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Picket Fences - Season 1 (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Costas Mandylor, Holly Marie Combs
  • Directors: Alan Myerson, Dan Lerner, Donald Petrie, Elliot Silverstein, Jeremy Kagan
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: June 19 2007
  • Run Time: 1055 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000K7VHJ6
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It is amazing in watching Season 1 of David E. Kelley's "Picket Fences" how much I remember about most of these episodes. But then who could ever forget the Tin Man dropping dead during the town of Rome, Wisconsin's production of "The Wizard of Oz"? On the other hand, this time around I was shocked to realized that it was a very young Elisabeth Moss (later Zoey Barlet on "The West Wing") who turned to Zack after the family had caught Kimberly in bed and utters the immortal words: "Yes, that was sex. Naked nude sex" ("High Tidings"). Those words stuck with us for some time. Nobody was ever just naked or just nude, they were always naked nude, and as for sex, it was never just sex it had to be "naked nude sex." Talk about your walk down memory lane, finally having this show out on DVD provides one of the best examples of that particular experience in quite some time.

I love dramedies and "Picket Fences" certainly counts as one. Time and time again Douglas Wambaugh (Fyvush Finkel) shows up for the defense of everybody from "the serial bather" ("Frank the Potato Man") to "the polygamist bride" ("Nuclear Meltdowns") and just when you think he is a complete clown he turns and levels somebody with a scowl and a pointed remark. It always seems to be the latter I remember better. I find nothing much has changed when I watch these episodes again. Carter Pike drives me crazy with his incessant demands to be deputized or dig up a corpse, but then his lousy love life ("Sightings," the only episode in Season 1 that does not have Kelly as at least a co-writer) renders him human again. Deputy Maxine Steart (Lauren Holly) is almost as bad as she sees serial killers around every corner, except she was right about "The Green Bay Chopper" and Cupid ("Be My Valentine").
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It is easy to see why this program won 3 emmeys and why have the other years not been released?
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I love this series and I am very disappointed that you can't get any seasions after season two.
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Not yet watched by now! Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think, whether you like it or not. May 8 2006
By scott welles - Published on Amazon.com
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Ninety percent of all stories are based on the Idiot Plot -- you've seen it: any conflict that could be resolved in three seconds if not for the fact that everyone involved is an idiot. (Seinfeld based an entire series on this idea, but at least in their case it was intentional.)

Then there's the other nine-point-nine percent, in which the plot involves a real problem, worthy of the main characters' attention (and, therefore, the audience's as well). NYPD Blue, ER, and other shows with life-and-death professions fall in this category. (At least, the good ones do.)

Picket Fences, that last tenth of a percent, is the rarest of the rare, in that each episode seems to start off with the Idiot Plot, everyone getting stirred up by minor little things that should be solved easily...but then something very unusual happens. You slowly realize that this issue is much deeper and more complex than it first seemed. Pretty soon, the most innocuous of personality quirks has expanded into weighty moral, ethical and philosophical territory, and everyone's got an opinion worth considering, whether you agree with them or not. Ain't no slam-dunk solutions in Rome, WI.

I don't know how David Kelley did it, but he handed us the single most compelling drama series I've ever seen. There are shows I've enjoyed more, with characters I liked better, with action that was more satisfying (action in the story sense, not just violence), but few that compelled me to think like this one did. Even when things ended badly, horrible travesties of justice unfurling as we watched, I couldn't help but think, "I hate it, but I can see their point."

(On the downside, the quality of the series also took the biggest, fastest nosedive in TV history in its last season, when Kelley left the show and let someone else revamp it...but that's sometimes the penalty for such a high level of excellence in the first place, I suppose.)

A few other notes: No review would be complete without mentioning Ray Walston's Emmy-winning role as 'The Judge Of All The Earth', as I think of him, and I would be remiss if I didn't add that this series had one other quality achieved only by the finest of dramas: it's funny as hell.
53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars People who don't watch "Picket Fences" shouldn't throw stones at it June 17 2007
By Steven Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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Back before David E. Kelley's skewed TV viewpoint became predictable, he did a wicked little number called "Picket Fences."

Kelley first gained TV fame in the early 1990's by injecting his wry humor into Stephen Bochco's then-ailing lawyer show "L.A. Law." (Kelley penned the episode where wicked lawyer Rosalind Shays met her demise down a vacated elevator shaft.)

After that, Kelley settled at CBS, where he created -- and wrote or co-wrote -- the first season of "Picket Fences." It took place in the fictional town of Rome, Wisconsin, meant to represent Everytown, U.S.A.

At first glance, you had to give the show credit just for daring to be out of the ordinary. The pilot episode alone featured the town's musical production of "Wizard of Oz," only to have the actor playing the Tin Man drop dead on-stage. (The town's newspaper can't resist running the headline, "If I Only Had a Heart Attack.")

As if that isn't enough, sheriff Jimmy Brock (the beautifully understated Tom Skerritt) has to contend with the town's first murder case. Mind you, no ordinary murder would do for this occasion; it consists of a housewife who was crammed into a running electric dishwasher.

"Picket Fences" never failed to exercise its flair for the bizarre. But upon second glance, the offbeat stories were merely attention-getters for some of TV's best fleshed-out characters. Among them were Jimmy's family (including Holly Marie Combs, later to star in The WB's "Charmed"), headed by his doctor/wife Jill (Kathy Baker). And in Kelley's seeming take-off on "Law and Order," the town's many legal cases were overseen by Judge Henry Bone (Ray Walston) and ambulance-chasing lawyer Douglas Wambaugh (deservedly Emmy-winning Fyvush Finkel).

Rarely has a TV ensemble exploded on the scene with such gutsiness and flair. Among many first-season highlights, my favorite is the Thanksgiving episode, in which Jill must contend with the new fiancée of her father (an Emmy-winning guest turn by Richard Kiley). The episode hinges on a scene where Jill's bitter argument with her father is counterpointed by Wambaugh's equally heated discussion with his wife. It's one of the most perfectly acted and edited pieces of television I've ever seen.

Be aware that the show doesn't shy away from hot topics (though it never goes for cheap thrills or laughs, as so many "relevant" dramas and sitcoms do). But if you know that going in, then you'll be rewarded with some very riveting TV viewing.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This show got me through law school June 5 2006
By Anne Bobchick - Published on Amazon.com
Okay, this show is probably one of the top 10 things that TV got right. It had quirky but charming characters. It had fun, interesting and even gripping plotlines. It grabbed your attention and even made you think.

While I was in law school my constitutional law professor regularly demanded his students watch this show, and darn if he wasn't right. Pretty much every hot button constitutional law issue made it's way into one of the plotlines sooner or later, and in a way that was just so much more fun than reading caselaw!

Hopefully they will release this soon. I never saw the whole series and I'm waiting with baited breath for years.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picket Fences - Quirky, Fun, and Normal Nov. 26 2006
By BlueReview - Published on Amazon.com
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The reason that I liked Picket Fences is because even though it was quite quirky for its day, it took huge global issues and put them into a tiny little town quite effectively. Even though it focused on a family where the father was the sheriff and the mother was a doctor, it took these family issues and weaved them quite effectively into a small Wisconsin town that was screwed up, yet very normal based upon the hidden little secrets that every town and family has. It's funny, serious, and just good TV.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV series most people never saw... Aug. 29 2005
By J.S. McIntyre - Published on Amazon.com
I missed a few episodes myself due to conflicts, but those I saw rarely failed to provide thoughtful and entertaining television. The first episode I ever saw featured Skerrit, Baker, and the two actors playing his deputies settling in for a nice dinner that turned into a verbal donnybrook that lasted the entire hour. I was completely riveted through it all, and look forward to the day I get to see that episode, and all the others, seen and unseen.

Add to this a capable ensemble of actors featuring, amongst others the late Ray Ralston as the acerbic, sharp-tongued judge who more and more became the moral conscience of the series, and you have a serious keeper for your DVD library.