Plot twists have been a major component of storytelling for as long as stories have existed. Any good story has a twist or two somewhere along the way, after all.
Nowadays, plot twists in television are especially associated with dramas, whether soap operas or serious primetime network or cable series.
Twists can come in the form of season ending cliffhangers or total subversions of expectation. They can answer questions or provide a whole slew of new ones in the viewers' minds.
However, surprisingly enough, plot twists aren't something that only dramatic series can muster up.
In fact, some of the most famous and most beloved sitcoms, ranging back to the very beginning of the television art form, have had quite the dramatic plot twists of their own.
Sometimes, these have to do with romantic relationships: a couple breaks up for good or reunites and rides off into the sunset together as a series draws to a close.
In other cases, a character is abruptly written out, introduced, or revealed to be someone else than viewers had expected. Sometimes, plot twists just make absolutely no sense at all, cheapening the worth of getting invested in any of these offending sitcoms at all.
We've rounded up a list of some of the most prominent plot twists in the history of sitcoms -- but whether these twists were for the better or worse of these series remains to be seen.
Here are the 12 Plot Twists That Hurt Iconic Sitcoms (And 8 That Saved Them).
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