Network: ABC Family
Air Date: Mondays, 8PM ET
Starring: Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Ian Harding, Shay Mitchell, Sasha Pieterse, Holly Marie Combs, Chad Lowe, Laura Leighton, Nia Peeples
TV Rating: TV-14 for language and adult situations
What's It All About?
Based on a series of young-adult novels by Sara Shepard, 'Pretty Little Liars' is the story of four high school friends, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily, who reunite one year after the disappearance and presumed death of their friend and "queen bee," Alison. The group ends up being involved in a mystery stretching across the entire town of Rosewood.
Followers of the British series may scoff and declare there's no need for an American version of this show, but I, who is mildly obsessed with the original (which airs on BBC America), encourage my fellow Tony Stonem fans to give this faithful-in-spirit adaptation a shot.
At the very least, it's refreshing to see a teen drama that doesn't focus solely on the melodramatic lives of the rich and privileged.
In case it wasn't clear about three minutes in, this series makes 'Glee,' with its occasional references to losing your virginity, girl-on-girl hook-ups and teen pregnancy, look like a Saturday-morning cartoon.
For the record, I don't think Volchok is that gross. In fact, he's a pretty good looking guy. I don't think he deserves the "ew" that Summer gives him. (But she does pass out the ew's pretty easily.) I'm not so crazy about his drug problem, but I can understand why Marissa finds him attractive. He's got that motorcycle and no discernible responsibilities. Plus, he looks like he could be good in bed. He seems like he'd be a very attentive lover. And, it appears that is what poor Marissa is looking for....attention.