20 TV Shows Most Influenced by 'Twin Peaks'

From surreal murder mysteries and quirky small-town sitcoms to 'The X-Files' – these series owe David Lynch's cult show a serious debt

'Northern Exposure'

This CBS series premiered in July 1990, only a few months after Twin Peaks, first hit the airwaves – and this low-key comedy's philosophical musings and detours made it the cheerier twin to Lynch's darker show. Northern Exposure's Cecily, Alaska, may be at a slightly higher latitude than the Pacific Northwest, but it was just as chock-full of eccentrics. And its remote climes also welcomed in an outsider: Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), a New York City doctor dispatched to the snowy north. The Log Lady probably wouldn't feel out of place among the residents of the show's kooks, who were no less strange than their neighbors to the south ... though distinctly less sinister. JS

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