Pilot Part 1



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Episode Info

In David Lynch's cult mystery drama, the murder of local high school girl Laura Palmer brings quirky FBI agent Dale Cooper to the town of Twin Peaks.


Joan Chen
as Jocelyn `Josie' Packard
Piper Laurie
as Catherine Martell
James Marshall
as James Hurley
Gary Hershberger
as Mike Nelson
Grace Zabriskie
as Sarah Palmer
Don S. Davis
as Maj. Garland Briggs
Michael Horse
as Dep. Tommy `The Hawk' Hill
Wendy Robie
as Nadine Hurley
Mary Jo Deschanel
as Eileen Hayward
Chris Mulkey
as Hank Jennings
Ian Buchanan
as Richard Tremayne
Heather Graham
as Annie Blackburne
Kenneth Welsh
as Windom Earle
Sherilyn Fenn
as Audrey Horne
Everett McGill
as Big Ed Hurley
Peggy Lipton
as Norma Jennings
Kyle MacLachlan
as Dale Cooper
Dana Ashbrook
as Bobby Briggs
Warren Frost
as Dr. William Hayward
Ray Wise
as Leland Palmer
Lara Flynn Boyle
as Donna Hayward
Jack Nance
as Pete Martell
Richard Beymer
as Benjamin Horne
Harry Goaz
as Dep. Andy Brennan
Mädchen Amick
as Shelly Johnson
Sheryl Lee
as Laura Palmer
Russ Tamblyn
as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
Eric Da Re
as Leo Johnson
Michael Ontkean
as Sheriff Harry S. Truman
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Critic Reviews for Pilot Part 1

Now that I understand the pure genius of a silent drape runner and the intricacies of cotton balls, I take back everything mean I said about Nadine and recognize that she, not Dale Cooper, is the best.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

After this episode, I'm pretty well convinced that Twin Peaks is a very beautiful series about the worst kinds of people living in a small community.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Here is a scene with no logic, and draws more recognizably from Eraserhead than it does from the lexicon of television...I don't think it's bold to state this not only lent the universe of Twin Peaks another dimension, but that of television as well.

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

This is how you start a show, with dozens of questions begging for answers.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

While the second episode of the series isn't quite as brilliant as the pilot, it does do an excellent job of setting up the tone for what the rest of the series will be like.

May 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Episode 2 is notable for how quickly and strongly it ramps up the absurdist comedy.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Anyone unsure whether they were watching a comedy or tragedy was no doubt further disoriented.

May 14, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Now we're getting to some good stuff. "Traces to Nowhere" basically gives us more of the essential gist, but does so without repeating the pilot much. Instead, it magnifies most of what was great about our first glimpse at Twin Peaks.

Jun 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Whether it can keep this up for the full season we're now excitingly finding out, but for now Twin Peaks has made a twisted, triumphant return.

Jun 5, 2017 | Full Review…