On the morning of February 24 1989, Agent Dale Cooper entered the town of Twin Peaks for the first time to investigate the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. And so began a relatively short-lived show that would become a cult classic.
Part of the appeal of Twin Peaks was its occasionally improvised moments. Most famous amongst these is the identity of BOB, the demon responsible for Laura’s death. Although different origin stories exist, the one Lynch himself tells has him hearing the set dresser, Frank Silva, moving furniture around. When he found out that Silva was an actor, he wanted to use him in some way. Later, Silva’s reflection accidentally appeared in a shot, and Lynch’s problem was solved. There were also unscripted reactions, which added to the genuine feeling that occasionally ridiculous moments needed.
But Twin Peaks has been treated well by history, consistently making lists of the top TV shows of all time, and lists of shows that were cancelled too soon. It still gets referenced in pop culture today, most notably the 2010 episode of Psych, which contained several guest stars from Twin Peaks, and was a homage to the pilot. An ultimate edition Blu-ray has also recently been announced, showing that the public appetite for this TV series shows no sign of abating just yet.