The ABC Family, a television network that would later be Freeform, adapted Sara Shepard's young adult novel series, bringing Pretty Little Liars to the small screen. The mystery teen drama show soon became a global phenomenon, with a loyal following tuning in weekly to the show's themes and motives.
Pretty Little Liars follows a tense Rosewood Pennsylvania town following the disappearance of Alison DiLaurentis a year later, when Alison's best friends Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), and Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell) begin receiving an anonymous message from a narrator named A, who constantly alludes to secrets only Alison knew.
After season 2, the first few seasons of the show began to take on a new meaning as Marlene King began to develop a new friendship for the girls that the world fell in love with. There's a lot of Pretty Little Liars to dive into.
7 Season 7
The last season of Pretty Little Liars is by far the worst of the five seasons, although the show's five-year time leap puts the girls in a completely different light. The only way the group can free Hanna from Uber A is by revealing the real person behind the crime, although the other storylines help the season develop.
Alison Dilaurentis, who once shook the people of Rosewood in shock with her words and a flip of her hair, is now a shell of herself and needs to be rescued almost every second, as she turns on her friends who have repeatedly saved her life in order to avoid Uber A from jailing Ezra (played by Ian Harding).
The reasons why season 7 fails can be repeated, but ultimately was the point where the show overstayed its welcome, with its stunning final reveal of Spencer's evil British twin, which shocked the PLL fandom and caused great grief among series' long-time fans.
6 Season 5
Season 5 of Pretty Little Liars is entertaining, but so much of its potential is unused. With the revelation that Alison is still alive, and her return to Rosewood, there is a lot that season 5 does right. With her epic comeback, the show shows how Alison's agony impacted the other students at Rosewood High, as many of the students attempt to come together to combat the bullying they once encountered.
Alison manipulates them into believing her she was kidnapped and kept captive for two years until the girls helped free her from her captor, which feels totally out of character in comparison to the girl we once knew.
Season 5 sees a major shift in the girls' friendship, as they face the prospect of her daughter being murdered. As the girls weep for Mona being lost, her mother cries and screams at the news that her daughter was murdered.
5 Season 6
Season six of Pretty Little Liars isnt that bad, but it's pretty good. The first half starts off strong with the girls being kidnapped by A and held within an underground dollhouse created by their captor. It's elaborate, but it also instills the dangerousness that A will go to, and it works quite well. It's frightening and anxiety-inducing, and is one of the most riveting moments in the whole series.
The first half of season 6 concludes with a dreadful portrayal of Charolette aka Cece Drake, who is actually Alison's long-lost sibling who stole the A game from Mona. There are many flaws in this portrayal of gender identity, as it constantly uses Charlotte's deadname and uses incorrect pronouns.
Season 6 marks the start of a series of time jumps, although it isn't that bad at first, and it honestly provides some very good glimpses into the girls' development. However, the season once again encourages Alison to be needy towards the girls once more as she pleads for Charlotte to free her from the psychiatric facility she was placed in for her crimes toward the girls. It just doesn't work.
4 Season 3
Season 3 of Pretty Little Liars is certainly more enjoyable than the previous ones. It's intense and forces the viewer to sit on the edge of their seats, but it lacks any actual content. The season is almost entirely filled with filler scenes, such as the death of Maya St. Germain (played by Bianca Lawson) which the girls believe to have a connection to Alison's death, but it's ultimately a waste of time as it does nothing to support the show's purpose in
Season 3 of the show has reached a critical juncture. The writers are beginning to take risks and kill many characters, displaying to viewers that A is no longer playing games and is ready for as much blood as possible.
3 Season 4
Season 4 of Pretty Little Liars marks a significant turning point in the series, as Alison is finally revealed and she finally reveals what happened to her in the season finale. However, in the same manner as in Pretty Little Liars, the viewer has to go through a lot of information to get to the most important reveal.
When it's revealed that Ezra had a secret connection with Alison, and he's been watching the girls, the biggest filler plot comes in the second half of the season. There are even a series of episodes dedicated solely to the girls investigating Ezra, but it all turns out to be fluff because he's just writing a book about Alison's disappearance.
Season 4 is a season where the show reached its peak. Fans were invested in the characters and the story. With its season finale sit down where Alison tells her story about the night she disappeared, the show came full circle. Although it has its flaws, season 4 transforms the show completely from a group of girls dealing with a ghost to a story of survival.
2 Season 1
Pretty Little Liars' first season is where everything began, and it's a classic. It follows the books better than the previous seasons and it ultimately strengthens it. The acting is raw and it feels like a high school novel, before it becomes lost in the later seasons. This season also explores topics common to young people such as sexuality, eating disorders, and family dynamics in an Ali-free Rosewood.
This also marks a time when A was just a high school bully, which added to the drama's realness. In the later seasons, A's acts become extravagant, almost too extravagant. However, in season 1, with mean texts, notes in lockers, and lipstick on mirrors, Pretty Little Liars gave the impression that anyone might be walking their own high school halls with an A-type bully.
The nostalgia for the early 2000s is unmatched. The only reason it does not hold the top spot when you look at it now in the year 2022. With its gay jokes and constant comments about weight and inappropriate relationships, it would certainly have some problems if it were aired now. However, in the upcoming reboot, this is certainly a change viewers will notice and appreciate.
1 Season 2
Season 2 of Pretty Little Liars is a breath of fresh air, and it's the finest of the bunch. It starts with the aftermath of the bell tower, which has caused the girls to be named the town liars when the police can't find any evidence of an incident. The girls' parents decide to split the girls at this time because it might give them more time to heal from the death of Alison. However, this season proves the Liars' friendship as the stakes in their battle with A
The major plots throughout the season are all perfectly logical, and there is practically no unnecessary material that departs from the main plot like in the other seasons. A becomes more unpredictable, and they also become more sloppy. When Spencer discovers that Mona is A, everything just falls into place. It's one of the last seasons that the writers of the show took the time to think about every little detail.
Season 2 of the show became a sensation with its strong emotional performances and intriguing mystery. It was certainly well-deserved.