Pretty Little Liars: Season 3 (2012 - 2013)


Season 3
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Air date: Jun 5, 2012

In the season three premiere, a summer has passed since Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer found out about Mona (series star JANEL PARRISH) being A and the death of Maya (recurring guest star Bianca Lawson). With the terror seemingly over and an alleged murderer now behind bars, the town of Rosewood is slowly healing from old and new wounds. Each of the four girls spent their summer in different ways with Aria taking a photography class, Spencer taking college courses at Hollis, Hanna taking cooking classes with her boyfriend, Caleb (series star TYLER BLACKBURN), and Emily building houses in Haiti. But what looks normal for each girl is not necessarily so, as all four are hardly over what happened. With post-traumatic stress, anger and the acquisition of more secrets, the four girls are anything but fine. Now back together and coming upon the second anniversary of Alison's disappearance, the girls find themselves back on the defensive when a shocking event rocks Rosewood.

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Air date: Jun 12, 2012

Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are on edge with the arrival of a new message from A. This new player is determined to show the girls that he/she means business. After getting a gruesome reminder that A is still calling the shots, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer try to quickly devise a plan on how to deal with this threat and the usual A game that has now been taken up a notch. Spencer and Hanna continue to play with fire as they look for answers, while one of Aria's past indiscretions becomes fodder for A's game. Meanwhile, a still-very-shaky Emily tries to focus on school, but could easily be derailed when she remembers a crucial piece from that night.

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Air date: Jun 19, 2012

With Spencer's mom, Veronica Hastings (recurring guest star LESLEY FERA), now taking Garrett (recurring guest star YANI GELLMAN) on as a client, Spencer is sure that there is a reason forcing her mother to take on the case. But when she starts questioning, she doesn't so much learn why her mother took the case as she stumbles upon a larger Hastings secret. Emily also gets some surprising news about her English exam and fears what those consequences could hold. Meanwhile, Aria agrees to be Jenna's (recurring guest star TAMMIN SURSOK) accompanist in order to keep tabs on her, and Hanna tries to reach out to Lucas (recurring guest star BRENDAN ROBINSON).

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Air date: Jun 26, 2012

Some secrets the girls are holding onto should be shared, while others are best kept hidden no matter what the cost. The truth can sometimes hurt and the girls must take that into account when deciding to reveal secrets. Visiting Mona is driving a wedge between Hanna and Caleb. But would it be so bad if Hanna told Caleb that her visits were because she needed to see Mona to get information about this new A? Aria, on the other hand, is dreading telling her mom, Ella, that her dad, Byron, is back in the dating scene and dating Meredith (recurring guest star AMANDA SCHULL One Tree Hill, Sorority Wars, Center Stage). But wouldn't it be better if Ella found out from Aria than hearing it someplace else? And Spencer needs to know the truth about Melissa (recurring guest star TORREY DeVITTO The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill), even if the truth hurts. Meanwhile, Emily finds some solace after meeting Maya's cousin, Nathan (recurring guest star STERLING SULIEMAN The Vampire Diaries).

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Air date: Jul 10, 2012

Jenna's (recurring guest star TAMMIN SURSOK) extravagant birthday party seems to be too good to be true and Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer think something else might be up especially when it turns out that Garrett (recurring guest star YANI GELLMAN) is getting a pass out of jail to visit his ailing mother on the same night. The timing can't just be a coincidence, and the girls are convinced it all has to do something with A. With Emily getting an insiders' view working the party, Aria working the crowd as a party-goer and Spencer staked out at the hospital, what could go wrong? The answer is easy: everything. Meanwhile, Hanna's wallowing through heartbreak leads her to a shocking discovery.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2012

After getting a major clue from Garrett (recurring guest star YANI GELLMAN), Hanna and Spencer set out on their separate missions. Hanna sees a perfect opportunity to catch A or to at least see who is helping Garrett out. But her perfect plan starts to quickly unravel, leaving Hanna frustrated and desperate. Spencer tries to figure out the meaning of the clue and enlists Jason's (recurring guest star DREW VAN ACKER) help in the search. Meanwhile, Emily gets another flashback from that night which leads her to a surprising suspect and Aria starts to question Ezra's sudden influx of cash.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2012

With new key evidence in Alison's murder case, Hanna fears that A may be framing her after a visit from Detective Wilden (recurring guest star BRYCE JOHNSON). With paranoia setting in, Aria decides that she has to turn to Mona for answers if she is going to help Hanna. But is Aria ready to face her former tormentor and, more to the point, is Mona ready to give Aria the answers the girls are desperately looking for? Meanwhile, someone from Alison and Jason's (recurring guest star DREW VAN ACKER) past arrives in Rosewood and piques the girls' interest.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2012

Emily is struggling to deal not only with the loss of Maya (guest star BIANCA LAWSON), but the knowledge that someone drugged her that night and how it has now affected Paige (recurring guest star LINDSEY SHAW). Going to make amends with Paige and try to explain the drugged flask ends up leading Emily to more insight of what she did that night. Also, in trying to help Emily out, Spencer turns to Caleb to help crack into a website that might hold answers for them all. Meanwhile, Aria realizes she knows very little about Ezra after meeting his mother and Hanna makes a plea on Mona's behalf.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2012

Spencer and Aria find themselves at Noel (recurring guest star BRANT DAUGHERTY) and Eric (guest star ROBBIE AMELL Revenge) Kahn's party in hopes of saving Spencer's college career. What originally was going to be a quick stop by the party to ask a favor of CeCe's (guest star VANESSA RAY Damages) friend turns into an opportunity for Aria and Spencer to get some answers from Jenna (recurring guest star TAMMIN SURSOK) with a heated game of Truth. But will Aria and Spencer be willing to give up some of their truths to get the answers they are looking for? Meanwhile, Hanna gets another text from A about Caleb.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2012

After learning that Noel (recurring guest star BRANT DAUGHERTY) and his family's cabin had something to do with that night, and possibly the disappearance of Maya (recurring guest star BIANCA LAWSON), the girls work to try and put the pieces together. Hanna and Emily head out to the Kahn family cabin looking for clues linking Maya to the site, while Spencer does some snooping of her own on Noel. Could Noel have had a hand in this after all, or are he and Jenna (recurring guest star TAMMIN SURSOK) just bluffing to send Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer down the wrong path? Meanwhile, Aria must deal with the aftermath of meeting Ezra's mom and the information about Ezra's past.

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The thrilling one-hour drama Pretty Little Liars continues for a third suspenseful season, with Tyler Blackburn and Janel Parrish joining the ensemble as series regulars.

Critic Reviews for Pretty Little Liars Season 3

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Despite its innocuous and frankly hilarious title, Pretty Little Liars has proved that it's a force to be reckoned with.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

For a première, though, this felt a lot like filler. The liars have been turned left, then right, then left again so many times that it's hard to determine exactly what they are even after anymore.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Pretty Little Liars' third season went out with a (literal) fiery bang Tuesday.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

All these reveals started happening and I got this strange yet familiar feeling, this satisfaction mixed with frustration.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Pretty Little Liars has finally moved from mysteriously complex to downright improbable.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Our favorite little liars have finally returned to Rosewood and, damn, do they know how to make an entrance! The season three premiere of Pretty Little Liars wasted no time dropping this foursome into a pile of trouble.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pretty Little Liars: Season 3

  • May 18, 2019
    One of the best seasons of this show. Dark, mysterious, and interesting.
  • Jul 02, 2018
    Need to focus on the worst character in the series for at least the first 5 episodes? Emily may even have convinced the first season as the young lesbian inside the closet, but after that play all that blah-blah-blah-babe already tired. Clearly the worst season ever. Obs: I loved the episode in which Spencer discovers that Toby is in the time -A.
  • Apr 19, 2018
    Pretty little liars was one of the best TV shows. I freaking love that show I was so hurt that it ended. It was so scary you never knew what was going to happen next best thing every. I like how the four girls stuck together and didn’t tell on each other. Keep the secret they was some good liars to, but I guess that’s says it in the name. of the tv show Emily fields was my favorite character she was so down to earth an humble an when A killed her girlfriend that made me so mad because she was so hurt and that was the first girl she was herself with an A also killed Emily’s dad most heartbreaking episode every Martha Stewart really did her thing on that tv show no to show like it I’m grateful to have been on the pll train an watch it A did some terrible things to them girls but no matter what they stayed strong through it all took what every came there way no matter what pretty littler liars is a to show that I can watch over and over again they also was some good actors I really enjoyed the show.
  • Dec 13, 2017
    This show was awesome. I loved watching every minute of it. I really like the characters - how they dress, how they interact, and the different personalities (how they react differently in different situations).
  • Nov 27, 2017
    Only gets better with every season. I love the main characters, positive female role models, and interesting story lines! Love it!
  • Jan 29, 2016
    A Great show! Defiantly lives up to the first two seasons!
  • Jun 19, 2015
    Just as thrilling as the first two seasons though by now it's clear that the real identity of 'A' is nowhere close to being revealed.
  • Jul 05, 2014
    My least favorite season, it had a lot of pointless episodes
  • Jun 07, 2014
    this season gives you some answers
  • Jun 01, 2014
    I'm gonna be completely honest and say that this season was very middling it felt a bit unfocused and didn't find its head in the right spot the beginning was off to a very good start don't get me wrong, they jumped right back into the suspense after the shocking Season 2 finale but as it went on I didn't care in the slightest what was going on I kept thinking to myself, guys can we please direct our attention back to A and what the girls have to face next in order to save themselves please?! then somewhere in the middle the creators found their way back and I'm glad they did because I was droning out of it fast it didn't feel as assured as it normally did for some reason and I wasn't being pulled in as much as I wanted to be at that point sadly though the same thing happened again near the end only they took a slight detour which really distracted from everything else that was going on I just wanted it to wrap up as quickly as possible there's a semblance of new characters joining the ranks, A is getting deeper and closer to the girls more than ever before, and even newer emotional complications begin to threaten everything they care about more clues and mysteries are being presented as to what A's next move is and what the actual story is behind Alison's murder there were some things I liked and some things I really did not like this time around I thought the first two seasons were better at giving me jolts, shocks, surprises, clever twists, smart writing, and engaging plot threads not a single person can be trusted in Rosewood which makes me ponder who A really is this season should have been better and I really hope that Season 4 can make up for the jumbled mix of results luckily this show hasn't lost me yet because it still retains interesting characters and an always-engaging mystery surrounding 1 person who's case has still yet to be solved can anyone be trusted? is no secret safe? how far are these girls willing to go to find the truth? will the unthinkable happen? how much more of the A-team is there? more questions and answers lie head for Aria, Spencer, Hannah and Emily and A still holds all the cards

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