David Lynch, of Eraser Head fame, made a very strange TV show in the 90's. Trying to explain what twin peaks is to someone who's never watched it is very difficult but I'll try my best. The show at first seems like a soap opera about a detective. It's melodramatic, slow paced, just like the opening credits. Then the plot.. thickens. Twin Peaks is not what it seems, almost nothing is what it seems, as log lady will tell you:
First there's Agent Dale Cooper, an FBI agent sent to town to investigate the murder of Laura Palmer. He loves nothing better than an incredible piece of pie and a damn good cup of coffee.
|(Bobby and Shelly)|
Next is Audrey Horne, seductress, misunderstood, and written off by her father and many others as a silly teenage girl. She is strong willed and goes to extreme lengths to prove she's not a bratty airhead teenager, as she first seems.
Benjamin Horne, Audrey's father, mostly ignores her and treats her like a little girl. He is a twisted man, which I won't explain. Watch the show to find out just how awful a person he is.
|(Leo & Shelly = creepy)|
Bobby, however, was seeing Shelly Johnson behind Laura's back. Shelly is married to Leo Johnson but is very obviously scared of him. Shelly's relationship with Leo is more similar to an abusive father-daughter relationship than husband and wife.
|(Donna Hayward on life post Laura Palmer)|
Donna Hayward, the deceased Laura Palmer's best friend is devastated by her death. Donna is left questioning why Laura died, and why she hid so much of her life from Donna. She's also struggling with her feelings for James Hurley, who Laura was seeing behind Bobby's back.
|(James' reaction to Laura's death)|
There are many other interesting characters on the show I could continue to go on about forever but these few are the most important. You'll just have to watch the show to find all the other weird people.
Coincidentally it was just announced that Lynch and Frost will be writing an directing a continuation of the series to air in 2016.