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27 TV Moments That Are So Freaking Smart, I Can't Believe Shows Actually Pulled Them Off

That '70s Show really waited eight seasons to pull off ONE joke.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which TV moment was so smart, they couldn't believe the writers actually thought of it. Here are the reallllly clever results.

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1. In How I Met Your Mother, when every scene from the "Bad News" episode included hidden numbers that secretly counted down from 50, and when it got to zero Lily appeared and told Marshall that his dad died.

Lily hugging Marshall outside

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2. In The Haunting of Bly Manor, when everything unfolded in the finale, and it was revealed that Hannah was actually staring at her own dead body down the well when Dani met her in the first episode.

Hannah being pushed down the well and then staring at her body

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3. In Community, when they spent the first two seasons casually mentioning the name "Beetlejuice," and after the third time an actual Beetlejuice appeared in the background, just like he does in the movie.

Every time someone says the word "Beetlejuice" on the show

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4. In Grey's Anatomy, when an unrecognizable man was brought into the hospital in Season 5, and he traced the numbers "0-0-7" onto Meredith's palm, calling back to O'Malley's "007" nickname from Season 1 and revealing that he was actually George.

Meredith reacting to John Doe being George

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5. In The Good Place, when Eleanor figured out at the end of Season 1 that they were actually trapped in the Bad Place, but everyone was made to think they were in heaven.

Eleanor talking to Michael in her house and realizing she's in the Bad Place

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6. In That '70s Show, when the series ended with everyone counting down to the new year, and the screen cut to black the second it became 1980.

Everyone counting down for the new year

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7. In Modern Family, when the final scene of the series perfectly mimicked the first scene of the series by putting each character in the same situation they were in 11 years earlier.

Side-by-side comparisons of the pilot and finale with Jay and Gloria at a soccer game, vs. Cam and Mitchel on a plane bringing their new baby home

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8. In Fleabag, when the Priest could sense that Fleabag was breaking the fourth wall and looking directly at the camera, and then he surprised the viewer by doing it too.

Fleabag and The Priest breaking the fourth wall and talking to camera

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9. In How to Get Away With Murder, when the series ended with the exact same shots and dialogue that it started with, only the professor changed from Annalise Keating to Wes's son, Christopher.

Side-by-side of Annalise and Wes teaching in the pilot and finale

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10. In Game of Thrones, when Arya tried to kill the Night King, but he pinned her arm back, so she dropped the dagger, caught it with her other hand, and stabbed him.

Arya stabbing the Night King

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11. In Ozark, when the final line of Ben's five-minute-long monologue to the taxi driver cleverly revealed absolutely everything you needed to know about Ben and his mental illness.

Ben sitting in the backseat of the taxi as it drives along the countryside

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12. In Veep, when Selina and her team hoped that something major would happen in the news — like Tom Hanks dying — to distract the media from reporting on her scandal in the pilot episode. Then, in the series finale, Tom Hanks's death overshadowed the news of her own funeral.

Side-by-side of the pilot episode of "Veep" where Mike hoped Tom Hanks would die, compared to the finale where he reported on Hanks's actual death

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13. In American Horror Story: Murder House, when Violet and the viewer were tricked into thinking that Tate saved her, but she later realized she was actually dead and her spirit was trapped in the house.

Violet discovering her own corpse

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14. In Parks and Rec, when Leslie got a free MRI during her blind date with Chris in Season 2, and he said her body was capable of having triplets the first time she got pregnant. Then, in Season 6, she got pregnant with triplets.

Side-by-side of Leslie in the hospital on her date with Will Arnett's character, vs. Leslie in the hospital again four years later finding out she's pregnant with triplets

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15. In This Is Us, when Rebecca saw Jack's lifeless body in the hospital, and there was a split-second flashback to young Jack, almost as if she were trying to preserve her memory of him.

Rebecca looking at Jack's lifeless body in the hospital

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16. In Lost, when the final scene of the show perfectly mirrored its first scene from six years earlier, only everything happened in reverse.

Side-by-sides of the first scene from the pilot of "Lost" perfectly mimicking the final scene in the last episode, only everything appears in reverse

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17. In Jane the Virgin, when the show revealed after five seasons that Jane's son was actually the narrator all along.

Jane on her wedding day talking to her son

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18. In Sherlock, when Sherlock cleverly figured out Irene Adler's cellphone password.

Sherlock figuring out Irene Adler's phone password

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19. In Seinfeld, when the pilot opened with a conversation about shirt buttons, and nine years later the finale ended with the same exact conversation, demonstrating that it really was a show about nothing.

George and Jerry talking about shirt buttons in a diner in the pilot episode, then the gang talking about shirt buttons in jail in the finale

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20. In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Jake cleverly got Philip Davidson to reveal how he pulled off the perfect murder, and absolutely everyoneeee was surprised.

Philip admitting to the murder

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21. In Breaking Bad, when Walter White rolled that barrel through the desert at the end of Season 5, and he unknowingly walked right by the pants that he lost in the pilot episode.

Side-by-sides of Walter White's pants flying through the air in the pilot episode, vs. him walking by those same pants in the desert five years later

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22. In Black Mirror, when the final three minutes of the "White Bear" episode revealed that Victoria was basically part of an amusement park where people paid to watch her get hunted and tortured every day.

Victoria realizing she's part of an attraction

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23. In Sense8, when Will tricked everyone by physically standing in the same room as Whispers instead of appearing as an apparition through eye contact connection.

Whispers finding out Will is in the same room

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24. In The Haunting of Hill House, when the identity of the Bent-Neck Lady was revealed, and Nell realized that she was being haunted by herself the whole time.

Nell realizing she's the Bent-Neck Lady

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25. In Grey's Anatomy, when Dr. Bailey had to give birth without her husband in Season 2, so George stepped in for him. Then, 14 years later, Dr. Bailey returned the favor to Amelia when she had to give birth alone.

Side-by-side of Bailey giving birth vs. Amelia giving birth

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26. In Doctor Who, when River Song's true identity was revealed, and Amy found out that she was actually her daughter.

River revealing that she's Amy's daughter

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27. In Mad Men, when the show ended with Don Draper meditating on a mountaintop, and the viewer is made to think that he smiled because he finally found peace, but really it was because he just came up with the concept for a new ad.

Don Draper on a mountain top in the finale of Mad Men

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