“Pretty Little Liars” is a hard show to review. This is because while it’s high in entertainment value, it’s low in actual quality. Therefore, it will be receiving two different letter grades. The star grade is based on it’s amount of enjoyability.
“Pretty Little Liars”‘ premise is rather convoluted: four high school girls are being blackmailed by someone who knows all of their dirty little secrets. The only person who knew these things is their former best friend, Alison, who’s dead body has just been found. The girls play detective, trying to figure out who killed Ali, while also trying to figure out who the elusive ‘A’ is who is sending them text messages, warning them to do whatever they say unless they want their MANY secrets to come out.
The show is very entertaining, as they’re trying to solve the mystery while dealing with all of their secrets and romantic entanglements that go along with a high school drama (supposedly). It ends up being funny, as the girls take things way too seriously and come up with ridiculous plans and suspects who couldn’t possibly be ‘A’ or the killer. There’s normally no suspense, it’s just laughable, which can sometimes be a good thing, as it is in this show.
Some of the acting is okay, but some of it, especially by two of the actors, is very bad. First there’s Shay Mitchell, one of the girls. She has about three facial expressions that she uses on a cycle; first is her worried face, then there’s her happy face, and lastly there’s the happiness-masking-worried face. Lets just say it’s a good thing she’s pretty. Second, there’s Keegan Allen, who’s character Toby is too hard to explain, (also the explanation would ruin some ‘surpises’ throughout the season), who has no inflection whatsoever in his voice.
The writing isn’t good either; some things are confusing and others just plain don’t make any sense. Also, the girls are very stupid. They get themselves into situations that no smart girl would and, as mentioned above, accuse people that couldn’t be ‘A.’
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a show that’s simply entertaining and will give you some laughs, along with mystery, you should buy this dvd (it hits stands today). If you’re looking for a higher quality show, then…don’t. Try “Veronica Mars” (which was a great show) instead.
Letter Grades: Enjoyability: A- Quality: C-
“Pretty Little Liars” season two premieres June 14th on ABC Family. (Channel 199 for Columbia Verizon Fios owners).