Picket Fences: Season 1 Reviews

June 14, 2019
Socking and noteworthy, but it's the little funny moments throughout that really make the show, not the shock sight gags.
June 14, 2019
It's this combination of the societal and the personal that makes Picket Fences one of the more intriguing family shows ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
June 14, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 14, 2019
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 14, 2019
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.
June 14, 2019
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.
June 14, 2019
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.
June 14, 2019
Now that it's not trying so hard to be very different, the show has come solidly into its own, managing to be gutsy and quite touching, not to mention charming, in its weekly space of less than 50 minutes.
June 14, 2019
A rather bent sense of humor -- woven into a nice little whodunit--is what lifts the flawed-but-engaging premiere of Picket Fences above the ordinary, raising expectations for the future.
June 14, 2019
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.
June 14, 2019
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.
June 14, 2019
Although some may find this creation of David E. Kelley, the wizard behind L.A. Law' too weird, I think it`s wonderful.
June 14, 2019
Nonsense, yes, but to roll your eyes and move along is to dismiss some pretty provocative TV.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 14, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 14, 2019
The drama is more ponderous and the humor a good deal more forced. Despite the program's artificially, it is atmospheric and flashy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-