Celebrating 20 years of 'Twin Peaks'
August 24th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

Celebrating 20 years of 'Twin Peaks'

It's been 20 years since Laura Palmer's body - "dead, wrapped in plastic," as the script goes - washed up on a rocky beach in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Wash., and sparked a worldwide phenomenon.

So what better way to celebrate the TV show's anniversary than to venture to the towns of North Bend and Snoqualmie, Wash. (where the series was filmed) for some cherry pie, "damn fine" coffee and a landscape drenched in Douglas fir trees. This is exactly what I did earlier this month, when I had the opportunity to attend the "Twin Peaks" festival.

The event was kicked-off with a screening of "Peaks" co-creator David Lynch's own 35mm copy of the pilot at the Seattle Art Museum, and the remainder of the weekend was filled with tours of filming sites, panel discussions with cast members, a costume contest and the general geeking-out of "Twin Peaks" fans from all over the globe.

There was even a Tibetan rock-throwing competition and a cherry stem tying contest (both references to show events). I myself won fourth place in the costume contest (I dressed up as a donut), and was awarded a wooden eyeglass stem signed by David Lynch himself.

Among the celebrity guests were actresses Sherilyn Fenn ("Audrey Horne"); Kimmy Robertson ("Lucy Moran"); Charlotte Stewart ("Betty Briggs"); Jennifer Lynch (author of "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" and daughter of series creator David Lynch); Jan D'Arcy ("Sylvia Horne"); and Kathleen Wilhoite ("Gwen Morton").

The character of Laura Palmer was homecoming queen, volunteered with meals on wheels, helped Josie Packard (local sawmill owner who originally hailed from Hong Kong) with her English, tutored Audrey's autistic younger brother... oh, and she was a prostitute and a cocaine addict.

Thanks to the "Who Killed Laura Palmer?" promotion machine, season one practically defined water cooler talk as viewers learned about the quaint yet eerie town and got to know the sweet, eccentric, brilliant F.B.I. agent sent in to investigate the case: Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan). Ratings plummeted rather abruptly in the second season, though, following the (arguably premature) revelation of Laura Palmer's killer.

The soap operatic murder mystery/police drama was filled with a host of other eccentric characters, including the Log Lady (her log spoke to her and was rumored to contain the soul of her deceased husband), the Little Man From Another Place (also known as the dancing, backwards-talking dwarf), the invisible giant, BOB (who was just plain terrifying), the one-armed man and others.

Clearly, there are volumes more that can be said about "Twin Peaks," and selecting what to include in this blog entry is like picking a favorite child. So, how about you? Did you watch "Twin Peaks"? And if so, what are your fondest memories of the series?

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  1. hartm

    I was attending UGA when the series first aired. It was so HUGE the University paper, The Red & Black did a write up on the show's popularity with students. My friends and I loved the storyline, the music, and all the unusual characters. We also kept our eyes and ears open for the moment when the "damn good cup of coffee" would be announced!

    October 2, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Janet

    I adored this show! I was in my 20's and living with 3 other friends in a house. We recorded an outgoing message on our answering machine that had the TP theme playing in the background. We started it with "Hi, my log told me you might call..." I am in my 40s now and to this day I still believe Twin Peaks was the best TV show ever....ever! Have some more pie!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. adnyl

    the only thing i will say is that this series provoked me to write to go to the dark places and bring some light to really tough issues...thank you David Lynch

    also agent cooper was BOB right
    and david bowe was agent cooper right
    and the spirit of the dancing dwarf was laura's father right
    oh damn i will have to watch it again!!!

    September 27, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lazlo Freeman

    The finest, most transformative television ever produced. Thanks, David Lynch.

    September 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frederico

    Let me put it this way:

    Twin Peaks is to us Gen Xers what Star Trek (the original with Kirk, Spock, et all) is to the Baby Boomers.

    September 25, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Frederico

    Who doesn't remember Twin Peaks who lived at that time?

    When we first saw it, we didn't know what the hell to make of it. Compared to the bland, awful Cosby/Family Ties/Full House/Family Matters family based sitcoms that were around then, it was soooo weird, so radical, so......completely different that we couldn't help but like it. We all knew right then, that this was something very special.

    The fact that 20 years later, people are still buzzing about it and it's impact on shows like the X-Files, Lost even 24 is a testament to David Lynch and Mark Frost's vision.

    September 25, 2010 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. bryan

    My Aunt Connie and I watched the first episode with mouths agape. We loved it. Unfortunately after just that first installment, AC thought it would be prevalent to inform me, "It was her father." Two years later, she was correct. Damn you, Aunt Connie. You're so smart.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. tracy

    I remember the beautiful music!

    September 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Theo Dimson

    "Twin Peaks"?
    Simply the best TV series ever in the history of TV

    September 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Twinpeaksfestival.com

    Come and visit the Stars of Twin Peaks in person.
    Twin Peaks Festival is sponsored once a year for all Fans.
    info@Twinpeaksfestival.com to inquire about tickets for 2011.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    "It is happening again".....any line delivered by the Giant (Carol Struycken) was so chilling. This is a series that 1) is still very watchable today, 2) remains a groundbreaking drama with taboo subject matter, and 3) is one of the most beautifully shot television shows ever. Thank you Lynch/Frost, all the writers, and all of the outstanding actors.

    September 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jennifer

    It's not 20 years OF Twin Peaks, it's 20 years AFTER Twin Peaks. It hasn't been running during all of that time, not even in refuns, and people in their 20s and 30s now have no idea what this show was, or even that it existed.

    September 4, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    "She's dead. Wrapped in plastic"

    September 3, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. DD

    Oh yeah ....and if you ever wondered what happened to LAURA PALMER'S DIARY, the green one used on the filming of the show ....well I have it. No lie. Really. I'm a HUGE fan. ...and I know all of Laura's secrets. See pics here:

    September 3, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. DD

    Good news on a mini TV Twin Peaks reunion!!
    The USA comedy PSYCH is doing a tribute episode and many of the TP cast are signing on for cameos.
    It should be airing this Fall. How great is that!!??
    More here:

    September 3, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. Lisa

    Loved, loved, loved, Twin Peaks. To this day I still don't understand the ending. I guess I will take out my dvd set and watch it again. Has it really been 20 years?!?! Damn I'm old!

    September 2, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  17. Albert

    I love you, Sheriff Truman.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Andy

    It's hard ... waiting.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tony

    Boo Radley killed Laura Palmer.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Dale

    Diane, I'm holding in my hand a small box of chocolate bunnies.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mopper

    The music. The music was the best!

    August 25, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sara

    I am 28 and remember watching Twin Peaks with my mom and brothers. At the age of 8 I remember understanding what was going on in the show. At home we all had bets as to who really killed Laura Palmer. What was the best part was I lived in Vancouver, WA. I still love the show, and would love to own it on DVD.

    August 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Danny Wright

    Only David Lynch can, in one scene, get laughs, confuse and then scare you silly. Twin Peaks is by far my choice as favorite TV series ever. In this life of very big problems, I know it's silly to say this but I was ecstatic when the second season was released on DVD. Mr. Lynch – if by the slightest of chances you read this, thank you for all the terrific art and enjoyment you've provided me and other fans over the years.

    Maybe my favorite scenes were Lynch as a hard-of-hearing FBI agent. When he wants to talk to Coop privately and then shouts loud enough to be heard in Oregon, I laugh every single time. And the words "vicuna coat" and "chihuahua" will never be the same ...

    August 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dan

    After watching through all the episodes of Twin Peaks on DVD, my wife and I named our GPS "Laura" because it sounds kind of like Laura Palmer when she talks backwards in the Black Lodge.

    August 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Heather in SoCal

    I was obsessed with this show when I was in grad school - I still have all my series ephemera. I dressed as Laura Palmer for Halloween. Best show ever, but Mad Men is giving TP a run for its money -

    August 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Blair

    I love this show so much i could cry. It's just so. good.

    August 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • kc

      I know how you feel. I just read through all these comments and realized I had teaars in my eyes. So beautiful...

      August 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Nick

    I was 21, going to college and me and about 20 friends would watch it every week. That Rolling Stones cover with Donna, Audrey and Shelly was so hot!!! Best thing on TV ever. "I'm a 3 stage rocket...a pocket rocket!" Great Time!

    August 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. fullofsecrets

    I got idea man
    You take me for a walk
    Under the sycamore trees
    The dark trees that blow baby
    In the dark trees that blow

    And I'll see you
    And you'll see me
    And I'll see you in the branches that blow
    In the breeze,
    I'll see you in the trees
    Under the sycamore trees

    My favorite television series of all time.

    August 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Julie

    David Duchovny in drag as DEA agent Denise/Dennis Bryson!

    August 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  30. CT

    I still use 'the owls are not what they seem' to describe things. I also just about died laughing when the guy shot the parrot.

    August 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      It was a mynah bird. And his name was Waldo.
      Leo, no! Leo, no! Hurting me. Hurting me. Stop it. Stop it. Kerpow!

      August 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  31. tom watson

    what about david lynch's incredible eye? the way he composed his shots? the tongue-in-cheekness of his psycho-drama?

    August 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Aubrey

    I loved that show. I loved Laua Palmer's Diary. I still watch any episode that Scifi or Chiller will show. It had the best characters. Two of my favorites were the log lady and crazy Nadine. I would absolutley love to pick David Lynch's to find out how he came up with all of these very colorful characters.

    I'm with you. I am now 35 and if I hadn't gotten counseling I might have ended up like Laura as well.

    August 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Haley

    I was an avid, even obsessive fan of Twin Peaks. I'm in my mid 40's now and I'm still scared to death of BOB!!! The show ( and book)are still to this day my favorites. I know it's depressing that I relate to Laura...but at least I got counseling and didnt end up a dead, drugged out, call girl!! 😉

    August 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. GuestWho

    This show was awesome. I remember watching it back when I was in 8th/9th grade. So creepy and convoluted and captivating. The movie, FWWM, was also very good, but very depressing. This article brought back fond memories.... 🙂

    August 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. bigdaddy

    am i the only one here who loved the Windom Earle character?........"....I haven't felt this alive since I punctured Carolines aorta........".....good stuff!

    August 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mary

    How I loved this show!! Agent Cooper and his donut junkieism, Audrey and her saddle shoes, Sheriff Truman... I could go on. It was one of the great ones. There is (or at least, there was) an independently printed magazine called "Wrapped in Plastic",celebrating Twin Peaks and the works of David Lynch. It was also very supportive of the work of all the associated actors. Check it out, if you can. I mention it because I remeber reading a fan generated article that neatly tied up all the 'Agent Cooper in the Black Lodge' loose ends. Not to give too much away, it involved a Twin Peaks/X-Files crossover that sounded like it would have been an absolute hoot!

    August 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Peak Fan

    The Owls Are Not What They Seem!!

    August 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Johnny b

    Twin Peaks opened the door for so many shows. The show should continue, Hey Mr. Lynch why not Twin Peaks, the radio show? It's like wind blowing through trees.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Greg

    Twin Peaks debuted during my senior year of college and I was fascinated with the show. David Lynch was at his creative peak and the way the show was filmed, the music and the acting were brilliant and highly influential. I consider the longer running and better known X Files show to have been heavily influenced by Twin Peaks. The show had a vivid dreamlike quality to it that I have not seen duplicated since.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Hollywoodaholic

    "Twin Peaks" was so hip-popular that bars and nightclups in Los Angeles would air the show live during it's network broadcast. The show was definitely 'enhanced' by viewing under the influence; whether coffee, alcohol or reefer. It was probably the only way to approximate the state of mind (whether natural or unnatural) that went into the development of the show (and "Blue Velvet"). But my wife and I never missed an episode during the original airing, and later visited Snoqualmie to soak up the atmosphere, have a cherry pie, and get lost in the dream.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Laurie

    Every time I see a semi parked in someone's private driveway I think "oh, no...Leo's home".

    August 25, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Pliny

    In the days of the pre-WWW Internet....I remember the Twin Peaks newsgroup being the hottest spot on Earth.

    Those were the days that I'd get the weekly internet traffic report....and it would fit on two pages.

    August 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Ryan The Canadian

    In the movie, they go to 'The Bang Bang' bar. The sign on the way reading 'Welcome to Canada'.....

    August 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Ryan

    My favorite quote "I am The Great Went"......

    August 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Art in Orlando

    Season two, episode one... Ronette wakes up from her coma and we see what she saw. Laura being murdered by BOB. The darkest 15 seconds in television history!

    August 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • adnyl

      i agree omg! just to think it was more graphic on tv than in the movie, however beautifully directed, i pray an angel will be there watching....no dancing dwarfs

      September 27, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  46. Rangerdos

    Bring it back! Please! Just like Firefly (and Laura) it died too young...:-(

    August 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Scott

    Fantastic Show – I actually watched Fire Walk With me before watching the TV show and I had no Idea what Lynch was about. A college buddy introduced me to his work and then I watched the TV show. The movie was awesome – the show was fantastic and we need more Lynch in the 21st century!

    August 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Jen

    This probably means nothing. But I just saw the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. There is a picture of Harriet Vanger at 16 that is a pretty central symbol of the film. Every time it was shown, all I could think about was the gorgeous year book photo of Laura Palmer that was always popping up in Twin Peaks. It seemed like such a deliberate reference. I'm probably reading too much into it, but it made me happy to see. Glad to see there are so many Twin Peaks fans still out there.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  49. lyn

    my dog's name is cooper in honor of agent dale cooper 🙂

    August 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  50. loyalistGR3

    "At the sound of the chainsaw, the time will be....." rrrrrrrrrrrrrnnnnnnnnnnn

    August 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Kathy

    My teenager is currently watching a show called Pretty Little Liars with a similar concept (but less terrifying!). It makes her crazy when I say every so often how much it reminds me of Twin Peaks. Sadly, no Log Lady...

    August 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Camille

    I loved Twin Peaks. It had many themes that became more "real" to me once I started studying UFOs and conspiracy theories years later. I think Laura Palmer was a mind control/ritual abuse victim. There really are very dark worlds connected to the military and intel that have occult, ritual abuse, and mind control operations ongoing. Twin Peaks was a way to expose some of that. Perhaps David Lynch put it out there "for those who have ears."

    August 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  53. C

    I remember being about 10 when it came on, and at one point it was that and The Simpsons back to back or around the same time so I was watching both of those. Had kind of forgotten about the show up until a few years back I was at Best Buy and saw they had Season 1 on DVD so I picked that up and from there was hooked, ended up buying the pilot DVD and then getting the full series on VHS off of ebay. And watched it thru and was just in love again, ended up letting my friend watch the show and she was hooked also. Finally picked up the complete series DVD set when it came out about a year or two ago, still haven't watched it yet but I'm sure I will at some point. What a fantastic show, I still wish the ending would have been a bit better or satisfying.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. gino

    My wife and I watched every episode and couldn't wait for the next, like '24'. We also have seen every David Lunch film and have copies of all. BTW, the dwarf was very much back in 'Mulholland Drive, one of his weirder ventures, in our estimation. David Lynch is a genius. Too bad the network suits don't get it.

    a thought: if you can, find a copy of the Twin Peaks CD; it's well worth the effort.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  55. Neal

    The best part about Twin Peaks for me was not actually the show but the sound track. Hauntingly somber and eerily brilliant.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  56. Margaret

    Tea first, then be ready.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  57. Ingrid

    I never watched it except for a few episodes after the series was over. However, I did have a couple college friends (1993) that were obsessed with it. We went to school at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, so it was a pretty short drive up to North Bend/Snoqualmie where they were able to indulge. It was fun walking down the hillside at Snoqualmie Falls to the river in the dead of night, absolutely freaking ourselves out!

    August 25, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  58. JARED

    ¨How's Annie?¨

    August 25, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  59. Nick

    I was young when it was on, but I remember watching it with my family, and Bob scared the hell outta me. it was bedtime right after the show was over, but I loved being freaked out right before bed.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  60. BrianB

    I loved Twin Peaks. My English Teacher in high school showed us the Pilot, and I was hooked. But the post-Laura's killer revealed episodes were just terrible. The show, at its core, was a "whodunnit", and when that answer was revealed, it just lost steam. My favorite network series of all time, no doubt.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  61. Doug Dickinson

    I didn't know about the gathering and I LIVE in North Bend. They must have kept it a secret.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  62. Nick

    "Diane, I'm holding in my hand a bag of chocoalte bunnies" Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  63. Matt McHugh

    It's because of "Twin Peaks" I'll never trust TV again. I watched the first season getting more complex and intriguing with each episode, wondering "Wow... How are they going to connect these different story lines together and have this all makes sense.". And you know what? They never intended to. Lynch & co. had a great concept for 20 episodes, then nothing. The show continued past what should have been its organic end. Why? Because that's what you do with TV. You milk it as long as it sells ads, regardless of whether or not the story has run its course. "X-files" .... "Lost" ... "Heroes" .... all great concepts that simply went on too long. "Twin Peaks" is the archetype of that. Bring back mini–series!

    August 25, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Laz

      The show did not continue past its "organic end", ABC screwed the show by forcing Lynch to reveal the killer midseason. This is anything but organic and threw a monkey wrench into the natural course the show was supposed to take, not to mention the ratings plummeting after since the viewing audience was "satisfied" at learning who killed Laura well before they were supposed to.

      August 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Bob

    Do you know who I am?
    Grew up acting out scenes at the local pubs, really confused a lot of people

    August 25, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  65. Vee

    Loved the show when I was in high school, when it first aired, and I love it even more now. Watched it in its entirety over a week or so last fall. Just... wow. I am in Appalachia and not much of a traveler but still long to see Washington state because of this show. I've even been watching the Twilight movies just to see Washington (and Oregon.)

    My favorite character was definitely The Man From Another Place - I love Michael J. Anderson. He was so good on "Carnivale."

    August 25, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  66. JD

    I can still hear the music and see the midget dancing. Loved that show! http://www.sitdeskwrite.com

    August 25, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  67. idesign17

    I was a freshman in high school when Twin Peaks was on. I watched religiously and was completely obsessed. I even had a dream that my friend and I moved to Twin Peaks and I distinctly remember the sign changed from Population 51,201 to Population 51,203. I own the DVD set and have watched it at least 8 times through. Best show ever! Did anyone else catch The Little Man from Another Place on HBO's Carnivale? Aside from Speed Racer when I was 5, Special Agent Dale Cooper has been my biggest TV crush ever!

    "Doppleganger! Doppleganger!"
    That part creeped me out worse than Bob crouched in Laura's room.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Vee

      Carnivale - yes yes yes! I loved that show and was really bummed it was canceled. Michael J. Anderson is awesome! It was great to see him as one of the leads in a show.

      August 25, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  68. Carrie

    I loved this show. I was about 12 or 13 at the time. My mom and I would watch it every Thursday. It always creeped me out, but in a good way. I use to have the tape cassette of the soundtrack. I would listen to it and get just as freaked out watching the show. I was so excited when the movie came out and we got to see what happened before Laura died. A friend and I went to see it and it was even creepier. I still watch the movie all the time when I feel like a good creepy movie. The dancing lady in the beginning with the blue dress, rose, blinking eyes, and one hand in her pocket still freaks me out. Also, the ceiling fan at the top of the stairs! David Lynch just had a way to make the simplest things be scary. Oh, and I just saw a picture that looked just like the one Laura Palmer put on her bedroom wall, the pic in an old house with the partially open door, did not buy it. I enjoy when I find a friend that has not seen the movie or show and I get to introduce them to it. This is definitely one on my favorite shows of all time!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  69. annmartina

    Loved the FBI agents played by David Lynch and David Duchovney.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  70. Eva

    I was only 10 when Twin Peaks came out but desperately wanted to watch it. I wasn't allowed to. But in 1999 a friend of mine had the series on VHS and he and I watched it. Amazing show–I loved the creepy feel of it and the mystery of it all. I wouldn't mind watching it again now, to find things in it I missed when I was 19.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  71. The Good Dale

    Not much talk regarding the performance of Ray Wise as Leland. One of my favorite characters. With his swing dancing scene at the Great Northern to the interrogation in the jail cell. Creeps me out to this day.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  72. Tatiana

    Twin Peaks started when I was in high school and have the series on DVD. I loved it – made me want to move to the Northwest because it looked so beautiful. Killer Bob still freaks me out to this day, though...and I always had the weirdest dreams after I'd watch an episode.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  73. Dan

    What do I remember about Twin Peaks?


    That it started when I was in high school and was taken aback by it's unconventional storyline and actors. I also remember calling my mom at 8:55 on a Saturday while at a party and asking her to tape it the one time I wasn't home to watch it. I would adjust my bag boy schedule to have the night off for the show.

    I remember taping the first season and showing them to a girl I liked to spend more quality time and then consequently hooking up for the first time with her (yes, I am a pimp. I know...)

    I also remember starting college and getting interested in philosophy, Zen Buddism and meditation as a result of Agent Cooper's "modus operandi".

    I remember going through the backlog of David Lynch's films, as I got a car and license to get me to the cool indy video store across town.

    I remember buying the soundtrack in the long cardboard box that CDs came in for a while. I cut out the box and put it on my wall.

    I remember David Lynch on the cover of Time.

    I remember driving across the country with my literally insane stepbrother and going to the Mar-T Cafe in Snowqualmie Falls, WA (where the "RR" exteriors were shot), the lodge and the iconic waterfall. And at the cafe, I had "coffee as black as midnight on a moonless night" and a "stack of griddle cakes and ham", because "nothing beats the taste sensation when maple syrup collides with ham".

    August 25, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  74. jenn

    i watched this every episode when i was in hs! i read laura palmers diary to! i dont care what anyone says..when BOB crawled over the couch, hide in her room it freaked me out! LOVED IT

    August 25, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  75. john

    I'll have a piece of cherry pie and a cup of Joe – – please

    August 25, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  76. PietHein

    Oh wow, I saw this show when I still lived in Europe, and I thought it was mindbendingly awesome. I picked up the soundtrack on CD (I still have it!), and now that the show is making a comeback on the Chiller network, the opening theme still sends chills down my spine.
    I also have the complete series on DVD but haven't had a chance to enjoy them. My favorite scene? Kyle and the gang being out somewhere, with Lucy handing him a cup of steaming Joe, him taking a sip, spitting it out, exclaiming 'Damn good coffee! And HOT!'

    August 25, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  77. Rita

    I loved TWIN PEAKS and probably never would have watched it except for the fact that Kyle MacLachlan had done summer theatre in 1980 at Millbrook Playhouse, very near where I live in Lock Haven, PA. It was great fun to see him advance his career and I loved his lines about the cherry crumb pie and the damned fine coffee. Loved the beginning music on the show, too. Just found a set of TWIN PEAKS VHS tapes at a yard sale and look forward to watching them again. Weird, wonderful show! At least the first season was.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  78. eric stanway

    Twin Peaks was brilliant. I always loved Lynch's work, and Badalamenti's score was something else. Julee Cruise actually came and played at the Paradise in Boston. It was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  79. Jackie

    I was 11 when the series was on....scared the crap out of me, but I continued to watch it faithfully every week. When it was on Thursday, I had to record it because it was on past my bedtime lol. When the movie came out, my aunt had no idea what she was getting into by taking her young neice...I can still remember Laura snapping her fingers at the guy and pointing under the table...chug a lug Donna, chug a lug
    I have goosebumps now sitting here thinking about Bob. Think I will drag out the DVDs today!
    This is where cherry pie goes when it dies!

    August 25, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  80. Josie

    In the episode in which she dies, Josie is gazing at herself in a make-up mirror. Opening shot of the original pilot.

    August 25, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  81. Angela Lynch

    My husband and I were in the area in June and decided we couldn't leave without at least trying to find "Twin Peaks". Found the bridge, old rail car (scene of the crime), had damn fine coffee and cherry pie at Twede's. Had a great day!

    August 25, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Nani

      My hubby and I were there in March, and the coffee and pie is great at Twede's! I hope to move to that area one day. Gorgeous countryside.

      August 25, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Gio

      My wife and I also visited the area in May and as you said, had to investigate all the "Twin Peaks" sites and flavors. The waterfall is mesmorizing and yes, Twede's does serve a damn fine cup of coffee and cherry pie. Glad I wasn't the only geek to do that. Sorry we missed the 20-year festivities. That area has to be one of the most gorgeous on earth!!

      August 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Mark

    How's Annie?

    August 25, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  83. Jase

    Coincidentally I just started watching this 2 season series last week.....again. I remember watching it as a kid but I had to stop mid Season 1 after BOB scared the living daylights out of me. And that "Falling" song was sooooooo depressing!

    August 25, 2010 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  84. Cynthia Daley

    I was totally addicted – even read "Laura Palmer's Diary."

    August 25, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  85. sureokay

    OMG, anything to see Sherilyn Fenn and Madchen Amick every week. Easily the most beautiful females on tv.

    August 25, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  86. Desert Moon

    It was my favorite show – totally loved it – the Julee Cruise music was incredible. I have them taped on video but plan to get the DVDs – however, I notice they're rather expensive. It was a work of art and just about the best series ever on television. The best! Loved Agent Cooper and nothing has ever creeped me out more that the dwarf. I sure miss Twin Peaks, even now. This has inspired me to dig out the tapes, and I would LOVE to go to a Twin Peaks festival!

    August 25, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  87. The Lurking Bat

    The 3 greatest tragedies to befall ‘Twin Peaks’ (aside from the death of Laura Palmer)…
    1 ~ ABC forcing David Lynch and Mark Frost to lose interest in the show…
    2 ~ ABC rescheduling the show into the, then, “Death Slot”…
    3 ~ the non-realization of doing a ‘Twin Peaks’ / ‘X Files’ crossover.


    August 25, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      Yes, a Twin Peaks/X Files crossover would have been interestings - especially seeing that David Duchovny was in both shows. I think he was a DEA agent in Twin Peaks. Dennis/Denise. Yes, David Duchovny in drag was an interesting sight.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Fausthaus

    Fellas, don't drink that coffee! There was a fish in the percolator!

    August 25, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  89. pidgie

    "A smoked...cheese...pig." LOL

    August 25, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  90. john t gonzales

    i still cant believe maddy's murder was on network tv

    August 25, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  91. Nilata

    New Shoes!

    August 25, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  92. monique

    The vibrating dwarf episode blew my mind – only shows to do that since are the Six Feet Under finale and the Lost finale

    August 25, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  93. Doug

    Great program...one of the best. Season 1 was fantastic...season 2 started out great (the 2-hour premiere was a classic), but the story line was weakened by too much of a focus on James and Donna. Still, Bob was really scary...and the fact you really couldn't stop the evil was unsettling, to say the least. Wonderful quirky characters (Agent Cooper was awesome), coupled with a story that kept you on the edge of your seat and gave you the heebie-jeebies...wow. I've only watched a few shows from beginning to end; Twin Peaks was one of them. My wife and I bought the 2-season DVD set a few years back, and look forward to watching this classic again. Thank you, David Lynch!! By the way, if you've never seen 'Mulholland Drive' or 'Blue Velvet', rent/check them out...they're 'R' rated, so parental discretion is advised, but Lynch's skill as a storyteller and director are on full display, just like with Twin Peaks..

    August 25, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Blue Velvet was great... Dennis Hopper as Frank makes Bob look like a Sunday School teacher...

      August 25, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  94. mptele

    I loved it, but went crazy trying to figure it all out- it never made any sense! Every time you thought you had it figured out, it got wierder!

    August 25, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  95. Cindy

    Loved the show! I just discovered the music of Julee Cruise whose song "Falling" was featured at the opening of each show. Her CD "Floating Into the Night" is great. Hearing that song really brings back memories of the show.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  96. Susan

    That was my favorite show! I was a young 20 something and my roommate and I loved watching it. Nothing compares. Loved the quirkiness.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  97. weezer

    'close your eyes and you'll burst into flames' from the log lady. loved them all, especially her and Pete ('there's a fish in the coffee pot!")

    August 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Juliet

    I liked it so much I moved to the area where they filmed it. All the way from the desert to a few blocks over from Donna Hayward's house.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jillian

    I was so so sad when the show was over. I needed it to continue. And as for Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) He was nice to look at.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  100. K9ZGirl

    The most brilliant show ever created, nothing could compare. Every bit was enthralling and the scenery was incredible. I would absolutely love to visit if there was ever to be a Twin Peaks festival again. I still own the TP's handbook! Too many awesome memories to mention really, probably all things associated with the diner would be my favourite. Oh and of course, my huge crush on Agent Dale Cooper!

    August 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Tarvis

    I'm 16 and Nike sb (Skate Boarding) have made shoes inspired by the show. I really like the shoe, but i dont think it will bef fair to buy them without actually watching the T.V. show. The name of the shoes are "Twin Peaks" (if you wanted to see what they looked like). Anyway I'm gonna give this show a watch since you all say its so good. I just hope I can find it somewhere! Thanks for all fo your positive comments about the show. I will definitely watch.

    August 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Sherri

    I enjoyed the show and I loved the music! I remember the motercycle scene that included Laura's old boyfriend and her friend (can't remember their names) and it still gives me shivers (or something like that.)

    August 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  103. JK

    As I recall, one of the odd lines uttered by the Little Man from Another Place was "I'll see you in 20 years, Agent Cooper." Well, it's 20 years.

    August 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  104. sherri

    It was an awesome time, I lived there, was my favorite show at the time. It was a phenomenom/

    August 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Conrad Shull

    Dum Dumm, Dum Dummmm. Coolest music!

    August 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  106. mc

    Twin Peaks was the rarity on TV, much like LOST and other thought-provoking, somewhat out there types of shows. I enjoyed that it truly evoked fear and suspense in a story unlike any other then or now. The show juxtaposed from terrifying and sad moments to scenes with dialogue that were both hilarious and weird. It was unexpected and drew you in, either you got it or thought it was the most ridiculous, inane fare to watch. I still occasionally listen to Angelo Badalamenti's (sp?) score since the haunting music also captured the show's mood and became part of the story with its ominous tones. David Lynch was brilliant but unfortunately it lost its legs after revealing who killed Laura. I hung with it to the end thought but thought it should have been a one-year concept series. A classic for sure.

    August 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  107. maeve

    Loved this show.! Every Thursday night I would bring my work home amd create ad designs while I visited Twin Peaks. At the time it was one of the most creative shows on T-V. David Lynch was a genious. The actors for the most part were quirky and interesting. The plot lines were unpredictable and created an atmosphere that was enticing and frightening. From the first night to the last this was the show to see. It is a classic.

    August 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Liz

    Jut one thing more, I personally find the senior aged actors on the show to be very engaging and entertaining, specifically the old waiter at the Twin Peaks Hotel, and the banker, and the old guy whose girlfriend wants to win Miss Twin Peaks. It was like a full employment act for senior actors in Seattle. And Ben and Jerry Horne. Too much

    August 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Liz

    By the way, the dwarf isn't speaking backwards, just very slowed -down. Give a close listen. On HULU for free.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dzro

      Actually, the dwarf read the lines phonetically backwards and they reversed that recording so that it came out in a weird kind of normal.

      August 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Doug

    I watched it religiously right up until the end, and only recently tossed my VHS tapes (lovingly recorded in SP off Channel 6 out of Philadelphia).

    My favorite character? Probably Miguel Ferrer's "Albert", or perhaps even Lynch himself as Gordon. So many to choose from...

    August 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Liz

    The series can be seen on HULU, I've watched it more than once. The story quite plays out, and the several seasons hang together really well. It truly is art, and the more you watch it the more you realize the number of plots and storylines there are. Probably one of the best night time soaps ever made. Enjoy!

    August 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Papasan

    Best show ever on TV!

    August 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  113. a fan

    I adored this program. Own it on DVD and watch it often. The only episode I didn't like was the last. I would have preferred a much better ending if it had to end.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agent Cooper

      The ending was great. It was David Lynch saying FU to the network. I wonder how Bob and Agent Cooper are getting along. What I've read in the past is that after ABC forced them to reveal the killer Lynch lost interest and abandoned the show. That was really it's demise.
      I considered going to the festival this year, since my family was going to be in Oregon but the price seemed ridiculous considering what little they were offering. At the time Sherilyn Fenn wasn't listed as appearing. Mmm...Audrey Horn.

      August 25, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Double J

      @Agent Cooper – the fest is worth every penny, with or without Sherilyn Fenn.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  114. chris

    Awesome show but it did start to lose direction later in the fall. Honestly I think it should have remained a mini-series because it eventually lost its way. As far as I know Jack Nance is the only main character to has died other than Frank Silva

    August 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Sadly, Don S. Davis also passed in 2008. He played Major Briggs, and was featured in several episodes during the second season which explored his experiences at the "White Lodge".

      August 24, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Judi Goodwin

    Twin Peaks was my all time favorite TV show. But the last show was beyond horrifying and I can remember how scared I was.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  116. TK

    I was very fortunate to live there (Snoqualmie/North Bend) while growing up. I didn't live there when the show was filmed, but the show was fantastic. I loved it. The area is beatiful and I miss it.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Valley Girl

    Amazing show...

    "there's always music in the air" – loved the score and music, loved the dances – i.e., Audrey's dance, the dwarf's dance

    August 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Estella

    What I remember from the show is the stoplight changing colors at the beginning of the show. Amazing how simple things can take on such an ominous character. I also remember the psychedelic sequences when someone's face would be shown coming through the stretched fabric of a wall like a mask. The backward speaking dwarf also freaked me out–like a nightmare or threat of insanity. I loved it and have it all saved on tape.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Coffee

      That's right. Even if it was a mediocre episode, you knew that when the stop light began swinging, or they cut to the ceiling fan going 'round & 'round, things were going to get weird and make it all worthwhile.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  119. Moonie

    "She's dead, wrapped in plastic."

    August 24, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Keith

    It's funny how things come full circle. Lynch wanted the show to go much longer without revealing the killer but ABC pressured him. The Lost creators wanted to end the show earlier but the network begged them to extend the show. Seems like they learned their lesson.

    The show transported viewers to another world and was far ahead of its time.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Joe

    I was just starting college when Twin Peaks premiered - most of our dorm would gather around the TV to watch each episode. Favorite moment? So many of them...but I'll pick a long lost one: When sarcastic FBI Agent Rosenfield (Jose Ferrer) stops Sherriff Harry S. Truman from punching him by announcing he is actually a follower of "of the non-violence advocated by King and Ghandi. I love you, Sherriff Truman." So unexpected, even for a show as bizarre as Twin Peaks. God - 20 years!!!

    August 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnH

      That was the line that made me think I'd died and gone to heaven.

      August 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brigit

      my best friend and i watched that whole series together one summer about 6 or 7 years ago... we loved that scene so much we kept watching it over and over and transcribed what Agent Rosenfield said... i've kept it since then:

      "While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and a hatchetman in the fight against violence. I pride myself at taking a punch and I will gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman."

      August 30, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  122. Cooker

    Odd lines:
    Coff-fee! Coff-fee! Coff-fee!
    Age-nyent Cooo-prr
    He can't have your soul. I will take his!!

    August 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Karen

    To this day, if I really want to freak myself out, all I have to do is picture killer Bob squatting in the corner of the living room.

    August 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • anotherpointofview

      Amen to the Bob reference-I don't think I have ever seen such a violent scene on regular TV and that was 20 years ago. Freaks me out every time

      August 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      he wasn't in the living room, he was in Laura's bedroom and Laura's mom saw him. It was the creepiest scene I have ever seen on television.

      August 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catherine in Tulsa

      I was a teen when it was on, and I started leaving things on the floor of my bedroom, to trip Bob in case he was ever there. He scared the crap out of me!!!

      August 25, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • jones

      Yes. I was only 12 when the series aired and Killer Bob was the scariest thing I had ever seen. I still cannot watch the scenes with him and Maddie. But I loved Agent Cooper.

      August 25, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • E

      @dan, BOB made several appearances and one was in the living room. As I recall at the edge of the couch

      August 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  124. george

    i guess the recession is not as serious as i thought if people came from all over the world to celebrate the anniversary of a terrific tv show. i thoroughly enjoyed it, but lost the vhs tapes when i moved several years ago. my favorite scene is, of course, the famous cherry stem tying scene.

    August 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Jose M. Pulido

    One of my fondest memories of Twin Peaks was the episode where the midget appeared walkng like staggering and mumbling somethng I could not understand. I think that was the final episode, wasn't it?

    August 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • TP fan

      They just played the dialogue backwards so it would sound weird.

      August 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jillian

      That was so freaky even though we know how it was done. During that time it was cutting edge creepy!

      August 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug Fir

      Actually, the actors were filmed walking and talking backwards, then Lynch played it back in reverse to give the creepy effect of the weird dialogue. "siht ekil dnuos I dna, mra eht ma I".

      August 25, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  126. Shannon Nutt

    I wish someone would re-imagine this series for TV. Sadly, many cast members have passed on (including Frank Silva, who freaked us all out as BOB), but enough remain with us to bring the show back and introduce it to a new generation. Oh, how I long to return to the place where the birds sing a pretty song and there's always music in the air!

    August 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  127. barb

    I was an avid viewer at the time. And yes the next day we would talk about the show at work (sorry no watercoolers in our building). I watched it to the bitter end and I saw the movie. I've got it all on dvd these days (as opposed to the days of videotaping it. It was a hoot seeing a young David Duchovny, playing the cross-dressing FBI agent, Denise. I thought it was a show that ended too soon. It's too bad I didn't know about this celebration. It's something I would have had a blast going to.

    August 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Jenn

    At the time, it was a breakthrough piece of television.

    August 24, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Craig

    What i remember is that the dolts that watched TV at that time couldn't tell what a brilliant and enjoyable piece of art it really was and it was canceled before it was given a chance. I LOVED the show and have always felt cheated that it didn't get to play out. I also feel robbed every time I look for it on DVD and see the price they charge.

    August 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Hey, it was a top-rated show that only lost popularity after the big mystery was solved and the show began meandering without any clear direction. I seem to recall that even David Lynch grew tired of the series and began focusing other projects during the second season.

      August 25, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  130. Jose M. Pulido

    I remember Twin Peaks and Laura Palmer. Before I saw my first episode of Twin Peaks I thought, "Is Dolly Parton back on TV" ha ha ha...ahem.

    August 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  131. kyle

    I remember when it first came out on VHS. We bought the series and about 10 of us would get together on a sunday night and have Twin Peaks night. It was so much fun and what a great show it was!! Watch it again.....its really a great show!!

    August 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Brian

    I'm 26, so I didn't catch Twin Peeks on its first go around, but I got the DVDs after someone recommended it to me because I was such a big LOST fan. Agent Dale Cooper is one of TVs best characters. And I order my coffee now "black as midnight on a moonless night"

    August 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keylee

      Kyle macLachlin played a great character in Blue Velvet too, another David Lynch creation.

      August 25, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Lumps

      Never did watch Twin Peaks the series, but at the bar of the same name is definitely where you can find me during Happy Hour on most nights! Gotta love them bellybuttons! Woo Hooo!!!

      August 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |

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