Co-creator of the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks,
Mark Frost brings his unique vision toThe Paladin Prophecy. This sophisticated adventure combines mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.
Here, Mark Frost writes about his top eleven T.V. shows by decade.
The Andy Griffith Show—I
visited the set at age ten and met Andy and Ron, who showed me the jail cell’s
secret back escape route.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.—inspired
my first (unpublished and unpublishable) novel, written when I was eleven.
blew my mind and taught me (foreshadowing) that a TV show didn’t have to follow
the rules. . . .
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood—because
I worked my way through college on the production crew (with a young stand-up
named Michael Keaton), and because Fred Rogers was and is the best human being
I’ve ever been privileged to know.
The Six Million Dollar Man—because
it was my first professional WGA gig, three weeks out of college, which soon
led to . . .
Hill Street Blues—where
for three years I learned from the best: my boss, Steven Bochco, and my senior
colleague David Milch. I went to work every day unable to imagine a better job.
Hill Street Blues was a hugely
influential show that is now almost absurdly underappreciated.
“Showtime” Lakers—no one made better television than those guys.
my buddy Dave and I just went for it, and had more fun than humans should be
allowed to have.
my dad played George’s (almost) father-in-law, and because nothing ever made me
laugh more until . . .
Curb Your Enthusiasm—funniest
show ever, and . . .
most important TV drama ever. Period. The end.
officially on the list yet because the decade is young, and so is the show, but
getting closer . . . Boardwalk Empire.
Wide World of Sports, SportsCenter (with Dan and Keith), The Larry Sanders Show, The Tonight Show
(with Johnny Carson), BBC’s new Sherlock,
and Downton Abbey.