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Pretty Little Liars- Who’s in the box? (4×14)



“Why does everything always lead back to Radley? Cause Radley is where everyone goes to leave their secrets.”


The winter premiere of PLL was the most tweeted about season premiere in TV history!! Did ya’ll hear that? WE made history!! According to, “Tuesday’s debut generated more than 1.3 million tweets by nearly 700,000 contributors, peaking at a rate of 30,000 tweets per minute.” All that excitement and we didn’t even get to the best part.

Alison is alive. It doesn’t matter how many times I say it, I can’t believe it. And it seems like neither can any of the girls. Nor do they want to. The fact that Alison isn’t dead really changes up the game and poses a lot of questions. We have to be open to the fact that Alison could have been A this whole time. This could just be one of the games she is playing on the girls. Or she could really be in trouble, which means the girls are in deep as well. For Emily, the fact that Ali is alive brings back memories of how cruel she was, or should I say soulless. Emily spends much of the episode recalling the time that Ali allowed her to kiss her. She didn’t do it out of love, but out of the need to control. This leaves Em’s thinking it would have been better off with Ali just gone. She snaps at Paige a little too.

gvljkkkWe still don’t have the answers! After all of this time. We think Ezra is A, but is he? Since the huge finale reveal, the writers and producers have been playing Ezra up to be quite evil, something that isn’t too common when we see Ezra on screen. Has anyone else noticed it? Whenever he’s on he looks around nervously and when he sees the girls he looks over suspiciously and the music gets dark and moody? So now I don’t know if I should really believe it. All I do know is that Marlene King is dropping signs like there’s no tomorrow. His lecture on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde can be his interpretation of himself, and it seems like Mona’s onto Mr. Fitz. But than something strange happened! After Mona confronted Ezra, he actually threatened her and Mona was terrified. Yes, Mona!!! So does that mean we have something to worry about?


Ezra’s also been making an attempt to get back into Aria’s life. She’s seeing Jake, but since he’s away Ezra’s got some wiggly room. After Aria see’s how happy Hannah is when Caleb returns, she turns to Ezra and he whisks her away to some cabin in the woods with no WiFi or cell service. Creepy, for sure. He also gives her a key to this secret cabin, which he confesses belongs to a friend whose out of the country. Sure… Or its A’s other secret lair. He than begins to tell her how much he wants her back and wishes he could turn back time and the rest is history. We can’t blame Aria for falling again for the man she loved, but how could Ezra lead her on like this? After they do the deed, Ezra is freakishly watching her from the other room and looks down at the floor, where the rug is uncovering a not-so-secret passage way down. At the end of the episode, we see A walk into the house and go straight for that floor door. When he opens it, we see nothing but blackness. There’s a couple of theories here. Many people suspect that Aria is A. This theory could be totally possible. Firstly, she has the key to the secret apartment. Secondly, she was looking out the window when Ezra was looking at the secret door. Maybe she saw him doing it and came back to check what it was? The obvious guess is that “A” who came at the end, was really just Ezra. I’m still holding out that he wouldn’t hurt Aria like that. The spoilers did say that she would be in danger though and so would Spencer, whose catching onto Ezra. Maybe Spence has a talk with Mona and than puts the pieces of Ezra’s hurt hand the night of Halloween together? Also, the only two people not in the room when A sent out the mission of who will find Ali first to the other girls are Ezra and Aria. Maybe they really are working two-for-two!


Meanwhile, Hannah’s on a bond girl streak as she thinks of plans to figure out who the hell is in Ali’s coffin and who was identified as Ali. The only way to find this out is to obviously look back at the date of her ‘death’ and see who else disappeared around the same time. After some extensive research and googling, she stumbles upon a site of another girl, close to Rosewood that went missing the same date. After meeting her friends, who oddly looked a lot like Ems and Hannah, the girls established that it could not have been their friend who was stolen and buried instead of Ali. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sara might of not been buried instead of Ali, but maybe she was the one in the coffin? Who’s in the box still remains a mystery, but I don’t think Marlene King would introduce this new core group of girls if she didn’t have a bigger plan. Especially since one of the girls, Clare, confessed to Emily about just how much she wanted Sarah gone. Wait, did Em’s just get mixed up in a might have murder? And do we really think that the fact that Sarah’s manipulative and Ali-like personality is just a coincidence? I think not!!!

uiCaleb and Hannah also made a lot of headway on the relationship front. We finally saw the long awaited breakup scene, as Caleb made a return from Ravenswood to finalize things with Hannah as he fears for her safety. As we know, things are getting a bit wild in Ravenswood. I was pretty upset by how vague Caleb was to Hannah. I mean, of all people Hannah would believe the supernatural things Caleb was telling her. She’s being psycho-stalked by someone named A, while her supposed dead best friend is really alive. Weirder things have happened than some curse. The way things ended between the two left Hannah thinking Caleb was leaving her because of his feelings for Miranda. She had no clue Miranda was actually dead. But I mean, there is something going on between Caleb and ghost Miranda, so maybe its a good thing Caleb didn’t admit that. I applaud Hannah for being the bigger person in this situation and handling their ‘breakup/goodbye’ in such a civil and gracious manner.


Spencer has been kind off of the Ali trail this week as she’s dealing with Toby and his newly acquired evidence about his mother not actually committing suicide in Radley.  As much as I love Toby and want him to get answers about mommy dearest, I really hope this connection helps the girls with the Ali/A debacle.  Radley is owned by a huge corporation called Decladine and a scandal like this could really cause problems for their image. Spencer and Toby track down the mayor of the healthcare company and Spencer uses her lawyer skills to draft up a letter that makes Radley recant their statement about Toby’s mom with the truth. When her dad gets wind of this, he realizes that theres an opportunity to actually shut down Radley. Something he’s been doing for quite some time. But why? What’s in Radley that he want’s to keep hidden so badly? Leave it up to the Hastings to be competitive.. even about this. But this could mean that many more secrets can come out. About Ali. And Mona. And how Wilden was paid off for many lies. And maybe, maybe we’ll just find out why!


Things are really shaping up in Rosewood. As we inch closer to A’s identity, we also get further from the truth. Could Ali really be A? Is Ezra A? Will he hurt Aria? Is Spencer onto him? Where does Radley’s existence safe? Is Mona safe from Mr. Fitz? Why is Ali’s mom such a creep and why is she hiring Hannah’s mom? Does she know Ali is alive? Where’s Jason? Gah!!!

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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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