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Twin Peaks 

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

Creators:

Mark Frost, David Lynch
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2   1  
1991   1990  
Top Rated TV #55 | Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Kyle MacLachlan ...  Special Agent Dale Cooper 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Michael Ontkean ...  Sheriff Harry S. Truman 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Mädchen Amick ...  Shelly Johnson 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Dana Ashbrook ...  Bobby Briggs 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Richard Beymer ...  Benjamin Horne 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Lara Flynn Boyle ...  Donna Hayward 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Sherilyn Fenn ...  Audrey Horne 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Warren Frost ...  Dr. Will Hayward 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Peggy Lipton ...  Norma Jennings 30 episodes, 1989-1991
James Marshall ...  James Hurley 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Everett McGill ...  Big Ed Hurley 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Jack Nance ...  Pete Martell 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Joan Chen ...  Jocelyn Packard 30 episodes, 1989-1991
Kimmy Robertson ...  Lucy Moran 29 episodes, 1989-1991
Michael Horse ...  Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill 27 episodes, 1989-1991
Piper Laurie ...  Catherine Martell / ... 27 episodes, 1989-1991
Harry Goaz ...  Deputy Andy Brennan 26 episodes, 1989-1991
Eric DaRe ...  Leo Johnson 24 episodes, 1989-1991
Wendy Robie ...  Nadine Hurley 22 episodes, 1989-1991
Ray Wise ...  Leland Palmer 18 episodes, 1989-1991
Sheryl Lee ...  Maddy Ferguson / ... 18 episodes, 1989-1991
Russ Tamblyn ...  Dr. Lawrence Jacoby 16 episodes, 1989-1991
Don S. Davis ...  Maj. Garland Briggs 16 episodes, 1989-1991
Chris Mulkey ...  Hank Jennings 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Gary Hershberger ...  Mike Nelson 13 episodes, 1989-1991
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Madchen Amick originally auditioned for the role of Donna Hayward, which ultimately went to Lara Flynn Boyle. However, the creators of the show were so impressed by Amick that they created the role of Shelly specifically for her. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Dale Cooper: Damn good coffee!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Recent home media releases have removed the SPELLING logo from in-between the end credits and the Lynch/Frost Productions logo. This has caused the distinctive fall into the low-motif portion of the end credit theme ('Laura Palmer's Theme') during Season 1 to be lost, albeit it is partly retained in Season 2 due to the end credits being slightly extended and the low-motif portion beginning just as the credits section ends, rather than after. See more »

Connections

Referenced in IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Dulé Hill (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Twin Peaks Theme
Written by Angelo Badalamenti
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David Lynch's masterpiece
9 February 2003 | by mullermikeSee all my reviews

I have to admit when I first watched the pilot episode of Twin Peaks a couple of years ago, I wasn't sure what to think. I knew about David Lynch, having recently seen Blue Velvet, and I knew he was a director that was on the outlandish side. I borrowed the rest of the series from a friend, and after I watched the first 3 or 4 episodes, I was still scratching my head. I thought the murder premise was well done but I kept asking myself "why are these characters so strange?"

However, as I got more into the series, I found myself obsessively hooked. The series, in it's own ominous way, was extremely funny and there were so many great one liners ("that's a damn good cup of coffee") and the characters kept you second guessing. Though some characters were obviously villains, others had intentions that were often indistinguishable.

As I relentlessly watched the show over a three week period, I found myself laughing out loud and being disturbed at the same time. Ben Horne's meltdown is one of the funniest things I have ever seen in any TV series, I chuckle just thinking about it. Only David Lynch could think of something that was so eccentric and funny at the same time.

So in the end, I must say I found this show endlessly amusing. Almost every person on the show has their own idiosyncrasy, appearances by future stars like Heather Graham and David Duchovny injected humor and depth into the show, and heck, there was a sheriff named Harry S Truman, what else do you need?

I am glad to see the first season is on DVD, I can't wait until the rest is released. I wish this show had been on much longer but it is such a bizarre show that I can understand why mainstream America did not understand it. I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone that likes TV shows which are light-hearted or straightforward. Be warned, the final episode is completely bizarre, and not necessarily funny.

As a whole, the show has a very alien feel to it and may chase many people away, but if you understand David Lynch's warped sense of humor and can see the sheer lunacy of the show, you will find it endlessly entertaining.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

8 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(29 episodes)

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Stereo | Dolby Digital (DVD version)| Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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