Parents' Guide to

Twin Peaks

By Elka Karl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Surreal cult hit might be too disturbing for teens.

TV ABC Drama 1990
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age 11+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 14+

The Best TV Show of All Time

This show is terrifying, hilarious, endearing, heartbreaking, haunting, sweet, uncomfortable, and strange all in one. It is also iconic. This is the show that changed TV forever. There would be no Breaking Bad, no X-Files, no Sopranos, etc. without Twin Peaks. The characters are interesting and original, the acting is spot on, the shots are gorgeous, the music is just can't get better than this show. I watched it for the first time when I was about 14 or 15. I think that is an appropriate age. While there is no cursing, nudity, etc. some of the themes are pretty heavy, there is discussion of drugs/prostitution and there are definitely some scenes that will give you nightmares (at any age). (Also, please note that my review is of the original Twin Peaks- Seasons 1 & 2. The 2017 Return doesn't even come close and I would avoid it unless you prefer Eraserhead-era David Lynch).

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Is It Any Good?

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In the 20 years since Twin Peaks debuted, the show's reputation has withstood the test of time. The genre-defying television series combined complicated subplots, excellent scripts, and impressive acting into a quirky cult hit. In only two seasons it received 17 Emmy nominations, and TV Guide rated it as one of the "Top 50 Television Shows of All Time." Teens who appreciate odd characters and are mature enough to handle the show's dark tone and occasional drugs and violence will find Twin Peaks to be worthwhile viewing and serve as a good introduction to David Lynch's bizarre, but often oddly satisfying brand of drama.

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