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June 27, 2011

"Pretty Little Liars" may not be so pretty anymore

by Janvi Raichura, Online News Editor
ABC Familyís most popular summer television show is most certainly pretty - but definitely not little. "Pretty Little Liars" premiered in 2010 and began a guilty pleasure almost immediately. The show includes the regular (and meaningless) boy drama that all teen drama shows have, but adds a twist through a mysterious, unidentified character, "A," who cyber bullies the four main characters.

"Pretty Little Liars" started out as summer's biggest guilty pleasure, but has evolved into a horror story. Courtesy of
"Pretty Little Liars" started out as summer's biggest guilty pleasure, but has evolved into a horror story.
The first season of "Pretty Little Liars" introduced the characters to the audience and gave each girl new secrets to hide from both the outside world and each other. Only "A" seemed to know about each girl's secrets and "A" used this opportunity to blackmail the girls individually. The girls began to fear "A" because of his or her access to their past secrets, as well as present ones. Each episode was well-balanced with romance and drama and the season rounded out with a cliff-hanger which was supposed to help the girls decipher Aís identity. All in all, the show's first season was both captivating and entertaining.

However, the current season has not lived up to its expectations. The plot line has added too many characters, each who share a messy and confusing past. For example, a police officer who promises to help protect the main characters is actually romancing Jenna, a blind girl who wants to ruin the lives of the main characters. These added characters add unnecessary drama to the four main characters' lives and give the audience more history to keep track of.

The problems the girls find themselves facing and the encounters that they have with other members in the town are all too surreal. Brother-in-laws do not get randomly pushed off bell towers and choked to death by the tower's rope, only to disappear when the police arrive. Each episode leans more towards horror than teenage romantic drama. Instead of one dead girl who could possibly be "A," there are now two supposed dead people who could possibly assume the role of "A." Adding to the confusion, Jenna (who, as said before, happens to be blind) seems to see everything, while the police see nothing - and the girls' new therapist is just as creepy as "A."

The only reason people have continued to watch the show is because they want to know who "A" is - and the writers of "Pretty Little Liars" know that. Once the identity of "A" is revealed, the series will lose its appeal and hopefully end. Rather than ending the show on a positive note while ratings are still high, the writers choose to continue the show and annoy viewers with their obnoxious new plot lines.

Pretty Little Liars started out as a summer guilty pleasure but became a weekly regular that attracted tons of teenage viewers across the country. Unfortunately, its appeal will begin to fade if the show's plot line continues on this downward spiral towards horror rather than teenage romance and drama. Soon, it will no longer be pretty - but it will certainly be little.

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  • Jessi (View Email) on June 27, 2011 at 4:10 PM
    I completely disagree with this review. In my opinion the t.v show has only grown stronger as time has passed. The relationships are more solid, and the plotlines are more deep, and immersive now. I think it makes you think more, and I'm impressed by how it's improved.
  • Chels on June 27, 2011 at 4:17 PM
    This is dumb. Pretty little liars is such a good show, dont sit here
    And write articles proclaiming that you know everything
    Because there sure as heck are many more people who love this
    Show. People are into it now more than ever so way to look like
    An idiot saying its a downward spiral!
  • Anonymous on June 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM
    Clever how at the beginning you say "is most certainly pretty - but definitely not little" then at the end say "it will no longer be pretty - but it will certainly be little" and at the same time the name of the show is "Pretty Little Liars." You should've added like, "I'm no liar but..." or something to round it out.
    • anonymous #2 on July 21, 2011 at 1:07 AM
  • pllforeva on June 27, 2011 at 11:38 PM
  • Georgia on June 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM
  • Jasmine on June 28, 2011 at 9:14 AM
    WOW no one is trying to make a reality show here it's just entertaining television
  • Archy on June 28, 2011 at 11:04 PM
    haha i actually watch it because it's like those teen horror movies! present teen romance shows are so alike and formulaic -- at least pll is is not as generic and actually has substance.
    and since it is a mystery it's kind of meant to confuse you and give you red herrings.
    it's not the best show in the world but it's certainly better than secret life and the last two seasons of gossip girl!
    • hmm good point on June 29, 2011 at 9:08 PM
      i mean i guess if you watch it for the horror then its no problem but i started watching it because it was just like all the other shows with an added twist. now it's not like a teen trash series at all. its just horror. and the third season of gossip girl sucked but this season was a lot better. better than the second season i think.
  • Anonymous on June 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM
    This is crazy. I love Pretty Little Liars!
  • cappie tau (View Email) on July 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    This show is inherently inferior to Greek.
    RIP the only good show on ABC Family other than marathons of Bring It On...
  • Kate (View Email) on July 7, 2011 at 9:15 PM
    I do agree that it IS confusing about who "A" is but that stuff is kinda mean to say about a show that EVERYONE watches and likes. Did you ever think of the negative comments you would get by posting negative stuff about Pretty Little Liars? i mean COME ON!
    • anonymous on July 12, 2011 at 9:54 PM
      the point of a blog is not to say positive things just to get positive reactions. it's to say what you believe in regardless of what people think
  • Travis (View Email) on August 5, 2011 at 2:55 PM
    Iím not entirely convinced on Pretty Little Liars yet. At times itís really not very good but then there are moments that are great and show just how much potential the show actually has. So I hope theyíre able to bring out that potential. Although, to be honest, now that Iíve switched from Comcast to DISH Network (and paying considerably less), I wonder how thatís effected my view of the shows Iím on the fence about. Before I felt ripped off if I show didnít live up to what I was paying every month to watch TV. Now that Iím working for DISH I also see all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make the customer service great too. If youíre trying to figure out what provider might be best for you I found this site that details the proís and conís of each company. Itís definitely worth a look.
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