The youngest TV audiences are undoubtedly more familiar with the intriguing strangeness of the island on ABC’s “Lost” than the fog-shrouded town of “Twin Peaks.” While “Lost” was one of the freshest, more memorable series in recent in recent memory, the fan favorite’s focus on the intertwined lives of its large cast of characters, along with its uniquely supernatural backdrop, might trace at least some of its roots back to “Twin Peaks.” Debuting in 1990, the show that had America wondering who killed Laura Palmer is a bonafide classic.
The fact that the series, centered around a grisly murder in the eponymous small Northwestern town full of secrets, can boast a devoted following even twenty years after its brief, two season run, gives some idea of the show’s impact. Collectors editions and video boxed sets of “Twin Peaks” continue to be popular around the world, and the show remains a treasure trove of unresolved debates and theories on the Internet. While many have heard of the show, or enjoyed its influence on modern television, those who aren’t among its fervent devotees might be surprised by some of these lesser-known facts.
Twin Peaks evolved from a biography of Marilyn Monroe
The show’s creators David Lynch, a filmmaker who could reasonably be called the master of weird, and Mark Frost, known for his work on “Hill Street Blues,” originally collaborated in order to make a movie based on the book “Goddess,” a biography of Marilyn Monroe. The biopic seemed a logical fit considering Lynch’s penchant for mid-20th century Americana and Hollywood lore, as well as the murky circumstances surrounding Monroe’s death. When Frost and Lynch failed to secure the rights to the book, they used the starlet’s mysterious death, classic good girl charm, and thinly-veiled dark side, as the inspiration for Laura Palmer and an entirely new storyline.
David Duchovny’s first role as a “special agent”
While Duchovny’s role in “Twin Peaks” is a well-known piece of trivia among fans, more casual viewers may not know that actor David Duchovny appeared in drag on the show. Playing transvestite Denise Bryson, a DEA agent who originally went by the name Dennis, Duchovny appeared in three episodes in the show’s second season.
What happened to the show’s hottest couple?
During the show’s first season, one romance among the labyrinthine cast of characters generated the most buzz, namely the potent sparks between FBI agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan and Audrey Horne, played by Sherilyn Fenn. MacLachlan’s straight-laced agent Cooper was perfectly juxtaposed by Fenn’s impishly seductive portrayal of Audrey, and the two were featured together in promotional material for the show. Fans were disappointed when the relationship was abandoned in the second season, Cooper paired up instead with newcomer Annie Blackburn (Heather Graham) due to MacLachlan’s apparent insistence that Audrey (a high school senior) was too young for the FBI agent. Considering that Graham is actually five years younger than Fenn, the move is still the subject of scorn by fans.
Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks Press Kit
LynchNet: Twin Peaks Episode Guide