Lisa Packard


Dependable, Young Adult, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Holly Marie Combs, Warner Horizon Television, Mystery, Murder, Friendship, Manipulation, TV-14

Document Type

TV Show Review


One year ago, Alison DiLaurentis went missing after spending the night with her four best friends—Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily. After Alison’s disappearance, the other four girls lost touch. But now they are all back in town once more and each is receiving strange messages about extremely personal information from an unknown number that signs each message with “A.” The messages not only contain personal information and secrets but also come off as threatening and sinister; “A” is determined to torture each of the four friends by threatening to expose them for the mistakes they’ve made and the secrets they’ve kept. On top of all this being dug up from the past, the present is rife with problems as well. Spencer is falling for her sister’s fiancé, Aria found a cute guy when she got back in town only to discover it’s her new English teacher, Emily is struggling with her homosexual feelings and seems to suffer the most from losing Alison, and Hanna is crying out for attention from her absent father by shoplifting. Tension and drama run high in this first episode and questions abound: is Alison really dead? Who is “A”? What did the girls do in the past?