Twin Peaks: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (8 Apr. 1990)

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An eccentric, mystical FBI agent arrives in the small Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of a young high school girl.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)


FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, a mystical loner and eccentric nature lover, comes to the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks to investigate the brutal murder of a young high school girl named Laura Palmer and soon becomes entangled in most of the town's problems and situations. Written by Matthew Patay

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A Mystery That Holds Its Secret To The Very End


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Release Date:

8 April 1990 (USA)  »

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$3,800,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 90 minute pilot (Region 3 DVD) does not feature the dream sequence ending seen in other versions. Also, Laura's mom screams at the end when the broken heart necklace is dug up, not from seeing Bob at the foot of Laura's bed. See more »


At the end of the pilot, Sarah Palmer wakes up from the sofa screaming due to her vision. In the mirror above the sofa, you can see a reflection of what appears to be Frank Silva (Bob). Silva may have been off camera as he was the "on-set dresser" for this episode. It is more likely that he was there to assist Grace Zabriskie with her performance by recreating the scene in her vision (UK version of pilot). See more »


[first lines]
Pete Martell: She's dead. Wrapped in plastic.
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Spoofed in Max Payne (2001) See more »


The Nightingale
Lyric by David Lynch
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Performed by Julee Cruise
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A True Masterpiece
25 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Twin Peaks for me is the pinnacle of television. It is masterfully crafted, superbly acted, and enthralling from the first minute to the very end.

It is a deep, rich story filled with quirky characters and imaginative plot that demands and draws your full attention. It's only failing was finishing too soon, but like many other great TV programs, that only makes the episodes created even more valuable.

Time will show Twin Peaks to be a powerful influence on many subsequent programs, and a masterpiece in it's own right. It's a must see for anyone who appreciates quality television or film.

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