Hello, and welcome to a complete ranking of every episode of Twin Peaks (plus the movie) from worst to best. That's 30 episodes and a feature, all carefully collated in order of quality for your enjoyment. I know what you're thinking: "How can you possibly rank every episode of Twin Peaks?" you'll ask. "It's not possible, or at the very least not reasonable. The show is heavily serialized. Episodes blend together across story arcs. Ranking is an arbitrary endeavor to begin with. Most of the show is bad!" All those things are true, and yet here we are.
Most people will tell you that Twin Peaks experiences a heavy drop-off in its back half after the killer is revealed and then caught. Those people are correct—oh boy, are they ever correct. There are not-so-great episodes throughout, however, including in the early going of the first season. In fact, it's safe to say that, for the most part, episodes not directed by David Lynch suffer greatly for it. That may be good news for people worried about the Twin Peaks revival on Showtime, considering Lynch is directing every episode.