“Diane. 11:30 am. February 24. Entering the town of Twin Peaks.”
With those words, Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan) entered Twin Peaks, and television was never the same again. David Lynch and Mark Frost’s groundbreaking series concerned how the titular small Pacific Northwest town — a land of damn fine coffee and endless delicious pie — was turned upside down by the mysterious death of high school student Laura Palmer. Thanks to a mix of offbeat humor and Lynch’s trademark weirdness, the 1990-91 series became a pop culture phenomenon. Unfortunately, Lynch left the show in its sputtering second season, and it was cancelled. An uneven follow-up film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, followed in 1992, but it was too dark and divisive to recapture the public’s interest. Over the years, the legend of Twin Peaks and its characters has grown exponentially, and a revival series hits airwaves later this year. It remains to be seen if the old magic can be recaptured (my vote is a hearty no), so until then, take some time today to grab a cup of joe and rewatch some Twin Peaks. Those early episodes are just as fantastic as you remember.