Twin Peaks

TV Show • 1989 • Drama  Report
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wr99alt
Assuming that this page covers both the original series and The Return, in The Return we see a dog's severed leg but never the dog itself.
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cassandrasaurus
A talking pet bird is shot.
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Are there bugs?
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Does a cat die?
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thegoodwife
There is an intense scene where spiders are used at the end of Season 2.
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Westley
Characters are implied to use and sell cocaine, as well as syringed drugs. There is forced-drug usage implied as well, abuse casual occurrences of alcohol abuse.
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Purl
In the first episode (Pilot) it's revealed that Laura Palmer has an addiction to cocaine.
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Maktopus
In the first episode a character pulls an object out of a corpse's fingernail.
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onlycallisto
Several people are shown/implied to have died in a fire but it later turns out they all survived.
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cassandrasaurus
Not on screen but there is a character who wears an eye patch and the story of how it happened is discussed.
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Westley
Not explicitly, but there is a character whose character largely revolves around the fact that he only has one arm. There is discussion of this, and therefore while the amputation is not shown, it may still be unnerving to viewers sensitive to this subject.
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RileyKind
half of the entire cast of the show is cheating on each other with the other half of the cast
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Westley
No. However, similarly, the lock on a teenage girl's diary is broken in order for it to be read. This may upset viewers who are sensitive to the misuse or abuse of children's toys or personal belongings.
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MariaClocktower
The premise of the series is the murder of a teenage girl
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onlycallisto
A female character is tied up and forced to stay in a brothel. A major villian in season 2 kidnaps several people and murders some of them.
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JohnCena
There’s multiple shots where the camera is from the point of view of someone following someone from a distance away, with deep breathing. It's very creepy.
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onlycallisto
A main plot element is that several characters have other-worldly entities sharing their bodies.
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bripmccann
It's not totally clear, but in at least one instance there appears to be a ghost.
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onlycallisto
A brain damaged character regularly spits at his caretakers especially when they are trying to feed him.
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onlycallisto
In the original series there is no vomit though a brain-damaged character spits out his food pretty graphically which may be triggering for emetophobes.
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onlycallisto
Many characters are in and out of hospital throughout the show, the doctor is an important supporting character.
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ravenwuffles
I'm pretty sure when Audrey is kidnapped by Blackie, and other people at One Eyed Jack's they inject her with something?? I know they drug her at least.
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Spock
A character hangs themselves
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onlycallisto
A character shows scars on her wrists from an implied suicide attempt
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Westley
There are multiple meltdowns throughout the show, due to anxiety, grief, paranoia, et cetera. All of these range in severity but may be triggering to viewers sensitive to the such.
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Westley
While no character is explicitly labelled as autistic, at least two are heavily coded as such. The adult son of a family is described as having "emotional problems," and being in the 3rd grade despite his age. He is present in the show only as a nuisance or a caricature of neurodivergence. Similarly, a supporting character is characterized by her "oddness," and strange obsessions and/or interests. She is looked down upon and sometimes demonized for this, and is lied to and emotionally neglected by her husband. When she expresses childlike emotions, she is treated poorly.
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Eitg
Audrey is often shown stalking other people, while hiding inside the walls and/or small spaces such as a closet, etc.
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The end of every episode after the credits has the Frost/Lynch logo which has a lightning effect on a dark background. 2 specific examples are at the end of S1E3 and S2E2. Both have intense, nearly full screen strobing.
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Does a baby cry?
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Westley
There are a few instances of this which are only implied in the original two seasons of Twin Peaks. (SPOILERS) Two different female characters who were kidnapped are found to have been raped by multiple men before the show's timeline starts. There is also inferred sexual assault/abuse between a few couples who are in either abusive or generally unhealthy relationships.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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JohnCena
It’s hard to explain fully without getting into spoiler territory, but there is stated to be a teenager who is molested and later sexually assaulted by her father. Nothing is explicitly shown in the show, but it’s stated by the characters and a major plot point. There’s another instance where a father is attracted to his daughter unknowingly because she’s wearing a mask.
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Westley
Nearly every character in the show is white.
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Westley
Inadvertent mistreatment of implied mentally ill people, as well as a lot of negligence and mistreatment of an implied-autistic character and a character with brain damage.
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Westley
Casual fatphobia is present through jokes, teasing, casual remarks, et cetera, though none are said to characters who are actually fat themselves.
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MariaClocktower
Without too many spoilers, it's later shown that multiple characters who die were likely bisexual
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cassandrasaurus
The show revolves around trying to solve the murder of a teenage girl. As such, a few of the main cast are cops and the very lovable main protagonist is an FBI agent.
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maireadhg
A trans woman character appears in the second season and gets deadnamed initially. I wouldn’t call her a transphobic joke character since she does get her own personality and plot and is generally treated more respectfully then many trans characters in the 90s. She is played by a cis man though. Trans viewers tend to have more mixed feelings on her like in this article: https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-made-twin-peaks-denise-such-a-radical-trans-character-on-tv
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MariaClocktower
All seasons of the series end on ambiguous dark notes
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Westley
Very much so. The most prominent is the abuse between a woman and her boyfriend, but there is also abuse between a daughter and her father, and a separate daughter who is neglected and emotionally abused by her father. Healthy parental and domestic relationships are few and far between and there is a *lot* of near-abuse manipulation between almost all of the depicted couples.
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Westley
As described in other TWs here, there are frequent depictions of child abuse, as well as abuse of 17-18 y/o characters who still live with their parents and are seen as children, thus. The entire show revolves around abuse in a roundabout manner.
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MyCousinPooky
At the very least, Cooper is shot and left to do die at the end of Season 1
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cassandrasaurus
In Season 3 / The Return.
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Moomin
The series begins with a corpse found in/on the edge of a lake
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Purl
A character dies by this method.
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