One thing has become clear thanks to this list: if you want a show that focuses on criminals or their activity, you have to have some good twists and turns. “The Sopranos,” which follows a mob family of the same name, knew this, but audiences are still divided as to whether or not the final “twist” was a good enough ending. Tony Soprano is sitting with his family in a diner when someone enters.
Tony looks up, and then the screen cuts to black. It was so unexpected that many viewers thought that the cable had gone out or something like that. The show’s creator, David Chase, has gone back and forth about what the ending meant – death? Did Tony Soprano go to prison? Is he still alive? There are many who didn’t like it, but it’s still memorable.
Obviously, such a tense, dramatic, and powerful show has a lot of twists, but the one at the end of the first season is perhaps the most powerful of them all. The entire time, Jack Bauer and his team knew there was a mole in the CTU, working to undermine it, but it wasn’t until the last episode that they and the viewers find out that it’s none other than Jack’s love interest, Nina Myers.
She was an early suspect but had been discarded as impossible for several factors. The final episode, however, shows that she’s been the mole the entire time...and not only that, but she killed Jack's ex-wife, Teri. Additionally, Teri was pregnant, leading to a double gut punch for both Jack and the audience.
This show is widely considered to be one of the best that has ever been on television, and it’s thanks in part to its twists. Without a doubt, one of the coolest characters on the show was Omar Little, a thug who would rip off substance dealers and do everything he could to avoid civilian collateral damage.
He was a living legend on the streets of Baltimore. He’s a constant thorn in the side of both sides of the law, but he’s taken out by someone you wouldn’t expect. Instead of a powerful kingpin or a veteran cop, it’s a little boy that pulls the trigger, just as Omar enters a convenience store. In-universe, his death quickly turns into a shootout with either cops or gangsters, since the idea of a child killing him was far too strange.
The Haunting of Hill House
A family lives in a horrible haunted house, and most continually deal with its effects even after moving away and becoming adults. They see apparitions, they deal with terror, and the results are sometimes brutal. The twist at the end of the first episode tells us that the youngest daughter, Nell, is dead despite the oldest brother Steven seeing her after she died. However, an additional twist makes this even more brutal – through her life, Nell was haunted by a “bent-neck lady,” an apparition with an elongated neck.
This ghost terrorizes her all through her life, and might even be responsible for her beloved husband’s death. Pushed to suicide by the house’s influence, Nell hangs herself – and is then transported back to all the times she saw the bent-neck lady, revealing that it had been her, hanging from a rope, every time...even when her husband died.
Though less dramatic than some of the other shows on this list, “Supernatural” still had plenty of twists to delight viewers, along with clever writing and fun characters. There are a couple of big ones, such as who the enigmatic “Chuck,” is after multiple appearances: he’s none other than the creator of the universe, God. Additionally, he becomes perhaps the biggest antagonist for the brothers Sam and Dean by the end of the show.
Another shocking twist was not only that long-haired brother Sam was killed and pulled to hell along with Lucifer, followed by another when he seemingly reappears immediately...and then a third and final twist, revealing that he had lost his soul while in the depths of the underworld, meaning he was no longer the Sam we all knew and loved.