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Troian Bellisario as Spencer Hastings
Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin
Holly Marie Combs as Aria’s Mom, Ella Montgomery
Lucy Hale as Aria Montgomery
Ian Harding as Ezra Fitz
Bianca Lawson as Maya St. Germain
Laura Leighton as Hanna’s mom, Ashley Marin
Chad Lowe as Aria’s Dad, Byron Montgomery
Shay Mitchell as Emily Fields
Sasha Pieterse as Alison DiLaurentis
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Pretty Little Liars is an American mystery teen drama television series created by Marlene King. Based on the popular series of novels written by Sara Shepard, the show premiered on June 8, 2010 on ABC Family. The series follows the lives of Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson) and Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell), four girls whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse). One year later, they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure using the name “–A” who threatens to expose their secrets. At first they think it’s Alison herself, but after she is found dead, the girls realize that someone else knows their secrets, — including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew.
Production (From Wikipedia.com):
Originally developed as a television series by book packaging company Alloy Entertainment, the idea was described as “Desperate Housewives for teens.” Alloy met with author Shepard, and gave her the property to develop into a book series. With Alloy and Warner Horizon interested in producing a Pretty Little Liars television series for years, it was first planned for The WB in 2005 with a different writer until the network shutdown in early 2006. The first novel was published by HarperTeen in October 2006. In June 2008, Alloy noted that it was developing a Pretty Little Liars television pilot for ABC Family, with the novels adapted for television.
ABC Family began casting for a Pretty Little Liars television pilot in October 2009. Lucy Hale was cast as Aria Montgomery in the project, followed by Troian Bellisario and Ian Harding (as Spencer Hastings and Ezra Fitz, respectively) in November 2009. In December 2009 The Futon Critic confirmed the casting of Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin and Shay Mitchell as Emily Fields, as well as the addition of Laura Leighton as Ashley Marin, Alexis Denisof as Byron Montgomery, and Bianca Lawson as Maya. The Hollywood Reporter also noted that Torrey DeVitto and Sasha Pieterse landed recurring roles in the pilot. The Alloy website later confirmed that Pieterse would be playing Alison DiLaurentis and DeVitto would be Melissa Hastings, also mentioning the casting of Janel Parrish as Mona Vanderwaal.
On January 27, 2010, ABC Family picked up the series for 10 episodes, set to premiere in June 2010. In April 2010, the role of Aria’s father Byron was recast with Chad Lowe, and Holly Marie Combs was cast as Aria’s mother Ella.
On January 13, 2011 Tilky Jones was cast playing the role as Logan Reed, another mysterious guy that will appear in the season finale where he apparently knows about Allison. His presence is said to shock, devastate and bewilder the girls.
On April 8 2011 Annabeth Gish was cast for the role of Anne Sullivan, a mysterious therapist who tries to find out the characters’ secrets.
Pretty Little Liars was called one of the most anticipated new shows of summer 2010 thanks to heavy promotion by ABC Family, including “spicy promos and hot posters.” ABC Family encouraged fans to host a “Pretty Little Premiere Party” for the show by sending the first respondents a fan kit, and selected applicants to become part of an interactive “Secret Keeper Game” played with iPhones provided by the network. The show’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts also promoted special fan features, including a “Pretty Little Lie Detector. Los Angeles clothier Kitson showcased the show in their shop window.
A tie-in edition of the 2006 first novel in the Pretty Little Liars series was released on the date of the show’s premiere, as was the final book of the original book series, “Wanted”. Wanted later decidedly became the 8th book of the series, as Shepard later confirmed she would extend the series.
The theme song for Pretty Little Liars is “Secret” by The Pierces, which was suggested by one of the show’s stars, Ashley Benson. The pilot episode made use of music from artists such as The Fray, Ben’s Brother, MoZella, and Colbie Caillat. It as also used music from Selena Gomez.
‘Pretty Little Liars’ has been nominated 5 times!
Teen Choice Awards–
Choice Summer TV Show, Pretty Little Liars – WON!
Choice Summer TV Star: Male, Pretty Little Liars for Ian Harding as Ezra Fitz – WON!
Choice Summer TV Star: Female, Pretty Little Liars for Lucy Hale as Aria Montgomery – WON!
People’s Choice Awards–
Favorite TV Obesession, Pretty Little Liars – NOMINATED! Didn’t win, but it’s ok!
GLAAD Media Awards–
Outstanding Drama Series, Pretty Little Liars – NOMINATED! Didn’t win, but it’s ok!
1.1 – Pilot: Friends Aria Montgomery, Emily Fields, Hanna Marin, and Spencer Hastings grow apart when their clique leader Alison DiLaurentis goes missing. A year later they all begin receiving messages from the mysterious “A”, who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets. Aria has just returned from Iceland after a year with her family and still feels unable to forgive her father who cheated on her mother, who’s still unaware of it; she also discovers that her new English teacher (Ezra Fitz) is the same guy she met and made out with at a bar the day before. Hanna is now the “it” girl of the school and indulge in shoplifting, which made her in trouble and forced her mother to sleep with detective for her release; Spencer has feeling for her sister’s fiancée (Wren Kim); Emily befriends a girl named Maya, who’s just moved into Alison’s house. They soon suspect that Alison is “A”, until her body is finally found. There’s a funeral, at which the quartet is seated together and they all get worried after seeing Jenna, a classmate who was blinded in an incident involving the four girls and Alison (multiple times through the episode, there were references to the “Jenna thing”). They get more worried when a detective approaches them and asks for the revision of their statements about the Alison’s case and the messages still continue.
1.2 – The Jenna Thing: With Jenna’s return to Rosewood and to school, the girls are forced to face an unpleasant incident from their past in which with Alison they played a terrible prank (by setting a fire on a garage) on Jenna’s step-brother Toby which went horribly awry, leaving Jenna blind. They thought this dark secret has been sealed forever but “A” won’t let them forget it. Meanwhile, questions about the night of Alison’s disappearance begin to arise, as the events of that fateful night continue to haunt them. Aria applies for the transference from Ezra’s class but her application has been rejected which makes Ezra feel amused. However they still have feelings for each other which gets proven when they make out in his car. Spencer’s sister breaks up with her fiancée when she catches him kissing Spencer. Hanna’s mom is still reluctantly involved with the detective Wilden, who still doesn’t have faith over the girls description of that night. Maya has moved in with Emily for few days and Emily feels herself attracted to her, which makes her feel guilty because she has a boyfriend (Ben). Aria’s father wants to resolve the issues between them; which actually works out positively.
1.3 – To Kill A Mocking Girl:
The girls try to pay tribute to Alison’s memory, but they are still faced with unresolved issues. Aria has an unpleasant encounter with her father’s former mistress. Spencer faces a vengeful Melissa after her kiss with Wren. Hanna tries to get Sean to forget the ‘old Hanna’. The girls realize that leaving the past behind is much harder than they first thought.
Note:Title reference to To Kill a Mockingbird
1.4 – Can You Hear Me Now?: The girls block e-mails and text messages from all unknown users in an attempt to stop “A,” but their problems are far from over. One girl receives a surprise visit, while another receives a gift from a prospective paramour. And just when things couldn’t get any more complicated, the girls find out that trying to keep “A” away comes with a price.
1.5 – Reality Bites Me: Aria forgets her cell phone in Ezra’s apartment, and after he reads a message from A, he decides to break up with her rather than risk being fired. Hanna has to work in a dentist office to pay for the damage she did to Sean’s car and gets some new information from A about one of her friends. Emily hides her budding friendship with Toby due to the girls’ suspicion about him, hurting his feelings. Spencer’s father tells her to throw a tennis match against a possible client and his daughter, and Ella deals with her husband’s cheating.
1.6 – There’s No Place Like Homecoming: When Emily decides to bring Toby as her homecoming date she soon finds herself in a possibly sticky situation with Toby and Maya, and at the same time, Aria is broken over her hidden relationship with Ezra. Meanwhile, the girls must face a heartbreak, a boyfriend’s virginity and some disturbing information that involves Toby and Jenna’s relationship.
1.7 – The Homecoming Hangover: Aria’s brother, Mike, doesn’t take it very well that his parents are separating, which leads to him fighting in school after his mother decides to not watch his game, as Mike and Aria’s father will be there. Emily decides to try dating Maya. Hanna and Sean make-up, but she’s more interested in Lucas. Spencer and Alex have some fun in the country’s club kitchen. At last, A has still one more creepy message to deliver to the girls, which makes them assume that Toby might be dead. Sara Shepard, writer of the Pretty Little Liars book series, makes a special appearance in the episode as a substitute teacher at Rosewood High School.
1.8 – Please Do Talk About Me When I’m Gone: As new evidences about the day that Alison died comes to the surface, Spencer gets some damaging information from Alison’s brother, Jason. Aria agrees to go out on a double date with Sean’s friend Noel, and the evening takes an interesting road once Aria realizes that Noel is way more than just a pretty face. Emily and Maya’s relationship blossoms when Emily asks Maya on a date. Due to the Marin’s financial problems, Hanna’s credit card gets declined, so she decides to put a lot of her old clothes and handbags up for auction online with the help of new ally Lucas. Meanwhile, the girls begin to prepare themselves for Alison’s memorial day, but once they find out that Jenna will be the one to deliver a speech about Alison, they all get scared. Later that night, a mystery person comes out and destroys Alison’s memorial.
1.9 – The Perfect Storm: A terrible storm comes to Rosewood, and all of the students are trapped in school. Emily reveals a secret after she’s accused of killing Alison. Just as Aria is about to give dating Noel a chance, Ezra returns. Byron leans on Ashley for advice as his relationship with Ella only gets worse. Meanwhile, Spencer discovers something that her mother has been keeping from her. And at the end of the episode, Lucas tries to tell Hanna something. We see his shoes are dirty, suggesting that he was at Alison’s memorial.
1.10 – Keep Your Friends Close: When new evidence leads the FBI to believe that Toby killed Alison, he tries to tell Emily his side of the story yet rats him out. Spencer tries to mend fences with sister Melissa, just as her ex-boyfriend Ian returns. Emily’s dad comes back from his deployment and her mother was sent a picture of Emily and Maya kissing. Aria begins to develop feelings for Noel, which complicates her relationship with Ezra even more, until Ezra admits his feelings for her and they kiss once again with Hanna watching as she kept post to find out who “A” is. Ashley’s financial problems are bringing her to the brink. Meanwhile, the girls go “glamping” for Mona’s birthday in hopes of closing in on “A”, but when “A”‘s identity is revealed to Hanna, “A” runs her over with a car before she gets a chance to tell the others.
1.11 – Moments Later: Hanna is now in the hospital and remembers who A is. She tells the girls it was Noel Kahn because she saw him write ‘I see you’ on the back on Ezra’s car while Aria and Ezra were kissing. But the girls are starting to question if the person who killed Alison and ‘A’ are two different people. Meanwhile, Melissa and Ian elope and Emily tells her parents she is gay. Also Lucas admits his feelings for Hanna, but is both angry and heartbroken when she tells him she only likes him as a friend, telling her that she deserves a better boyfriend that Sean. The girls find out that ‘A’ wrote on Hanna’s leg cast, “Sorry for losing my temper, my bad.”, which could’ve been anyone who entered Hanna’s room while she was asleep.
1.12 – Salt Meets Wound: Hanna mends in a wheelchair upon her release from the hospital, and Mona throws a surprise party for her. At the end of the party, Ashley and Hanna realize someone has stolen the bank loan in the lasagna box. Meanwhile, Aria is struggling to tell Ezra that Noel knows about their relationship; Spencer’s romance with Alex hits a snag and Emily invites Maya to dinner with her family; Surprises haunt the Liars as “A” continues the game. It is also revealed that Lucas destroyed Alison’s memorial and Jenna was the one who told the police where Toby was.
1.13 – Know Your Frenemies: “A” makes Hanna eat cupcakes, making her think about being bulimic again. “A” saves Aria’s and Ezra’s relationship. Emily’s mom finds drugs in Maya’s bag, and brings the bag to Maya’s parents, thus sending her to juvie. Spencer unravels the Ali murder, thinking Ian is the killer. She also finds out that her sister, Melissa, is trying to get pregnant. In the end, a video of Ali and Ian is shown, the camera falls, leaving the watchers hearing someone choking someone. A body is thrown to the ground, Ali’s hand appearing in front of the screen. Her name bracelet brings the girls to think Ian killed Ali.
1.14 – Careful What U Wish 4: As the school gets ready for the dance-a-thon, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer have more on their minds than raising money for the school trip to Washington, D.C. Hanna and her mother are having a financial crisis, but when ‘A’ leaves her an offer that would potentially break Lucas’s heart but get her out of money troubles, will she be able to refuse? Emily can only think of Maya and is desperate to speak to her — so much so that she enlists the help of Caleb, the new bad boy in the school. And as an important piece of property goes missing, Spencer finds being in close quarters with her new brother-in-law, Ian, more difficult than ever. Meanwhile, Aria’s former babysitter, Simone (Alona Tal), comes back to town for a surprise visit. But what should be a happy reunion quickly becomes a nightmare for Aria when Simone sets her sights on Ezra. At the end of the episode, Ella is seen giving a a coat and leather gloves to a ‘mystery person.’ The gloves are the same ones ‘A’ used to send the tape of Alison.
1.15 – If At First You Don’t Succeed, Lie, Lie Again: The girls try to resume a sense of normalcy in their lives, but even the simple tasks of dating and extra-curricular activities meet with strife. Emily must deal with a jealous teammate (Lindsey Shaw) who is threatened by Emily’s return to the pool, as Aria and Ezra plan their first date out in the open. And Hanna is still stuck playing “A’s” game, but the next hurdle might just have complications for another Liar. With “A” pulling the strings and making matters worse, will the girls be able to weather the storm and lie their way out of it, or will they have to face the ugly truths? Meanwhile, Spencer turns to Ali’s brother, Jason, for information about the night they believe Alison died, only to have to face part of her unpleasant past with Ali.
1.16 – Je Suis Une Amie: A crucial swim meet for the Rosewood Sharks is the setting for Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer to experience a lot of turmoil. Emily and Paige go for round two, as they are pitted against each other to compete for the anchor leg of the big race. And Caleb calls in his favor with a guilty Hanna as she tries to deter Aria from asking too many questions about Ella’s ticket to the museum opening. Meanwhile, Spencer takes on the task of tutoring Toby in French to try and get some answers.
1.17 – The New Normal: Aria’s dad has a parent-teacher interview with Ezra. Meanwhile Toby and Spencer start to get closer. And Spencer and the girls realized what the note means. Hanna’s mom gets in trouble when Mrs. Potter’s alleged nephew tries to access Mrs. Potter’s safety deposit.
1.18 – The Badass Seed: The girls are doing a play together; while done rehearsing, they find a trophy with blood on it, making them think its Alison’s blood… but it turns out to be rat’s blood; they all revisit memories about when they crashed a frat party; Aria uses the play to get closer to Mr. Fitz; Hanna and Caleb kiss; the police come after the girls at the end with some questions.
1.19 – A Person of Interest: After a shocking revelation from the police, the spotlight is turned on the four little liars who look to be crying wolf. But with everything pointing to Ian, how could the girls be wrong? Or could this be just another game “A” is playing with them? With the cops now demanding answers from Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer, will the girls come clean about “A,” or are some secrets better left buried? The police take a special interest in Spencer, who accuses Ian of murder. The truth surrounding what happened in Hilton Head is revealed. Meanwhile, secret relationships take a toll on some of the Liars while others blossom. Love is not for the faint of heart. At the end of the episode Toby and Spencer kiss. When she gets home the cops are there, the secret is revealed that her and Ian were hooking up.
1.20 – Someone to Watch Over Me: As the heat is turned up on the suspicions surrounding Spencer, the girls must come to the reality that they aren’t the only ones hiding secrets in Rosewood. Emily and Aria overhear Caleb arguing with someone on the phone about Hanna. They tell Hanna they believe it was a girl, and soon they see Jenna with a pendant Hanna thought Caleb intended for her — and which turns out to be a flash drive. Hanna confronts Caleb, who says he’s been spying for Jenna and she kicks him out of the house for good. Later, Hanna runs into Jenna in the school restroom and slaps her. Jenna cries, and this is the second time we see her face. Aria’s mom finds out Aria is dating someone, and tries to find out whom. Aria’s dad soon joins in the investigation and nearly finds out about Ezra, until Aria’s parents fight over whether they should pry into Aria’s life, reversing their reconciliation. Ian encourages Spencer to run away, and Toby asks her not to. Spencer’s mother tells Spencer that the police have new evidence against her, but that she thinks Spencer is innocent. Emily and Paige reconcile after Paige reconciles herself to being gay.
1.21 – Monsters in the End: Everyone has something to hide – whether it be a secret romance, who they really are and what their true intentions are. For Mr. Fitz, he’s hiding an old romance with a girl he met in college, Jackie Molina, whom he had been engaged to but never married, which makes Aria suspicious and Hanna aids her in creating a fake account and friending her to find out more about her. Paige gets hurt when Emily cancels a date with her to the Founders Festival; Emily is tired of being Paige’s secret. Emily finds a storage key, the one Jenna has been looking for, in a snowglobe Ali gave her after she admitted Emily was the “only person she could be completely honest with”. Caleb comes to the Marins’ home to drop off a letter for Hanna and let Ashley know that he is leaving Rosewood to go to Arizona for good, but when Ashley suggests he deliver the letter to Hanna at the festival in person, Mona has her own way with the letter. Spencer finds out some more information about Ian, Melissa, and Alison at Hilton Head while preparing for the festival; and a meet with Toby at the festival at night goes wrong when someone traps Spencer in a scary funhouse. However, Ian rescues her, but when they start to leave, Spencer runs up to Toby and they lock each other in a loving embrace and kiss, to which Spencer’s family sees this. Garrett confronts Ezra (after seeing Aria leave his place) and sees the props Aria and Ezra used for a couple photo (out of a fit of jealousy about Jackie and Ezra’s old couple photo in Italy.) The girls visit the storage room, where they see Ali’s old lunchbox with a flash drive in it. They realize that someone has been recording a video of and watching Alison, Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna all this time and wonder who could have been spying on them.
1.22 – For Whom the Bell Tolls: Now that Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are in possession of the information that Alison left them, the girls decide that it’s time to finally put an end to “A” and the mystery surrounding their friend. They turn to Jenna, finding out what Alison spoke to her about in the hospital; how she threatened Jenna with the video if she didn’t keep their secret. Hanna is confused when she is told by her mother that Caleb was going to the festival to give her a letter before he left town. Mona tries covering it up but when she is having a mysterious phone call about Hanna’s well-being, Lucas tells her she’s wrong and Hanna deserves to be happy. Spencer buys a prepaid phone to tell Ian that they found the video and to come to the park with $10,000. Aria’s mother has a get together with all of the teachers, but is shocked to see Ezra’s past love show up. Spencer is shunned when she cracks a joke about Melissa’s baby’s christening, but regrets it since the baby is just Ian’s spawn, not Ian. Jenna is shown worrying about the repercussions of the video getting out into society, and it is revealed that she is secretly dating Garret, who consoles her and promises to keep her safe. When Melissa (stood up at the church by Ian) senses something wrong and cannot find her phone, Spencer offers to drive her to the church to find her phone, but they get into a car accident, leaving Melissa’s baby in danger. After Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Garret go to the park to find Ian, a messenger shows up giving them the money instead of Ian. Back at the church searching for Melissa’s phone, Spencer finds Ian instead. He chases her up the stairs and attacks her, revealing that it was Ian who said he pushed Alison knocking her unconscious, even though Spencer knows Alison died of suffocation. Ian pushes Spencer but she latchs onto his leg, screaming for help. A hooded figure comes up to them, and Ian questions why he/she is there. The figure pushes Ian, making him plummet to his death. When the police show up to get the body, they think the girls are lying because Ian is no where to be found. But without certain proof, they cannot justify that he was actually there attempting to murder Spencer. As the girls walk out of the church, still shaken about the near death experience, they receive a text from A stating, “It’s not over until I say it is. Sleep tight while you still can bitches. -A.”
SEASON 2, coming in June!