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  • Summary: "She's dead. Wrapped in plastic."
    Date: Friday, February 24, 1989:
    Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer is found dead, washed up on a riverbank, wrapped in plastic sheeting. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate the murder of this young woman in the small, Northwestern town of
    "She's dead. Wrapped in plastic."
    Date: Friday, February 24, 1989:
    Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer is found dead, washed up on a riverbank, wrapped in plastic sheeting. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate the murder of this young woman in the small, Northwestern town of Twin Peaks. What he doesn't know is that in Twin Peaks, no one is innocent.Twin Peaks was created by TV veteran Mark Frost (Hill Street Blues) and edgy filmmaker David Lynch, Academy Award nominated director of The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr. It aired on ABC from 1990 - 1991. The series, with a few exceptions, followed the interesting convention that one episode equaled one day in the town of Twin Peaks. This means that after 30 episodes, the series covers just slightly more than one month.After Twin Peaks was canceled by ABC, David Lynch went on to make the prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the story of the last seven days of Laura Palmer.
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Feb 21, 2013
    100
    Twin Peaks teeters on the very edge of exquisite absurdity. Its genius is that it plays both on the level of subtly ludicrous melodrama and on the level of a baffling whodunit, as most lines of dialogue appear to contain a hidden meaning, most faces a dark secret.
  2. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 12, 2013
    100
    It's stunning for a TV mystery. It's actually mysterious. The mood, the characters, the surreal quality of how the story is told, are something different. It has a slow hypnotic movement, a style like a boxer in slo-mo. It hit me with tremendous energy and made me abandon despair at the state of TV mysteries. [5 Apr 1990]
  3. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 21, 2013
    100
    What a strange but stunning achievement Twin Peaks is... For television, Twin Peaks may be the summit of off-the- wall originality. [8 Apr 1990, p.H4]
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Siegel
    Feb 21, 2013
    100
    It's a riveting indication of what Lynch can do without words. Simple shots of traffic lights and waterfalls are enough to send chills up the spine.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 7, 2013
    100
    How pleasurable it is to really care about a TV series, to the point of (national) obsession.
  6. Philadelphia Daily News
    Reviewed by: Ron Miller
    Feb 21, 2013
    90
    This show is so deliciously perverse that washing up afterward just seems the natural thing to do. [6 Apr 1990, p.75]
  7. Reviewed by: Rick Cogan
    Feb 21, 2013
    80
    Television, for all of its frequent blood, guts and skin, is tame territory. It is so cozily familiar in its characters and characterizations, its car crashes and carnal capers, that when something as wild, weird and wicked as Twin Peaks comes along, it rattles the network landscape like a tornado in full fury.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36
  1. j30
    Jan 24, 2012
    10
    One of the best pilots/seasons I've seen in a long time, just a great TV show. It's too bad ABC ruined the second half of the second season.One of the best pilots/seasons I've seen in a long time, just a great TV show. It's too bad ABC ruined the second half of the second season. The show nearly rebounds near the end of the second season, but it just doesn't live up to the first season and a half. What could have been the best TV show ever, instead settles as one of those "what could have been" types of shows. Expand
  2. Apr 10, 2018
    10
    Pilot A. Episode #1.2 B+. Episode #1.3 A. Episode #1.4 B+.
    Episode #1.5 B+. Episode #1.6 A-. Episode #1.7 A-.
    Episode #1.8 A.
  3. Jul 29, 2014
    10
    Twin Peaks was a milestone in television history. David Lynch's attempt to reach mainstream audiences through another medium was one full ofTwin Peaks was a milestone in television history. David Lynch's attempt to reach mainstream audiences through another medium was one full of heart and determination. He brought to life some of the most quotable and quirky characters, explored truly nightmarish themes, and provided an undertone of comic relief unmatched to this day. Expand
  4. Apr 13, 2014
    10
    One of the best TV shows ever made. It has it all, imagination, intrigue, drama, incredible characters, amazing performances, masterfulOne of the best TV shows ever made. It has it all, imagination, intrigue, drama, incredible characters, amazing performances, masterful directing and an utterly unpredictable storyline. Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2019
    9
    The Plot created was so ahead of this time that watching Twin Peaks even almost 30 years after its releasing date, show doesn't looks soThe Plot created was so ahead of this time that watching Twin Peaks even almost 30 years after its releasing date, show doesn't looks so dated, opposite of it, not only got old quite well as the use of tragicomedy, precise thrilling, oneric semiotic, obscuriety, soundtrack, charismatic characters and a "just can't get enough" feeling at the end of each episode caused on viewer are still references to TV shows. Expand
  6. Jul 18, 2011
    7
    To be completely honest, I could not tell you why I like this show. I'm watching it currently (2011) mind you. But it surely does have meTo be completely honest, I could not tell you why I like this show. I'm watching it currently (2011) mind you. But it surely does have me wrapped around it's finger. Bizarre to the max yet believable all at once. I dig. Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2017
    0
    The only reason that I love cinema and tv series is David Lynch's work..he is my favorite director of all time..I watched his movies many manyThe only reason that I love cinema and tv series is David Lynch's work..he is my favorite director of all time..I watched his movies many many times but I can't get enough od it..and after inland empires niw I can watch this Expand

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