By Carey Dunne, 19, reporting from New York City on must-see 90s TV
Twin Peaks is David Lynch’s suspenseful 1990s TV drama that follows Special Agent Dale Cooper’s investigation of homecoming queen Laura Palmer’s murder. A neighbor gave me the first season on DVD while cleaning out his dorm room, and by the time I’d watched the Log Lady's introduction to the first episode, I was already a fanatic. CBS.com has every episode available for free. If you like murder mysteries with supernatural elements (visits from giants, clairvoyant logs), then Twin Peaks will be your next favorite thing.
Agent Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan) discovers clues in dreams about dancing dwarves, has an ESP-like ability to read people’s body language, and will win your heart with his knife skills and slicked hair. “Who killed Laura Palmer?” is the question that drives the plot, but there are countless subplots – will Donna (Lara Flynn Boyle) kiss the shut-in who raises orchids and has a copy of Laura Palmer's diary? Will Agent Cooper rescue Audrey from working undercover at One-Eyed Jack’s, the suspicious bordello? Who is the terrifying gray-haired man who keeps appearing in visions?
Set in the Pacific Northwest, with beautiful music by Angelo Badalementi, Twin Peaks is eerie, funny, and addictive. One friend I recommended it to found it "too freakin’ weird,” but most others become obsessed. — Carey Dunne