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1990: The Start of the Summer of 'Twin Peaks'
May 23, 2012  | By Christy Slewinski
 
This day in 1990 marked the first season finale of the serial drama, Twin Peaks, on ABC and kicked off the summer of speculation into the show's primary question: Who killed Laura Palmer?

Created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, Twin Peaks chronicled the investigation into the murder of a small-town teenage homecoming queen. Haunting music, film-like cinematography, peculiar characters and an unconventional approach to storytelling drew viewers in droves, making Twin Peaks one of the most-watched shows that season.

Between the end of season one and the start of season two, Twin Peaks references were commonplace in popular culture, and the image of actress Sheryl Lee, who portrayed the slain Laura Palmer, wrapped in plastic became one of the show's iconic images.

By the middle of the show's second season, when the identity of Laura Palmer's murder was revealed and the show's storyline became somewhat more convoluted, public interest had waned.

Still, hearing even a few notes of the show's signature music, "Love Theme from Twin Peaks," by composer Angelo Badalamenti, recalls memories of the groundbreaking, innovative show:

 
 
 
 
 
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