Twin Peaks: Season 1 (1990)



Critic Consensus: 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.


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Air date: Apr 8, 1990
Air date: Apr 26, 1990
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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 (27) | 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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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…

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…

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

Jan 31, 2018 | 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…

More of Lynch's sensibility is visible than would likely have happened before "movie values" recently emerged as a tool for beating video outlets and movie theaters at their own game.

May 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Twin Peaks: Season 1



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Who killed Laura Palmer? From David Lynch comes the mysterious crime drama Twin Peaks. Only seven episodes (or eight if the independent pilot is included), Season 1 follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he comes to the small town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of a high school homecoming queen named Laura Palmer, but the investigation soon leads to strange and dangerous places that reveal a dark and seedy side of the town. Staring Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick, and Ray Wise, the show features a strong ensemble cast. And, the serial storytelling does a good job at handling the various character arcs that intertwine throughout the season. However, there are a lot extraneous subplots, and some of the eccentricities of the characters get out-of-hand. Yet, the visual aesthetic of the show is quite unique and has a certain appear. Additionally, the music by Angelo Badalamenti has a surreal, dreamlike quality that enhances the eerie and atmospheric tone. Extraordinarily compelling and full of intrigue, Season 1 of Twin Peaks quickly drew a cult following and revolutionized primetime television.


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