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Teen high school drama, do we need it?…..

What ABC Family Says:

“Pretty Little Liars” follows four estranged best friends who are reunited one year after their best friend and queen bee of the group, Alison, goes missing – only to discover they’re receiving messages from an anonymous “A” who knows all their secrets. The drama stars Lucy Hale (“Privileged”) as Aria, Troian Bellisario (“Navy NCIS”) as Spencer, Ashley Benson (“Eastwick”) as Hanna, Shay Mitchell as Emily and Sasha Pieterse (“Heroes”) as Alison. Also starring are Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”), Bianca Lawson (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Ian Harding (“NCIS: Los Angeles”).

What’s Good:

Going into watching a new teen high school drama from the network that brought us Secret Life of the American Teenager, I was not expecting much at all, but leaving it, I was pleasantly surprised. Pretty Little Liars is a well-made, well-acted, and well thought-out teen mystery. It plays nicely on-screen and uses pretty people, pretty well, and the mystery is nothing to be frowned upon. Based on the best-selling novels, Liars uses high school teens in a very adult way, playing them as mature, responsible people. Lucy Hale is wonderful as Aria and her parents are fun played by Holly Marie Combs (Charmed) and Chad Lowe (24) as well as Laura Leighton as Hanna’s mom.

What’s Not:

Some of the woman are not the most compelling in the story and I hope that they come to embrace the dark nature of the story and the writing. Speaking of the writing it could be sharper and not to mention more fun as while I like the dark tones I needed just a little more high-school edge to keep it interesting because as it stands it just an interesting teen drama with hot people.

Pretty Little Liars premieres tonight at 8/7c on ABC Family and I will be tuning in for the foreseeable future to see how it all plays out.

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