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This paper explores a “cult” following in television, by looking at various aspects of the program Twin Peaks. It seeks to answer the questions of how a television show that aired for only two seasons over two decades ago was and still is able to garner such a loyal fandom, and is there some primary factor for developing this cult status? In order to answer these questions, aspects of media studies such as narrative complexity, authorship and the cult status of a show, as well as elements from the show itself, such as postmodernism and manufactured nostalgia must be teased out. This is mainly achieved by examining previous literature on the aforementioned topics as well as performing a close textual analysis of certain episodes from the show. Upon the synthesis of the literature and textual analysis, one is able to see that Twin Peaks has achieved cult status primarily due to David Lynch’s authorial stamp of post-modern nostalgia.


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