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

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Given David Lynch's penchant for "freaks," it would be easy to guess that writer-producer Daniel Knauf's HBO drama about a traveling carnival troupe had some Peaks-like qualities. (Its ensemble cast included Lynch regular Michael J. Anderson, who played The Man From Another Place.) But Carnivàle's connection goes beyond its crossover cast member; you can see TP's influence in the series' slow pacing, supernatural elements and macabre themes. And like Lynch's show, it suffered from a premature cancellation that left a slew of unanswered questions. "I've been calling it Twin Peaks with logic," Anderson said back in 2003. "The plot slowly unfolds with layers and layers and surprises deep inside." JW

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