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Twin Peaks Season 1
Twin Peaks season 1 DVD cover.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 8
Original network ABC
Original release April 8 (1990-04-08) – September 30, 1990 (1990-09-30)
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The first season of the television serial drama series Twin Peaks originally aired between April 8, 1990 and September 30, 1990 on ABC in the United States. The season was produced by Lynch/Frost Productions in association with Propaganda Films and the executive producers were series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost.

Twin Peaks follows the investigation into the death of popular teenager Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan). Season one consisted of eight episodes, including the pilot, and each episode was approximately 45 minutes long with the exception of the 95 minute pilot. All episodes were broadcast on Thursday at 9:00pm except the season finale, broadcast at 10:00pm to avoid competing with the NBC series Cheers.

The season received positive reviews and was nominated for numerous awards including: eight Emmy Awards, one Directors Guild of America and one Grammy Award. The season also won three Golden Globe Awards and one Casting Society of America award. The pilot episode was viewed by 34.6 million people upon its original broadcast and the season averaged 20.3 million viewers for all eight episodes. The Twin Peaks first season DVD was released on December 18, 2001 in Region 1 format and November 5, 2002 in Region 2 format.


Season one begins with the discovery of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee)'s body. Laura's murder bares similarities to another case a year prior and FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is sent to investigate. Cooper befriends the local Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean) and other residents of Twin Peaks. As the season progresses, Cooper discovers that the town's residents are leading double lives and hiding secrets, some relating to Laura Palmer's death.

Laura Palmer's parents Leland (Ray Wise) and Sarah (Grace Zabriskie) mourn their daughter's death and Leland's mental state rapidly deteriorates, suffering nervous breakdowns throughout the course of the season. Laura's best friend Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle) and Laura's boyfriend James Hurley (James Marshall) console each other while their schoolmate Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) attempts to aid Dale Cooper's investigation by infiltrating One Eyed Jacks, a casino and brothel located across the Canada–United States border. Meanwhile, Catherine Martell (Piper Laurie) and Benjamin Horne (Richard Beymer) plot to burn down Josie Packard's (Joan Chen) sawmill for the development of a real estate project.


The season was produced by Lynch/Frost Productions in association with Propaganda Films and was aired on ABC in the United States. The executive producers were series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost. The season's writing staff was small and limited to four people. Lynch and Frost co-wrote the first three episodes: the pilot, Episode 1, Episode 2, and Frost wrote two other others: Episode 6 and the Episode 8, the season finale. Harley Peyton wrote Episode 3 and Episode 6 and Robert Engels wrote Episode 4.

There were seven different directors through the season. David Lynch two episodes—the pilot and Episode 2—Mark Frost directed the season finale and five other directors were chosen by Lynch to direct individual episodes. Lynch's choice of directors included Duwayne Dunham, Tina Rathborne, Tim Hunter, Lesli Linka Glatter and Caleb Deschanel.


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