Must-See Cult TV, From Danger Man To The Middleman


David Lynch and Mark Frost’s indispensably surreal soap opera ripped apart television tradition as it riveted viewers with a ceaseless mix of dream-noir intrigue and persistent humor. Led by zen detective Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan, above right) and the amiable Sheriff Harry Truman (Michael Ontkean), Twin Peaks was an overnight sensation that has since been aped by shows like The X-Files, House, Warehouse 13, Eureka and way too many more to count.

But that wasn’t enough to keep it alive as fickle, often lame, expectations doomed its underrated second season in the early ’90s, shutting down Twin Peaks’ daring exploration of traditional television’s restrictive limits. Decades later, it remains better than anything on ABC’s roster.