Just watched the pilot episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. Surprisingly, I liked it a whole lot more than I thought I would. Still, it takes more than just one episode to tell if a series is going to be good or not … so ultimately the verdict is still out.
Pretty Little Liars is about 4 high school girls who mysteriously start receiving notes and text messages from someone named “A,” who threatens to reveal all their dirty little secrets.
All signs point to “A” being their catty former best friend, Alison. The only problem is that Alison is dead. And the girls all know something about Alison’s death they are not telling anyone.
Lucy Hale (seen here in a photo from her days on the CW's "Privileged") plays Aria in ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars."
My first impression is that this show is trying way too hard to copy Gossip Girl, and that it is going to be a glittery, shallow, salacious waste of my time. However, after watching the episode, I find myself kind of getting into it.
I want to know who “A” is and I want to know how the other 4 were involved in Alison’s death. So as long as Pretty Little Liars can manage to not suck, I probably will stick around to watch the next upcoming episodes.
The main problem I have had so far is keeping all the character’s names straight.
Aria (Lucy Hale) is the brunette who made out with a 20-something year old guy (Ian Harding) at a resturaunt, only to discover later on that he’s her new English teacher.
Spencer (Troian Avery Bellisario) is the other brunette who likes to put on bikinis and get back massages from her older sister’s good-looking fiance (Julian Morris).
Emily (Shay Mitchell) is the other, other brunette (yes, telling them apart is a little difficult at first) who thinks she might have a crush on the new girl (Bianca Lawson) next door. Scandalous.
Hanna (Ashley Benson) is the blonde one (but, just to make it more confusing, she looks extremely similar to Alison (Sasha Pieterse), who, though dead, is seen in multiple flashbacks throughout the episode). Hanna is a snobby brat and likes to shoplift $350 sunglasses from the mall. She even gets arrested. But it’s okay, because her mom (Laura Leighton) sleeps with the cop to get her off.
Great morals this show has. Obviously.
So I may become a frequent watcher of Pretty Little Liars. Or I may decide it is a total waste of my time. That really depends on how the next couple of episodes turn out.
Update: After watching the first 8 episodes, I revisit my thoughts about the show in this post. In another post, I get pretty upset when I think Lucas might be “A,” and I respond to the season finale here.