If you were waiting for an episode where all of the little liars did something brainless and stupid, well you got it. I mean, come on girls!!! Get it together. But this season really shows the impact of A on these girls and how their losing their lives and their mentality because of this monster.
Spencer was having some major withdrawal this week and instead of taking the help offered by friends and family, she assured everyone she was fine. That is until she found a bottle of pills in her locker generously given to her by A. Instead of handing them over to Emily, she held onto them explaining she would dispose of them later somewhere far from school. Umm yeah right!!! And Em’s are you really going to fall for that?!?! She’s an addict! Spencer relapsed when her symptoms got too intense even after promising her parents that this time would be different and that she didn’t need to go to rehab.
I can’t quite pinpoint when Spencer’s life began unraveling so horribly, or when she began to be a suspect in the murder and disappearance of her friend but apparently it’s been something thats been just waiting for its moment to shine. This whole time she was trying to piece together what happened the night Ali dissapeared. Little did she know, she had a lot to do with. And there are witnesses!!! According to Ezra’s papers, Ali, CeCe and Mrs. DiLaurentis all saw Ali and Spencer bicker that night. Spencer even raised a shovel at her!!! She confronted Mrs. DiLaurentis aggressively, but was shocked at her own strength and anger. Homegirl doesn’t even know what she’s doing. She wants answers but what lengths will she go to to get them? Mrs. D looked pretty scared of Spence. What does she really know?
All we know that Spencer didn’t kill Ali since Ali is alive, so what really did happen. We know Mr. Hastings and Mrs. DiLaurentis have an agreement, could it be about Spencer’s involvement that night? Is that why Ali has always been scared of Spence? Why hasn’t Ali ever said anything to any of the other girls? Does Ali’s mother know she’s alive?! This raise so many questions! Also, why didn’t Ezra ever tell Aria his speculations about her friend?
Hell hath no fury like a liar scorned! Aria was slowly losing it dealing with her breakup and betrayal. Everytime she remembered a memory between and her and Ezra she got more and more upset. When she thought back to the first time they met, she puked. Hmm… could the writers try and intorudce a pregnancy angle? Marlene King did say that Aria and Ezra would still be connected despite breaking up. Maybe she’s carrying his child. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it? Either way, Ezra skipped town because of a “family emergency,” which Aria later found out meant that he was going through with publishing his book about Ali despite promising her that he would destroy it to save what was left of their “relationship.” She also had a lapse in judgement when she almost outed her relationship to the principal. But after telling her friends the truth about her confrontation with Ezra, one very important question was raised. If Ezra isn’t A and he’s been watching all the girls to crack this mystery, he must know about A, or who A is right? Why hasn’t he tried protecting the girls?? Aria deducts that it’s because he obviously never loved her. After completely destroying his apartment in a fit of rage (boy that must of felt good) so decided that she needed to get out of town and no one, not Emily, not Hannah, no one was going to stop her! When your friend barks, “I’d like you to get out of my way,” I suggest you move. Quickly.
Hannah was playing good cop this week trying to help Aria cope with her breakup and help Travis with his father’s hearing. Amidst all the chaos, things have been going pretty peachy for her. She must feel a little guilty as when Travis helped free her innocent mother, he kind of put his father in dangers way. She decided to take matters into her own hands and contact her new friend Holden. He didn’t seem to be too eager to help as lying on the stand would compromise his authority. It’s good to know not every cop in Rosewood is corrupt. Blondie must have some charm though because when the hearing was over, Travis thanked Hannah for her help explaining that Holden put in some good words for his dad. Here’s where I become concerned for our Hannah banana. As a thank you, she planted one on Holden! I’m talking mouth-to-mouth, thank you action!! Since when did Hannah become the town slut? Stop throwing yourself at people that show any kindness towards you! Also, with Caleb coming back from Ravenswood how’s she going to explain lip-locking with half the town? Rosewood is pretty small!
But the dumbest liar award goes to Emily this week! Em’s went send her coffee can of money to Ali, and Paige became suspicious seeing a huge wad of cash in her estranged girlfriends bag. She followed her to the post office, snatched the envelope from Em’s hands and demanded to know who the money is for. If not, she would call the cop. Emily freaked out explaining that she isn’t working for A, but Paige played the ‘I love and care about you so I don’t want A to hurt you card’. Emily panicked and blurted out the one truth she tried so hard to protect; Ali lives. She cares so much about Ali and she knows that if anyone finds out the truth, she’s basically selling her out to A. This revelation puts a strain on the Paily relationship as Paige asked Emily to seize all contact with Ali. Emily isn’t too fond of getting ultimatums, but she obliged. Unfortunately, Emily has no idea that Paige also went behind her back and turned in an anonymous notecard into the cops, which read that she knew for a fact Ali was alive and provided the address to the same place Em’s sent the money. Well way to open that box of problems Paige.
Things are really heating up on this show as we now have to believe the worst… one of our liars is actually responsible for the disappearance of A. We also don’t know whose covering up what and who knows about Spencer’s involvement. We also don’t know how involved Spencer really was that night and why. Additionally, we become less concerned with A’s identity and more concerned about getting to the bottom of the truth as it is from Ali’s point of view. Why would Spencer have a fight with Ali? Who is a threat to Ali? Why is she scared of this person? What do they want?? And when the cops reveal to the town of Rosewood that they have info that leads them to believe Ali is alive, what will be revealed? What mayhem unleashed? This murder mystery just got reeaaaaal good! These liars really haven’t had a good day in a while. I’m surprised their still semi-functional. If things keep going south, by the end of this season their going to be staying in, curling up in fetal positions and eating some Ben and Jerry’s. Or, they’ll be neighbors in mental institutions. Either way, A won’t even have to lift a finger.
8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve
Do you fancy yourself a little crime sleuth? Well, throw on your trench coat, grab your magnifying glass, and set out to solve the biggest murder mysteries to hit networks and streaming services!
The murder mystery genre, while always popular, has been skyrocketing in recent years, with plenty of new TV shows and movies to capture the thrills and chills.
There’s nothing like a whodunnit to get you through the day and keep you on your toes. But while some classics date as far back as the 1985 Clue movie or all the Agatha Christie novels now getting new life as films (Murder on the Orient Express or A Haunting in Venice, for example), others, like Knives Out and Glass Onion have revitalized the genre and gave us some of the most captivating shows.
There’s no shortage of content for mystery enthusiasts to enjoy—but here’s 8 of our favorites!
High Seas – Netflix (3 seasons)
Netflix allows audiences to dive into the world of suspense on the high seas with its Spanish mystery series set on a luxury cruise ship in the 1940s. A web of love, deceit, and, of course, a string of murders will keep you on your toes as two sisters investigate all passengers onboard and try to piece the clues—and plot twists—together.
Nancy Drew – The CW (4 seasons)
Who killed Lucy Sable? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as Nancy Drew kicks off its first season with Kennedy McMann taking on the iconic role of the teenage detective. As the seasons continue, she and her Drew Crew become the lifeline to solving crimes in the mystical small town of Horseshoe Bay (much to the dismay of local officials). The intrigue is elevated with supernatural elements and plot points that bring the beloved character into the 21st century.
Only Murders in the Building – Hulu (3 seasons… so far)
What happens when you mix murder with comedy? Thankfully, the series has tapped the right people to find out with Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin making up the brilliant (though not always the brightest) trio of true crime podcast enthusiasts-turned-amateur-sleuths who set out on a suspenseful journey to find the killer. The quirky series has become such a global phenomenon that it’s even been able to nail some rather impressive guest stars, like Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep.
Death and Other Details – Hulu (Premieres Jan. 16, 2024)
The newest addition into the fold is Hulu’s mystery drama that takes place on a lavish Mediterranean ocean liner amongst the glamor of the “global elite” (we’re getting some Knives Out and Death of the Nile vibes, but we’re not complaining) and finds Imogene Scott (played by God Friended Me’s Violent Beane) at the wrong place and the wrong time, becoming the prime suspect in a murder mystery. To prove her innocence, she has to partner with the world’s greatest detective, Rufus Cotesworth (Mandy Patinkin), whom she, by no coincidence at all, despises.
The Traitors – Peacock (1 Season – Second Premiering Jan 12, 2024)
Murder mystery games are a party hit, so naturally, they’re a fit for reality TV. The competition, hosted by Alan Cumming, features 20 contestants, a mix of famous people and everyday Americans, as they work through missions in an ancient castle in Scotland. Amid those “Faithfuls” are “Traitors,” who try to eliminate the good guys for the top prize.
Pretty Little Liars – Freeform (7 Seasons)
If you by some chance missed the pop culture phenomenon that was teen drama Pretty Little Liars (where have you been?)–and you consider yourself a very patient person–then it’s time to give it a whirl. The series follows four best friends whose deepest darkest secrets not only come to light but are used against them by someone calling themselves “A” when investigating the death of their good friend, Alison.
The Outsider – HBO (1 Season)
Based on the chilling best-selling novel by Stephen King, the HBO series finds a detective investigating the gruesome murder of a young boy, with all clues pointing to a family man played by Jason Bateman, all before the case takes a supernatural twist, adding horror and paranormal to your typical murder mystery.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – ABC (3 Seasons)
The Australian drama series infuses the murder mystery genre with glamour and 1920s charm. With a flair for solving crimes and an impeccable sense of fashion, detective Phryne Fisher and her pearl-handled pistol take on murder cases that baffle the police, all while making sure Murdoch Foyle, who she thinks is behind her sister’s disappearance, stays behind bars.
Whether you prefer classics, those with a modern twist, or a dose of comedy with your crime, these shows are sure to keep you guessing until the very end!
WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF
‘A’ is not messing around in the Pretty Little Liars spinoff Original Sin.
If you thought we’d seen the last of ‘A’… think again. The masked stalker is back to torment a new group of little liars on the HBO Max series.
The ten-episode season will debut Thursday, July 28 with three episodes. Two new episodes will follow on August 4 and 11, with the final three episodes debuting on August 18.
A new teaser for the series reveals the tone is going to be much darker than the original ever was, and that’s likely thanks to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) who serves as writer and co-executive producer.
Check out the teaser — complete with a new version of the intro song “Secret.”
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin synopsis: Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in present day, a disparate group of teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin committed by their parents two decades ago…as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged drama PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: ORIGINAL SIN, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of Little Liars.
We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot
Pretty Little Liars, which premiered in 2010 on ABC Family (now Freeform), took fans on a rollercoaster ride. The twists and turns were so dramatic and exaggerated, halfway through the show’s 7 season run, many fans began to taper off.
Dedicated fans, however, stuck it out despite the fact that the show was rapidly going off the rails. Why? Because they desperately needed to know the identity of “A,” and later, “AD,” once and for all.
And the glorious day came on June 27, 2017. As we sat huddled up in front of our TV screens, we were filled with a mix of emotions ranging from confused, misled, and finally, relieved.
“Relief” is a strange emotion to feel when a show ends. Most fans tend to feel a sadness wash over them when the curtain falls, but with PLL, the finale was a sign that the madness was officially over.
The journey with the liars is one we’ll never forget, but let’s face it – most fans are not clamoring for more, especially not a mere three years after the finale. Heck, some of us are still trying to piece that ending together in a way that makes any rational sense.
We’re living in a time where reboots are hailed by TV executives as a sound and sure-fire idea. There’s plenty of examples of success: Dynasty, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Charmed, and Roswell, New Mexico. Even revivals that have honed a place in society with shows like The Conners and Fuller House both leading the pack.
But the one thing that these reboots have in common is that the original shows aired a decade or more ago. The key to a successful reboot is nostalgia; they aim to hook the original fans while also appealing to a brand new generation.
Reboots may either reimagine a familiar story with a modern spin and new characters or reunite fans with characters years later a la catching up with friends years after college.
It’s obvious that PLL does not fall into the category of a show that warrants a reboot. Not yet, at least. There’s no sound argument when one could argue that enough time has passed to try to take a stab at this overly complex teen mystery drama once again.
One of my biggest gripes with the PLL reboot, which was officially announced as an HBO Max original, is that it doesn’t center around the original liars.
I’m firm in my belief that had it not been for the popularity, relatability, and dynamic of Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Belissario, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell, the show wouldn’t have found a cult-like following or lasted as long as it did. The ladies made the show worth watching and managed to sell us on every single outrageous storyline.
Many of us stuck with the series because of our love for the liars. But the reboot, billed as “set miles away from Rosewood” in a new town, with a new set of characters, strips the very identity of PLL.
How can you have a show without any involvement from Aria, Emily, Hannah, Spencer, and Alison? They are the pretty little liars. There is no show without them. No one is interested in watching a new generations of teens get tormented by threatening cyber-stalker who knows too much about their life, which was fun to watch partially because it paralleled the rise of technology and the fears surrounding privacy that came along with the emergence of social media.
Even if the ladies considered (and I use that term loosely — they are over here working on their careers and expanding their families, after all) returning for a reboot, not enough time has passed for a proper reunion.
There’s been talk of a potential movie sequel involving the original liars, and truthfully, that’s an idea fans of the original could get behind. It would be a one-time thing, it wouldn’t overstay its welcome or feel forced, and it would hopefully gives fans the follow-up they’ve been dying for.
Earlier this year, Hale said she wouldn’t “rule anything out” but ultimately, they’d “need a little more time to pass.”
“I feel like we would get more out of it if we were, like, 10 years down the road,” she explained to Entertainment Tonight, adding that she’s protective of the show. Hale worked with Roberto Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa on the short-lived Katy Keene, so I’m truly curious to see what she thinks about this upcoming reboot. Note: none of those involved with the original have weighed in or commented yet.
Honestly, much of the pushback that I’ve seen about this rumored reboot is for that very reason — fans, even the ones who thought the finale came out of left-field and was a total dumpster fire — are also super protective of it. We don’t want anything or anyone to taint the show’s legacy.
We also cannot ignore there’s the fact that PLL’s Marlene King attempted her own reboot of sorts shortly after the series concluded and even centered the storyline around two familiar faces, Alison DiLaurentis (Pieterse) and Mona Vaderwaal (Janel Parish), to drum up support and interest from the core fandom. That didn’t work.
PLL: Perfectionists lasted a whole ten episodes before Freeform pulled the plug leaving any fans that submitted themselves to yet another A-like mystery in the dark. It’s a shame the series wasn’t give a real chance because it had potential if it stayed true to the books and veered away from trying to make it so much like it’s predecessor. In this case, a complete overhaul could’ve worked if done right.
And it’s probably better if I don’t mention Ravesnwood, the second PLL spinoff that centered around Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn), which saw a lot of people seeing dead people in the neighboring town. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the show’s ten-episode run, but it’s yet another example of the franchise trying to reinvent the wheel and failing miserably.
If King couldn’t make these shows work while PLL was at its height, maybe it’s because the audience needed to take a break from the world of A?
Which brings me to my next point… Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa. You may not know the name, but if you love teen dramas, you’re familiar with his work. He’s the brains behind The CW’s successful and oftentimes disturbing teen thriller Riverdale.
One fan on Reddit noted that “PLL walked so Riverdale could run,” and let’s be honest, plenty of fans (and critics) have called the show a hot mess. However, that’s what we’ve come to love about Riverdale; it’s wacky, weird, and only tolerable when you suspend all disbelief.
He’s also proven himself in the reboot-realm with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. CAOS is an entirely different ballgame; it’s a dark twist on the 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that pulls much of its inspiration from the Archie comics. It offers up an entirely new world featuring new takes on some beloved characters. Not to mention Sabrina wrapped its run in 1996 meaning enough time has passed; the world was ready for the Spellman’s once again.
As I mentioned, CAOS is ending with its upcoming season while Aguierre-Sacasa’s other series, Katy Keene, was cancelled after just a season at The CW.
I’m not questioning Aguierre-Sacasa’s qualifications — I’m a fan of his shows — but I don’t think jumping into and revamping a still-fresh franchise is necessary right now.
Apparently, neither does Twitter. One person commented that he should “stick to one show and make that good.” I’d prefer HBO Max gave Katy Keene another try rather than investing into this PLL reboot.
The reboot seems to be hoping to capitalize on the the original fandom (the brief teaser features the same imagery as the original right down to the logo), but the fandom has opposed a reboot from the start. And they’ll be further alienated with the reboot’s description of a “horror-tinged, coming-of-rage” version.
Aguierre-Sacasa’s strength lies within creating shows permeated with twisted mysteries that have a campy, horror vibe, which is tonally different than the psychological mind games we’ve come to expect from PLL.
There’s room for another teen thriller, obviously, but maybe it would be best to leave the franchise alone and call the show, which is shaping up to be its own entity anyway, something else entirely? “Original Sin” minus the “Pretty Little Liars” would have given the series a fresh-slate without any comparisons.
Here’s the show’s description so you can decide for yourself: “Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago. as well as their own.”
I’ll watch merely out of curiosity and because I’ve made television my job, but man, I haven’t even had time to miss PLL yet.
If you really need to feel the PLL-void in your life, the best thing to do is just stream the original episodes, because I think we can all agree that some things are better off left alone… at least until enough time has passed to revisit them through a new lens.
- Chicago P.D6 days ago
Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 Review – Split-Second
- Chicago P.D3 weeks ago
Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 4 Review – Things Get Messy for Torres
- Chicago P.D2 weeks ago
Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5
- Chicago Med2 weeks ago
Is ‘Chicago Med’ New Tonight? What We Know About Season 9 Episode 5
- The Irrational2 weeks ago
The Irrational Review Season 1 Episode 10 – Bombshell
- La Brea2 weeks ago
La Brea Series Finale Review – How Did It All End?
- Chicago Med3 weeks ago
Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4 Review – These are Not the Droids You are Looking For
- Not Dead Yet2 weeks ago
Not Dead Yet Recap Season 2 Episode 2 – Not a Valentine Yet