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Twin Peaks

1990 - 1991
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
TV Series
47m
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Avg Percentile 80.8% from 1840 total ratings

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Rated 17 Apr 2021
100
97th
The second half of Season 2 loses its way a bit, but overall this is still one of the best and most influential shows to ever come out of network TV. In the years since, we've seen a plethora of similar "small town with a secret" shows, but none have matched the primal power of this one.
Rated 05 Jun 2017
97
97th
The Death of the American Dream: or, Society in retrograde. The Pilot episode is utterly magnificent - the way death is both like a thunderclap, and an inevitability, is clearly what enraptured America to Lynch and Frost's hallucinogenic Soap from hell (and kept interest when this Soapier side started to foam at the mouth). To me, though, TP is about society regressing back into a primitive - and spiritual - state that was always there, obscured by picket fences, damn fine coffee, and apple pie.
Rated 06 Sep 2015
10
98th
One evening in 1990 a small town in the US fell asleep after an episode of Dallas and dreamt a collective dream and that dream was Twin Peaks. It gets under your skin like only a dream can, brimming with naked, uninhibited emotion - and sometimes, it's as scary as any nightmare you've ever had.
Rated 26 Sep 2015
6
70th
I'm sorry, but this show just jumped the shark too quick and too hard for me to jump into "masterpiece!" camp for it. Almost half the entire run of the show is nigh-unwatchable. That said - that said! - everything up through the Laura Palmer killer reveal is mostly great, especially the pilot.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
84
95th
Even though it lost its way a little in the middle, becoming too comfortable with the idea of being a "quirky soap opera", at its peak this was something remarkable and perhaps the first demonstration that American television could really try and do something. 2017 rewatch: Lynch's decreased involvement in the second season certainly leads to silliness and weakness, but the strangeness and mystery never depart, and the final episode contains a power that only benefits from today's HD equipment.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
94
98th
Goes off the rails in the latter part of S2 with the James & Ben Horne plots (and Windom Earle is not a great villain relative to BOB). If I was ranking just S1 and the Lynch-directed episodes of the 2nd, the score would be close to 100 (see S3). Not only does Twin Peaks contain the most iconic Lynchian imagery, there's an argument to be made that it is the ultimate pop culture example of Americana. Taken as a whole with the 2017 series, it might be the best thing to have come out of television.
Rated 14 Oct 2015
99
98th
Daniel Kahneman says in his book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" that when you decide how much you liked (or disliked) an experience, you base it on how you felt at the peak, and how you felt at the end. That means that when evaluating Twin Peaks, I must be thinking mostly of the backwards talking dream from Episode 2 (peak brilliance/weirdness) and the haunting refrain of "How's Annie?" from the finale, which I guess explains why the score is so high.
Rated 22 Apr 2016
77
51st
Severely overrated and I don't see a lot of what others see in it... but points for originality.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
87
96th
It's rambling, silly, mean story-lines keep one on their toes. It was light years ahead of its time and the pilot was amazingly well made and captured the attention of pretty much everyone.
Rated 29 Oct 2018
90
93rd
Twin Peaks is the epitome of American ideals like community values, small town ethos, good-willing people with naive intentions. An unknown evil haunts this community, which is embodied in the character of Laura. Remember Nietzsche opening his Beyond Good and Evil: "Suppose the truth is a woman." Laura's death becomes an empty signifier filled with an investigation about the decay of this aforementioned ethos. Great visuals and as usual, a Lynchian mix of surrealism with meditative mystery.
Rated 24 Jul 2019
55
6th
By the 4th episode ratings declined by more than half & mostly continued to drop which suggests that the alleged success of this was more a result of media hype & being unusually cinematic for tv at the time bc this is awful. Everything Lynch does distances the viewer from feeling for characters. The score contradicts visuals/ makes emotions overwrought & his staging is stiff w/ stilted dialogue. It only succeeds at subverting/mocking American tropes which is really why culture snobs loved it so
Rated 05 Sep 2015
8
98th
honestly it could have 10 weak seasons and i'd still rate it 100
Rated 17 May 2017
10
2nd
The score and cinematographic atmosphere almost gives the impression that this is something other than just one contrived gimmick after another. Bad dreams. Owls. Dead virgin girls. Coffee.
Rated 05 Jan 2020
95
97th
Seasons 1-2: The only reason I can't go higher is because of the second seasons meandering, but even that was somewhat endearing. Twin Peaks brings you in with its campiness, and makes you stay to find out what the fuck is going on. An amazing cast of characters, combined with Lynch's direction and Frost's world-building make this a dream team for one of the best shows ever created.
Rated 27 Mar 2017
36
21st
Oppressive. And yet, with all the menace (mostly courtesy of Badalamenti) and misogyny on display, Lynch doesn't really mean it. He's just playing with his favorite toys. I agree with Ebert about him.
Rated 11 Sep 2015
99
99th
Of course, this score is really only for the first season (and maybe even just the pilot) but even so it pretty much single-handedly justifies even attributing scores to TV shows to begin with, not to mention it's far and away Lynch's greatest achievement.
Rated 07 Sep 2015
96
96th
Watching several episodes of Twin Peaks in a row puts one into a weird mind state that makes it very difficult to slide back into reality. I love it.
Rated 11 Sep 2015
95
97th
Some of the most haunting visuals and memorable characters ever committed to any form of screen. And dat drone sound design.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
90
94th
Caused a revolutionary overhaul of TV drama matching in magnitude with only two seasons what it took Seinfeld and The Simpsons the entire decade to do for comedy. And to boot it holds up better than most shows even half its age. At its best at the beginning and the end of its run--unsurprisingly this corresponds to Lynch drifting away from the show, then returning to wrap it up right.
Rated 11 Mar 2016
95
94th
An all-time great but yeah I reeeeeeally don't like a lot of season 2
Rated 02 Oct 2015
90
96th
100/100 if you rank only the first 9 and last 2 episodes that were directed by the man itself. Still, my favorite (next to the Simpsons) show on TV.
Rated 30 Mar 2020
93
98th
Season 1 is near perfection, as well as much of early season 2. S2 Ep7 is the best episode of television ever; you can tell Lynch knew he was about to dip, so he packed in a bunch of amazing payoffs. Then after 12 episodes of bullshit he came back to do it again in the finale
Rated 17 Aug 2017
80
95th
The everyday soap opera on a hard dose of acid, love it.
Rated 04 Jun 2017
88
96th
Rating is only for the Lynch directed episodes.
Rated 07 Jul 2016
95
99th
TV series that changed the way to make TV stories forever.
Rated 28 Mar 2020
70
32nd
First season is great, the second one not so much. For the last few episodes of season 2, I was mainly waiting for the series simply to end.
Rated 12 Oct 2015
80
73rd
Season 1: 100, Season 2: 65
Rated 06 Sep 2015
93
99th
The brilliance of this is not even undermined by all the nonsense in season two.
Rated 27 May 2016
93
90th
It remains as engrossing a story as it ever was, with a bold, surreal, cinematic eccentricity that stands in defiance of its age and almost prophetically ahead of its time.
Rated 26 Feb 2024
70
66th
With Lynch at the controls, it's golden. Everything works, there's intruige and silliness and it handshakes somewhere in a realm no ordinary mortal can go. When Lynch, or to make things worse, Frost, steps away (S2 2nd half), it's hard to bear. It only goes to show you can put the characters, gear, lore, locations, story, crew in the hands of anyone else than Lynch and try to do Lynch, everyone will fail. He's irreplicable: the hallmark of only the greatest of artists
Rated 24 Jan 2020
60
28th
The things it has inspired are certainly better than the show actually ever was. It's a cheesy ass 90s sitcom that tries hard to be "2deep4u". But that's kind of what I love about it.
Rated 14 Jan 2020
0
5th
I immediately distrust anyone who says this a great series and quickly write them off as someone who can't think critically. There's nothing redeeming here. It's pure melodramatic, pretentious nonsense, and it's not cute. Obviously, there are worse TV shows out there, but I guess I hold this to a higher standard of criticism based on its seemingly universal acclaim. Few people here can even articulate what they like about it, while almost everyone admits it's cheesy or eventually became such.
Rated 02 Jul 2018
80
36th
The fever dreams of David Lynch. First season was truly awful, second started out strong and was almost worth enduring the first season. The ending was likewise as poor as the entirety of the first season.
Rated 10 May 2018
83
75th
I never connected with it. But that's ok. That doesn't isolate me. Not even a little bit. I don't need to belong. That's aaaaaaalright. I'm ok, not enjoying the things the cool and sophisticated people enjoy. No, really. Whatever. Ah, no biggie. I'm not the one without taste! You're the one without taste! You're the one, who doesn't get it! You suck! No, fuck you! I HATE YOU! AND EVERYTHING YOU LIKE!
Rated 01 Feb 2018
55
14th
Too much bad directing, acting, writing in the first episode makes me not wanna continue even though i think it could get better lol. I appreciate lynch's style with that stuff but i rarely like it. Although reading what he was going for with the surreal weird nightmare soap opera i'll probably watch more eventually and some say the plot gets better
Rated 12 Aug 2021
75
36th
1st season: brilliant, 100%. Makes you suspect everyone. Great characters, hot girls. Reminds me of Blue Velvet. 2nd: HEAVILY commercialized. sexualized. who cares about fucking andy, lucy, bobbi, shelli, crapelli and them screwing each other? turns out it wasn't directed by Lynch and he detests it too. ruined by stupid talentless bitches, as always. Well, except the last episode, which is great, along with the beginning of the season (the only things actually directed by Lynch). 30 for the crap
Rated 15 Jul 2017
85
94th
Enticing mystery meets shoddy soap in this mad and legendary cult series. Lynch's pilot just might be the best hour and a half of TV ever produced. Some of the highlights are the sexy female cast and the many odd supporting characters (The Log Lady being a standout ... in the latter category!), but the show is uneven (skip or ffwd through 2x10-21). It's at its very best when Cooper, The One-Armed Man or Bob is onscreen. My favorite scene is Ronette's truly nightmarish flashback vision in 2x01.
Rated 06 Oct 2017
60
0th
rather weak series.
Rated 22 Jan 2017
97
99th
My favorite TV series of all time.
Rated 03 Oct 2015
70
64th
Watched up to S02E03 - ongoing. I'm not blown away so far. Sure, there are some scenes that are on top of what TV can offer, but there's way too much filler. Anything weird and mysterious here is teriffic, but all the dramedy in between is completely average.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
9
90th
The TV gods shouldn't have let it jump the shark as early as it did, but what can you do.
Rated 12 Jun 2021
45
29th
As someone who watched this for the first time in 2021, I can say that people are rating this show with rose-coloured nostalgia specs on. There are bits here that are really compelling and novel and affecting, but then there's so much interstitial stuff that's just soap opera nonsense, which dulls the impact of the good bits. This was probably brilliant for 1990, but it's not good in the context of 2021. (Rating based on S1 only. I'm not putting myself through more of this.)
Rated 31 Oct 2018
90
78th
The first season is great but the second was terrible in parts
Rated 21 Oct 2021
70
64th
I would rate it higher if the season 2 had 9 episodes. After that point it becomes ridiculous, the writers made up very weird character changes. As if it's not enough we get more godawful James.
Rated 18 Dec 2020
95
97th
-5 points for the non-Lynch episodes
Rated 14 Aug 2016
65
32nd
I'm in the camp that didn't really like it as much as the others do. I found it with a huge amount of melodrama and cheese, and I just did not care for a lot of the subplots introduced, and even some of the characters I found a bit grating.
Rated 06 Feb 2022
90
94th
the latter half or 1/3 of the second season (aside from the finale) dragged on a bit, but nevertheless this show as a whole is amazing and I would easily say this is the best show I have ever seen. While I greatly enjoy titles like Breaking Bad and whatnot (can’t think of more off the top of my head lmao), none have ever left me with the same emotional impact that Twin Peaks did. If anything, think of this show as a case study on good character writing- at least through season one.
Rated 11 Jun 2022
80
78th
The Lynch eps were often the strongest, with the small exception (& controversial confession) that I found the white lodge/black lodge/Windom Earle plot-line more compelling than the initial Laura Palmer narrative (the latter also felt rushed for the reveal and resolution). I spent a chunk of the series batting back and forth on whether I liked it or not, often pushing through out of curiosity; yet somewhere along the line, somewhere I can't pinpoint, I think I may have become a low key fan...
Rated 12 Sep 2022
57
38th
Fell off hard after the first season. From genius to below average.
Rated 14 Feb 2024
88
95th
S1: 90. S2: 85
Rated 13 Sep 2018
82
87th
One of many of David Lynch's great works. Every time he was at the helm this show was brilliant. When he stepped away, not so much. It is not an overstatement to say that the era of prestige television would not exist without Twin Peaks.
Rated 11 Apr 2020
86
78th
Season 1
Rated 12 Oct 2019
94
97th
Season 1: 90 Season 2: 98
Rated 10 Jul 2021
7
99th
Just for the Laura storyline. And while you can tune out basically everything after until Lynch returns and creates that amazing finale, the second season will undoubtedly grow on you with a repeat viewing. Sit it out through the James - and even worse, Nadine - screen time and you will find certain answers not found in any other season. Namely, to do with the White/Black Lodge, the purpose of the spirits that inhabit the Woods, and their relation to Twin Peaks.
Rated 26 Jun 2021
75
45th
I really liked it, but I got to a certain point in season two where I said, "I really enjoyed that last episode but I can't keep watching this show". Like, I enjoyed it as a TV show but hated the experience of watching it???
Rated 17 Feb 2021
80
86th
S1:80 S2:80
Rated 27 Dec 2020
97
89th
American cherry pie that somehow breaks down all wrong. Things fall apart at the end of the century. "The Owls are not what they seem." "How's Annie?" And on a lighter note, Bobby getting slapped by Major Briggs is one of the funniest things I've seen. As noted by others, we're ignoring most of the second half of Season 2, one of the worst declines of a series in TV history (though the last episode pulls it all together beyond your wildest dreams.)
Rated 13 Nov 2020
95
97th
Magic is real, and it's the first season and a half of this show
Rated 15 Oct 2020
80
68th
proverbially sh*ts itself after resolving the plot... hell it feels boring relitigating this. it's a soap, it's a thriller, it's terror, it's a comedy. I feel like there's something more ordinary in the stuff that's meant to be surreal (though sometimes, someone just turns into a doorknob)
Rated 06 Sep 2020
72
30th
While season one presents a very intriguing narrative, it all falls apart with the messy and tonally confused second season that is a tangle of melodramatic plot lines, enough to leave a sour taste in anyone's mouth after finishing an underwhelming season finale.
Rated 16 Apr 2020
93
99th
Cosily mildly psychedelic horror-soap in small town Northwest outdoes itself through genius casting and art direction and shadow embracing forbidden aesthetic that fits just perfectly into the wooded, native American muraled and rich corrupt and morally bankrupt landowners setting.
Rated 07 Apr 2020
100
99th
The Good Shit. long spanning sections of buildup and big climaxes
Rated 05 Aug 2023
10
96th
my score is for the Q2 fan edit of season 1. I haven't seen much of season 2, but I enjoyed fire walk with me and season 3.
Rated 27 Apr 2019
91
98th
A great atmospheric surrealist tv series. An excellent first season and some true scenes / episodes of greatness in the second season, though there is undoubtedly a dip in quality during a certain streak of episodes in the season 2 . I do feel that the series ended prematurely, or had gone on for too long, depending on how you look at it. Absolutely intriguing and in so many ways it exceeded my expectations.Yet it also could have been more. More spirituality / surrealism, less soapy drama.
Rated 21 Oct 2015
85
93rd
The owls are not what they seem.
Rated 08 Mar 2016
86
84th
A bit cheesy at times, especially in the second season, and while much of it is intentional it still holds it back for me. On the whole, though, it's a very entertaining multifaceted mystery with a lot of entertaining Lynchian touches.
Rated 15 Apr 2017
94
94th
Twin Peaks is an engrossing story with a bold, surreal, cinematic eccentricity, featuring groundbreaking aesthetics that have yet to be equaled, or even rivaled, in the slightest.
Rated 21 Jun 2017
78
64th
Perfect example of what can be achieved with a limited score. As most viewers would agree, there are glimmers of brilliance within the 2 series. As most viewers would also agree, the show grinds to a halt after ep 9 of season 2, seemingly losing it's mind (with the Ben Horne/Civil war subplot), only to regain momentum leading into that finale. Most impressive are the well crafted chars, you can appreciate this even after the pilot. Soap opera imbued with psych-horror, bizarre comedy & char depth
Rated 14 Sep 2015
99
92nd
Greatest show ever!!!
Rated 18 Sep 2017
53
62nd
I guessed the killer as soon as they were introduced, so I had to rely on my crush on Dale Cooper to get me through the whole show. I like my special agents like I like my coffee, damn fine ;)
Rated 12 Feb 2016
80
77th
For only the first season. Second Season drops in quality.
Rated 02 Jan 2016
8
71st
First season is some of the best television you'll ever see thanks to Lynch's talent for surrealist horror, great characters, and an engrossing mystery; alone, it gets a 10. The second season takes a deep dive not long after it starts, but if you're able to tolerate how terrible the show becomes, you'll be rewarded with a fantastic series "finale."
Rated 23 Apr 2016
60
28th
s01
Rated 30 May 2017
5
84th
My favourite TV show. Even as a millennial who watched it for the first time in 2014 it really stands the test of time. As much as I can't stand the second season I'm going to be very generous with my score because of how amazing the characters, the mysteries and the lore of this series are, and agent Dale Cooper is absolutely my favourite character of all time.
Rated 05 Apr 2016
91
94th
Only some of the episodes though.
Rated 01 Feb 2017
90
97th
I love this series. Something is here that is so beautiful and pure it will never be recreated. With the best protagonist ever made and the best musical score I have heard to date. I think if I rewatch it some time, I will cry a bit, because of what could have been.
Rated 24 Sep 2018
85
84th
Score for S1 only. Essential.
Rated 05 Sep 2017
80
63rd
A strange amalgamation of all sorts of different shows that strangely works (and strangely became a popular cultural icon). Rather than get too involved in a winding story, this show engages with this colourful array of characters and how they react to the primary death, which is the dark undercurrent of an otherwise cheery show. Even though season 2 is spotty (particularly after ep10), each episode has at least moments of excellence, the Lynch directed ones being the highlights.
Rated 19 Aug 2018
73
78th
(SPOILER ALERT): 27 years on it's easy to see the fuss that inspired legions of cult like fans, resulting in its acclaimed resurrection in 2017. The mix of styles and moods doesn't always work, but when it does the spell is intoxicating, and the best moments are full of complex ineffable feelings, evoking sadness, longing, horror and tragedy in a single scene.After Wise departs the series loses its momentum, and a few of the subplots are boring (e.g. Ghostwood), but overall this is superior TV.
Rated 09 Sep 2015
80
84th
How do you rate something that goes from amazing (the first 15 episodes) to awful (15 last episodes)?
Rated 08 Jul 2016
89
92nd
First season is 100/100 but the second season prevents me from going over 90. Especially the bits where Lynch was out.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
70
90th
The whole "who killed Laura Palmer?" plot arc is definitely a masterpiece of television and simultaneously of cinema.
Rated 17 Oct 2016
100
99th
Cops and Consciousness.
Rated 12 Aug 2016
47
29th
I know I'm one of the very few but I didn't like this show. On top of that I found some episodes of season two much better than most of the first season.
Rated 09 Jul 2017
88
73rd
Season 1: 86 Season 2: 89
Rated 31 Mar 2017
81
91st
nice series
Rated 05 Feb 2016
80
89th
Twin Peaks was THE transitional series from the age of TV fiction being entirely crap, including in retrospect most of those BBC shows people fantasize are amazing, to whatever the current period is after egs. The Sopranos and Deadwood and if you must The Wire. As such, though it WAS amazing, it now feels like it has a foot in both eras. A pity they had Audrey Horne end up a romantic virgin.
Rated 03 Oct 2015
100
90th
My favorite thing.
Rated 23 Nov 2015
7
61st
A high 8 for season 1 and the first 7 episodes of season 2. Then it becomes wildly uneven; at its worst, downright laughably bad.
Rated 29 Sep 2017
85
96th
massively fluctuating in quality; massively impactful.
Rated 30 Sep 2016
92
98th
Impossible to rate all of the seasons the same way.....but still - a revolution for television. Lots of shows after this one are really trying to get there - not even close. This is it. A haunting, dangerously addictive and eccentric masterpiece incomparable to anything I've seen so far. Memorable characters, well developed and really great directing.
Rated 19 Jan 2018
5
91st
The concentrated stretches of brilliance are worth that slog of episodes about 75% of the way through.
Rated 20 Jun 2022
72
56th
Frustratingly dull despite some great cinematography. Far too many plotlines with less engaging characters, but overall the story was usually captivating. Playing the same songs 6 times an episode is a bit much though.

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