Picket Fences

The WORST episodes of Picket Fences

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Before Ally and The Practice, David E. Kelley was behind this superlative series. Picket Fences followed the lives of the residents of the small town of Rome, Wisconsin, where weird things happened. Cows giving birth to human babies, a spate of people turning up dead in freezers, sex change teachers, a revolving door of mayors who never lasted very long - and one who even spontaneously combusted! Struggling to maintain order in this Twin Peaksesque environment is Sheriff Jimmy Brock. Married to the town doctor, Jill, they are attempting to bring up their three kids Kimberly, Matthew and Zachary against the odds.

Last Updated: 5/3/2022Network: CBS
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To Forgive is Divine
star
6.00
4 votes

#1 - To Forgive is Divine

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 6/19/1996

When a young Amish rape victim is encouraged by her community not to testify, her rapist goes free and proceeds to rape another girl. Incensed, her parents sue the Amish community, blaming them for their daughter's rape.

Directors: Tom Skerritt
Liver Let Die
star
6.00
4 votes

#2 - Liver Let Die

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 6/26/1996

Jimmy is having a rough day. First, he receives some scary news about his health. Then, a young murder suspect, in a desperate attempt to escape, manages to grab Jimmy's gun and threatens him with it. Jimmy manages to calm him down enough to get the whole tragic story.

Directors: Dennis Smith
A Change of Season
star
6.88
8 votes

#3 - A Change of Season

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/22/1995

Following Carter's narrow escape from a house fire, Jill fears he tried to commit suicide. Kimberly makes a career decision: she's not going to be a lawyer after all, she's going to be a doctor. Jill is both shocked and a little delighted.

Directors: Michael Pressman
Away in the Manger
star
6.94
34 votes

#4 - Away in the Manger

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/16/1994

Jimmy investigates cows that are suspected to have been injected with alien DNA, but the Sheriff's department soon finds that the truth is even stranger than fiction and that the cows are being used to help breed human babies.

Directors: Bill D'Elia
When in Rome
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7.09
34 votes

#5 - When in Rome

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/24/1995

After 26 years in prison, a child molester moves to Rome, stirring controversy.

Cross Examination
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7.11
9 votes

#6 - Cross Examination

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/3/1993

Some members of the community don't know what to believe when a woman pulled from a submerged vehicle is discovered to be pregnant - even though she is technically a virgin. Matthew decides to tell Zach about Santa Claus.

Rebels with Causes
star
7.11
35 votes

#7 - Rebels with Causes

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/11/1994

Jill takes an ailing Wambaugh to Chicago Hope Hospital for tests and locks horns with Geiger over how to practice medicine.

Directors: Tom Skerritt
Mr. Seed Goes to Town
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7.12
34 votes

#8 - Mr. Seed Goes to Town

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/20/1995

Wanting another baby, Lydia Brock wants to use Jimmy's frozen sperm.

Final Judgement
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7.12
33 votes

#9 - Final Judgement

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/7/1995

While Jill awaits sentencing, her lawyers ask Bone to put the euthanasia law on trial. Kenny and Carter investigate an attack on swans.

Directors: Michael Pressman
Saint Zach
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7.12
33 votes

#10 - Saint Zach

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/28/1995

All of Rome is in an uproar after stigmata appear on Zach's hands.

For Whom the Wind Blows
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7.17
35 votes

#11 - For Whom the Wind Blows

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/2/1994

Jimmy experiences a mid-life crisis on his 55th birthday. Max and Kenny re-open the Latham case.

Directors: Michael Schultz
Heroes and Villains
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7.18
34 votes

#12 - Heroes and Villains

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/3/1995

The Dancing Bandit returns to Rome to help Zack celebrate his birthday but finds federal agents waiting for her.

Directors: Richard Masur
Changing of the Guard
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7.18
33 votes

#13 - Changing of the Guard

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/10/1995

Jimmy asks the Dancing Bandit to investigate the mayor's murder. Max and Kenny are caught kissing on the job.

Directors: Arvin Brown
Without Mercy
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7.18
33 votes

#14 - Without Mercy

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/31/1995

Jimmy arrests Jill for euthanizing a cancer patient.

Directors: James Frawley
Upbringings
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7.18
33 votes

#15 - Upbringings

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/5/1995

A troubled relationship resurfaces when Jimmy's father wants him to take over the law practice.

May It Please the Court
star
7.22
36 votes

#16 - May It Please the Court

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/18/1994

Wambaugh and Littleton argue their case in the Supreme Court.

Directors: Lou Antonio
The Song of Rome
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7.26
34 votes

#17 - The Song of Rome

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/12/1995

Judge Bone struggles to be objective with a youth who shot Father Barrett during confession.

Directors: Michael Pressman
Enemy Lines (2)
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7.27
37 votes

#18 - Enemy Lines (2)

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/14/1994

A judge jails Jill for interfering with the busing order. Littleton and Max consider dating.

Directors: James Frawley
Cold Spell
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7.27
37 votes

#19 - Cold Spell

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/28/1994

Brock investigates the home life of a girl who spray-painted a pentacle on a school wall. Max and Kenny are horrified to find Ginny, frozen to death after falling into her freezer.

Directors: Lou Antonio
Picket Fences
star
7.35
26 votes

#20 - Picket Fences

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/18/1992

The sudden death of the Tin Man during a community performance of The Wizard of Oz throws the normally sleepy town of Rome, Wisconsin, into chaos and throws Sheriff Jimmy Brock right into the middle of a difficult murder investigation. Meanwhile, when the favourite singing group of Brock's teenage daughter Kimberly arrive in town, they prove not to be what either she or Deputy Kenny had anticipated.

Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
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Reap the Whirlwind
star
7.40
5 votes

#21 - Reap the Whirlwind

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/29/1995

A tornado threatens Rome and Zach is so worried for Kimberly's safety that he sets out on his bike to warn her. Kenny's hooker is arrested in a sting operation organised by Max, who ends up commiting a felony by covering for him. Wambaugh's wife leaves him after he embarrasses her at their anniversary party.

Directors: James Frawley
Pal Joey
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7.40
5 votes

#22 - Pal Joey

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/6/1995

A talk-show-host/physician tries to take over Jill's practice. An Asian man's courting ritual leads to his arrest and Kenny uses a dating-service.

Directors: Mel Damski
Pageantry
star
7.45
11 votes

#23 - Pageantry

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/11/1992

Zach's teacher, Louise Talbot, defies a court-ordered ban of the annual Christmas pageant on public property, after which disturbing facts come to light about her.

Directors: Mel Damski
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High Tidings
star
7.50
12 votes

#24 - High Tidings

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/18/1992

Brock catches Kimberly in bed with her boyfriend, arrests him and cancels Christmas in the household. At the Sheriff Station, Max and Ginny are held hostage at gunpoint by an elderly man dressed as Santa Claus.

Directors: Oz Scott
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Thanksgiving
star
7.62
13 votes

#25 - Thanksgiving

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/13/1992

Jill's father arrives for Thanksgiving with a young love in tow. Wambaugh has his wife Myriam arrested after he catches her in bed with Harold Lundstrom. It all adds up to a typically riotous and far from peaceful holiday in the Brock house.

Directors: Michael Pressman
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