When filmmaker David Lynch wanted to continue on television the surreal, subconsciously pitched exploration of the underside of small-town life that he began in Blue Velvet, he changed the medium.
Although it lasted only 30 episodes and two seasons in 1990-1991 on ABC (the first season was just seven episodes plus a pilot), Twin Peaks (created with Mark Frost) is one of the most important and memorable series ever, as well as one of weirdest. The show made a semi-star of melancholy chanteuse Julee Cruise, whose "Falling" was the Twin Peaks' theme song, and provided such great charactersas Log Lady. Revolving around the murder of young Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in a Washington town, the series follows FBI Agent Cooper's (Kyle MacLachlan) attempts to solve the crime as he slips ever deeper into a strange community and his stranger psyche. In episode 16, after the murder is solved and the killer "Bob" is revealed, the series lost steam and a sense of purpose. Ultimately, Twin Peaks is a great miniseries and should someday be re-released in entirety in the U.S. (Steven Rosen) Grade: B+