An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

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 Special Agent Dale Cooper (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Sheriff Harry S. Truman (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Shelly Johnson (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Bobby Briggs (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Benjamin Horne (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Donna Hayward (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Audrey Horne (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Dr. Will Hayward (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Norma Jennings (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 James Hurley (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Big Ed Hurley (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Pete Martell (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Jocelyn Packard (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Lucy Moran (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill (28 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Catherine Martell / ... (27 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Deputy Andy Brennan (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Leo Johnson (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Nadine Hurley (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Leland Palmer (18 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Maddy Ferguson / ... (18 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Dr. Lawrence Jacoby (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Maj. Garland Briggs (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Hank Jennings (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Mike Nelson (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Sarah Palmer (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
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The body of a young girl (Laura Palmer) is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul. Written by Douglas Baptie

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A town where everyone knows everyone and nothing is what it seems.


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8 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Warren Frost, and Grace Zabriskie, who played Dr. Hayward and Sarah Palmer respectively, would later go on to play the parents of Susan Ross, George Costanza's fiancée on Seinfeld (1989) See more »

Quotes

Laura Palmer: I feel like I know her... but sometimes my arms bend back.
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Crazy Credits

There are some episodes that don't end with the usual Homecoming Queen photo of Laura Palmer and "Laura Palmer's Theme" in the credits: Episode 2 credits feature the Little Man from Another Place seen from above and dancing. Episode 8 features Gersten Hayward (Alicia Witt) playing the piano. Episode 14 shows Agent Cooper, the red curtains and the song "The World Spins" by Julee Cruise. Episode 18 features Ben Horne's old home movies seen in this same episode. Episode 29 features the coffee cup given to Cooper in the Red Room and Laura's face on it. See more »

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Referenced in Eerie, Indiana: Mr. Chaney (1992) See more »

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Twin Peaks Theme
Written by Angelo Badalamenti
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A brilliant and original show that progressed way too quickly.
5 January 2009 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Twin Peaks started off with enormous popularity, and by the middle of the second season the show began to lose it's fans as it became stranger and stranger. And it is understandable why people stopped viewing. The main question when the show started was "Who killed Laura Palmer?", and after only 17 episodes, the question was answered and the show's plot switched. Characters were also being killed off left and right. This show's progression was too fast for it's own good, and that's what probably led to it's downfall...that and the second season which was a big let down compared to the first.

Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) is one of the most beloved residents of the small town of Twin Peaks, so it comes as a huge shocker when she is found dead. Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLaughlan) is called in to town to help with the case, and the possible murderers are many. Also in the town of Twin Peaks, or in the outskirt forests, are many secrets, and supernatural happenings.

Season one of Twin Peaks is great. It introduces the characters well, and is the perfect mixture of comedy and drama. This season only touched upon the supernaturals that the series would soon adapt, which may have been a complaint among fans, but season two went overboard. Season two is good, but was just too much. Laura Palmer's killer was revealed mid season, and really that was the end of the show's plot. It tried to be a smooth transition, but it wasn't. Before this point, Laura Palmer was the show's star, and when she was laid to rest along with her murderer (In one of the show's most brilliant episodes), the show lost something. It went off to become too bizarre it was bordering on silly. But still, even with this season, this was an excellent show.

As for originality, this show is one of the most original shows ever thought up. It's basically a supernatural soap opera murder mystery that attracts both males and females, and has a huge cast, with each episode playing as an anthology of character observations. Season one was near perfect, season two was near great, and overall this was an excellent series.

My rating: *** 1/2 out of ****. 48 mins per episode. TV14


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