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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(29 episodes)

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Trivia

Robert Forster was originally cast as Sheriff Harry S. Truman, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. David Lynch later cast him in Mulholland Dr. (2001) and Twin Peaks (2017). In the latter, he replaced Michael Ontkean as Frank Truman, Harry's brother. See more »

Quotes

James Hurley: When did you start smoking?
Donna Hayward: I smoke every once and a while. Helps relieve tension.
James Hurley: When did you get so tense?
Donna Hayward: When I started smoking.
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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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Twin Peaks Theme
Written by Angelo Badalamenti
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David Lynch's masterpiece
9 February 2003 | by (St Louis, MO) – See 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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