This week brings us the battle of the supposedly cult TV shows that are actually very well known and loved by everyone. Not that it’s a bad thing. It’s just true. Sorry. Twin Peaks in particular has become a huge cultural touchstone both for my generation and the one (half generation?) directly preceding it. For the slightly older folks it was, surprisingly, one of the most popular shows on television. For us, it’s been a cool-kid rediscovery type thing that gets talked about in hushed tones and exultations. Mainly because it is really good. Also because it is weird, but mostly, I hope, because its good.
Slightly more on the freaky deaky Sci-Fi side is Patrick McGoohan’s dystopic penny farthing mind bender The Prisoner, which originally aired in the late 60s to great acclaim and has since been canonized by a very devoted and intense group of fans. Telling the story of prisoner Number 6 and his travails the Village, The Prisoner is weird and scary and confusing and great. Both these shows have scary towns. Were weirdly popular. Have intense followings. Ended prematurely. Are awesome. But you know how this game works. Choice is yours…- Whole Milk