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Pretty Little Liars- The Lady Killer



“Even the best laid plans go awry.”

I’ve literally been avoiding writing my review of “The Lady Killer” because I just have absolutely no idea where to start. This is mainly because I have no idea what happened. The summer finale of Pretty Little Liars did exactly what it always does; it left fans in suspense with a killer cliffhanger but instead of answering our questions and tying the story line together it left more open plot lines. This means that there is no way any of us could predict what the hell is going to happen next season because really, whatever the writers want they can make it happen. Yeah, yeah Caleb has a gun and he gets shot. I’m sure he lives folks! That doesn’t seem to be the biggest shocker of the episode to me! 

Lets talk about Toby. In the very last scene of the finale we see Toby walking away from Mona. He is one of the hooded figures we like to refer to as the A team. This automatically made everyone trace all his moves and motives from season 1 and I concluded that he would never hurt Spencer like that, especially after he just had sex with her. Sure, she’s sleeping with the enemy, but is he the enemy? Who is he “betraying”??? Could it be that he is just on the A team to protect Spencer and the girls and help them find out who and what the A team is up to? If you recall, a couple of episodes back, he told Spencer he was skipping town and that if she wouldn’t tell him the truth he would find out for himself. Could this be his way of doing that?? Yes, Toby has some motives to have hated Alison and wanted her dead, but this leads me to my next point. Also, consider “the pretty eyes” that A has always been referred to. 

What does the A-team want from the liars? Seems that the glue holding the A-team together is the mutual hate of Alison because she tormented them all and made their lives hell. So, why is this “A” game still happening. The reason why I cannot piece the puzzles together and figure out the next move is because I don’t know what the whole vengeance and revenge has to do with anything anymore? At one point, it seemed that Ali’s killer was also Maya’s killer. We now from the finale that this isn’t the case.

Nate, who wasn’t actually Maya’s cousin, but rather a crazy psycho stalker from True North, was the one that killed Maya. Or is he??? The writers set the episode up to let us believe that. The way he acted, the story he explained to Emily about how much he loved her, the video that he had. But the words “I killed Maya” never came out of his mouth right? And if theres something to know about PLL its that you must pay attention to small details. His actions, his threats and his violence towards Emily (and kidnapping of Paige) make it quite easy for us to figure that he also used that violence to kill Maya. Yet, we don’t really know that. Nate wanted to harm Paige and let Emily know how it feels to have the person you love get taken away. Its same for us to “assume” that he killed Maya because he loved her so much and he wouldn’t let her be with Emily. This lets us believe that the murder of Ali and the murder of Maya are not connected in any way. Thats what they want us to believe at least. All we do know is that Paige has found an alibi, and she looks innocent as hell now. Maybe she is, maybe she isn’t. The death of Nate also means that Garrett is out of jail and off trial. I mean he was only in there because he was suspected of killing Maya right.  Also, that phone call stating “Emily I owe you one,” who did it come from? Did it come from Mona who was so thrilled that they didn’t even have to frame Paige with Maya’s phone to free Garrett, was it from Garrett who was just freed, or was it from Jenna, who clearly wanted Nate dead. He was always very hostile towards Jenna and very persistent on taking her out. Why? Because she saw him with Maya and she knew that he was her killer. He wanted to get rid of Jenna just like he got rid of Maya.

Which leads us to the next step in the mystery. Garrett is free. Why does Garrett still look so damn creepy?? That smile. We all saw it. It isn’t innocent. Just cause he didn’t kill Maya doesn’t mean he didn’t kill Ali. And why in the world does Mona want Garrett free? Could it possibly be because he is also part of the A team?? Honestly, at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if Mrs. Hastings was as well. She is always a pinch too close to protecting Garrett. It is also safe to say that Ren cannot be trusted. The only way that Mona can get out of the institute so easily is with help from the inside. It has never really been explained why Ren is always volunteering at the hospital. Clearly, there has to be another person that is part of the A team that we still are not aware of. After they revealed Toby’s face, it seems really irrelevant to have the very last scene showing a hooded figure calling in for Halloween Bash tickets in that same grungy scary voice still covered up. If we know its Toby, why keep it such a mystery? Because its yet another piece of the puzzle. Could it be Ren? Garrett? Paige? And where was Jenna and Noel. Lets not forget Jenna dated Garrett. Melissa was also very close to Garrett.

Secrets. Secrets is what keeps the world turning. The liars all have individual secrets of their own. Apparently, so do their loved ones. Ezra seems to be the only one that isn’t involved with the A team in some way. Seems to be is the key word here. Although when Maggie just conveniently happened to be in town and decided to visit Ezra, she indicated that her and “Amy” weren’t the only ones with secrets in this room. What could that mean about Ezra? Does Maggie know something about Ezra that could potentially be a threat to Aria? Sure, Aria knows about the kid. Maggie now knows that Aria was snooping and pretending to be Amy but there has to be way more to this storyline than the baby-mama drama. 

Which bring me to the next point in secrets. What secrets do these girls actually have? We see how easy it is for anyone to be a traitor on this show. Emily is always in the middle of all the action. Whenever shit is going down, you can trust that its all going to revolve around Emily and her love stories. Could it be that she is working with the A team. Who shot Caleb in the light house? If you think about it clearly, once he put the gun down, it was much to far for Nate to shoot it. Even if Nate wasn’t completely dead, the amount of force it would take for him to get up, grab the gun, aim and shoot, would not overpower Caleb’s quick moves. And if Nate had shot the gun, it would shoot Emily, who was covering Caleb. He also had more incentive to shoot Emily than to shoot Caleb right? So could it be that Caleb shot himself to cover Emily’s ass. Once the cops get involved he can just explain that there was a hassle with weapons and he shot out of self defense, or did Emily shoot Caleb? Seems far stretched, but you actually never know. Also, Caleb was way to keen on holding on to Maya’s bag and how did he know which lakehouse cabin Emily was staying at??? He arrived there before the girls? Did they arrive to the same one? When they barged in no one was inside of the house that Paige was just tied up at. So where the hell did they go? How is Caleb even one step ahead of the liars? Fishy stuff I tell you.

Now, right after Spencer’s intimate moment with Toby which we all ooo’ed and ahh’ed, he was leaving town again and he said “I know who you are, you don’t have to be sorry.” Has it ever occurred to anyone that Spencer is always very quick to point fingers at everyone. Each new suspect, she thinks is A. Is she so set on finding A because she has something to hide. Could it possibly be that Spencer killed Alison? Or is Spencer part of the A-team. Think back to the last season finale. Mona asked Spencer to join the A-team stating that “your either with us or your against us.” Which clearly means your either with the A-team or dead. You see what I mean by there is really no connection between Mona and Toby and no connection as to why they want the liars dead. We have so many potential candidates, so many mysterious people yet we cannot really figure out whats going on. The possibilities are rather endless. 

This brings me to my final question. This question has been burning in my mind since the very first episode. Is Alison alive? Think back to last seasons finale. Mona reported to a girl in the red coat and stated “I did everything you asked me too.” While, Toby and Mona are part of the A-team, there is definitely a higher power running everything. There’s only three blondes in Rosewood. Ali, Cici, and Hannah which I could see being in that red coat. Hannah was friends with Mona. They both were made fun of. CiCi did come out of nowhere and start running the town. There was also a scene where Jenna met someone in the park and mentioned she was glad to see them in town again, which leaves me wondering who was she talking to? I’m very wishy washy when it comes to Jenna’s character because she has given me reasons to think she’s on the A-team and than taken those reasons away. Also, CiCi cannot deny that she is way too familiar with the Kahn cabin, which is where Maya was staying right. Plus, she was the perfect set up to making us all point the “you’re A” finger at Paige, which is just what Mona wanted to execute her free Garrett plan. 

Although the analyzing is fun, the episodes are way more enjoyable if you just get sucked into them and don’t overthink. Our guilty pleasure is on hiatus until the airing of the Halloween episode October 23. Until than though, the writers and producers are leaving us fans with a very special present. The lies are definitely not about to stop. ABC family presents “Pretty Dirty Secrets”, webisodes that follow some of the characters in Rosewood until the big Halloween Bash and air every Tuesday. Maybe, just maybe, we can piece the puzzle based on those webbies. Check out this weeks, “A ReservAtion”. 

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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve



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! 

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WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF



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.

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We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot



Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

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 PLLthe 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. 

Pretty Little Liars PlAytime

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “PlAytime” – After Noel Kahn’s abrupt death, the Liars try putting their lives back together again in “Playtime,” the first of the final ten episodes of Freeform’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” airing TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00 – 9:02 p.m. EDT). Fans can catch up on where the Liars left off with an all-day marathon of season seven starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT and running up to the one-hour spring premiere at 8:00 p.m. EDT. (Freeform/Eric McCandless)

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.

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