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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When writing partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci conceived their Fox sci-fi detective series about a team of mismatched investigators, David Lynch's iconic show was on their mind. "Alex was a big Twin Peaks fan," Orci said, "so he wanted that sort of surrealistic FBI element to it." Co-created with J.J. Abrams, Fringe tapped into the same dark, off-kilter vibe, mirroring Twin Peaks' uneasy juxtaposition between the "ordinary" world and the frightening strangeness coursing underneath. And it wasn't above making explicit references: In one episode, John Noble’s madman genius Walter Bishop mentions that some 3D glasses "were created by an old friend of mine: Dr. Jacoby from Washington State." And in a later episode, his son Peter (Joshua Jackson) would find himself in an eerie, heavily forested small town famous for its delicious pies. (Diehard Twin Peaks fans also appreciated the episode's title, "Northwest Passage" – the name Lynch originally used for his show.) TG

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