What Makes ‘Twin Peaks’ So Great?

Everything, the answer is “everything.”
Sherilyn Fenn, Kyle Maclaughlin
By  · Published on May 16th, 2017

Everything, the answer is “everything.”


I’ve spoken in these virtual pages before – maybe even too often – about how David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks isn’t just an outstanding series, it’s a watershed moment for the medium, a tipping point at which televisual drama and crime procedurals took a decidedly cinematic turn, both thematically and aesthetically. If you enjoy The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Lost, or the dozens of others shows of their ilk, then you owe a debt of gratitude to Twin Peaks, because without it, none of those shows would have made it to air. Someone has to break the ground, someone has to be the first to shuck convention, upend expectations, and expand the medium’s parameters to new and unthought of lengths. Twin Peaks did all that, and likely it’s about to do it all over again.

But perhaps you need a little more convincing than just my earnest word. Lucky for you, then, we’ve got this video from our friends at Screen Prism that explains in 15 succinct minutes exactly why Twin Peaks had the effect it did.

You might think all the hype around Twin Peaks is overblown, but that’s the thing, it isn’t hype. This is real. And “it is happening again.” Are you ready?

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