Welcome to Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks debuted with a feature-length pilot on April 8, 1990. With a viewership of some 34.6 million people, it went on to become one of the most acclaimed pilots of all time, an auspicious beginning to a series whose first season would make it one of the most popular cult TV shows of the 20th century.
Heavily influenced by his previous hit Blue Velvet, David Lynch set to work on a TV show about “real life in America”— one that would expose the same evils hiding beneath pleasant facades as was the case in the aforementioned film. Working with friend and fellow writer Mark Frost, Twin Peaks, a genre-bender that mixed horror and the supernatural with a campy, soap opera feel, was born.
Though canceled in its second season due to declining ratings, Twin Peaks has maintained its cult following so much that Frost and Lynch announced a continuation of the original program will premiere as a Showtime miniseries in 2017. Eager fans are hoping that the new series will live up to the success of its former self, and producers are hopeful that new audiences are willing to immerse themselves in the mythos that is Twin Peaks.
In an age where crime-driven series and anthologies are all the rage among TV and internet audiences (Making a Murderer, True Detective, Stranger Things), it’s likely that a well-done revival of Twin Peaks will capture a new generation of fans, while those who watched the original series (now streaming on Netflix) will pick up where they left off.
Are you an original fan of Twin Peaks? Then check out these fun facts only the most dedicated fanatics know!
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In the Beginning
Creators Mark Frost and David Lynch met while working on Goddess, a movie about Marilyn Monroe that never made it to production.
What’s in a Name?
Twin Peaks was originally set in North Dakota, and the title of the show was—you guessed it—North Dakota. Having decided that the Great Plain didn’t have enough air of mystery about them, the location was moved to the Pacific Northwest, and the title was changed to Northwest Passage. Though this remained the title of the pilot episode, the series underwent another name change, and Twin Peaks was born.