I had tried to watch Pretty Little Liars before, and I’d given up in the first episode because it just seemed a bit… silly?
Well, it is, and it only gets increasingly far-fetched the further into it you get. However, if you’re off your face on a bunch of medication and desperate for something a bit brainless to watch, it can be a lot of fun.
The premise: four friends have their world turned upside-down when queen bee Alison goes missing. Everyone assumes she’s dead, but when the girls start to receive strange messages signed by the mysterious ‘A’, they begin to wonder. A seems to know things about them that no one other than Alison could possibly know; but she couldn’t be alive… could she?
It’s your classic web of lies and intrigue story, stretched to the absolute limit. By the final season you may well be asking yourself why you’re watching it at all, considering how far-fetched it all gets, and yet it is so watchable.
The four main characters – Spencer, Hanna, Emily and Aria – are relatable, if a little obviously teen-fiction tropey. Despite being ridiculous in places, the show does explore the dynamics of friendship, especially the intense style of friendship teenagers tend to have, with everyone’s lives intermingling with each other’s, and causing a huge mess.
The final episode was a bit of a let-down, but by then I was so invested in the show that I didn’t really care. I’ll definitely be looking out for these actors in other things; Troian Bellisario (Spencer) and Shay Mitchell (Emily) were particularly excellent, but maybe that’s because I related most to their characters.
So if you’re looking for some mindless fun that’ll keep you going for ages, with seven seasons to get stuck into, this might do the trick.