Picket Fences is what Twin Peaks could have been if David Lynch hadn't gone recklessly over the top. It's a delicious casserole of the ridiculous and the sublime; a show with heart, soul, wit and intelligence; suspenseful one minute, loony the next.
Picket Fences clearly aims to be a kinder, gentler [Twin] Peaks, but the goosey, paradoxical mood for which it strives -- heartwarming creepiness -- is, at this point, more of a turnoff than a turn-on.
The elements that made L.A. Law such a great show are all here - the characters you care about, the quirkiness, the comedy, the pathos, the drama. As a matter of fact, this is the best new drama of the year.