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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 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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 Madeleine '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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Trivia

This series is notorious for having one of the most torrid productions in television history. Though a major cult phenomenon and a ratings smash in the first year, the series was abruptly canceled in its second season. Both Mark Frost and David Lynch attribute this to ABC's constant changing of the show's time slot, as well as the network insisting that the murderer of Laura Palmer be revealed. Lynch also was unable to focus his full attention on the show in its second year, as he was promoting Wild at Heart (1990) at the time. After the Palmer murder was solved, ratings plummeted, and though Lynch returned to the series full time with the intention of further exploring the origins of Laura's killer, ABC canceled the series. The cable network BRAVO then tried to revive the show, even hiring 'David Lynch' to film new scenes for episodes in syndication. Still, audience interest waned. Despite the release of the tie-in feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), high sales on DVD and several fan attempts to revive the series, David Lynch spent many years refuting any rumors of a follow-up, but in October 2014, it was announced that he and 'Mark Frost' would return to the show for a limited series on Showtime, with the duo writing and Lynch directing every episode. See more »

Goofs

The fact that there was a year's gap between the filming of the pilot episode and the first season's episode is evident in the different hairstyles sported by some of the cast. Although only a night is meant to have passed between the episodes, James Hurley, Sheriff Truman, and Deputy Brennan all have shorter haircuts by the next day. Donna Hayward, Catherine Martell and Audrey Horne (in particular) all have noticeably longer hair by the next day. See more »

Quotes

Dale Cooper: Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.
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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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my all-time favorite television show
16 September 2004 | by (Louisiana,U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Angelo Badalamenti's sweet theme begins as smokestacks billow, and a robin assures the viewer of the presence of love in a little town located through the pines, just this side of sanity...or reality. Either way you choose to look at it (and the choice is yours), every episode of this groundbreaking television show grabbed the viewer in its seductive and destructive web... and wouldn't let go. "Twin Peaks" began a string of weird television shows in the early 90's, but, unlike those later shows, "Twin Peaks" would be beloved and remembered long after it was off the air. "Twin Peaks" has earned a spot next to "The Twilight Zone", "Night Gallery", and "Star Trek" in terms of pioneering television and in terms of a cult following deserving of conventions and fanzines. I believe that F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper is one of the most enjoyable and inspiring characters in television history. His simple passions and quirky behavior was a welcomed sight in our living rooms every week during the shows very short run in the late 80's and early 90's. "Twin Peaks" started out on fire, gaining exposure during the pilot's multiple airings. The mystery of Laura Palmer's murderer practically invented conversations at the water cooler. However, the shows second season was scheduled to air on Saturday nights at 10:00, an advertiser's no-man's land. And, with the shows fan base out on the late weekend nights, the shows network decided to cancel it. David Lynch, the shows co-creator, directed a theatrically released film prequel to "Twin Peaks", showing all who missed the shows airings what really happened to Laura the week of her death, and, finally, her killer. As a huge fan of "Twin Peaks", I will tell you that the circle of events that occur within the story enable the viewer to relive the events over and over, each time around with more intensity than before. When you view the movie prequel, diving right back into the series becomes the natural path, allowing one to see things again for what they really are... or aren't. I highly recommend owning the entire series. Without a network messing up your viewing time, you can see the mystery unfold at your own pace. Viewing "Twin Peaks-Fire Walk With Me", along with the television pilot and the entire 29 episode series (about 33 hours all together), is the most fascinating and satisfying viewing experience that the entertainment industry has offered me so far. The music, costumes, editing, acting, and direction all received Emmy nominations, leading one to conclude that "Twin Peaks" not only satisfied the public, but the critics as well. An incredible achievement, "Twin Peaks" is my all-time favorite television show.


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