Picket Fences

Picket Fences

1992 - 1996, Drama
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Episode Guide

  • Picket Fences - Liver Let Die (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    Liver Let Die

    Brock (Tom Skerritt) is forced to face his own mortality when he learns that he may have liver cancer.

  • Picket Fences - To Forgive Is Divine (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    To Forgive Is Divine

    An Amish girl is raped but refuses to testify because of her religion, giving the rapist a chance to strike again.

  • Picket Fences - Forget Selma (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    Forget Selma

    Wambaugh's determined efforts to find evidence incriminating his wife's new boyfriend lead only to trouble.

  • Picket Fences - Winner Takes All (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    Winner Takes All

    As playoff time approaches, Zach and the team are forced to file a restraining order to keep overly competitive parents from attending school sporting events.

  • Picket Fences - Three Weddings and a Meltdown (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    Three Weddings and a Meltdown

    Carter proposes to Sue; Kenny, to Max; the Wambaughs renew their vows; things change for Jill and Jimmy.

  • Picket Fences - Bye-Bye, Bey-Bey (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Bye-Bye, Bey-Bey

    The identity of the father of Mayor Laurie Bey's baby sends shock waves through Rome, and her mother arrives to sue for custody of the infant.

  • Picket Fences - Dante's Inferno (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    Dante's Inferno

    Max becomes the subject of a radio shock jock's show when she takes her job as interim mayor too seriously.

  • Picket Fences - Bottled (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:


    Jill questions the decisions she has made in her life at Zach's 13th birthday party, and everyone else gets swept up in her mood swings.

  • Picket Fences - The Z Files (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    The Z Files

    The Brocks become defendants in a lawsuit after Zach and his friend morph their computer teacher's face onto a naked body and send it out on the Internet.

  • Picket Fences - My Romance (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    My Romance

    Fate intercedes and an old love of Judge Bone's comes to Rome; an electrical shock causes Carter to have a near-death experience; Zach falls in love.

  • Picket Fences - Snow Exit (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Snow Exit

    Judge Bone and Wambaugh's fighting has a terrible result; Mayor Laurie Bey is in labor and trapped at the police station in a snowstorm.

  • Picket Fences - Bloodlines (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:


    Brock takes Matthew on a camping trip after one of Matthew's classmates takes his own life; Mayor Laurie Bey asks Kenny to be her Lamaze partner.

  • Picket Fences - Dem Bones (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Dem Bones

    A skeleton is that of a suspected Nazi murdered 50 years before; Wambaugh's son returns to prosecute the case.

  • Picket Fences - Witness for the Prosecution (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Witness for the Prosecution

    The pope's visit to Rome turns bizarre when he witnesses a murder and faces off against Wambaugh, who challenges his religious views.

  • Picket Fences - This Little Piggy (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    This Little Piggy

    Animal-rights activist Kimberly is arrested for a felony; her daughter's religious beliefs inhibit a woman's medical treatment.

  • Picket Fences - Down the Tubes (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Down the Tubes

    Mayor Laurie Bey's pregnancy becomes apparent, but the father's identity remains a mystery; Jill thinks about having a tubal ligation.

  • Picket Fences - Heart of Saturday Night (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Heart of Saturday Night

    Matthew cruises with his pals; Jill and Jimmy's attempt at romance leaves him in a painful position; the poker gang loses a player.

  • Picket Fences - Dog Eat Dog (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Dog Eat Dog

    Max's job is in jeopardy when she shoots a man dressed as a giant bratwurst; Jill thinks Kimberly is pregnant.

  • Picket Fences - Bloodbrothers (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:


    Two escaped convicts show up in Rome looking for one's half-brother, John Littleton (Don Cheadle); one of the fugitives shoots Kenny.

  • Picket Fences - Pal Joey (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Pal Joey

    A talk-show-host/physician (Amy Aquino) tries to take over Jill's practice; an Asian man's courting ritual leads to his arrest; Kenny uses a dating-service.

  • Picket Fences - Reap the Whirlwind (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Reap the Whirlwind

    A tornado nears Rome and the residents scatter in fear; Max (Lauren Holly) breaks the law to protect Kenny (Costas Mandylor). With Kathy Baker.

  • Picket Fences - A Change of Season (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    A Change of Season

    Following Carter Pike's narrow escape from a house fire, Jill fears he tried to commit suicide; Kimberly makes a career decision.

  • Picket Fences - The Song of Rome (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    The Song of Rome

    Rome is traumatized after Father Barrett is gunned down in the confessional and Judge Bone refuses to remove himself from the case.

  • Picket Fences - Upbringings (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:


    Jimmy's relationship with his estranged father nearly explodes when he tries to pressure Jimmy into taking over his law practice.

  • Picket Fences - Saint Zach (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Saint Zach

    When Zachary repents for killing a swan, stigmata appear on his hands and the whole community rethinks its religious beliefs.

  • Picket Fences - Final Judgment (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Final Judgment

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

  • Picket Fences - Without Mercy (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Without Mercy

    Jimmy and Littleton are compelled to take Jill into custody after she increases a terminal cancer patient's morphine, allowing the patient to die.

  • Picket Fences - Changing of the Guard (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Changing of the Guard

    Brock asks the Dancing Bandit (Marlee Matlin) to investigate the mayor's murder; Max and Kenny are caught kissing on the job.

  • Picket Fences - Heroes and Villains (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Heroes and Villains

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

  • Picket Fences - When in Rome (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    When in Rome

    Jimmy is placed under great pressure by the community when he must defend the rights of a convicted child molester who has moved into town.

  • Picket Fences - Close Encounters (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Close Encounters

    Littleton copes with his attraction to an 18-year-old assistant; Max and Kenny decide to put an end to their sexual tension.

  • Picket Fences - Mr. Seed Goes to Town (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Mr. Seed Goes to Town

    Jimmy and his ex-wife (Tom Skerritt, Christine Rose) end up in court after she decides to use his frozen sperm to get pregnant. With Kathy Baker, Lauren Holly.

  • Picket Fences - Frogman Returns (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Frogman Returns

    The embarrassed son of the Frogman (Michael Jeter) sues for emancipation; Jill strikes Matthew for accidentally injuring Zack.

  • Picket Fences - Freezer Burn (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Freezer Burn

    A scandal breaks out after the town learns that a murdered masseur was giving intimate massages to his female clients.

  • Picket Fences - Away in the Manger (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Away in the Manger

    Brock (Tom Skerritt) and his team investigate a death that appears to be linked to alien DNA experiments. Guest star: Leigh Taylor-Young.

  • Picket Fences - For Whom the Wind Blows (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    For Whom the Wind Blows

    Brock (Tom Skerritt) experiences self-doubt after Kenny and Max (Costas Mandylor, Lauren Holly) uncover shocking new evidence in the Latham case.

  • Picket Fences - May It Please the Court (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    May It Please the Court

    Wambaugh and Littleton get advice from Alan Dershowitz for their appearances before the Supreme Court.

  • Picket Fences - Rebels With Causes (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Rebels With Causes

    Jill takes ailing Wambaugh to Chicago Hope Hospital for tests and locks horns with Dr. Geiger (Mandy Patinkin) over how to practice medicine.

  • Picket Fences - Elective Conduct (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Elective Conduct

    Racial tensions escalate as the mayoral campaign progresses; Zach pens a report that gets him suspended from school.

  • Picket Fences - Cold Spell (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Cold Spell

    Brock investigates the home life of a girl who spray-painted a pentacle on a school wall; Paul Williams; Dorothy Lyman; Richard Masur.

  • Picket Fences - Enemy Lines (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Enemy Lines

    A judge (Paul Winfield) jails Jill for interfering with the busing order; Littleton and Max consider dating; guests Richard Masur; Harry Smith.

  • Picket Fences - The Bus Stops Here (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    The Bus Stops Here

    As temporary co-mayor, Jill copes with racial tensions from a judge's decision to bus city youth to Rome's schools.

  • Picket Fences - Systematic Abuse (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Systematic Abuse

    Littleton feels Brock's department is hampering the investigation of a girl's murder; guest Harry Smith.

  • Picket Fences - Survival of the Fittest (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Survival of the Fittest

    After capturing the man believed to be responsible for the murder of a 16-year-old girl, the sheriff's department is pressured for a conviction at any cost.

  • Picket Fences - Howard's End (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Howard's End

    Howard's struggle with Alzheimer's affects his family and the town; Jill's decision during surgery may revoke her hospital privileges.

  • Picket Fences - Frosted Flakes (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Frosted Flakes

    The town is embroiled in a debate over life and death when a leukemia patient's parents fight in court to have the child cryonically frozen.

  • Picket Fences - My Left Shoe (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    My Left Shoe

    The town's priest may lose his parish after Brock and Kenny find women's shoes in his closet; Matthew fears his sexual curiosities are a sin.

  • Picket Fences - Buried Alive (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Buried Alive

    Tempers flare when Jimmy invites Max to dinner after she arrests Jill's father for disorderly conduct.

  • Picket Fences - System Down (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    System Down

    Brock is the jury foreman in a case involving the murder of two policemen; guests James Earl Jones, Richard Masur.

  • Picket Fences - Squatter's Rights (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Squatter's Rights

    A woman (Darlene Cates) claims she killed her husband by sitting on him; a synagogue ostracizes Douglas.

  • Picket Fences - Terms of Estrangement (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Terms of Estrangement

    Rick Jennings kidnaps Kimberly in an attempt to pay back his former partner for testifying against him nine years earlier.

  • Picket Fences - Divine Recall (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Divine Recall

    A risque video from Rachel's past jeopardizes her career; Kenny admits to Brock his affair with Rachel.

  • Picket Fences - Supreme Courting (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Supreme Courting

    Max helps Carter woo a woman; Zach gets in trouble for kissing a girl; Kimberly and her boyfriend struggle with sexual-consent guidelines.

  • Picket Fences - Abominable Snowman (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Abominable Snowman

    An Alzheimer's sufferer wants to give his heart to his dying son; Wambaugh pleads with the city to house Frank the Potato Man; guest Adam Arkin.

  • Picket Fences - Remote Control (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Remote Control

    Wambaugh blames violence in the media for his client's assault on Matthew; Rachel launches a war on crime.

  • Picket Fences - Guns 'R' Us (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Guns 'R' Us

    Practical joking gets out of hand, which may result in paralysis for Matthew; Max fills in as sheriff.

  • Picket Fences - Paging Doctor God (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Paging Doctor God

    Jill is arrested after operating on a patient whose religious beliefs prohibit surgery; Zach wants to convert to Judaism.

  • Picket Fences - Blue Christmas (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Blue Christmas

    Kimberly's friend is arrested during a drug sweep at school; his mother's heart attack brings out the worst in Carter.

  • Picket Fences - Strangers (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:


    A man with a brain disease that distorts vision shoots his brother; Jill and Brock clash over his motives.

  • Picket Fences - Cross Examination (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Cross Examination

    The clergy of Rome ponders the implications when medical experts are unable to find an explanation for the pregnancy of a comatose woman.

  • Picket Fences - Dairy Queen (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Dairy Queen

    Town residents are in an uproar when Rachel chooses a well-endowed woman to promote the dairy industry and they later learn she is a battered wife.

  • Picket Fences - The Dancing Bandit (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    The Dancing Bandit

    An unconventional band of robbers, led by a young deaf woman, orchestrates a bank heist to obtain funds to aid flood victims in Rome.

  • Picket Fences - Under the Influence (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Under the Influence

    Max lets an intoxicated woman drive home, resulting in an accident that critically injures another motorist.

  • Picket Fences - Unlawful Entries (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Unlawful Entries

    A male teacher is publicly humiliated when he is forced to admit he was raped by a woman; Max decides to press charges against her therapist.

  • Picket Fences - Duty-Free Rome (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Duty-Free Rome

    A therapist admits his attraction to Max; a priest (Roy Dotrice) confronts his church's stand on birth control.

  • Picket Fences - Turpitude (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:


    Brock arrests the mayor for killing a would-be car-jacker; Jill buys a gun; guests Ed Koch, Harry Smith.

  • Picket Fences - The Lullaby League (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    The Lullaby League

    Zach is chosen to play his horn onstage for a legendary blues singer; Max delivers a fugitive's baby and decides to adopt it.

  • Picket Fences - Sugar and Spice (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Sugar and Spice

    Kimberly is confused by her feelings when she experiments by kissing her friend Lisa; Max and Kenny vie for the job of undersheriff.

  • Picket Fences - Rights of Passage (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Rights of Passage

    When an extension to the golf course threatens to destroy an ancient American Indian burial ground, the Chippewa tribe declares war on Rome.

  • Picket Fences - Sightings (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:


    When a corpse is found in the Brocks' trash, coroner Carter Pike identifies him as an Orthodox Jew who disappeared after going in search of a UFO.

  • Picket Fences - Fetal Attraction (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Fetal Attraction

    Jill's ex-fiance (Jamey Sheridan), an expert on a controversial treatment for Parkinson's disease, visits.

  • Picket Fences - Be My Valentine (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Be My Valentine

    Max goes under cover to apprehend "Cupid," a serial killer and rapist sought by the FBI who meets his prospective victims through the personal ads.

  • Picket Fences - The Body Politic (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    The Body Politic

    An HIV-positive dentist sues after being fired; a man and his mother-in-law battle over whether to keep his brain-dead pregnant wife alive.

  • Picket Fences - Nuclear Meltdowns (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Nuclear Meltdowns

    Kimberly's pregnant friend appears to be an incest victim; Kenny's girlfriend meets her long-lost twin; a pet duck is sacrificed.

  • Picket Fences - Bad Moons Rising (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Bad Moons Rising

    A woman who steamrolled her estranged husband blames menopause; the onset of puberty unsettles Matthew.

  • Picket Fences - Frog Man (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Frog Man

    Kenny is shot while investigating burglaries in which a frog is left at each scene; guest Michael Jeter.

  • Picket Fences - High Tidings (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    High Tidings

    Brock catches Kimberly in bed with her boyfriend, arrests him and cancels Christmas in the household.

  • Picket Fences - Pageantry (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:


    After a court rules religious pageants cannot be held on public property, the Christmas pageant director defies the ban and is arrested.

  • Picket Fences - The Snake Lady (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    The Snake Lady

    Suspects in the death of a young woman are her snake-raising sister and her own husband, who gets involved with Max.

  • Picket Fences - Thanksgiving (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:


    Jill's father arrives for Thanksgiving with a young love; Wambaugh has his wife arrested for adultery.

  • Picket Fences - Sacred Hearts (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Sacred Hearts

    Sheriff Brock and Judge Bone become embroiled in a moral and religious controversy when a nun confesses to a mercy killing.

  • Picket Fences - The Contenders (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Contenders

    A 14-year-old secret is exposed when Jill enters the mayoral race; Kenny organizes a charity boxing match with newsman Harry Smith as announcer.

  • Picket Fences - Remembering Rosemary (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Remembering Rosemary

    A demented witness prompts the reopening of a 10-year-old murder case on Halloween; holiday tricks get out of hand.

  • Picket Fences - Frank the Potato Man (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Frank the Potato Man

    A man sneaks into residents' homes and bathes; a farmer claims a neighbor's still intoxicates his cows.

  • Picket Fences - The Autumn of Rome (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Autumn of Rome

    The sheriff's department uncovers bribery and corruption in the town; when the mayoral race turns ugly, Jimmy Brock is drafted to run.

  • Picket Fences - Mr. Dreeb Comes to Town (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Mr. Dreeb Comes to Town

    A little man (Michael Anderson) rides into town on a circus elephant, claiming he took it to save it from abuse.

  • Picket Fences - The Green Bay Chopper (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Green Bay Chopper

    The Rome Sheriff's Department races the FBI to find a depraved kidnapper after one of Zachary's classmates brings a severed hand to show and tell.

  • Picket Fences - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    A murder during a community play throws Rome into chaos; a singing group arrives in town.

  • Picket Fences - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Secrets are exposed and relationships strained when Jimmy investigates a puzzling murder; Kenny falls for a faded singer.

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