Twin Peaks: Season 1 (1990)


Season 1
Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks plays with TV conventions to deliver a beguiling -- and unsettling -- blend of seemingly disparate genres, adding up to an offbeat drama with a distinctly unique appeal.



Critic Ratings: 28


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Air date: Apr 8, 1990
Air date: Apr 26, 1990
Air date: May 3, 1990
Air date: May 10, 1990
Air date: May 17, 1990
Air date: May 24, 1990
Air date: May 17, 1990
Air date: May 24, 1990

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An FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the strange town of Twin Peaks.

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Critic Reviews for Twin Peaks Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14)

It's the most intelligent, gorgeously filmed and highly stylized series of this disappointing season.

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…
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Twin Peaks is like the horrific, teasing fever nightmare that takes you to the head of the darkened staircase and throws you off, leaving you frozen in midflight at an exquisite peak of terror and wordless exhilaration.

May 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Imagine the eeriness of Twilight Zone, the wit of "Hill Street Blues," the stylishness of Miami Vice and the originality of Max Headroom combined with the vamping and soap-opera enticement of Dynasty.

May 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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A little weak in sum, but its highlights are blinding and not necessarily limited to David Lynch's contribution.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Many remember the eight episodes in season one as being brilliant.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Twin Peaks smuggled avant-garde into prime time, brimming with a surrealism you just didn't encounter back then... there's still nothing quite like it on TV.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The foray of filmmaker David (Blue Velvet) Lynch into series television is visually arresting and mysteriously atmospheric, as strange and unsettling a project as any in the medium's history.

May 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

What we have is a leg-pull of considerable class.

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Still mourning the demise of St. Elsewhere? Tired of chasing Molly Dodd through the cable scheduling maze? Rejoice, lovers of the offbeat: David Lynch has come to television.

May 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Twin Peaks, which debuts Sunday as a two-hour movie, is like nothing you've seen in prime time -- or on God's earth. It may be the most hauntingly original work ever done for American TV.

May 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Twin Peaks: Season 1

  • Jun 18, 2019
    Sorry but saying this series is a bore is giving it too much credit, I couldn't get through the first 3 episodes without wanting to insert a drill into my brain to add a little bit of excitement, the only plus points I have to offer on this is I love the opening theme and the dvd/Blu-ray artwork
  • Apr 03, 2019
    I have to cut the show some slack considering it's now 29 years old. It's definitely not close to my fav shows, but it did have some appeal. The characters may be a bit too quirky for me but the plot at times was interesting. I'm watching this show because I'm a fan of Lynch and this is mandatory viewing if you want to call yourself a fan. The storyline is pretty out there in this crazy town of Twin Peaks. It's all about stealing other people's lovers, backstabbing people and murdering people. If it was darker it would've been amazing, but it's more a comedy than anything else (and it hasn't aged very well).
  • Mar 10, 2019
    An absolutely incredible season from the greatest Tv show of all time.
  • Sep 25, 2018
    Probably the best mix of genres ever displayed on-screen.
  • Aug 02, 2018
    100% pure David Lynch. an exciting, mysterious show that takes its time to delve into plot and characters. a television masterpiece that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime
  • Apr 28, 2018
    Way back in the year after my birth, directors David Lynch and Mark Frost created a show unlike anything else. I had heard of Twin Peaks, and even watched an episode or two, but didn’t become interested until I started watching the new one on Showtime. After watching a few fascinating but bizarre episodes, I decided to start with the beginning. Flipping on my On-Demand, I saw both seasons of the 1990 series and the movie Fire, Walk With Me. Twin Peaks benefits from its strangeness. The modern incarnation (complete with original cast) is fascinatingly strange. Its metaphysical components are perfect compared to other popular show I’ve seen, and as someone who enjoys questions about the unknown, I found myself willing (or at least wanting) to believe that Lynch knows what he is talking about. The new stuff is a lot weirder than the old stuff which is pretty much standard, Sci-Fi fare almost 30 years later. Regardless, I’m not going to try to talk about what the red room is or what is actually happening to Doug until I get all the way caught up. Season 1 of the original series begins inconspicuously enough, though a dry-wrought drama was present from the very beginning. With the murder of Laura Palmer as the premise, we bear witness to genre-spanning characters work together to battle evil, or compete with each other to be the big fish in a small pond. Things start getting weird in episode 1, but it’s not until the end of episode 3 that the red room first appears. The pace of the season feels like a Law and Order or CSI episode. Agent Cooper has the smart sophistication of the modern CSI Grissom, Truman and Hawke are sheriffs right out of a western. Andy and Lucy are the sitcom couple. The teenagers run around like the Goonies. All of the antagonists (there are many) feel like soap opera criminals (except for the three cons who seem like bad guys in action movies). The fact that these characters even speak the same language is astonishing- they are mainly from different universes. However, Frost and Lynch have them singing in harmony. They can move the story along while balancing the development of each of the characters. Looking at the most successful shows out there (GOT), this is something they do very well. It’s often the most significant difference between a premium show and a regular run of the mill endeavor. On top of that, the intensity of the ultimate good and evil are spiritually illuminating, and that’s before things even get weird. As I said, I don’t know the whole story of Twin Peaks yet, but it would surprise me if I am not very happy with the rest of it as I watch. Everything indicates that Frost/Lynch knew where they wanted the show to go, so they began with a show that would take you there.
  • Feb 24, 2018
    A strong debut season of one of the best series ever.
  • Jan 10, 2018
    Epic story becomes a cult show.
  • Dec 25, 2017
    Genius. That's all I can say.
  • Dec 12, 2017
    Utterly bizarre and ultimately charming in the best way.

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