TP is #12 in Ent. Weekly's top 25 cult TV shows list

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TP is #12 in Ent. Weekly's top 25 cult TV shows list

Postby TheArm » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:26 pm

From the new issue with Doctor Who on the cover. Their list definitely skews towards shows from the last couple decades, which is the only reason I can see as to why shows like The Prisoner, The Avengers, Monty Python's Flying Circus and Dark Shadows didn't make the list!

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. Arrested Development
3. Mystery Science Theater 3000
4. The X-Files
5. The Wire
6. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
7. Star Trek: The Next Generation
8. The Comeback
9. My So-Called Life
10. Lost
11. Firefly
12. Twin Peaks
13. Veronica Mars
14. Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
15. Community
16. Undeclared
17. Fringe
18. Wonder Showzen
19. Supernatural
20. Popular
21. Party Down
22. Farscape
23. Better Off Ted
24. Archer
25. Pushing Daisies

The entry on the show itself reads:

1990-91, ABC

What It's About: A surreal and sprawling soap set in a logging town woolly with kinky secrets, quirky locals, and otherworldly creeps, Twin Peaks was a midnight movie stretched out into a prime-time serial. Put too simply, the story tracked endearingly odd FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) on his quest to nab the killer of troubled teen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). It was also about many other things. And coffee.

Why It's Cult: Because of its co-creator, director David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet), whose alt-and-arty sensibility is pure fringe. The show itself was only fitfully brilliant and ultimately unfulfilling, but the cult lives, fueled by nostalgia for the extraordinary pop phenomenon it inspired, for its significance to the medium (behold the big bang of auteur TV!), and for a sensuous strangeness that possesses you and never lets you go.

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