16 Plot Twists In TV Pilots That Turned People From Casual Viewers Into Hardcore Fans

1. When it was revealed that the dead body the students were burning was Annalise’s husband, Sam, on How to Get Away With Murder.

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“It’s probably one of the best pilots I’ve seen that made my jaw drop to the floor, plus the rest of the show did NOT disappoint with crazy unexpected plot twists.”

2. When Ted said, “And that’s how I met your Aunt Robin” at the end of the How I Met Your Mother pilot.

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“Watching the show as a teen, for me, that was a big plot twist. But we all know how downhill that went.”

3. When it turned out all of the families were related at the end of the Modern Family pilot.

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“For some reason, I remembered being shook that all of the families on Modern Family were related. It makes total sense when you think about it, but I was so invested in the separate stories that I hadn’t yet considered they were related.”

4. When it turned out that Rebecca and Jack’s scenes in the This Is Us pilot took place in the ’80s and that Kevin, Kate, and Randall were actually their children.

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“I literally gasped and then cried. Learning how everyone was connected, they did such a fantastic job at showing that. It was really a great first episode!”

5. When Eleanor revealed that she had no idea what she was doing in the Good Place and she was not the person everyone thought she was in The Good Place.

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6. When Alex showed up at the same prison as Piper in Orange Is the New Black.

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“Throughout the episode, Piper remembered some of the memories with Alex that got her into prison in the first place and then Alex appeared at the end.”

7. When the smoke monster appeared in the first episode of Lost.

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“I knew from then that this was going to be about a lot more than a plane crash.”

8. When Sarah saw the face of the woman who jumped in front of an oncoming train, and they had the same face on Orphan Black.

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9. When the pilot of Mad Men ended with Don going home to his wife after the episode made him seem like a bachelor.

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“It was so well done.”

10. When it was revealed that Judy was the driver in the hit-and-run that killed Jen’s husband in Dead to Me.

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11. When everyone found out that Vice Principal Martin Harris was Kate’s kidnapper AND Kate accused Jeanette of seeing her while she was being held captive in Cruel Summer.

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12. When Prince Charming turned out to be alive and lying in a hospital bed in Once Upon a Time.

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“That moment was the whole reason I kept watching. I was hooked from that moment on.”

13. When it was revealed that Mabel knew Tim Kono, the murder victim, in Only Murders in the Building.

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14. When A-Train suddenly ran through and killed Hughie’s girlfriend in The Boys.

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“I definitely wasn’t expecting that in the first five minutes.”

15. When the princess was released by her captor right before the prime minister had sex with a pig on television because he was told that was a condition of her release in Black Mirror.

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“Everything the prime minister put himself through to save her ended up being unnecessary.”

16. And when it was revealed that someone knew the girls were on the island in The Wilds and that them being “stranded” was intentional.

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“That show excels at plot twists in general. It is so intriguing and felt so well done.”

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