Twin Peaks Day is celebrated on February 24 every year to commemorate the day F.B.I. Agent Dale Cooper comes to town to investigate the death of Laura Palmer. Cooper arrives in the town at 10:55 AM in the first episode, “Northwest Passage”. The event is marked by Cooper saying. “Diane, 11:30 a.m., February 24th. Entering the town of Twin Peaks, five miles south of the Canadian border, twelve miles west of the state line. I’ve never seen so many trees in my life. As W.C. Fields would say, “I’d rather be here than Philadelphia.” He dictates the above into his ever-present microcassette recorder for his far-off assistant Diane to someday transcribe.
History of Twin Peaks Day
Twin Peaks was created by David Lynch and premiered on T.V. in 1990. It tantalized viewers who enjoyed crime and mystery shows. The show was canceled after its second season, but remained a fan favorite, growing a cult following over the years. The show was revived in 2017 with MacLachlan returning to the sleepy town of Twin Peaks as Agent Cooper 25 years later.
The fictional town of Twin Peaks is said to be “five miles south of the Canadian border, and twelve miles west of the state line,” but the filming locations are a bit closer to Puget Sound. Lynch and his crew scouted locations in Snoqualmie, North Bend, and Fall City for the pilot and kept those sites as exterior footage. In 2018, the mayors of Snoqualmie and North Bend declared February 24 Twin Peaks Day, to honor how much tourism the show had brought over the years from fans.
Though canceled by ABC two seasons after a very strong start, due to falling viewership, Twin Peaks was vastly influential on what followed. It basically gave birth to the FBI-vs.-supernatural theme of “The X Files.” But its most important contribution was the very idea of making television with masterful cinematography, elaborate, subtle plotting, and visceral emotional punch like “The Sopranos,” “Mad Men,” and “Breaking Bad.” What makes “Twin Peaks” unique among these are its open-ended strangeness, its total commitment to chance, and dream logic.
Twin Peaks Day timeline
Pete Martell discovers a naked corpse wrapped in plastic on the bank of a river outside the town of Twin Peaks.
The network releases tie-in books such as Dale Cooper’s autobiography.
The film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” is a prequel to the T.V. series.
Mark Frost says that the limited series will be a continuation of the show.
Twin Peaks Day FAQs
How many people live in the town of Twin Peaks?
There are 5,120 people living in Twin Peaks, not 51,201 — Frost and Lynch added a ‘1’ on the end after ABC felt the town should be “more populated.”
Why was “Twin Peaks” cancelled?
ABC pushed for a conclusion of the Laura Palmer murder mystery that had been the main storyline since the pilot, while Lynch and Frost had intended to leave the mystery unresolved. Lynch directed the episode before departing the show.
Is “Twin Peaks” based on a true story?
The real-life murder that inspired the series is going to become the subject of a new documentary, along with a non-fiction book of the same name, titled “Blonde, Beautiful And Dead: The Murder Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks.”
Twin Peaks Day Activities
Watch “Twin Peaks”
No Twin Peaks Day is complete without watching the show. Fans start marking Twin Peaks Day sometime shortly after the series debuted. Watch “Twin Peaks,” sometimes marathon-style.
Enjoy “Twin Peaks” food
On Twin Peaks Day, enjoy some pie and coffee, just like Special Agent Cooper does on the show. Treat your fan friends to some pie and coffee too.
Visit the filming locations
You can visit the filming locations of “Twin Peaks” on Twin Peaks Day. The best places to visit are Snoqualmie and North Bend to really get the feel of the show.
5 Facts About Twin Peaks That Will Blow Your Mind
The reboot created history
The premiere of the “Twin Peaks” reboot led to the biggest single-day and weekend signups in Showtime’s history.
Dale Cooper has a favorite book
Cooper’s favorite book is “The Warren Commission.”
The show was originally titled something else
The show was to be called “Northwest Passage” but changed after the composer said no to that title.
The theme music is iconic
It took Angelo Badalamenti just 20 minutes to write ‘Love Theme,’ the primary theme music for “Twin Peaks.”
Nobody knows who the actual killer is
David Lynch never revealed who the actual killer is.
Why We Love Twin Peaks Day
It’s a cult favorite
“Twin Peaks” became a cult favorite from the very start. Even though it’s been nearly thirty years since it first aired, the show continues to find new fans.
The show inspired new genres
“Twin Peaks” gave rise to new genres and movie-making styles. These include F.B.I. vs. supernatural, small-town quirky characters, and T.V. shows with masterful and evocative cinematography.
A day to get together with other fans
On Twin Peaks Day, get together with like-minded people to discuss fan theories, characters, and other things about the show. It really makes you feel like a part of the community.
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