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Twin Peaks is an American serial drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch that premiered on April 8, 1990, on ABC.
It was one of the top-rated series of 1990, but declining ratings led to its cancellation after its second season in 1991.
It nonetheless gained a cult following and has been referenced in a wide variety of media.
In subsequent years, Twin Peaks is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time.
The series follows an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington.
The narrative draws on elements of crime drama, but its uncanny tone, supernatural elements, and campy, melodramatic portrayal of eccentric characters also draw on American soap operas and horror tropes.
Like much of Lynch's work, it is distinguished by surrealism and offbeat humor, as well as distinctive cinematography.
The show's acclaimed score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti in collaboration with Lynch.
Twin Peaks was followed by a 1992 feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, that serves as a prequel to the television series.
In October 2014, Showtime announced that the series would return as a limited series, which premiered on May 21, 2017.
The limited series is written by Lynch and Frost and directed by Lynch.
Many original cast members, including MacLachlan, have returned.
This current series, also known as Twin Peaks: The Return, is a continuation of the 1990–1991 ABC series of the same name.
The limited series event will consist of 18 episodes and premiered on Showtime on May 21, 2017.
The series had its world premiere on May 19, 2017, at the Theater at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
The series was developed and written by Lynch and Frost over a number of years, and directed in its entirety by Lynch.
Many original cast members return, including Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, and new cast members are introduced, including Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Michael Cera, Jim Belushi and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Prior to the premiere, little was known regarding the plot of the new series, but Showtime president David Nevins stated that "the core of it is Agent Cooper's odyssey back to Twin Peaks".