Picket Fences: Season 1 (1992 - 1993)

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Season 1
Picket Fences

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Kooky and a touch spooky, Picket Fences marries creator David E. Kelley's earnest topicality to a surreal small town setting, yielding a series that is both cloying and riveting.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 18, 1992
2
Air date: Sep 18, 1992
3
Air date: Sep 25, 1992
4
Air date: Oct 2, 1992
5
Air date: Oct 16, 1992
6
Air date: Oct 23, 1992
7
Air date: Oct 26, 1992
8
Air date: Oct 30, 1992
9
Air date: Nov 6, 1992
10
Air date: Nov 13, 1992
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Cast

Kathy Baker
as Dr. Jill Brock
Tom Skerritt
as Sheriff Jim Brock
Holly Marie Combs
as Kimberly Brock
Fyvush Finkel
as Douglas Wambaugh
Lauren Holly
as Maxine
Costas Mandylor
as Kenny Lacos
Ray Walston
as Judge Henry Bone
Gary Frank
as Dr. Bufell
Dabbs Greer
as Novotny
Bojesse Christopher
as Billy O'Connell
Rusty Schwimmer
as Julia Boles
Liz Sagal
as Ellen
Jack Murdock
as Lunster
Dana Gladstone
as Michael Ralo
Linda Gehringer
as Marcia Banks
Jason Beghe
as DA Petrovek
George D. Wallace
as Father Lyne
Elisabeth Moss
as Cynthia Parks
Don Keefer
as Billy Shauger
Olivia V. White
as Eve Stockton
Russell Curry
as Dep. Thayer
Elaine Kagan
as Harriet Bridges
Sam Anderson
as Agent Morell
Lance Davis
as Danny Milch
Dan Kern
as Dr. Downey
Richard Kiley
as Jill's Father
Nancy Stephens
as Mrs. Kendall
Linden Chiles
as Dr. Packard
Ann Marie Lee
as Mrs. Doyle
Harvey Jason
as Rabbi Jacobs
Thomas Ryan
as Leo Bauer
Michael Jeter
as Peter Lebeck
Adrian Sparks
as Dr. Marino
Dierk Torsek
as Dr. Mellor
Akuyoe Graham
as Sister Cray
Robert Covarrubias
as Father Jesus
Joel Polis
as Dr. Paymer
David Proval
as Frank the Potato Man
Harry Smith
as Harry Smith
Marlee Matlin
as Mayor Laurie Bey
Bruce Gray
as Joseph
Lydia Hannibal
as Reporter No. 2
Justin Shenkarow
as Matthew Brock
Susan Angelo
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Picket Fences Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

The show is labeled a "one-hour drama," but that's a misnomer. There's never been an hour of Picket Fences that wasn't interrupted by sophomoric farce or nonsense.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

David E. Kelley, former executive producer of L.A. Law, blends the black humor of that success with a splash of David Lynch's Twin Peaks sensibility to create the season's best series.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Irritating as it may frequently be, however, Picket Fences also seems the new fall drama most likely to become habit-forming. You may love it, you may hate it, but you're liable to be hooked.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

[Featured] some game performances -- especially by Tom Skerritt as Rome's sheriff and Ray Walston as its judge -- but the soft CBS style and Kelley's love of the wacky throws off the tone.

Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Socking and noteworthy, but it's the little funny moments throughout that really make the show, not the shock sight gags.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Picket Fences clearly aims to be a kinder, gentler [Twin] Peaks, but the goosey, paradoxical mood for which it strives -- heartwarming creepiness -- is, at this point, more of a turnoff than a turn-on.

Jun 13, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The drama is more ponderous and the humor a good deal more forced. Despite the program's artificially, it is atmospheric and flashy.

Jun 13, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Picket Fences is what Twin Peaks could have been if David Lynch hadn't gone recklessly over the top. It's a delicious casserole of the ridiculous and the sublime; a show with heart, soul, wit and intelligence; suspenseful one minute, loony the next.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The acting was decent, and the writing was okay when it wasn't shoving the writer's political beliefs down your throat, but ultimately Picket Fences was a show made for its time alone.

Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps the show's willingness to disregard realism is best exemplified in Finkel's marvelous character, which seems to represent every defendant, every litigant before Judge Bone... A real find.

Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's this combination of the societal and the personal that makes Picket Fences one of the more intriguing family shows ever made.

Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The elements that made L.A. Law such a great show are all here - the characters you care about, the quirkiness, the comedy, the pathos, the drama. As a matter of fact, this is the best new drama of the year.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Picket Fences: Season 1

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