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Twin Peaks

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The Return (2017) | Cast |

Twin Peaks, created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, premiered in the spring of 1990 to great fanfare, great acclaim, and great theorization. While the viewing public quickly grew disillusioned with the show's increasingly complicated--and surreal--mythology, the show has influenced contemporary television by a scale out of bounds with its short 30-episode run.

Programming Note, Part I: The Twin Peaks story concludes with the movies Fire Walk With Me, even though that movie is technically a prequel. If you are watching the show for the first time, start with the Pilot and end with the movie. Really.

Programming Note, Part II: Episode titles were added years after the fact for a DVD release. I'll follow those episode titles in the review posts just for the sake of continuity.

Season One

1.0 Pilot
1.1 Traces to Nowhere
1.2 Zen, or The Skill to Catch a Killer
1.3 Rest in Pain
1.4 The One-Armed Man
1.5 Cooper's Dream
1.6 Realization Time
1.7 The Last Evening

Season Two

2.1 May the Giant Be With You
2.2 Coma
2.3 The Man Behind the Glass
2.4 Laura's Secret Diary
2.5 The Orchid's Curse
2.6 Demons
2.7 Lonely Souls
2.8 Drive with a Dead Girl
2.9 Arbitrary Law
2.10 Dispute Between Brothers
2.11 Masked Ball
2.12 Black Widow
2.13 Checkmate
2.14 Double Play
2.15 Slaves and Masters
2.16 The Condemned Woman
2.17 Wounds and Scars
2.18 On the Wings of Love
2.19 Variations on Relations
2.20 The Path to the Black Lodge
2.21 Miss Twin Peaks
2.22 Beyond Life and Death
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (not yet reviewed)

The Return (2017)

1.1 Part One
1.2 Part Two
1.3 Part Three
1.4 Part Four
1.5 Part Five
1.6 Part Six
1.7 Part Seven
1.8 Part Eight
1.9 Part Nine
1.10 Part Ten
1.11 Part Eleven
1.12 Part Twelve
1.13 Part Thirteen
1.14 Part Fourteen
1.15 Part Fifteen
1.16 Part Sixteen
1.17 & 1.18 Parts Seventeen and Eighteen


Kyle MacLachlan (Special Agent Dale Cooper)
Michael Ontkean (Sheriff Harry S. Truman)
M├Ądchen Amick (Shelly Johnson)
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)
Joan Chen (Jocelyn Packard)
Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran)
Michael Horse (Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill)
Piper Laurie (Catherine Martell)
Harry Goaz (Deputy Andy Brennan)
Eric DaRe (Leo Johnson)
Wendy Robie (Nadine Hurley)
Ray Wise (Leland Palmer)
Sheryl Lee (Madeleine 'Maddy' Ferguson)
Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Lawrence Jacoby)
Don S. Davis (Maj. Garland Briggs)
Chris Mulkey (Hank Jennings)
Gary Hershberger (Mike Nelson)
Grace Zabriskie (Sarah Palmer)