Articles for Pretty Little Liars Season 1

Originally conceptualized as "Desperate Housewives for teens," Pretty Little Liars revolves around the four prettiest girls in a quiet little town of Rosewood - Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily - whose friendship crumbles after their Queen Bee Alison mysteriously disappears.One year later, things start resembling a creepy horror movie (I Know What You Did Last Summer, anyone?), when they begin to receive threatening messages from someone codenamed "A" - things that only Alison could have known.Set to kick off on June 8, Pretty Little Liars is based on a series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard. It stars Troian Bellisario as Spencer, Ashley Benson as Hanna, Lucy Hale as Aria and Shay Mitchell as Emily.Promo after the jump: Read more »
UPDATE: Help me find the hair accessory (pictured below) during tonight‘s premiere so I can complete my next mission.I will do just about anything to keep "A" from telling my (fake) secret--it‘s a juicy one too!A few weeks ago ABC Family invited me, and several other bloggers, to participate in a little game to help ease the anticipation for the upcoming premiere of its new show, Pretty Little Liars. The show, based on the book series by Sara Shepard, premiers June 8 on ABC Family and guarantees drama and suspense, so of course I jumped at the opportunity. I had no idea what I was getting myself into!Learn more about Pretty Little Liars here.  Read more »
You had me at hello, Pretty Little Liars. Within the first few moments of ABC Family‘s newest teen drama came a mystery, a hot make-out scene and a killer opening sequence. The show‘s theme song is "Secrets" by The Pierces (which you may recognize from an early episode of Gossip Girl), and it could not be any more appropriate in setting the show‘s tone and theme ... pretty girls with dark secrets. I applaud ABC Family for such a deliciously creepy sequence that was refreshing in comparison to the usual bubblegum pop fare I‘ve become so accustomed to.  Read more »
Before the advent of cell phones, how on earth did people impersonate dead girls and terrorize their friends? Luckily, Pretty Little Liars need not worry. Laden with flashbacks, text messages, secrets and of course, pretty little (and not-so-little) lies, the show‘s second episode managed to hold my interest. Within the first few moments of the appropriately titled episode, the girls use the phrase "The Jenna Thing" so many times that somewhere near the fourteenth mention I‘m just about dying to know what happened. Surely this was a manipulation tactic on behalf of the writers, but I‘m a sucker for gossip--even of the fictional variety. What the heck did Alison do to Jenna and what does it have to do with her eventual murder? And why does the music get so creepy every time the poor girl enters a room?  Read more »
Few things are more ominous than four pretty girls walking into the depths of the woods to creepy music. Among those things, the foreboding tapping of Jenna‘s walking stick ranks pretty high. A close runner up? The amazing opening sequence, which I still cannot get over. ABC Family wants to make one thing clear: this show is dark. For that reason, I can forgive the blatant product placement for Microsoft‘s Kin phone. "To Kill a Mocking Girl" revolves around a shrine to Alison‘s memory, Toby Cavanaugh and a very realistic high school party, complete with the requisite Foosball table and photo booth. Our favorite characters are haunted by the skeletons in their closets, but what else is new? Toby knows exactly what happened the night of the fire, and even took the blame for it. Mistress Meredith surfaces to wreak havoc on Aria‘s family and seduce dad once again. And worst of all, Alison‘s friendship bracelet is found in the exact spot where the girls try to memorialize her.  Read more »
What‘s a technologically savvy stalker to do when her resources are depleted? She must turn to archaic stalking tactics such as snail mail, radio dedications and house break-ins. In "Can You Hear Me Now?" our favorite liars realize they can block "A" from all electronic communication at the click of a magic button. That‘s right, "A" can no longer contact Aria on her Microsoft Kin. That‘s Aria‘s phone, in case the constant barrage of commercials and on screen references were too subtle. Once the girls do what they probably should have done three episodes ago, they think their troubles with "A" are over. But what fun would that be? Instead the girls piss "A" off so much that she begins to reveal their deepest and darkest secrets. And it‘s about time. Up until now "A" has been all talk and no action. Once the secrets begin to unravel, these girls will have more to worry about than a few creepy text messages.   Read more »
"Reality Bites Me" picks up right where we last left our liars. The mysterious A broke into Spencer‘s home, leaving a chilling message in jungle red lipstick. In a show about beauty and mystery I find it wonderfully apropos that the latest clue combines the two. Looks like Jenna Cavanaugh (or is it Marshall now? Did anyone else catch that name switch?) has been caught red handed... or should I say red lipped? But let‘s not jump to conclusions. Spencer makes a valid point: how exactly would a blind girl manage to break into a house? Well for one thing, maybe she‘s not as blind as she lets on. In fact, it seemed as though she was looking at her reflection as she applied her jungle red lipstick. The whole Jenna thing is really throwing me for a loop, and I‘m started to suspect her more and more each week. Since the girls realized that blocking A caused more harm than good, A has continued to harass them relentlessly. As usual, the show struck the perfect balance between adding in juicy plotlines and keeping me engaged with the old ones. Let‘s keep track of those new ones, shall we? Normal 0 0 1 158 904 7 1 1110 11.773 0 0 0  Read more »
I‘ve got a secret, can you keep it? "There‘s no place like homecoming" raised the bar for this intriguing drama and had me gasping for my breath in its closing moments. The episode title doesn‘t lie; in Rosewood there truly is no place like homecoming. This week we finally got some answers about Toby Cavanaugh. What we know? Toby‘s deep dark secret involved a tryst with his stepsister Jenna. If that‘s what Alison had on him, I don‘t really think he has the motive to be A or Alison‘s killer. We all live in the post-Clueless generation. Sure, step-sibling relationships are creepy but they‘re not unheard of. By the episode‘s gripping conclusion, we‘re led to believe that Toby is A‘s killer and that kindhearted Emily is his next victim. However, I smell a red herring. I think Toby‘s just a guy with a troubling past who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Of course, it begs the question, why does he have Ali‘s death date tattooed on his side? My guess is that it‘s for a completely unrelated reason. Wouldn‘t it be funny if 901 is just a band that Toby‘s into and their latest album is titled "free at last"? Paying close attention? Test your Pretty Little Liars knowledge with newly added trivia questions>> Read more »
Before Pretty Little Liars premiered I was asked to participate in a role playing game. I was playing the role of Aria and Alison, also known as A on the show, sent me on various missions. If I succeeded my secret was safe. If I failed, well, I don‘t even want to think about what that would‘ve done to my (fake) reputation. Click here to see what kind of missions I was sent on and unplanned obstacles I had to overcome to keep my Pretty Little secret.  Read more »
"That‘s immortality, my darlings,"Ali states in a flashback on this week‘s Pretty Little Liars. Perhaps prophetically, Alison once pointed out that dying young is the only way to truly be immortalized. In an ironic (or not so ironic) twist of fate, Alison got her wish. In "Please Do Talk About Me While I‘m Gone", Ali is the center of attention, just as she would have liked it. This episode dealt with the past, present and future of our Liars. The past: in flashbacks we learn more about Ali and about her relationship with each of the girls. We also meet an important member of Alison‘s family, her older brother Jason.   Read more »
The ending of last week‘s episode of Pretty Little Liars made me drunk. It was like I drank some toxic cocktail consisting of two parts OMG and five parts WTF. For the next six days I suffered from the worst metaphorical hangover ever. The only antidote? More Pretty Little Liars. Last night my hangover vanished, only to be replaced by another one ... "The Homecoming Hangover". As predicted last week, Emily is alive and well and Toby is most certainly not A (well, maybe it isn‘t certain ... but just look into that boy‘s eyes. He‘s totally innocent!) After their chemistry lab throw down, Toby took Em to the hospital and took off on his motorcycle. In fact, there‘s a very good chance that Toby is that 7988th citizen of Rosewood that is no longer. His motorcycle was found totaled as his step-sister/lover wept from her allegedly blind peepers. Much like Jenna, we are left in the dark about whether or not Toby‘s alive, but it‘s not looking too good.  Read more »
SAT. Three little letters that haunt all college bound high school juniors. Of course, our girls on Pretty Little Liars are haunted by far more than just a standardized exam. Last week, Alison‘s memorial was trashed and we were left to wonder whodunit. This week, A is back and on a mission: to make the girls distrust one another, starting with Emily. With dirt on her shoes, evidence in her bag and one nasty letter to Alison dated mere days before her disappearance ... Emily sure looks guilty. But, as usual on this show, looks can be deceiving.Amidst "The Perfect Storm", tensions flare, romances stir and alliances are tested. Due to a tornado, the kids are stuck in Rosewood High as they await their SAT exams. It‘s revealed that Toby Cavanaugh is alive and on the move, but there are plenty of other suspects right under our noses. One thing is certain, these girls may lie but they will never turn against each other. Well, I suppose I should never say never, especially with A lurking around. And, with only one more episode left for the season, who knows what might just happen.  Read more »
If you thought the vampire craze was over, think again. At this year‘s Teen Choice Awards, airing tonight at 8pm on FOX, vampires carried the day with the Twilight series picking up 12 awards and The Vampire Diaries earning 7.  Read more »
Tonight, fans of this summer‘s breakout hit Pretty Little Liars will finally get to see the gripping conclusion of the show‘s freshman season. Haven‘t been watching? Tune in to ABC Family all day for the PLL marathon event, or get a quick refresher right here. You know you‘ll want to be prepared, especially when A is involved. In case you missed it: Pretty Little Liars picked up several Teen Choice Awards over the weekend.A quick recap in 150 Words: Read more »
My hands are shaking, my heart is racing and my head is pounding ...i t‘s just another typical Tuesday night in Rosewood. But tonight was bigger and scarier than ever. The Pretty Little Liars mid-season finale, "Keep Your Friends Close" definitely gave us some answers, but with those answers we were left with even more questions. This week, mean girl Mona threw herself an extravagant birthday party, but the party quickly turned into a deadly scavenger hunt led by none other than A. We learn more about the night of Ali‘s disappearance, specifically about the older guy she was seeing. Yes, Alison‘s beau was Ian ... as in Melissa‘s Ian (and technically, Spencer‘s Ian too.)  Read more »
Now that our favorite summer guilty pleasure is done until 2011, it‘s time to look back at Pretty Little Liars and give out some awards. Most likely to...Go to prison...for a crime other than murder: Looks like a tossup between Ashley Marin and Ezra Fitz. One stole some serious cash and the other is a borderline statutory rapist (and I say that in a completely endearing way, recognizing how totally adorable Ezra and Aria are).  Read more »

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