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An Early Form of Quality TV

by Christopher LeMaire

This campy horror aesthetic is a recurring trope in Twin Peaks, a show that combines the melodrama and crime drama with surreal aesthetics and dream logic. Drawing on the work of cultural theorist Jason Mittell, we can read this scene as an example of "Quality TV," a category motivated by an “operational aesthetic" and a complex narrative structure.

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Twin Peaks & Quality TV - Bob Behind Laura's Bed

Sarah Palmer, mourning the death of her daughter, has a vision of a frightening visitor.

from Twin Peaks "Traces of Nowhere" S1E2 (1990)
Creator: David Lynch and Mark Frost
Distributor: CBS Television Distribution
Posted by Christopher LeMaire
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