TV Review

Twin Peaks (1990 - 1991)

EW's GRADE
A+

Details Genres: Crime, Drama; With: Sherilyn Fenn, Mark Frost, David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Ontkean; Network: ABC; More

Are you one of those who felt ripped off by the final episode of the most exciting new show of the year? Which did you resent more: that the murderer of Laura Palmer was never revealed, that you can't be sure whether the wife-battering Leo is really dead, that special agent Cooper took three slugs to the stomach in a finale that suggested the shameless ''Who Shot J.R.?'' of Dallas more than the subtle weirdness of Twin Peaks? Well, pour a cup of strong black coffee and join the club.

At the same time, it's a good kind of annoyance, isn't it? How pleasurable it is to really care about a TV series, to the point of (national) obsession.

ABC almost certainly has made a big mistake in scheduling this fall's second season of Peaks for Saturdays at 10 p.m. Quite aside from the fact that a large portion of the show's audience probably will be out on Saturday nights, the move eliminates one of the prime pleasures of Peaks: the opportunity to discuss the latest episode's twists around the office water cooler the next day. A+

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Originally posted Jun 15, 1990 Published in issue #18 Jun 15, 1990 Order article reprints