Pretty Little Liars: Season 1 (2010 - 2011)

Season 1
Pretty Little Liars

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Murder...mystery...and make-up! These troubled but well-dressed teenagers take us on a compelling, guilty-pleasure cruise through the first season of Pretty Little Liars.



Critic Ratings: 13


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Air date: Jun 8, 2010

When their best friend mysteriously vanishes, four girls believe their secrets are safe forever. But when they begin to receive threatening messages, the truth may be only one text away. Set one year after the disappearance of Alison (series star SASHA PIETERSE), the manipulative and vindictive queen bee of their group, the series revolves around four 16-year-old girlfriends Aria (series star LUCY HALE), Spencer (series star TROIAN BELLISARIO), Hanna (series star ASHLEY BENSON), and Emily (series star SHAY MITCHELL) who have lost touch with one another until each begins to receive mysterious messages from "A," suggesting that Alison is watching them. Linked by their former bond and the panic and confusion the enigmatic messages cause, the friends are suddenly reunited, though each girl has her own secrets secrets she wants no one else to know.

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Air date: Jun 15, 2010

The circumstances surrounding Alison's disappearance continue to haunt Aria, Emily, Spencer and Hanna as questions arise about the night she went missing. To complicate matters, the return of Jenna Cavanaugh (recurring guest star TAMMIN SURSOK Home and Away, The Young and the Restless) to Rosewood makes the girls face an unpleasant past and an incident that sealed their friendship forever. Can the girls face what has taken place in their past, especially since "A" won't let them forget? Meanwhile temptation is everywhere as Aria tries her hardest to stay away from Ezra and Spencer won't shy away from her sister's fiancé, Wren (recurring guest star JULIAN MORRIS 24, ER).

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Air date: Jun 22, 2010

"The past will come back to haunt you" this saying has never been more true than for Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily. As the girls try to pay tribute to Alison's memory, the four friends are faced with unresolved issues. Aria has an unsettling encounter with Byron's old mistress, Meredith (recurring guest star AMBER BORYCKI The Big Bang Theory, Harper's Island). Emily is forced to see Toby Cavanaugh (recurring guest star KEEGAN ALLEN) in a new light. Spencer is reeling in the wake of someone with a vengeance and Hanna is desperate to have her boyfriend forget the "old" Hanna. With "A" taunting them every step of the way, can the girls forge ahead and leave the past behind? Meanwhile, Detective Wilden (recurring guest star BRYCE JOHNSON Popular) uses his new connection to Hanna and Ashley to his benefit. But will he get the answers he's looking for by making himself at home in the Marin household?

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Air date: Jun 29, 2010

Tired of being harassed by "A," the girls decide to put a stop to the anonymous emails and text messages by blocking all unknown users. But just because the mysterious ghost isn't looming over their heads, the girls' problems are far from over. With a surprise visit by a father, a surprise gift from a prospective paramour, getting some unwanted advice and an unwanted scholarly accolade the girls' lives continue to get more complicated by the day. Do the four girls really think they can keep "A" away forever?

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Air date: Jul 6, 2010

Trying to ignore "A" backfired for the girls and now they must pay the penalty. Whether it is a family in crisis, parental praise for an undeserved honor looming over their head or wearing totally unfashionable scrubs while working off a debt the girls must deal with it all. And on top of that the lipstick message from "A" is still haunting them. Meanwhile, the girls must also deal with typical teenage drama the boy kind. A new guy arrives and pushes the status quo, a secret love is tested, a new romance blooms and an old romance floats in the grey area.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2010

The Homecoming decorating committee is knee-deep in balloons and girls are jockeying for position to be the queen, while four friends from Rosewood just try to stay afloat. One girl makes a shocking choice for a homecoming that puts her in a possibly sticky situation. Will the girls be able to protect one of their own or will the evening turn out to be a night they can never forget?

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Air date: Jul 20, 2010

In the aftermath of the disastrous homecoming dance, the girls try to sort out the devastation that is left behind. Parents, boyfriends (secret ones, possible ones and current ones), siblings and friends are all in flux, and if the little liars don't act fast, the situation could go from bad to worse. To top it off, the girls are sitting on some killer information about Toby (recurring guest star KEEGAN ALLEN) that some people would die to get their hands on. Meanwhile, "A" isn't the only one sending Aria text messages, as tensions rise in the Montgomery household. Best-selling author SARA SHEPARD (Pretty Little Liars) makes a cameo appearance as a substitute teacher at Rosewood High School.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2010

After much planning, the day of Alison's memorial is around the corner and the girls are ready to say their good-byes. But when Alison's brother, Jason DiLaurentis (guest star PARKER BAGLEY A Nightmare on Elm Street [2010]), arrives, Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily quickly learn that saying good-bye is at the bottom of his list. As Jason takes over, and Detective Wilden (recurring guest star BRYCE JOHNSON) returns, will the girls be able to celebrate Alison's life in the peaceful and positive way they were hoping for? Meanwhile, Hanna is forced to deal with a situation at home that could really cramp her "It girl" status.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2010

A day of SAT testing is put on hold when a violent storm hits Rosewood. But instead of being able to enjoying the postponement of academics, the girls are stuck inside the school dealing with the drama that follows them everywhere. Each girl finds herself in the middle of a tense situation and whether it's between friends, potential love interests, a boyfriend and a parent, or between the past and the present, at the end of the day, the girls will think the taking a standardized test would have been a piece of cake compared to what they went through. Meanwhile, Byron leans on Ashley for advice on parenting as his relationship with Ella takes a turn for the worse.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2010

The discovery of a new piece of evidence about Alison's disappearance brings the FBI to town, and the last thing the girls want to do is go "glamping" (glam-style camping) for a birthday party. But when they get a text that insinuates that "A" will be at the party, Spencer gets the idea that it may be their chance to finally put an end to the threats. Once at the camp party, however, not even the mani/pedi station can lift the girls' spirits when the evening takes a dangerous turn. Meanwhile, the Marin financial situation is pushing Ashley to the brink.

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Set one year after the disappearance of Alison, the manipulative queen bee, the one-hour drama revolves around four 16-year-old girlfriends Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily.

Cast & Crew

Lucy Hale
Aria Montgomery
Ashley Benson
Hanna Marin
Troian Bellisario
Spencer Hastings
Shay Mitchell
Emily Fields
Ian Harding
Ezra Fitz
Laura Leighton
Ashley Marin
Holly Marie Combs
Ella Montgomery
Bianca Lawson
Maya St. Germain
Chad Lowe
Byron Montgomery
Sasha Pieterse
Alison DiLaurentis
Janel Parrish
Mona Vanderwaal
Tyler Blackburn
Caleb Rivers
Brendan Robinson
Lucas Gottesman
Keegan Allen
Toby Cavanaugh
Bob Levy
Executive Producer
Leslie Morganstein
Executive Producer
I. Marlene King
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Pretty Little Liars Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

Be warned: Anyone who dismisses this drama as a silly teen diversion will miss out on another seamless rush of thrills from one of TV's most intriguing young casts.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Tressed for success, the actresses are at times upstaged by their own coiffure, and the characters themselves seem aware of the show's aesthetic values, at least fleetingly.

Jul 1, 2010 | Full Review…

The mystery makes Pretty Little Liars more entertaining than the tedium of Gossip Girls, and many parents might actually enjoy watching along with their young adults, who can explain why this sort of thing is so alluring to them.

Jun 8, 2010 | Full Review…

Pretty Little Liars, a new ABC Family series built around four teenage friends and an ominous hint of supernatural forces that mean no good, makes most popular vampire romances look anemic.

Jun 7, 2010 | Full Review…

The show is kind of like Taylor Momsen: The outside is all faux-danger and rebellious sadgirl drama, all covering up an interior that is mostly just a pretty teenage girl with a small but genuine amount of talent and woefully absent parental figures.

Mar 21, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Truth be told, a pretty good chance at survival, despite subpar acting and obvious story twists.

Jun 7, 2010 | Full Review…

Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows that manages to mildly, and perhaps unintentionally, spoof its genre while fully participating in it, and that's not a bad thing at all.

Jun 8, 2010 | Full Review…

The existence of an invisible, BlackBerry-obsessed social observer copies shamelessly from the conceit of Gossip Girl. But at this point, any series about teenagers that imagines a world without vampires feels like remarkable cultural progress.

Jun 7, 2010 | Full Review…

It looks like I've found my guilty pleasure for the summer.

Mar 21, 2018 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

True, the girls don't always model great behavior and certainly don't incur the repercussions they might for their actions in the real world, but in their defense, they're motivated by a sense of self-preservation and a quest for the truth.

Mar 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The mystery element of this show might intrigue but viewers need to care about the characters first, and there's not much in the first hour to suggest that will happen. So far, Pretty Little Liars is a silly little show.

Jun 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Pretty Little Liars is entitled to its version. If only it could have resisted some of the other cliches.

Jun 8, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pretty Little Liars: Season 1

  • May 07, 2021
    Just got done watching the first season. I liked the whole idea and plot. They have a lot of potential, but the acting has to get better also have to have better script writing to many pointless scenes. The cinematography was not the best. I am referencing the camera angles and lighting.
  • Feb 06, 2021
    One of my friends kept recommending this series to me and I finally decided to watch it and let me tell you, I do not regret it. I finished season 1 a couple days ago and decided to review it on here. I do wish they didn't make out so much because a couple times I skipped it because it usually took up a good minute but other than that the content was great. I do wish the episodes were a bit shorter and I do wish that there weren't as many seasons because now I have 6 more left but this season was really good and I can't wait to review season 2
  • Nov 16, 2020
    I literally cannot stand this show LOL. It is extremely cheesy, predictable, and poorly written. There is no part of this show that is realistic and/or profound. It tells me nothing of society, does not make me laugh, and is not even entertaining to me. It felt like a waste of time and money to watch and make. I do not understand those who watch this show and wish I had the lack of expectations in order for something like this to be entertaining to me. Damn sorry but it is really bad dude.
  • Jul 16, 2020
    Much better alternative to gossip girl! Yes, the actors are kind of terrible at the beginning but once the story keeps going, it's so hard to stop watching. Even though it's more aimed towards teens, I'm sure adults would also be able to watch too and enjoy it nonetheless. Very fun and easy to watch! Also, great plot twist!
  • May 28, 2020
    great first season has good suspense and makes you keep watching who is A?
  • Dec 14, 2019
    Although the First Season might be boring sometimes, it is generally a great introduction to the whole TV series.
  • Jul 12, 2019
    i actually liked this. i wasn't very sure if i wanted to watch this, but it is actually good. this is the whole pack of what a teen drama should look like: funny, intriguing and shady.
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Dang this was one of the cringiest, shallowest, most pointless shows I have ever tried to watch. Tried being the key word, couldn't finish it.....
  • Jul 02, 2018
    I liked the series. The characters work and believe it is not so bad.
  • Apr 08, 2018

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