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TV Show Reviews

Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017) - Shreya Sachdev

Warning: Contains Spoilers

Pretty Little Liars is a hit TV Show that airs Tuesday nights on ABC Family. Pretty Little Liars is centered around the genre of drama and is directed by Marlene King. The show stars Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, and Troian Bellisario, as four teenage girls who are best friends but have to unfortunately deal with the disappearance  of their fifth best friend named Alison Dilaurentis, who is played by Sasha Pieterse. One day, all four girls start receiving text messages from a anonymous number who addresses themselves as A in the message. These texts that the girls receive are based on secrets that the girls told nobody but Alison. The girls are now left wondering if A truly stands for anonymous or if it stands for Alison. I want to start off by saying that I would watch the same old episodes of this show every single day when I was in middle school. I think I found it entertaining, not only because I wanted to figure out who A was, but also because I enjoyed hearing about the girls problems at school such as relationships, bad grades, mean girls, which was all something I thought I could relate to when I was in middle school. I thoroughly enjoyed the first and second season of Pretty Little Liars because this was the season in which we were introduced to the girls' personalities and everything that they were going through at home as well as any secrets they were hiding. When the third season rolled around, everybody found out that Mona wasn't in fact A and that there was somebody in "red coat" who was the real culprit. However, I think the season didn't do a good job at properly explaining why Mona was involved with the culprit and why she was on the A team. There was also little interaction and confrontation between the girls and Mona, which almost made the girls seem unrealistic. This is something that I noticed all 7 seasons, in which the girls barely reacted or showed any emotion when they would receive a message from A. It was underdone, and it was almost as if they weren't allowed to overreact and panic because they were these "pretty girls" who were always supposed to seem calm and collected. Anyways, I really enjoyed the fourth season because I think Spencer and Toby's relationship had some intense drama there, which was executed very well by both Troian Bellisario and Keegan Allen. In fact, I think that season 4 was an excellent season when it came to love and figuring out how the girls really felt about their significant other, and I think all four relationships were explained in the fourth season. The fifth season was also difficult to ignore, as this was the season in which Alison Dilaurentis returned to Ravenswood and the audience finally got a glimpse of her relationship with the girls which was much needed after hearing about it for so long. Season 6 was the one season in which I believe that the audience got a true realistic reaction from the girls' trauma in the dollhouse which was evident by Hanna's frequent mood swings as well as Aria's horrible flashbacks. Furthermore, this is the season that the audience is supposed to get closure as the audience finally figures out who A truly is. Yet, there are still many unanswered questions which is why the audience doesn't completely feel as if they have gotten closure. Season 6 and Season 7 consist of the girls five years into the future, which was something that everybody was dying to watch and it was definitely amusing, but the problem was the amount of characters involved along with Caleb's relationship with Spencer, which truly ruined the audience seeing both Spencer and Toby as a real couple as well as Hanna and Caleb as a real couple. And finally, the ending as to when Toby chose the "correct Spencer" and immediately knew who it was her was just too much of a cliche. As a whole, I would give Pretty Little Liars a 8.5/10.  

Shreya Sachdev