Picket Fences: Season 1


# Air Date Title
1 Sep 18

Picket Fences

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…

2 Sep 25

The Green Bay Chopper

A bizarre case begins to unravel when a girl in Zach’s class brings a severed hand in a jar into Show and Tell. Then another hand is discovered on the highway that runs f…

3 Oct 02

Mr. Dreeb Comes to Town

A midget named Mr Dreeb rides into Rome on a sick elephant, which promptly crushes Max and Kenny’s patrol car. The elephant takes up residence in the Brocks’ garage…

4 Oct 16

The Autumn of Rome

As the campaigns for the Mayoral election begin, Mayor Pugen is involved in a serious car accident: while eating an egg salad sandwich behind the wheel, he swerves and hits a t…

5 Oct 23

Frank the Potato Man

The townspeople of Rome are plagued by a mysterious ““serial bather”“, who sneaks into their homes while they are out and has a bath. The pressure is on…

6 Oct 26

Remembering Rosemary

It’s Halloween and Jimmy decides to reopen the ten year old suicide case of Rosemary Bauer when Karina Shaw, her former maid who hasn’t spoken since the death, sudd…

7 Oct 30

The Contenders

Jimmy considered it before but now Jill decides she will run for mayor after Bill Pugen ignores women’s rights once too often. At a police speed checkpoint, Max and Kenny…

8 Nov 06

Sacred Hearts

Max searches for a nun suspected of killing an elderly leukemia patient. When the nun is caught, she confesses to committing a series of mercy killings and the furore over pros…

9 Nov 13


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 t…

10 Dec 04

The Snake Lady

Jimmy, Max and Kenny investigate the mysterious death of a woman who may or may not have committed suicide. Suspects in her death are her snake-raising sister and her own husba…

11 Dec 11


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.

12 Dec 18

High Tidings

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 e…

13 Jan 08

Frog Man

Investigating a burglary with Max, Kenny is shot and seriously injured by the Frog Man, a burglar who leaves live frogs at the scene of his crimes.

14 Jan 15

Bad Moons Rising

When Alice Freeman is charged with murdering her estranged husband by running him down with a steamroller, Wambaugh defends her by claiming insanity as the result of the menopa…

15 Jan 22

Nuclear Meltdowns

When a school friend gets pregnant, Kimberly tells her parents she thinks it resulted from incest. Kenny’s girlfriend meets her long-lost twin and Cynthia Parks’ pe…

16 Feb 05

The Body Politic

An HIV-positive dentist sues the city of Rome after being fired. A man and his mother-in-law battle over whether to keep his brain-dead pregnant wife…

17 Feb 12

Be My Valentine

Max goes undercover to catch a vicious serial killer named ‘Cupid’ who murders women he meets through classified ads.

18 Apr 01

Fetal Attraction

Jill asks Dr David Williams, her ex-fiance, to perform a controversial foetal tissue transplant on a man suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

19 Apr 08


A corpse found in the Brocks’ trash is found to be a sheriff who mysteriously disappeared 38 years earlier. Carter believes he may have been killed by radiation emitted b…

20 Apr 15

Rights of Passage

A group of heavily armed Chippewa Indians declares war on Rome and takes over the courthouse, as a dispute over enlarging the golf course gets violent. Ginny accuses Jill of di…

21 Apr 29

Sugar and Spice

Attraction to a girlfriend confuses Kimberly. Max and Kenny vie for undersheriff but Max loses out on the promotion.

22 May 06

The Lullaby League

Zach plays horn for an ailing blues legend but Jill is frustrated when the woman takes ill and fails to appreciate medicine’s ability to keep her alive. Max delivers a cr…

About Picket Fences

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. The show never really got the audience or the popularity it deserved. Admittedly, season 4, after DEK had left the series, is patchy to say the least. But the first 3 seasons of PF are never less than great.