June 15, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

Twin Peaks

TV Show
Drama, Crime
David Lynch, Mark Frost, Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Miguel Ferrer, Robert Forster, Naomi Watts
David Lynch
Showtime, ABC
Current Status
In Season
We gave it an A+

Are you one of those who felt ripped off by the final episode of the most exciting new show of the year? Which did you resent more: that the murderer of Laura Palmer was never revealed, that you can’t be sure whether the wife-battering Leo is really dead, that special agent Cooper took three slugs to the stomach in a finale that suggested the shameless ”Who Shot J.R.?” of Dallas more than the subtle weirdness of Twin Peaks? Well, pour a cup of strong black coffee and join the club.

At the same time, it’s a good kind of annoyance, isn’t it? How pleasurable it is to really care about a TV series, to the point of (national) obsession.

ABC almost certainly has made a big mistake in scheduling this fall’s second season of Peaks for Saturdays at 10 p.m. Quite aside from the fact that a large portion of the show’s audience probably will be out on Saturday nights, the move eliminates one of the prime pleasures of Peaks: the opportunity to discuss the latest episode’s twists around the office water cooler the next day. A+

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