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

'The Killing'

Would the murder of girl-next-door-with-secret-sordid-life Rosie Larsen feel the same without the murder of Laura Palmer two decades before? When the first season of this American version of the Danish Scandi-noir series failed to resolve the investigation, it was impossible not to flashback to the end of Peaks' freshman year, when audiences raged at the lack of conclusion (it's arguable neither show survived in the mainstream after that feeling of audience betrayal). Most of all, both shows were about the ripple effect of crime more than the actual crime itself – how a murder doesn't just impact the friends and family of that person but an entire town. Not to mention that The Killing's Pacific Northwestern setting could not have been more evocative of Lynch's version of woodsy Americana gone to rot. BT

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