Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
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The small northwest town of Twin Peaks, Washington is shaken up when the body of the Homecoming Queen, Laura Palmer, is discovered washed up on a riverbank, wrapped in plastic.


David Lynch




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Special Agent Dale Cooper
Michael Ontkean ... Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson (as Madchen Amick)
Dana Ashbrook ... Bobby Briggs
Richard Beymer ... Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn ... Audrey Horne
Warren Frost ... Dr. Will Hayward
Peggy Lipton ... Norma Jennings
James Marshall ... James Hurley
Everett McGill ... Big Ed Hurley
Jack Nance ... Pete Martell
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Joan Chen ... Jocelyn Packard
Piper Laurie ... Catherine Martell


The small northwest town of Twin Peaks, Washington is shaken up when the body of the Homecoming Queen, Laura Palmer, is discovered washed up on a riverbank, wrapped in plastic.

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A Mystery That Holds Its Secret To The Very End


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The pilot episode was nominated for eight Emmy Awards in 1990, including best drama, best writing, best directing, best production design, best actor (MacLachlan), best director, and best supporting actress (Laurie and Fenn). Duwayne Dunham won the Emmy for best editing and Patricia Norris won for best costume design for this episode. See more »


Not long after the class scene where Donna starts to cry and James breaks his pencil when they have a premonition about Laura Palmer being dead, Principal Wolchezk makes an announcement. With the previous scene in mind, he tells about Laura Palmer as their classmate, whilst actually the announcement is meant for the whole school. See more »


[first lines]
Pete Martell: Gone fishing.
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Alternate Versions

Early home media releases and overseas airings distributed by Worldvision visually plastered the early Lynch/Frost Productions logo (used only on the pilot) with the regular version, but retained the audio from the original logo. As the original logo only had a brief electric sizzling sound effect, it caused the plastered logo to only have a sound effect for it's initial period before abruptly falling into silence. Subsequent releases have restored the original logo. See more »


Featured in I Don't Know Jack (2002) See more »


The Nightingale
Lyric by David Lynch
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Performed by Julee Cruise
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Probably one of the best series ever...
1 April 2006 | by TonkatSee all my reviews

This series catches you or it doesn't. If it does, it will probably remain with you for the rest of your life. I love all the characters (I even watched other movies they played in, hoping it would contain some of Twin Peaks' magic.), the music, the surroundings, the plots, the coffee and doughnuts, everything! If Twin Peaks really existed I would have emigrated to it years ago already...

I have season one on DVD for a couple of years now, but still haven't found season two being released. I really hope it will be, because my video tapes won't last much longer from excessive watching. ;)

David, isn't it time to open the lodge again and show us what happened 25 years later?

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English | Norwegian

Release Date:

8 April 1990 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$3,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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