The Score: 10 out of 10
Twin Peaks' success was a two-edged sword. Ratings were through the roof and David Lynch received unprecedented levels of critical acclaim at this stage of his career. But the magnitude of Peaks' success also drew the network's attention. Witnessing the clamor of millions of viewers wanting the answer to who killed Laura Palmer, the network sought to appease them and pressured Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost into revealing the killer's identity. In the network's attempt to keep frustrated viewers from dropping the show, it ironically turned them away in droves at the zenith of Peaks' popularity.