Picket Fences - Crime scene garden fence

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Television series
German title Picket Fences - Crime scene garden fence
Original title Picket fences
Picket Fences title.svg
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 1992-1996
length 45 minutes,
pilot film: 90 minutes
Episodes 88 in 4 seasons ( list )
genre Drama , crime thriller
idea David E. Kelley
music Stewart Levin
First broadcast September 18, 1992 (USA) on CBS
first broadcast
January 5, 1995 on Sat.1

Picket Fences - Tatort Gartenzaun (original title: Picket Fences , in German : Picket fences ) is an American dramatic television series . Between 1992 and 1996, 88 episodes were created in four seasons , which were first broadcast in the United States by CBS and in Germany from 1995 by Sat.1 . David E. Kelley came up with the idea for the series and also wrote most of the scripts for the first three seasons. Also influenced by Twin Peaks , it is set in a fictional small US town that serves as the backdrop for public and private problems in contemporary America. She deals with ethical and moral issues relating to sexuality , religion , social minorities and other topics from contrary perspectives, which critics perceived as provocative. Characteristic for the series are bizarre types of crimes, disputes fought in court and black-humored situations. The main leading roles are played by Tom Skerritt and Kathy Baker . Picket Fences is a series that has won numerous prizes, especially in terms of its acting, and has been awarded 14 Primetime Emmy Awards with other renowned television awards. In its country of origin, ratings and approval from critics increased in the course of its first broadcast.

The German pay TV provider Premiere showed the series under the title Rome - City in Twilight .


Picket Fences was mainly assigned to the genres of drama, courtroom drama (in German about: "courtroom drama"), police and crime series, family series and - because of black humor elements - comedy . Typical for series by David E. Kelley, there are also several elements of the hospital series . For the journalist Harald Keller, the series is a “pleasing combination of lightly entertaining elements with problematic topics in a form that often resembles a mixture of tragic comedy , model trial and Brechtian didactic play ”.

Most episodes contain a main storyline and one or two thematically linked subplot lines. While the first two seasons are mostly episodes with completed stories, the third season has two important, multi-episode storylines.



→ Main article: Seasons 1 , 2 , 3 , 4

The series takes place in the fictional city of Rome in the US state of Wisconsin . Rome is a predominantly white town with a population of around 30,000. Common locations within the city include the police station, the courthouse fictitiously named Hogan County Courthouse, and the Brock family home.

Many episodes start with the discovery of a crime or the establishment of an alleged criminal offense. The investigative work of the police and the questioning of the accused and witnesses often follow. The cases discussed often raise ethical and moral questions, which are controversially discussed or negotiated both within the Brock family and by the police and in front of the court. Many episodes end with the verdict of the judge or jury .

One of the controversial questions is the extent to which self-defense should be judged as vigilante justice; whether a convicted sex offender can become part of society again; whether an HIV positive doctor can continue to practice; or the extent to which short stature is a disadvantage for personal development. The rights of other social minorities , such as the homeless , are also dealt with. Various types of violence are also addressed, including domestic and fictional violence . The latter is about the question of the extent to which depictions of violence in the media are responsible for a shootout among schoolchildren.

Medical ethics issues are repeatedly discussed . For example, it is about the legality of the use of fetal tissue to save lives, abortions or the legality of organ donations and cryonics . Euthanasia is also a subject of several episodes. When, for example, Dr. Jill Brock helps a terminally ill patient to die with medication at his request, but is initially found guilty after a controversial discussion and with reference to the law against euthanasia; after a constitutional complaint from her lawyers against that law, he was acquitted again.

It is not uncommon for medicine-related questions in the series to be related to religious beliefs. In the episode In God's Hand (Season 2), for example, the question is raised whether the husband of a couple who belong to the Christian Scientists may forbid the doctors from taking life-prolonging measures if these are contrary to the religion. Other episodes related to religion deal with the separation of church and state , with stigmatization or with a birth despite the virginity of the mother.

The third season also tells two stories that span more than two episodes. This includes a judicial dispute about a murder, which also revolves around the question of the extent to which the accused waived his right to legal assistance when he testified in police custody. In the context of this case, the appeal hearing before the Supreme Federal Court is described. The other storyline of that season is about the integration of colored schoolchildren from a city ​​marked by juvenile delinquency into the school life of Rome. The representatives of Rome initially defend themselves against the transfer of the schoolchildren, also by threatening with firearms, but then have to accept the corresponding order from a black federal judge.

In many episodes of the fourth, the last, season, the focus is on the personal relationships and love affairs of the main characters. There are fewer court hearings; this also includes a murder trial in which Pope John Paul II testifies as the main witness against a homosexual accused and is therefore accused by the defense of being biased. Another murder trial, in which a Jew is charged with the murder of a Nazi supporter, is accompanied by demonstrating neo-Nazis , wearing swastika armbands , and Jews.

The stories are often made up of unusual ways of death or corpses in exceptional condition. For example, a dead person is found in a dishwasher or frozen to death in a freezer. Another time a woman crushed the upper half of her unloved husband with a steamroller . There are other grotesque aspects that appear in the series. For example, a short circus worker comes riding a circus elephant to Rome. When the mayor's frozen corpse is being rescued, his head breaks off and rolls down to the sheriff's feet . Unexpected twists and turns in the plot or the investigation of criminal cases are not uncommon. For example, a woman who is supposed to testify against her husband, who is suspected of murder, suddenly admits the murder herself on the witness stand.


Tom Skerritt , who played Jimmy Brock (1994)
Kathy Baker , actress in Jill Brock (1993)

Jimmy Brock , around 50 years old, is the sheriff of Rome and, unlike his wife and children, is agnostic . He is in his second marriage to Dr. Jill Brock , a family doctor who sometimes works as a surgeon and emergency doctor. Sometimes they are also active on the school committee or city council. Often they disagree on the cases heard in court. Together they have pubescent sons, the older Matthew and the younger Zachary . They are often involved in youthful jokes , such as shooting people with a potato cannon. From the second season onwards, Zachary follows his wish, as does his role model, the lawyer Wambaugh, to become a Jew. The young Kimberly Brock , Jimmy's daughter from his first marriage, lives in her house until the third season . Kimberly is confident and direct, at times rebellious too. When it comes to explaining things such as religious beliefs, she is a surrogate mother to her two half-brothers. In the second and third seasons she works outside of school as an assistant for Wambaugh, in the fourth she studies medicine.

Deputies Kenny Lacos and Maxine Stewart also work in the police station . Some subplot strands are about their love affairs, partly with other partners, partly with each other. Ginny Weedon is an older woman who is only four feet tall and works in the police station's front desk for the first two seasons. She is very curious and likes to listen to closed doors. She is discovered early in the third season, frozen to death in her deep freezer, into which she accidentally fell while reaching for a tin can.

Carter Pike is the coroner of Rome and often also helps the police in criminal matters , although the sheriff often finds him overzealous. He is suspected of being necrophilic among the inhabitants of Rome . He is between 35 and 40 years old and tries several times to put an end to his bachelorhood . Due to a lack of success in this regard, he tries desperately, but unsuccessfully, suicide at the beginning of the fourth season . In order to finally become a father, he uses a surrogate mother in the third season , who breaks off the pregnancy despite his contradiction. In the fourth season he meets his future wife Sue.

Fyvush Finkel , who played Douglas Wambaugh (1994)

Douglas Wambaugh is a Jewish attorney in his early 70's who often appears as a public defender. When asked whether his clients are guilty, he usually doesn't want them to answer. He sometimes manages to win litigation even with absurd arguments, and is not averse to arguments and jokes that are at the expense of other people. In some court hearings he suddenly accuses the prosecution of contradicting him only because he is Jewish, and is then reprimanded by the judge. He likes to honor the judge as well as himself as "original". At funerals and other social events, Wambaugh is often the only one to deliver a speech or the first to start a conversation. On the grounds that he was promoting anti-Semitic prejudice with tasteless remarks , the rabbi even wanted to expel him from his community in the second season, but without success. In the third season he learns that he has multiple sclerosis ; at the beginning of the fourth his wife divorces him because he has failed to fulfill his marital duties. Franklin Dell is a rare lawyer who appears in the series .

Barnaby Woods is the prosecutor at the beginning of the first season . It soon turns out that he is the mysterious guest who bathes in the bathtubs of strange houses. As such, he eventually dies of stray currents . From the second season, John Littleton appears as the prosecutor and opponent of Wambaugh in many court cases , who from the third season is one of the main characters and is the only black among them . After his brother dies, he quits his job early in season four.

Henry Bone is the judge who directs the trials in Rome. With regard to some of the judgments that he makes, it becomes clear how difficult it was for him to make a decision and that it was agony for him to choose. Because of the absurdity of some of his arguments, he ends speeches and discussions, often annoyed, with the request “Now get out of here!” In the fourth season he has a heart attack .

Sometimes it also becomes clear that Bone trusts God in his judgments. That's why he is particularly shocked when at the end of the third season his role model Gary Barrett , who is the priest of the Roman Catholic community in Romes, dies. Barrett, sitting in the confessional , is shot dead by a youth addicted to gambling because he did not want to hand over his money. It became public about Barrett in the second season that he is a ladies shoe fetishist . After he announced that he was going to seek psychiatric treatment, his community allowed him to stay in office. The other pastor who can be seen as a recurring minor character is Henry Novotny , pastor of the Episcopal Church .

The series concludes with the wedding of three couples: Carter Pike and Sue, Kenny Lacos and Maxine Stewart as well as Douglas Wambaugh and his ex-wife Myriam.


Several of the stories told in the series are also viewed from the point of view of the mayor of Rome. There are frequent changes in the office of mayor, which are often necessary due to the sudden, strange death of the incumbent.

At the beginning of the series, Bill Pugen is mayor of the city. He wins his re-election against Wambaugh, among others, who discredited him in the election campaign because of his overweight. Shortly after the beginning of the second season, he dies; his death is explained by spontaneous human self-ignition . His successor in office will be the lingerie owner Rachel Harris . When a decades-old porn video with her became known to the public, she lost her position following a city council resolution. This is provisionally received in the same season by the oldest council member Howard Buss , who had learned in the first season that he was suffering from Alzheimer's . His dementia increased during his tenure . To calm himself down from the excitement that the office brings with it, he used a teddy bear and a rocking horse in his office, which he also used, wearing only Indian jewelry and diapers. His son euthanized him without being asked and shoots him to free him from his increasing degradation. After Howard's death at the end of the second season, Jill Brock holds the office temporarily.

The populist postman Ed Lawson wins the next mayoral election by a narrow margin against Carter Pike. Lawson is murdered by his wife that same season for failing to fulfill his marital duties, who is nevertheless acquitted of the murder charge. Due to the lack of other suitable candidates and again temporarily - towards the end of the third season - Laurie Bey takes over the office. She is almost deaf and mute and therefore usually communicates in sign language and with an interpreter . Before taking office, she was known as the “dancing thief” and was arrested when she - like Robin Hood - stole from the rich to help the poor and performed a dance. During her tenure as a surrogate mother, she carries the baby of two homosexual men, including her brother. She is represented as mayor by Maxine Stewart, who is promptly shot as a result of a controversial decision.

History of origin

Conception and production

David E. Kelley , who studied law , first got into the television business in the mid-1980s when Steven Bochco hired him as a screenwriter and story editor for the law television series LA Law - Star Lawyers, Tricks, Trials , which was created by Bochco . For more than half of the episodes of the first five seasons, Kelley was instrumental in writing the script. Critics credited him with making the series, which won several Emmys , so successful. After leaving the series in 1991, he looked for a buyer for his own series, titled Picket Fences , and found it on the CBS network . The contract then concluded between the two parties also included the production of two further television series to be created by Kelley. Picket Fences started in September 1992.

The concept for the series is similar in terms of the setting - a small town in which strange things happen - the concepts of the US television series Twin Peaks and , of all things, Alaska, which started in 1990 . Kelley admitted that Picket Fences was influenced by these series.

In an interview with the New York Times during the US premiere of the second season, Kelley said he was enthusiastic about the artistic freedom CBS gave him while working on picket fences .

For most television series, changing scriptwriters or teams of scriptwriters are used. At Picket Fences, on the other hand, Kelley wrote the scripts for almost all episodes of the first three seasons alone or with co-authors. After the second season and the urging of CBS to produce another of the agreed three television series, Kelley also devoted himself to the coordination and the scripts of the television series Chicago Hope, which he created (produced from 1994 to 2000). The double burden was too high for him, so that after the third season he largely retired as a screenwriter at Picket Fences and only provided the script for two episodes of the fourth season. At Picket Fences he was replaced by an ensemble of other, often changing scriptwriters, who largely rejected the series 'court format and focused on the characters' personal problems.

Between Picket Fences and Chicago Hope there was an episode in each of the two series in the 1994/95 television season that was a crossover with the other series. Both series thus play in the same fictional universe . In the episodes is because they know what they are doing ( Rebels With Cause , season 3) of picket fences and small sacrifices ( Small Sacrifices , season 1) of Chicago Hope . The character Wambaugh is in the first episode as a patient at the Chicago Hope Hospital and in the second episode, which aired about two months later, as a lawyer in the hospital.

Robert Breech was also a producer on the series . As with LA Law , he was responsible for the legal aspects in the episodes. Another producer was Ann Donahue , at least for the first two seasons.

The sets for the small town of Rome were made in a 20th Century Fox film studio in Los Angeles .

Cast and German dubbed version

Don Cheadle , cast member for John Littleton

The two main roles of the Brock couple were cast with Tom Skerritt and Kathy Baker at Kelley's request to attract two established cinema actors. Most of the remaining roles went to lesser-known actors. This includes Don Cheadle , for whom his role as prosecutor Littleton meant a boost in popularity. He left the series early in the fourth season and then received roles in a number of motion pictures. The then youth actress Holly Marie Combs also became known through Picket Fences , afterwards she got a leading role in the series Charmed . For the 1994 already 80 years old Ray Walston , actor of the judge Bone, it was the most successful station of his career in terms of his performance at the Emmy Awards .

The German dubbed version was produced by Telesynchron in Berlin. Dialog book authors were Bernd Eichner and Bodo Traber , dialog directors were directed by Jürgen Kluckert and also Eichner.

The table lists the actors and their role names, their affiliation with the main cast (●) or with the secondary and guest actors (•) per season, the total number of episodes with appearances and the German voice actors .

actor Role name 1 2 3 4th Ep. German voice actor
Tom Skerritt James "Jimmy" Brock 88 Bodo Wolf
Kathy Baker Dr. Jill Brock 88 Karin Grüger
Costa's Mandylor Kenneth "Kenny" Lacos 88 Tom Vogt
Lauren Holly Maxine "Max" Stewart 88 Iris Artajo
Holly Marie Combs Kimberly "Kim" Brock 88 Melanie Hinze
Justin Shenkarov Matthew "Matt" Brock 88 Ozan Ünal , Marius Clarén
Adam Wylie Zachary "Zack" Brock 88 Nicolás Artajo
Fyvush Finkel Douglas "Doug" Wambaugh 87 Gerd Holtenau
Ray Walston Henry Bone 80 Eric Vaessen
Zelda Rubinstein Ginny Weedon 44 Eva-Maria Werth
Kelly Connell Dr. Carter Pike 73 Norbert Gescher
Roy Brocksmith Michael "Mike" Oslo 20th Andreas Hanft
Michael Keenan Bill Pugen 15th Manfred Rahn
Robert Cornthwaite Howard Buss 11 Heinz Fabian
Cristine Rose Lydia Brock 5 Karin Buchholz
Denis Arndt Franklin Dell 12 Friedrich Georg Beckhaus
Dabbs Greer Henry Novotny 20th Heinz Palm
Roy Dotrice Gary Barrett 15th Peter Neusser
Don Cheadle John Littleton 38 Frank Schröder
Leigh Taylor-Young Rachel Harris 16 Astrid Bless , Monica Bielenstein
Marlee Matlin Laurie Bey 13 Maud Ackermann , Gabrielle Scharnitzky
Amy Aquino Dr. Joanna "Joey" Diamond 12 Joseline Gassen


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United States Germany
Season Episodes Period spectator rank Period
1 22nd Sep 18 1992 - May 6, 19930 ? 80 0Jan 5, 1995 - May 31, 1995
2 22nd Oct 22, 1993 - May 13, 1994 9.5 million 66 0June 7, 1995 - Nov. 12, 1995
3 22nd 23 Sep 1994 - May 12, 1995 ? 54 Nov 22, 1995 - July 3, 1997 0
4th 22nd 22 Sep 1995 - June 26, 1996 7.0 million 98 0July 4, 1997 - Aug. 4, 1997 0

CBS first broadcast the two-hour pilot on Friday, December 18, 1992. The following episodes of the first season were first broadcast weekly on the evening program on the same weekday, a traditionally little viewer slot. In the hope of improving ratings, CBS switched the show's slot for the last five episodes of the season to Thursday night, when Picket Fences was broadcast alongside LA Law . The second season started again on Friday evening, only the second episode was shown again on Thursday. The audience ratings for the second and third seasons were better compared to their previous seasons. The series held the Friday evening slot until February 1996. By then, 15 episodes of the fourth season had premiered. Due to poor ratings in the fourth season, CBS vacated the slot for the new series Nash Bridges and discontinued Picket Fences . CBS first aired three episodes in April 1996, including the series ending. The station did not submit the remaining four episodes until after the end of the season, in June.

The German dubbed version of the series was broadcast by Sat.1 from 1995. The private broadcaster first showed the pilot film in the main evening program on January 5, 1995. The following episodes were broadcast for the first time on a weekly basis from January 9, 1995 - on Mondays until March 20, 1995, and Wednesdays from March 29, 1995. By January 3, 1996, Sat.1 had broadcast all episodes up to the sixth episode of the third season. Sat.1 showed a further 13 episodes of the third season for the first time on Tuesday evenings from November 1996 to February 1997. All the remaining episodes of the series were first broadcast on Sat.1 in the weekday afternoon programs in July and August 1997. The series was at least so successful for the broadcaster that it - even in response to messages from viewers - subsequently repeated it in full on the same slot.


In June 2007, the production company 20th Century Fox released the first season of the series on DVD in regional code 1 for the USA and Canada. Further seasons have not yet been published there. Between 2014 and 2016, however, all four seasons were released on DVD in Australia.

The German company Fernsehjuwelen first released the series on DVD in 2016. The first season was released on April 15, the second season on July 8, and the third and fourth seasons were released on November 4.

Interpretation and analysis

The fictional city of Rome served Kelley as a reflection of US society. Summing up the concept of the series, he said, "it is more than anything about life in a community, life in the family, at work and in the city that is a community". With the series he wanted to confront sympathetic characters with their hypocrisy and prejudice . The characters should face their own fear so that the stories would raise moral-ethical dilemmas with no simple answers. Kelley emphasized that the series had no particular political orientation and had both conservative and liberal positions.

Several journalists, including Harald Keller , rated the issues raised by the series such as AIDS and euthanasia as provocative. The essay author Douglas E. Abrams interpreted the court cases narrated in the series as “national civics lesson”, in German as “national teaching in civic education ”.

Contrary viewpoints

A key feature of the series is that it looks at problems from different, contrary angles. For example, in the episode The Visitor (Season 1), on the one hand, the US federal government is criticized negatively for banning potentially life-saving experiments with fetal tissue. On the other hand, a figure warns of the danger that fetal tissue could encourage women to have abortions out of greed for profit . Tom Shales , a journalist for the Washington Post , wrote that Kelley did not give moral sermons to his series . The US media historian Robert Thompson was of a similar opinion . The series would point out problems in an ambiguous, non-moralizing way. The consideration of problems from different perspectives would have made Picket Fences the first “post-politically correct television series” of prime time , in German for example the first prime time television series that goes beyond political correctness . An example of this is the episode rules of propriety (season 2) with the topic of sexual harassment . In it, Kimberly Brock is furious with her childhood friend, who asks her every time after successfully taking a seminar on sexual correctness if he can kiss or touch her.

Comparison with twin peaks

According to the US scientist Robert Thompson, the influence of Twin Peaks becomes clear in numerous episodes of at least the first two seasons . For example, in one episode of Picket Fences, a woman is murdered by being locked in her dishwasher and sent to the wash cycle along with her favorite dishes; in another episode, nuns hum the tune of Killing Me Softly while performing euthanasia . The character Carter Pike is like "Quincy with a genital fixation" (German for example: " Quincy with genital fixation"), because Pike always finds a reason for examining the intimate parts of corpses.

Thompson went on to find that the Picket Fences series had put its crazy elements "in the service of solid, linear stories about serious problems," whereas Twin Peaks had become little more than a series about its own madness.



As it first aired, reviews in the United States were divided. Tom Shales of the Washington Post, for example, found the series "often engaging, original, well-acted and bitingly funny", while "some monstrosities" such as finding a corpse in a dishwasher seemed "complacent, superfluous and simply average". Ken Tucker, author of the US magazine Entertainment Weekly , was content with the scenes set in the Brocks' house; here the series has its own rhythm and a fresh perspective on family life. On the other hand, it becomes a “show for twin peaks freaks” as soon as the police station becomes the scene, for example because the “oracular cleverness” of the character Ginny Weedon is incomprehensible without knowing Weedon's past and background. Of course, Picket Fences tries to be a more pleasant, quieter kind of twin peaks , but moves the relaxed, paradoxical mood that the series strives for more to switch off than on.

A few weeks before the first season ended on television in 1993, journalist John J. O'Connor said in the New York Times appreciatively that the series now - unlike when it began when it tried too hard - to be different Be - handle bigger problems and know how to be brave, touching and charming. The series shows that Kelley is a talented author. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly , on the other hand, was not particularly impressed by the series even in the middle of the first broadcast of the second season: For example, suggest that "serious controversies are crushed by boring and angry speeches", in connection with the low ratings and the overloading of prices, that the series represents "the triumph of the common consumer - intellectualism " on television.

Variety writer Todd Everett wrote in March 1995 that Picket Fences was one of the funniest series on television and that Kelley knew how to shed light on both sides of a controversial subject. Journalist Volker Zastrow in 1997 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung was of a similar opinion: The way the series tells related stories in which the same facts are examined from different perspectives is done with “great skill”. He thought the series was "well done", also because it provoked interest among viewers for initially strange stories and characters and was a "shredder for prejudice, ultimately for the self-righteous way of thinking".

Representation of religion

The portrayal of religion in the series met with a divided response. The media historian Robert J. Thompson, for example, found words of praise in his book Television's Second Golden Age (1996). He certified the series to deal with religious problems skilfully and without taking sides, but at the same time not all existing, organized beliefs in "Chris-in-the-morning's theistic melting pot" (German for example: "some theistic melting pot") to throw. In addition, the series understood how to recognize divine actions without slipping into the maudlin melodrama of the series An Angel on Earth (1984–1989).

The PBS presenter Michael Medved praised the series basically to focussing religious themes. However, he complained about a lack of balance, because the stories usually showed " secular people who teach religious people something", for example, when a fanatical, religious doctor was punished for showing other people the possibility of a virgin birth . The portrayal of religion in the series was also an occasion for criticism. For example, members of Christian Science were outraged over a caesarean section featured on the series that violated the beliefs of the mother's parents. In addition, a Mormon- run US television station temporarily stopped broadcasting the series to protest an episode about a bigamistic Mormon. Because of this aspect, but also other episodes, the series was also criticized negatively in a large-scale study by the conservative US organization Media Research Center . Incidentally, Jewish viewers criticized the portrayal of the character Douglas Wambaugh as anti-Semitic. David E. Kelley responded to the criticism with the episode A Hard Case (Season 2), in which Wambaugh defends himself against criticism of his rabbi for his tasteless remarks.


Picket Fences has been nominated and awarded at numerous television awards. There was one prize each for the Golden Globe Award and the Humanitas Prize ; at the Primetime Emmy Award there were even 14 awards.

Primetime Emmy Awards

Holly Marie Combs (left), starring Kim Brock, and Lauren Holly (right), starring Maxine Stewart, at the 1993 Emmy Awards

For the most important US television award, the Primetime Emmy Award, Picket Fences was nominated a total of 27 times between 1993 and 1996. In the best drama series , the most important category for drama series , there was an award for the first and second season. Most of the other nominations were for individual actor performance. Kathy Baker, nominated as the only cast member in each season, won the Best Actress Award three times (1993, 1995, 1996). Tom Skerritt, nominated for Best Actor in 1993 and 1994, won 1993. Ray Walston and Fyvush Finkel were also nominated several times for their performance in the series: In the category Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series , Walston received two awards (with three nominations) and Finkel one Emmy (with two nominations). There were another two Emmys (with seven nominations) for male and female guest actors. In addition, the series was nominated once every year in the category Best Costumes for a Series , two of which were successful.

With the first season, Picket Fences became only the third television series ever, which was awarded for best drama series as well as for best leading actor and best leading actress in the same season.

Overview of Emmy Awards and Nominations
year category person episode result
1993 Best drama series Won
Best Actress in a Drama Series Kathy Baker Won
Best costumes for a series Where is your brother? Nominated
Best theme music Nominated
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Michael Jeter The frogman Nominated
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Richard Kiley Holiday crises Nominated
Best Actor in a Drama Series Tom Skerritt Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Fyvush Finkel Nominated
1994 Best drama series Won
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Marlee Matlin The dancing thief Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Kathy Baker Nominated
Best costumes for a series The milk queen Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Leigh Taylor-Young Won
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Richard Kiley We invite you to table Won
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series James Earl Jones Law or order? Nominated
Best Actor in a Drama Series Tom Skerritt Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Fyvush Finkel Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Ray Walston Nominated
1995 Best Actress in a Drama Series Kathy Baker Won
Best costumes for a series The end of the song Won
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Paul Winfield Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Ray Walston Won
1996 Best cast for a series Nominated
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Louise Fletcher Two men and a baby Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Kathy Baker Won
Best costumes for a series Three weddings and the end of the world Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Ray Walston Won

Golden Globe Awards

Also at the Golden Globe Award , for which there were a total of nine nominations, Kathy Baker was among the actors most successful: nominated three times for the best actress in a drama series (1994, 1995, 1996), she won the award in 1994. She stayed in the other categories it in nominations: Picket Fences for Best Drama Series and Tom Skerritt for Best Actor in a Drama Series were proposed in 1994 and 1995. Furthermore, Leigh Taylor-Young , actress of Rachel Harris, and Fyvush Finkel were nominated as supporting actors.

Overview of Golden Globe awards and nominations
year category person result
1994 Best drama series Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Kathy Baker Won
Best Actor in a Drama Series Tom Skerritt Nominated
1995 Best drama series Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Kathy Baker Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or a Movie for TV Leigh Taylor-Young Nominated
Best Actor in a Drama Series Tom Skerritt Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or a TV Movie Fyvush Finkel Nominated
1996 Best Actress in a Drama Series Kathy Baker Nominated

Young Artist Awards

There were eight nominations for the Young Artist Award , which is intended for young actors, seven of which went to the actors of the three Brock children. Holly Marie Combs won 1993, Adam Wylie , three times nominated, won 1994. The three actors were nominated together in 1994 in the category Best Young Ensemble in a TV Series .

Overview of young artist awards and nominations
year category person result
1993 Best Young Actress in a New TV Series Holly Marie Combs Won
Best Young Actor in a New TV Series Justin Shenkarov Nominated
Best Under 10 Actor on a TV Series Adam Wylie Nominated
1994 Best Young Actor in a TV Series Adam Wylie Won
Best Young Actor in a TV Series Karl David-Djerf Nominated
Best Young Ensemble in a TV Series Holly Marie Combs,
Justin Shenkarow,
Adam Wylie
1995 Best Young Actor in a Drama Series Justin Shenkarov Nominated
Best Young Actor in a Drama Series Adam Wylie Nominated

Q Awards

A total of 22 nominations and seven awards, there were between 1993 and 1996 for the Television Award Q Awards , the organization of the Viewers for Quality Television (German about: Viewers for Quality Television ) was organized to 2000th The series was proposed here three times as the best quality drama series (with an award in 1995); all other nominations were for actors.

Overview of Q-Award awards and nominations
year category person result
1993 Special actor Ray Walston Won
Best leading actress in a quality drama series Kathy Baker Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Lauren Holly Nominated
Best quality drama series Nominated
Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Tom Skerritt Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Fyvush Finkel Nominated
1994 Special actor Robert Cornthwaite Nominated
Special actor Roy Dotrice Nominated
Best leading actress in a quality drama series Kathy Baker Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Lauren Holly Won
Best quality drama series Nominated
Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series Tom Skerritt Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Fyvush Finkel Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Ray Walston Nominated
1995 Special actor Marlee Matlin Nominated
Best leading actress in a quality drama series Kathy Baker Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Lauren Holly Nominated
Best quality drama series Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Fyvush Finkel Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Ray Walston Nominated
1996 Best leading actress in a quality drama series Kathy Baker Nominated
Best returning actor Amy Aquino Won

Other prices

The most important other prizes, for which there were nominations and in some cases awards, include the popular Edgar Allan Poe Award (a 1994 nomination for the episode vigilante justice ); the Humanitas Prize (three nominations 1994–1996, one award in 1996), which honors human dignity and freedom of expression , among other things , and the awards of the unions of actors (one win for Kathy Baker, three further nominations), screenwriters (two nominations) and directors ( one award and one further nomination).

Overview of awards and nominations for other prizes
price year category person episode result
American Television Award 1993 Best drama series Nominated
1993 Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Lauren Holly Nominated
1993 Best Actress in a Drama Series Kathy Baker Nominated
1993 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Fyvush Finkel Won
1993 Best Actor in a Drama Series Tom Skerritt Nominated
Artios Award 1993 Best Cast (Episode of a Drama Series) Nominated
1993 Best Cast (Pilot) Nominated
1994 Best Cast (Episode of a Drama Series) Nominated
CIMA Award 1993 watch TV Won
DGA Award 1993 Best director Ron Lagomarsino The death of the tin man Won
1994 Best director Lou Antonio The dancing thief Nominated
Edgar Allan Poe Award 1994 Best episode David E. Kelley Vigilante justice Nominated
GLAAD Media Award 1997 Best episode Nominated
Humanitas Prize 1994 60 minutes David E. Kelley The snowman Nominated
1995 60 minutes David E. Kelley Swan song Nominated
1996 60 minutes Nick Harding , David E. Kelley Won
People's Choice Award 1993 Best New Drama TV Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award 1995 Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama Kathy Baker Won
1995 Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama Tom Skerritt Nominated
1995 Best Acting Company in a TV Series - Drama Nominated
1996 Best Acting Company in a TV Series - Drama Nominated
WGA Award 1994 Episodic drama David E. Kelley Holiday crises Nominated
1996 Episodic drama Nick Harding , David E. Kelley Saint Zachary Nominated
YoungStar Award 1997 Best Young Actor in a Drama Series Adam Wylie Won

In addition, the series was honored with at least one award each from the US organizations National Easter Seals Society , which advocates for people with disabilities, and Alzheimer's Association .


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Individual evidence

  1. a b c Harald Keller: Cult series and their stars. Rowohlt Taschenbuch, Reinbek 1996, ISBN 3-929470-08-X , p. 107.
  2. Thompson 1996, p. 172.
  3. a b Thompson 1996, p. 167 f.
  4. a b c Dominik Starck: Picket Fences - Tatort garden fence. The complete first season. The travel guide through Rome, booklet for the German DVD edition, Filmverlag Fernsehjuwelen 2016.
  5. a b Abrams 1998, p. 132.
  6. Dominik Starck: Picket Fences - Tatort garden fence. The complete 3rd season. The travel guide through Rome, booklet for the German DVD edition, Filmverlag Fernsehjuwelen 2016.
  7. a b Picket Fences - Tatort garden fence. In: synchronkartei.de. German synchronous index , accessed on November 6, 2016 .
  8. ^ A b c Judith Michaelson: CBS Closes the Gate on 'Fences' , in: Los Angeles Times, April 24, 1996, accessed Dec. 18, 2016.
  9. Dominik Starck: Picket Fences - Tatort garden fence. The complete 2nd season. The travel guide through Rome , booklet for the German DVD edition, Filmverlag Fernsehjuwelen 2016.
  10. a b Dominik Starck: Picket Fences - Tatort garden fence. The complete 4th season. The travel guide through Rome , booklet for the German DVD edition, Filmverlag Fernsehjuwelen 2016.
  11. SAT.1: From today all 87 episodes “Picket Fences” plus pilot film , in: Leipziger Volkszeitung from August 5, 1997, p. 12.
  12. Thompson 1996, p. 171 f.
  13. ^ Judith Michaelson: CBS Closes the Gate on 'Fences' , in: Los Angeles Times, April 24, 1996, accessed Dec. 26, 2016.
  14. Abrams 1998, p. 130.
  15. Tom Shales: TV PREVIEW , in: The Washington Post, April 1, 1993, accessed March 23, 2017.
  16. Thompson 1996, pp. 171 f .; Quote from p. 171.
  17. Thompson 1996, pp. 170 f., Quoted from p. 171.
  18. Thompson 1996, p. 171: "in the service of solid linear narratives about serious issues"
  19. Quote T. Shales: "Often engaging, inventive, well acted and wickedly funny,"
  20. Quote T. Shales: “some of its outrageousness”
  21. Quote T. Shales: “self-congratulatory and gratuitous, and just plain mean”
  22. Tom Shales: 'PICKET FENCES': NOT EXACTLY MAIN STREET , in: The Washington Post , Sep 18. 1992, accessed January 8, 2017.
  23. Ken Tucker: Picket Fences , in: Entertainment Weekly , Sep 25. 1992, accessed December 25, 2016.
  24. ^ John J. O'Connor : Critic's Notebook - Daring to Be Different On TV, a Medium Where Safety Thrives , in: The New York Times, April 1, 1993, accessed January 8, 2017.
  25. Quote K. Tucker: “smothered in overwrought speechifying”
  26. Quote from K. Tucker: “triumph of middlebrow intellectualism”
  27. Ken Tucker: Picket Fences , in: Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 17, 1993, accessed Dec. 24, 2016.
  28. Todd Everett: Review: 'Picket Fences Without Mercy' , in: Variety .com of 30 March 1995, accessed on 24 December 2016.
  29. Volker Zastrow : A question of perspective. The series for real-weight people: "Picket Fences" , in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of November 20, 1997, p. 42.
  30. Thompson 1996, p. 175.
  31. Quote Michael Medved: “secular people teaching something to the religious people”
  32. a b c Bill Broadway: The Drama of Faith , in: The Washington Post, October 29, 1994, accessed January 1, 2017.
  33. John Dillin: TV Networks Blind To Role Religion Plays in the US, Major Study Says , in: The Christian Science Monitor, March 8, 1994, accessed January 8, 2017.
  34. a b c d e Awards , in: IMDb , accessed on December 25, 2016.
  35. ^ CIMA Award Recipients - 1993 to 1994 , Catholics in Media Associates , accessed January 1, 2017.
  36. People's Choice noms out , in: Variety .com, February 3, 1993, accessed December 23, 2016.
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