The 1990s brought the world some truly incredible TV. But for every network sitcom that played it safe, there were shows with premises that were, frankly, bonkers. From the alien abduction capers to the sci-fi cowboy romps, these are the ’90s shows with the weirdest set-ups around.
Twin Peaks made its debut on April 8, 1990, and forever changed the way television shows were made, received, and discussed. Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, the series focuses on the killing of popular high school student Laura Palmer in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington. The ensuing investigation, led by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, brings forth a seemingly endless number of suspects from the town’s pool of eccentrics, and is marked by supernatural occurrences, doppelgangers housed in extra-dimensional realms, and otherworldly killers.
The show blends elements from nearly every genre, balancing its serious subject matter with a tone that’s both irreverent and melodramatic.
Lynch’s cinematic vision came from so far out of left field that the complete absurdity of it made viewers’ heads spin. The twists and turns of the show’s narrative are dizzying: Teenage prostitution, riddle-spouting giants, drug trafficking, and the afterlife itself are all part of the Twin Peaks story. No wonder we’re still discussing it, more than 30 years after its debut.
From the moment The X-Files premiered in 1993, it was obvious viewers were going to be in for one hell of a ride. Its pilot episode centers on a series of teenage deaths that FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are tasked with solving. Mulder is convinced they’re the result of alien abductions, while Scully believes there’s a rational explanation to be found. Keep watching the video to see all the ’90s TV shows with bizarre concepts.
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Twin Peaks | 0:00
The X-Files | 1:21
Baywatch Nights | 2:39
Nowhere Man | 3:51
M.A.N.T.I.S. | 5:05
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes | 6:23
American Gothic | 7:41
Skeleton Warriors | 8:43
VR.5 | 9:55
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa | 11:00
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