In 30 episodes, Twin Peaks established an indelible place in the history of television storytelling. Having aired for just more than one year (April 1990 to June 1991), the series built an instant and adoring viewership who turned it into a full-blown phenomenon that included book and music releases, magazines, fan clubs, and weekly viewing parties. Rarely do television programs age so well, but the murder of Laura Palmer and the ensuing investigation led by Special Agent Dale Cooper of the FBI and Sheriff Harry S. Truman continue to sustain an audience and gain new fans.
To mark the 20 years since the show's cancellation, the Roxie Theater hosts an anniversary celebration Saturday that includes screenings of Otto Preminger's Laura (a source of inspiration for Twin Peaks' premise), the series pilot, and the prequel feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Here are five reasons the series, for us, will never die.