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Five Great TV Shows Influenced By Twin Peaks

May 2017Words by Mr Ed Cripps

Twin Peaks, 2017. Photograph by Ms Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Mr David Lynch might be the US’s greatest living artist. Building on the psychosexual fugue of his 1986 film Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks coined a dark new televisual grammar stuffed with symbols – forests, logs, dwarves, giants, owls, discoloured hair, eye patches. Mr Lynch’s disquieting blend of secrets, depravity, humour, nightmares, musical manipulation and the supernatural has haunted long-form drama ever since – there it is in The X Files, Lost, Happy Valley, the catatonic half-dressed girl who staggers down the street in The Missing, even podcast-of-the-moment S-Town, with its mazes and clocks and rambling flights of philosophy. To celebrate the third series of Twin Peaks, which screens from 21 May (22 May in the UK), here are five of the finest TV shows it has influenced.

Mr James Gandolfini, Ms Edie Falco and Mr Robert Iler in The Sopranos, 2005. Photograph by HBO/Kobal/REX Shutterstock