I don't know if it was because of the extremely successful (yet borderline excessive) promos, the casting of Lucy Hale (American Juniors FTW!), the promise of plenty of teen scandal, or just the fact that summer TV is known for being notoriously "blah" by comparison (so not true, btw), but ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars has been a major hit so far after just 3 episodes. Everyone's talking about it on Twitter, it's been dominating the Tuesday night ratings (maybe that's not saying too much, but still, that's pretty good for ABC Family), and it's quickly rising in the ranks of SideReel's top 10 shows. But despite its impressive public reception, it still has plenty of cynics and skeptics, and if you're one of them, I don't blame you. After all, ABC Family doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to popping out Emmy-worthy shows (ha!), but if you haven't checked it out yet, you may just find that the show is much more awesome than your assumption gives it credit for. Here's why:
It's surprisingly scandalous. Murder, betrayal, blackmail, adultery, mild drug use, almost-rape, girl-on-girl action, teacher-on-student action, MILF action... need I go on? It may air on ABC Family, but this show is not quite suitable for families!
It's not your average teen drama. No, Pretty Little Liars isn't just a bunch of pretty people with petty problems. It's serious. People die, okay? These pretty little liars might actually go to jail at the end of this... but I didn't read the books so I'm not really sure. Either way, despite the rather terrible acting, the mysterious plot is interesting enough to keep me wanting more each week... and that's saying a lot.
The bad moments are so bad, they're awesome. For example, Hefty Hanna's flashback fat suit was so poorly done (it looked like she just shoved some throw pillows into her sweatshirt), it was definitely the funniest moment of the episode. And that shameless plug for the Kin phone was hardly seamless -- if I didn't know any better, I would have thought they were making fun of product placements rather than seriously trying to incorporate it within the context of the scene.
2 words: hot dudes. Actually, some of them are pretty doofy-looking, like Ben the almost-rapist, for example. But hey, Mr. Fitz is pretty hot, and Spencer's sister's ex-fiancee is pretty cute too, but only because he has an accent. And hello -- Bryce Johnson from Popular still totally looks the same since his days on the The WB. What's not to love?
The soundtrack is download-worthy. I have yet to watch an episode in which there weren't 3 or 4 scenes with background tracks I needed on my iPod, pronto! Luckily, the official site has a music guide for each episode, so you don't need to resort to extreme Google stalking to find out which tracks were featured!
You don't have anything better to watch on Tuesday nights. And even if you do, you can just watch it on SideReel. Duh! But really, unless you can't bear to miss an episode of Wipeout on ABC, you might as well tune in. C'mon. You know you're curious!
What do you think of Pretty Little Liars so far? Weigh in below!