There are a lot of secret siblings on television.
Plenty of TV shows tend to build their foundation on common tropes such as the cringe-worthy love triangle trope and the long lost sibling trope.
If you need to stir up some drama, especially in a campy teen series, there’s no better way than by bringing in a secret sibling that’s jealous, scorned, vengeful, broken, betrayed, looking for a family, or all of the above.
Some secret siblings are introduced in a sensical way with the serious laying some breadcrumbs leading up to the introduction.
Other reveals come out of left field and frustrate audiences by appearing as mere plot devices thrown in for the sake of it.
And sometimes, the trope works well as the secret siblings become pivotal to the storyline and the main character’s development.
We’re looking back at some of our favorite secret siblings on television. Which ones would you add to the list?
Chic/ Charles – Riverdale
On Riverdale, Betty and Jughead’s first half brother (yes, they’re still dating), Chic, was a poser but stirred up enough drama to make the fandom collectively hate him. Eventually, we meet the real Charles, an FBI agent, who bonded with Betty over her mother’s time at The Farm.
Unfortunately, Charles turned out to be just as crazy as Chic. The two were revealed to be lovers who are plotting something against the family that abandoned them.
Scott Rosson – Gossip Girl
Scott appeared in the second season of Gossip Girl as the love child of Lily van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey thus making BF and GF Serena and Dan half-siblings.
Everyone tried to keep Scott a secret for as long as they could but eventually, the secret sibling was outed by the one and only Gossip Girl. XoXo.
Adam – Dynasty
Adam, the kidnapped child of Blake Carrington and Alexis Carrington, appeared early on in Dynasty but was quickly revealed to be a fake hired by Alexis to get her hands on the Carrington money.
The real Adam Carrington makes his way to the Manor, though, he’s equally as deranged and way more dangerous as his predecessor. He had his brother, Steven, committed in Europe after thinking he was having “hallucinations,” shoved his mother’s face into the fireplace, and continues to sabotage his half-sister, Fallon, daily all while hoping to gain his father’s love.
Ari and Ziva – NCIS
After Ari murdered NCIS agent Kate Todd, everyone believed that Ziva David was simply his Mossad control officer. It’s only after Ziva kills Ari to save Gibbs that we find out that he was her half-brother.
It’s a storyline that took place during NCIS Season 3 and has had repercussions that have lasted until present day NCIS Season 17!
Zelena – Once Upon a Time
Zelena, aka the Wicked Witch of the West (from the Wizard of Oz), arrives in Once Upon a Time Season 3. She is Regina Mills’ (the Evil Queen) half-sister, who was abandoned as a child and wished dearly for a family. Her jealousy over Regina consumed her and led to plenty of magical wars before the sisters mend their relationship and lived happily ever after.
Anezka – Jane the Virgin
Yael Groblas pulled double duty on Jane the Virgin to portray the main character Petra and her long lost twin, Anezka. Anezka was a “shy mouse” who grew up in an orphanage in the Czech Republic before being brought to America by their evil mother, Magda.
Though it seems like she wants a genuine relationship with Petra, she’s later revealed to be conspiring with Magda to steal Rafael’s money and flee the country.
Maggie and Meredith – Grey’s Anatomy
In the Grey’s Anatomy Season 10 finale, we learn that Maggie and Meredith are half-sisters. Their mother, Ellis, had a fling with Richard when Meredith was very young.
They put Maggie up for adoption, but when she got older, she learned her late mother was a top-notch surgeon at Grace Seattle Hospital. While the sisters had a strange relationship at first, they later came around and developed a friendship.
Adam was revealed to be John Winchester’s son on Supernatural, yet it was more shocking to find out that John was actually a better father to Adam than our boys, Dean and Sam. It’s no surprise that they left him in hell. The resentment is real.
Wally – Flash
The Flash Season 2 introduces us to Wally, who is revealed to be Iris’ long lost brother from her estranged mother. Wally hesitates to embrace the familial unit, but eventually joins Team Flash and becomes Kid Flash
Alex Drake – Pretty Little Liars
The PLL family tree was more complicated than the Game of Thrones one and there was plenty of surprise sibling reveals including Alex Drake as “AD” in the series finale.
Alex is the daughter of Mary Drake and Peter Hastings, and Spencer’s identical twin sister. While Spencer was given to her biological father and his wife, Alex was given up for adoption to an orphanage in the UK where she plotted her insanely complex revenge.
Charlotte DiLaurentis – Pretty Little Liars
Like I said, the family tree is very complicated. Charlotte was born “Charles” and transitioned into the character we know as CeCe. Though she is the biological daughter of Mary Drake and Pastor Ted, she was adopted by Jessica and Kenneth DiLaurentis (Jessica’s sister is Mary).
This makes her Alison and Jason’s biological cousin and adoptive sister (and she had a romantic relationship with Jason!), and also, the biological half-sister of Spencer Hastings.
Derek – One Tree Hill
In yet another case where we meet the “fake” secret sibling before meeting the real one, a deranged and broken man named Ian poses as Peyton’s half-brother, Derek, to get close to her.
When fake Derek realizes that he’s losing Peyton, he tries to rape her but thankfully, Lucas and her real brother, Derek, a US Marine, come to her rescue.
9 Best Turkish Dramas and TV Shows to Watch on Netflix in 2020
The popularity of Turkish TV shows is on the rise in the US mostly because of streaming services and international sales.
Turkish dramas have subverted themselves into the culture in the same way telenovelas have.
However, they are not soap operas or telenovelas, they are known as dizi, which refers to a “genre in progress”, according to Dr Arzu Ozturkmen, who teaches oral history at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. He told The Guardian that the name encompasses the format that has ‘unique narratives, use of space and musical scores.”
While the US is slowly catching up, Turkish dramas have been a staple in many parts of Europe, Latin America, and China and Korea.
So, what makes them so addictive? Many Turkish dramas and melodramas reflect universal themes and dilemmas that are easily understood and accepted by people all over the world with just a hint of Turkish flair.
Here are some of the best Turkish dramas to stream on Netflix.
1. Winter Sun (2016)
2. Intersection (2016)
Intersection, also known as Kördüğüm, was believed to be a show that would put Turkish dramas on the map. The series follows Naz and Umut Umut Özer, whose marriage is struggling, but that changes when they meet wealthy businessman Ali Nejat Karasu. The official synopsis read: “two wealthy businessmen with car obsessions who cross paths with an idealist pediatrician. Love enters the equation, and their lives change for good.” It is available to stream now on Netflix.
6. The Gift (2019)
What are your favorite Turkish dramas?
The First ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Crossover of 2020 Is Coming – Watch the Promo
Fans of Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Fire will have to wait an additional week for new episodes.
The One Chicago universe is taking a break this Wednesday (February 19) as it gears up for the first crossover of 2020.
The two-part crossover excludes Chicago Med, though the series will kick off the hour with an intense episode of its own, and instead, finds PD and Fire teaming up to respond to a national epidemic.
It even brings back a beloved PD character, although, it’s not in a way that you’d expect and might not be all that great for Roman (guest star Brian Geraghty).
Here’s what to expect from the crossover airing Wednesday, February 26!
4 Wild Bachelor 2020 Theories: Does Peter Weber End Up With a Producer?
How is Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor going to end?
That’s the biggest question this season and even now, as we’re down to the final four, it remains a big ‘ole question mark.
Fans have absolutely no idea which lady he’s going to ride off into the sunset with, and the lack of spoilers is causing some fans to go into total meltdown mode.
However, it has also inspired some pretty interesting (and a few plausible) theories.
Here are some of our favorite theories… beware: spoilers ahead
Venmo Theory: If you owe people money, chances are you’re close to them, so sleuthing fans took to Venmo to dig up some clues. They checked out Peter’s Venmo and found that Hannah Ann’s Venmo is still private, but everyone else is public again. (Women’s Health confirmed)
Furthermore, Peter is also private. Look, this could be a coincidence, it could be that Hannah Ann doesn’t want people to see her transaction history, or it could be because she’s over there sending Peter receipts!
I did some detective work last week and Pilot Pete is friends with Hannah Ann on venmo. So I’m calling it that she will be the winner.
— Spencer Ramer (@SpencerRamer) January 7, 2020
It’s the Producer: This might be my favorite theory simply because it explains why Peter hasn’t committed to any of the ladies this season. The theory popped up on Reddit and claims Peter ends up with The Bachelor producer Julie LaPlaca. The series has been teasing an “unexpected ending” with Peter looking like he’s going to throw up, and this would be the definition of unexpected.
You’re probably sitting there thinking, “wait, huh?” but honestly, this theory holds some weight, so hang in there!
For starters, Peter and Julie spent New Year’s Eve together with their families!
There’s also a photo of Julie in New York and Peter can be seen behind her. Hannah B. drew attention to it by commenting that she “approves…” um, of the relationship? We know Peter was there to promote The Bachelor but why was Julie there unless they’re… ding-ding.
And then, there’s this photo, which I mean, come on! He hasn’t smiled like this with Kelsey, Hannah Ann, Victoria P, or Madison.
Just imagine the juicy drama if he ended up hooking up with a producer in the shower.
Entertainment Tonight asked ABC executive Rob Mills about the Peter & Julie theory, and he didn’t confirm it, but he didn’t deny it either.
Here’s what he said: “Well, I hate to get in the way of a good rumor, so I’m not going to confirm or deny about whether he ends up with a producer! I don’t know how we’d ever top that though! But, it is crazy. What we’ve seen about the finale over the years is that the ‘finale’ is really on that night when the show goes live. There’s a lot of craziness, it’s a roller coaster, but I would say even now the roller coaster hasn’t ended, and it won’t end until after After the Final Rose.“
However, Reality Steve said no chance whatsoever… so do with this what you will!
Gonna make this as simple as possible for every1 since it’s all I get asked now: It’s garbage, there is absolutely nothing to this, it makes zero sense & people are desperately grasping at straws bc the ending isn’t out yet.
Hope that clears things up. https://t.co/ZFjdFSDJSz
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) February 8, 2020
Bring Her Home: Peter’s mom yells this in the dramatic and stressful previews, which has left fans assuming that she’s referring to Madison Prewett Or Hannah Brown. They’re the only two ladies who have had a chance to make an impact on Peter’s mother.
However, Peter’s final two will meet his family before the finale meaning that this snippet could be from after Peter’s mother got a little more acquainted with the other contestants.
But man, Barbara is passionate. Reality Steve said the final two are Madison and Hannah Anne. He also believes Peter is leaving Hannah Brown in the past.
Pregnancy: There’s also another theory floating around the one of the contestants gets pregnant and it’s the bombshell that Chris Harrison drops on Peter in the finale when he looks like he’s going to throw up and faint at the same time.
“I’ve heard that. I’ve heard two people might be pregnant,” Peter laughed and told Access Hollywood. “It’s like, whoa, one’s not enough. Okay.” He called the theory “hilarious,” which is essentially his way of shutting it down!
Who do you think Peter Weber chooses in the end?
Tell us your pick in the comments section below!
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