If you've been thinking that The Killing is great and all, but if only there was a vaguely similar series that involved the unraveling secrets of a young girl's murder in a Washington-based setting, but with, like, WAY more weirdness and bizarre humor—have I ever got a tip for you.
How about a cult hit show that was named by Time magazine as one of the best TV shows of all time, created by the miraculously deranged David Lynch, starring a host of strange and awesome characters including the Log Lady, and featuring the question that everyone in the '90s wanted the answer to: "Who killed Laura Palmer?"
Which is all to say, Netflix users, rejoice!—for the incomparable Twin Peaks is now available for your streaming pleasure.
For the uninitiated, Twin Peaks starts by telling the story of a murder investigation in a small Washington town. Popular high school girl Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) has been brutally murdered, and FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is brought in to figure things out.
It turns out that the town of Twin Peaks is nearly as strange as Cooper himself, and the ensuing episodes are Lynch at his head-scratching finest. Like the Twin Peaks Log Lady says in the first season:
As above, so below. The human being finds himself, or herself, in the middle. There is as much space outside the human, proportionately, as inside. Stars, moons, and planets remind us of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Is there a bigger being walking with all the stars within? Does our thinking affect what goes on outside us, and what goes on inside us? I think it does. Where does creamed corn figure into the workings of the universe? What really IS creamed corn? Is it a symbol for something else?
(I told you it was weird.)
Netflix is offering the streaming episodes in full-frame high definition, and here's some more good news for fans: the original broadcast version of the pilot episode is included, which has been hard to find other than in the expensive Definitive Gold Box Edition DVD set.
As a little nostalgic reminder of what once was, here's that lovely atmospheric intro to the show:
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