Aired: 1990-1991

David Lynch’s twisted, surreal portrayal of a small town in mourning over the horrific death of a local girl is experiencing a serious revival, in no small part thanks to Showtime’s sequel. But the strangeness and experimental nature of Lynch’s storytelling is a certain inspiration for today’s TV auteurs. In terms of style, Twin Peaks took place in a small town in the Northwest, and its lumberjack and outdoorsy aesthetic can be felt in the Americana look that has so thoroughly  captured the imagination of Japan. Lynch’s eye for color and kitschand the way he deploys it to highlight the dread lying just below the placid surface of quotidian eventsis the technique of a master storyteller at the top of his form.