Based on the bestselling books by Sara Shepard, “Pretty Little Liars” focuses on four teenage girls who are brought back together after a member of their clique is found dead. Shortly after Alison DiLaurentis’ (Sasha Pieterse) body is found, the group of girls all start receiving threatening text messages from a mysterious character who goes by “A.” Some of these messages relate to secrets only Alison knew, others are more vast; however all leave the question, who is the person behind A?
All of the girls have secrets they wanted to keep hidden at first. Aria (Lucy Hale) was secretly dating her high school teacher. Emily (Shay Mitchell) had identity issues she felt that she needed to keep to herself. Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Hanna (Ashley Benson) also had problems in their past that they would have liked to keep concealed. However shortly into the first season they realize the more they keep secrets from each other, the more power and motivation this “A” person has.
Throughout the first season you begin to realize there are a lot of suspicious characters around the fictional town of Rosewood. The show evolves into creating the appearance that there is more than one person involved in playing the role of “A.” Different characters begin to be associated in teams that make it difficult to figure out who could be the person, or people, who act as the “A Team.” One thing is for certain; more than one person could have had motivation for Alison’s disappearance.
As each season progresses, the drama escalades. With several mysterious deaths and many complicated secrets, the girls seem to be on the verge of connecting the links between the threats of “A” and who was involved with Alison’s murder. A big reveal was when Mona (Janel Parrish), the craziest mean girl, was discovered to have a definite part in the “A” schemes.
“Pretty Little Liars” always leaves me amazed and anxiously anticipating the next episode. I suppose I may be the only person over 20 who watches, and I may have noticed the only people tweeting about it are the girls that I used to babysit for, but “Pretty Little Liars” is highly entertaining and that is why I watch television in the first place.
The Verdict: If you are in the mood for a television show filled with high packed drama, mystery, and frenzy, I would suggest watching “Pretty Little Liars,” which returns to ABC Family in January for its winter premier.
Winter Premier Airs: January 8th, Tuesday 8/7 CT
Network: ABC Family
Starring: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Sasha Pieterse, Janel Parrish