Your guide to Internet spoiler culture: Inside the vast network of "spoiler sites"

Long before Netflix launched its new website, there was a teeming online community of spoiler-lovers

By Prachi Gupta

Published September 23, 2014 8:20PM (EDT)

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A new study (and cheeky site) by Netflix made headlines on Monday for confirming what spoiler culture has already discovered: We love spoilers (or, at least, we don't mind them). In a survey of around 2,000 people, 76 percent of respondents have come to expect and accept spoilers, and an overwhelming 94 percent will watch a show or movie even if they already know the spoiler.

The Netflix site has suddenly turned spoilers en vogue, legitimating the "spoiler" as a genre at last. But long before Netflix launched its site, there was a teeming online community of spoiler lovers. For instance:

1.) TVLine's spoiler section

For anyone looking for scoops about upcoming shows, including plotlines, casting changes and season start dates, take a look at TVLine's dependable blog. It features such spoilery scooplets as interviews with killed-off actors and behind-the-scenes photos.

2.) The Movie Spoiler

The Movie Spoiler specializes in spoiling up to 3,000 movies for you by sharing what is effectively a Wiki-type archive of plot summaries. Despite having a site that looks like it was designed in 1999, it stays current, including all of the box office hits:

 3.) Spoiler TV

OK, "Spoiler TV" is kind of a misnomer. Here you'll find press releases, updates and photos from upcoming shows. But also: a very active comments section full of energetically debated spoilers.


This is the real name of a site that prides itself on "ruining the ending for hundreds of movies" for reasons that include "because sometimes, the surprise 'spoiler' ending is the only reason you'd pay $11 to see what is otherwise a turkey of a film."

5.) Kevin Smith's "Spoilers" series

This "anti-movie review" series by director Kevin Smith isn't really a great resource for spoilers, unless you want to watch people discuss big blockbuster films before having seen them.


Pretty much what it sounds like.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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