Pretty Little Liars is a shocking teen drama which includes mystery, horror, and crime as they relate to real life problems. Loosely based on the novels written by Sara Shepard, this ABC Family show airs on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. CST. The show is based on the main problems of surviving popularity and cliques in high school but, with a twist. Some one knows all the secrets of four popular girls and is using it against them. The show is based in a fictional town in Pennsylvania named Rosewood, a close-knit town where everyone knows each other.
Since its beginning in 2010, the show has mainly been compared to the movie Mean Girls starring Lindsey Lohan, which depicted high school society as a battle between different cliques of friends. With Lindsey portraying an outcast who, as a dare, becomes popular and ignores her real friends.
The main demographic for Pretty Little Liars are girls and women between the ages of 12 and 34. This particular group is made up of the most impressionable ages during which girls are becoming young women, going through puberty and becoming adults. This show seems to be very popular within this age group of women.
The age range of the main characters in this show is late teens into early adulthood. Whereas, they experience real life issues with adolescence and try relating to a world that is shockingly based on looks and popularity. Pretty Little Liars reveals the truth of shocking events relating to real teen experiences throughout their young adult lives.
The four main characters of the show are Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hannah. Growing up together and having such a strong bond as friends during school-aged years, these four girls have many secrets individually as well as between them as a group. The girls are trying to keep their own secrets and each others secrets safe, without betraying one another.
In Season 1, the head of their clique, Alison, is murdered. The girls then go their separate ways and become estranged with each other. They reconnect with each other after receiving notices with the letter “A” written on the front, which makes them suspicious of who else knows their secrets.
The series depicts the girls trying to hide their secrets and disguise the truth by following the rules of “A.” However, in each season a new clue is brought to light regarding the main subject matter of the show. This makes the show more enticing and interesting, leaving viewers wanting to watch more in order to figure out if their own hunches are correct.
Pretty Little Liars is set as a murder mystery for young to middle-aged women who may relate to the shocking issues being portrayed on the show. These women create close friendships which relate to each other throughout their school years and then may drift apart as they grow into their individual adult lives. Unfortunately, the real truth relating to their shocking secrets have brought them back together, to face life as Pretty Little Liars.
By Deborah Narimanidze
Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen
The Atlantic Press: How Pretty Little Liars Redeems the Pop-Culture Mean Girl
Huffington Post: What It’s Like To Watch an Episode of ‘Pretty Little Liars’
TV Guide: Pretty Little Liars TV Show
ABC Family: Pretty Little Liars
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