25 Best Shows with Surprise Endings!

There is nothing more exciting about a movie or a tv show if it has a surprising ending or plot twist, right? Everyone secretly loves such endings. There are so many shows that can potentially leave you gasping for air or wiping your tears.

These shows will offer you such conclusions that you are never ready for. Here is a list of shows with gripping and jaw-dropping twists at the endings. If you are looking for such shows, you just have to continue reading! 

Lost (2004 – 2010)

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Where to Watch – Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney Plus Hotstar

Director – Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof

Lost is a science fiction drama series that contains elements of supernatural fiction. It follows the survivors of a commercial jet airliner flying between Sydney and Los Angeles. 

The plane crashes on a mysterious and uninhabited tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean. Jack Shepherd becomes the leader of these surviving passengers.

Jack is a spinal surgeon. The survival of these passengers is threatened by a number of mysterious entities. 

They encounter polar bears, the Smoke Monster, and The Others, who are the malevolent inhabitants of this island. They also encounter a French woman named Danielle Rousseau. 

She was shipwrecked on this island almost 16 years ago. She is desperate to get the news of her daughter, Alex. There are many flashbacks used in this series that show the individual’s life prior to the plane crash. 

Mr.Robot (2015 – 2019)

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Where to Watch – NBC, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu

Director – Sam Esmail

Mr. Robot is an American thriller drama series that stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson. Alderson is a cybersecurity engineer as well as a hacker who suffers from a social anxiety disorder, clinical depression, and dissociative identity disorder. 

His thought process seems heavily influenced by paranoia and delusion due to his drug addiction. Alderson’s hacker nickname is Sam Sepiol or samsep10l. He is recruited by Mr. Robot, who is a mysterious insurrectionary anarchist. This role is played by Christian Slater. Alderson is recruited to join a group of hacktivists called “fsociety”. 

This group aims to destroy all debt records of E Corp, which is the largest conglomerate in the world. Carly Chaikin plays the role of Darlene Alderson, who is the younger sister of Alderson. She is also a malware coder and one of the hackers of fsociety. 

Prison Break (2005 – 2009)

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Where to Watch – Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar

Director – Brett Ratner and Paul Scheuring

Prison Break is an American drama series that focuses on two brothers, Lincoln Burrows, and Michael Scofield, played by Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller, respectively. Other cast members are Robin Tunney, Peter Stormare, Amaury Nolasco, Marshall Allman, Wade Williams, Paul Adelstein, etc. 

Burrows has been sentenced to death for such a criminal act that he did not commit. He is accused of murdering Terrence Steadman, who is the brother of Vice President of the United States, Caroline Reynolds. 

He is incarcerated in Fox River State Penitentiary and awaits his execution. There he befriends the prison doctor, Sara Tancredi so that he can gain daily access to the prison’s infirmary.

Scofield plans to help his brother escape prison. Veronica Donovan begins to investigate the conspiracy that put Lincoln in jail. 

Ozark (2017 – 2019)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Apple TV

Director – Multiple

Ozark is an American crime drama series that stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde, respectively. Marty and Wendy are married to each other. 

Their money-laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel has failed. So Marty proposes to make amends by setting up a bigger laundering scheme.

They move their family to the Lake of the Ozarks. There they become entangled with local criminals, including the Langmore and Snell families. 

They also become entangled with the Kansas City mafia. Wendy has an affair with Gary Sugarwood Silverberg. Gary advises Wendy to leave Marty. Marty follows his advice and takes their two children and money. 

Behind Her Eyes (2021)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

Director – Steve Lightfoot, Angela LaManna

Behind Her Eyes is a British noir supernatural psychological thriller series that stars Simona Brown, Tom Bateman, Eve Hewson, and Robert Aramayo. It follows the story of Louise. Louise is a single mother who begins an affair with her new boss, David.

Louise is also drawn into an unlikely friendship with David’s wife, Adele. So it becomes an unconventional love triangle that becomes a dark and psychological tale of suspense.

It brings many twisted revelations to the plot. Eventually, Louise finds herself trapped in a dangerous web of secrets. Simona Brown plays the role of Louise Barnsley. 

Adele Ferguson is played by Eve Hewson, Dr. David Ferguson by Tom Bateman, Rob Hoyle by Robert Aramayo, Adam by Tyler Howitt, Sue by Georgie Glen, Sophie by Nichola Burley, and Dr. Sharma by Roshan. 

You (2018)

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Where to Watch – Netflix

Director – Multiple

You are a psychological thriller series that is based on the books by Caroline Kepnes. The series features the story of Joe Goldberg. He is a manager of a bookstore in New York. He meets Guinevere Beck, who is an aspiring writer. 

Joe becomes infatuated with Beck. He uses social media and other technology to track her presence. He removes all the obstacles to their romance, including her friends and ex-boyfriend. Joe moves to Los Angeles to forget his past.

He wants to start over with a new identity. Joe meets Love Quinn, an avid chef. Joe again begins falling into obsession and violence. 

He wishes to make his relationship with Love a successful one at any cost. But Love also has some sort of dark secrets herself. Joe and Love get married and have a son named Henry. 

Maniac (2017)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

Director – Cary Joji Fukunaga

Maniac is an American psychological black comedy-drama series that stars Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux, Soniya Mizuno, Gabriel Byrne, and Sally Field. 

The series follows two strangers, Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim. They get connected during a risky mind-bending pharmaceutical trial. This trial is psychologically intense. 

This trial is conducted by Neberdine Pharmaceutical Biotech. This company has Japanese backing. It is overseen by two scientists, Dr. Robert Muramoto and Dr. Azumi Fujita.

The series features the character of Annie Landsberg (played by Emma Stone) as a woman with borderline personality disorder. She dwells in unhealthy relationships. 

Jonah Hill plays the role of Owen Milgrim. Milgrim is the son of a wealthy family. He has schizophrenia. He struggles to hold a job to provide for himself. 

The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu

Director – Mike Flanagan

The Haunting of Hill House is a Supernatural horror drama series that is based on a novel by Shirley Jackson.

The plot of this series alternates between two timelines. On the one hand, it follows five adult siblings who have paranormal experiences at Hill House that continue to haunt them.

On the other hand, there are flashbacks used in this series that depict such events that lead up to an eventful night.

 The cast of the siblings includes Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reader, Oliver Jackson – Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Victoria Pedretti. The parents, Olivia and Hugh Crain are played by Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas. 

The five siblings move into the Hill House to renovate the mansion and sell it. They plan to buy their own house. But soon, they begin to experience increasing paranormal phenomena that lead to a tragic loss. 

The Good Place (2016)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu

Director – Michael Schur

The Good Place is a fantasy comedy series that is centered around an afterlife in A Good Place and The Bad Place. Each and every human is assigned a numerical score. 

This score is based on the morality of their conduct during their lifetime. Those humans who have very high scores are sent to A Good Place. In A Good Place, they can enjoy eternal happiness.

All their wishes are granted here. They are guided by an artificial intelligence named Janet. The rest humans, who have bad scores, have to experience eternal torture in The Bad Place. 

An amoral loner, Eleanor, and a criminal, Jason, are sent to A Good Place. They believe that they have been sent here by mistake.

Chidi, who is an assigned soulmate of Eleanor and a moral philosopher, teaches Eleanor the ethics of earning their presence in this place. 

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Roku

Director – Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is a Comedy drama series that is the eighth season as well as a sequel to the Gilmore Girls TV series. Rory Gilmore (played by Alexis Bledel) is a freelance journalist. 

She gives up her apartment and starts staying at her friend’s home in New York. Rory stays with Logan Huntzberger (played by Matt Czuchry) while she is working on a book for Naomi Shropshire (played by Alex Kingston).

Rory has a boyfriend, Paul. But she never remembers him. Naomi fires Rory, and Logan’s fiance moves in. 

Now Rory starts struggling with her loss of career as well as her relationship with Logan. Rory gets Jess Mariano (played by Milo Ventimiglia). Jess inspires her to write her own book about her life with her mother. 

Dead to Me (2019)

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Where to Watch – Netflix

Director – Multiple

Dead to Me is a black comedy TV series that stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini as two grieving women. This story features a friendship between these two women named Jen and Judy. Jen is a recently widowed real estate agent. 

She tries to come to terms with her loss through therapy and exercise. She uses her anger and resentment as an outburst of her grief.

Jen joins a grief support group where she meets Judy. Judy is grieving for her fiance, who died of a heart attack, while Jen is grieving as her husband was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Judy is that hit-and-run driver who killed Jen’s husband. 

Both Jen and Judy face their struggles. Jen finds herself in a dark place, and Judy maintains a positive disposition. Eventually, Jen unravels the mystery of her husband’s death. 

This is Us (2016)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NBC, Disney Plus Hotstar

Director – Dan Fogelman

This is Us is a family drama series that follows the lives and families of two parents, Jack and Rebecca Pearson, along with their three children, Kevin, Kate, and Randall. 

The children are known as the Big Three. Though the series takes place mainly in the present, it uses many flashbacks as well as flashforwards. Through these flashbacks, the audience can see some significant moments of this family. 

The series stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Ron Cephas Jones and more.

American Horror Story: Murder House (2011)

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American Horror Story: Murder House is the first season of American Horror Story. This story centers around the Harmon family. This family deals with a miscarriage and infidelity. 

They move from Boston to a restored mansion in Los Angeles. But they are totally unaware of the fact that the ghosts of the former residents and their victims haunt the house. Violet, who is the daughter of Ben and Vivien, starts at a new school.

Ben is a psychiatrist who has a chamber in his home. He has a psychotic patient named Tate, who becomes friends with Violet. 

The Harmon family deals with intrusive neighbors Constance and her daughter, Addie. Addie has Down syndrome. The series stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O’Hare, and Jessica Lange. 

Jane the Virgin (2014)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Roku, Vudu

Director – Jennie Snyder Urman

Jane the Virgin is a romantic comedy-drama series that is an adaptation of a Venezuelan tv series, Juana la Virgen, by Peria Farias. The series stars Gina Rodriguez as Jane Gloriana Villanueva. 

She is a devout 23 years old Latina virgin. She becomes pregnant after artificial insemination by her gynecologist.

The plot is set in Miami. This series shows the surprising and dramatic events that revolve around the life of Gloriana. Gloriana has a love for writing. She vows to her grandmother to save her virginity until her marriage. 

But when the gynecologist accidentally does that artificial insemination, the matter becomes worse.

Because the biological father of the baby is married, a former playboy, and a cancer survivor. Jane has to face many obstacles to adjust to pregnancy and motherhood. 

The Handmaid’s Tale (2017 – present)

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Where to Watch – Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV

Director – Bruce Miller

The Handmaid’s Tale is an American dystopian TV series that is based on a novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. The plot of this series features a dystopian time during the Second American Civil War. 

It shows a world where fertility rates have collapsed because of a few sexually transmitted diseases. Society is being ruled by such leaders who are hungry for power. Women are brutally subjugated in this society.

They are forced to work in limited roles. They are not allowed to own property or have careers. These women are determined by the new regime to be fallen women. These women are called Handmaids. 

They are given to the houses of the ruling elite. They must submit to ritualized rape by their masters, even when their wives are present. When they are transferred somewhere else, they get different names. 

The Wilds (2020 – 2022)

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Where to Watch – Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Netflix, Google Play

Director – Susanna Fogel, John Polson, Cherie Nowlan, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Alison Maclean, Ed Wild, Tara Nicole Weyr, Sydney Freeland, Nima Nourizadeh, Ben C. Lucas, Aurora Guerrero

The Wilds is an American drama TV series that revolves around a group of teenage girls who are left on a deserted island after a plane crash.

They are the subjects of a social experiment, but they are unaware of this fact. They do not know that it was a staged plane crash and the experiment was orchestrated by Gretchen Klein. 

Gretchen is the head of the Dawn of Eve program. The girls are from different backgrounds.

They try to survive as castaways while also learning about each other. The second season of this series introduces a group of boys who face the same situation as a part of the Twilight of Adam program. 

The cast of this series features Sophia Ali, Reign Edwards, Shannon Berry, Jenna Clause, Mia Healey, Helena Howard, Erana James, Sarah Pidgeon, David Sullivan, Troy Winbush, and Rachel Griffiths. 

Into The Night (2020)

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Where to Watch – Netflix

Director – Inti Calfat, Dirk Verheye, Nabil Ben Yadir, and Camille Delamarre

Into the Night is a Belgian apocalyptic science fiction drama thriller TV series that is created by Polish science fiction, The Old Axolotl, by Jack Dukaj. The series follows a group of people who are in a plane that is hijacked by Terenzio. 

Terenzio is an Italian NATO soldier who forces his way onto commercial aircraft. He demands an early take-off. The plane is filled with a handful of people who are survivors of a deadly global event due to exposure to sunlight. 

It kills all living organisms during daylight. The pilot of this group is Mathieu, who leads them. Sylvie is a passenger on this plane who works along with the pilot to keep the sun behind them.

The group has to deal with fuel shortages as well as irradiated food. Finally, they secure their path to a NATO bunker and seek refuge. 

The Stranger (2020)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

Director – Danny Brocklehurst, Mick Ford, Karla Crome, Charlotte Coben

The Stranger is an eight-part British mystery thriller TV series that is based on a novel by Harlan Coben. This series stars Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, and Hannah John – Kamen. The story features a mysterious stranger, a woman. 

She is in her 20s. She is wearing a baseball cap. The woman approaches Adam Price (played by Richard Armitage) to tell him a secret.

Adam Price is the husband of Corinne Price. They have two sons, Thomas and Ryan. The woman tells Adam that his wife has faked a pregnancy, which turns out to be true. 

After learning how much Adam has known, Corinne disappears mysteriously. This is one of the major mysteries of this series.

Detective Sergeant Johanna Griffin (played by Siobhan Finneran) takes on the case of this mysterious disappearance. 

3% (2016 – 2020)

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Where to Watch – Netflix

Director – Pedro Aguilera

3% is a Brazilian dystopian thriller TV series that stars Joao Miguel and Bianca Comparato. Joao Miguel plays the role of Ezequiel.

Ezequiel is the head of the Process. He is an intense, mysterious, short-tempered, and also conflicted character who has some ideal extremes.

Bianca Comparato plays Michele Santana, who is a smart and sly young woman. Michele has a very strong sense of justice.

She is raised by only her brother, as she has no family. But her brother has not come back after being sent to the Process. There are many other characters featured in this series. Fernando Carvalho (played by Michel Gomes) is a wheelchair user. He is raised by his father. 

He is disdained by such candidates who do not believe that he can ever successfully complete the Process.

Another character, Rafael Moreira, played by Rodolfo Valente, is an egocentric, selfish, and sarcastic person. He hides his mysteries and is willing to do anything to pass. 

Money Heist (2017)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

Director – Álex Pina

Money Heist is a Spanish heist crime drama series that follows two long-prepared heists. These heists are led by the Professor (played by Alvaro Morte) in two different locations – one is on the Royal Mint of Spain, and the other is on the Bank of Spain. 

A Professor is a mysterious man who recruits a group of eight people. These people choose city names as their aliases.

They have to carry out an ambitious plan that involves the heists. After they have done the initial heist in the Royal Mint of Spain, they are forced out of hiding and prepare for the next heist.

 Tokyo, who is one of the robbers, narrates the story. It is told in a real-time-like fashion. The narration relies on flashbacks, time – jumps, and hidden character motivations. Tokyo is an unreliable narrator due to his complexity. 

The Last Kingdom (2015)

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Where to Watch – Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, Apple TV

Director – Stephen Butchard

The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction TV series that is based on a series of novels by Bernard Cornwell. The series covers the events of the year 866. The Great Heathen Army arrives in Britain. 

It is about redefining the relationship between Vikings and Anglo – Saxons. Danish rule was established in Jorvik and East Anglia. The Kingdom of Wessex is trying to resist Viking incursions to Southern England. 

The protagonist of this series, Uhtred, has a brother who has been killed by the Danes. His father and other Saxon noblemen have also been killed by the Danes in the Battle of Northumbria.

Uhtred and a Saxon girl, Brida, are forced to be slaves by Earl Ragnar. They are taken to his home in Danish Northumbria. Ragnar adopts Uhtred as his son. 

Black Mirror (2011)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes

Director – Charlie Brooker

Black Mirror is a British anthology TV series that is set in a near-future dystopia with science fiction technology. Each episode of this series is standalone. So the audience can watch them in any order.

The plot is based on The Twilight Zone. This series is an instance of speculative fiction within the science fiction genre.

In an episode of this series, a Recaller device is shown that is used to view a person’s memories. There are many such examples in this series that involve technologies. 

These technologies alter the human body or consciousness. Many of the episodes of this series depict human emotions as well as desires.

The settings of this series are basically patriarchal and capitalist. There are so many episodes in this series that are associated with femininity, too. 

Squid Game (2021)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Disney Plus Hotstar

Director – Hwang Dong-hyuk

Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama series. Its cast includes Lee Jung – Jae, Park Hae – soo, Wi Ha – Joon, HoYeon Jung, O Yeong – Heo Sung – Tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo – Young. 

Seong Gi – hun is a divorced father. She is an indebted gambler who lives with his elderly mother. Seong is invited to play a series of children’s games for a chance to win a large cash prize. Seong accepts the offer.

He is taken to an unknown location. There he finds 455 players like him. Every player is in deep financial trouble. 

All of them are made to wear green tracksuits. They are kept under surveillance by masked guards.

The guards wear pink jumpsuits. The games are overseen by the Front Man, who is in a black mask and black uniform. The players find that if they lose in a game, they will die. 

Arcane (2021)

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Where to Watch – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Disney Plus Hotstar

Director – Pascal Charrue and Arnaud Delord

Arcane is an animated action cum adventure TV series that shows an escalating unrest between the rich and utopian city of Piltover and the oppressed city of Zaun. Rebels from the city of Zaun March across a bridge into Piltover. 

As a result, Piltover enforcers perform a brutal pushback. Two sisters, Powder and Vi, find their parents dead.

They are taken in by Vander, who is the leader of the unsuccessful rebellion. Later, these two sisters rob a Piltovan penthouse.

Their adopted brothers, Mylo and Claggor, are also involved with them in this robbery. Powder steals a set of magical crystals. 

But she accidentally shatters one of them, which leads to an explosion. This explosion destroys almost the entire building. When they return to Zaun, they meet Declared and his thugs. The powder is chased by them, and she loses the loot. 

The Mantis (2017)

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Where to Watch – Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, iTunes

Director – Alice Chegaray-Breugnot, Nicolas Jean, Grégoire Demaison, Laurent Vivier

The French thriller TV series The Mantis is set in Paris. The police search for a psychopath who murders a lot of people. His murders are inspired by Jeanne Deber, known as The Mantis. 

Mantis is a famous serial killer who terrorized the whole country for many years. Jeanne Deber offers to the police that she can help them hunt down the killer who is copying her. But Jeanne gives them a condition. She will deal only with Detective Damien Carrot, who is her estranged son.

 Damien feels helpless as the serial killer can strike anytime and anywhere in the country. The cast includes Carole Bouquet, Fred Testot, Jaques Weber, Pascal Demolon, Manon Azem, Serge Riaboukine, Robinson Stevenin, Frederique Bel, Elodie Navarre, Adama Niane, Yannick Samot, Steve Tran, and Julien Tortora. 

The Walking Dead (2010)

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Where to Watch – Disney Plus Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix

Director – Frank Darabont

The Walking Dead is a post-apocalyptic horror TV series that is based on a comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. This series takes place after the worldwide zombie apocalypse. 

The zombies are referred to as Walkers in this series. They disturb human lives and the lives of other creatures.

They are attracted to noise and different scents, such as the smell of humans. Not only are the humans bitten or scratched, or disturbed by the zombies, but all the living humans are also carrying the pathogens that are responsible for the mutation. 

When the host of the pathogens dies, the mutation is activated. The zombies or walkers can be killed only if their brain or body is entirely destroyed. 

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