxine draws her gun on the agents! This mostly goes away when they catch the guy, however.
* 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.
** Also Peter Dreeb, who's not all that surreal in and of himself, but is introduced riding down the road on an elephant [[spoiler: He and the elephant are running away from the circus where he was employed, and where Mr. Dreeb claims it had been abused]]
* LonersAreFreaks: Frank the Potato Man, who lives alone in the woods and has a tendency to loiter around schools staring at the children. He gets suspected of breaking into the homes of teenage girls and bathing in their tubs while masturbating [[spoiler: It turns out to be the popular, young, handsome District Attorney]]. Frank leaves Rome in disgust by the end of the episode
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Matt. Even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in an episode where he accidentally injured Zack.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: In this case, Wisconsin. Palm trees can also be seen occasionally.
* MrFanservice: Kenny.
** D.A. Littleton, too.
* 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]].
* OffWithHisHead: The ultimate fate of [[spoiler:the ''fifth'' mayor, Ed Lawson, who was killed by his wife.]]
* OverprotectiveDad: After walking in on Kimberly having sex with her boyfriend, Jimmy tries to have the boyfriend arrested on the spot for statutory rape.
* ParentalIncest: It initially appears like one of Kimberley's friends is having sex with her father. [[spoiler: Her father is actually her husband, who's in a polygamous relationship with her and her "mother"]]
* 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
* SingleMindedTwins: For a while Kenny dates a pair of SeparatedAtBirth twin sisters whose connection is so strong that it draws them together. They're the ones who insist on dating him jointly. In their first appearance, one sister has to pull her car over on the side of the road and orgasm while her sister is having sex with Kenny -- and they haven't even met yet.
* 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.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Douglas Wambaugh and Judge Henry Bone, who would also double as HeterosexualLifePartners.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Kenny and Maxine's relationship is based off of this.
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