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Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

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


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Top Rated TV #36 | Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Special Agent Dale Cooper (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Sheriff Harry S. Truman (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Shelly Johnson (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Bobby Briggs (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Benjamin Horne (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Donna Hayward (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Audrey Horne (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Dr. Will Hayward (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Norma Jennings (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 James Hurley (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Big Ed Hurley (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Pete Martell (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Jocelyn Packard (30 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Lucy Moran (29 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill (28 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Catherine Martell / ... (27 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Deputy Andy Brennan (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Leo Johnson (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Nadine Hurley (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Leland Palmer (18 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Maddy Ferguson / ... (18 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Dr. Lawrence Jacoby (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Maj. Garland Briggs (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Hank Jennings (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Mike Nelson (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Sarah Palmer (13 episodes, 1990-1991)


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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Release Date:

8 April 1990 (USA)  »

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(29 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Don S. Davis, who portrayed Major Garland Briggs, credited the show as the luckiest break he'd ever had as an actor. When he was initially going to audition for David Lynch, he didn't even have to read but just met with Lynch. Lynch had liked Davis after the meeting and wrote his part around the chemistry he had with the other cast members. Davis went into say that because of the show, he had developed a lot of life-long friendships with the cast and crew. See more »


DEA Agent Dennis: I understand we're both staying at the Great Northern. How's the food up there?
Dale Cooper: Dennis, you're in for a big surprise.
Sheriff Truman: So are they.
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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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brilliant and hilarious
5 September 2004 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

This is one of the shows that I started watching because many people, whose opinions I valued, stated, repeatedly, that I "absolutely must see this." Let me say that I was pretty much hooked from the first scene when they discover the body. The one deputy crying at the body was both touching and kind of funny. It perfectly introduced the entire series which is serious and ridiculous all at once. There is so much to talk about this incredible series which burned too bright to burn for very long.

For starters, Agent Cooper is the single greatest character ever captured on film (go ahead, try and think of a better one). He's brilliant, genuinely caring, incredibly funny, exuberant to the nth degree, unbelievably likable, but also with a sordid past which haunts him. Nobody, but nobody, could have delivered the pie and coffee compliments with so much gusto.

However, he is just the brightest star in the sky. There are so many crazy, yet somehow believable characters that grace Lynch's universe. The swift descent of Ben Horn into madness is sad, pathetic, surreal and hilarious. No other series would have dared contain a man believing that he was General Lee commanding the south at Gettysburg (it also provides the funniest line from the show, when Audrey Horn is talking to his psychiatrist and he remarks that "What he (Ben Horn) needs now is our sympathy, understanding and a confederate victory."). All of the characters create a amazing tapestry where one is genuinely anticipating which character is going to lose it somehow (but one never anticipates correctly). In this reviewers opinion, the plot takes a backseat to the characters which are too strange, or too ordinary but never dull, to exist in any other show anywhere (minus James, who gets irritating right when he starts singing and never stops). Fantastic actors all around with more career launching cameos than any show or movie ever.

Sadly, the second season is not as good as the first, plot-wise, but still is as quirky and entertaining with an unbelievable ending to the series. Many have criticized the show for being excessively intellectual, but I never found the show pedantic or hopelessly cryptic. Rather, it seemed as though David Lynch just decided to employ every weird idea that popped into his febrile mind for the sheer joy of it.

To finish, one needs to watch this show. It's not uniformly brilliant and sometimes just plain weird, but always rewarding and truly one of the landmarks of American television. Go get a nice piece of cherry pie, a cup of coffee, take four days off work and start watching it.

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