Hitchcock for Teens: In Defense of ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Brother speaks my mind.

Pop Junkie

I have a confession to make: I watch a show named Pretty Little Liars. I say this with such trepidation because of the image this title evokes. Said image is one that suggests this show is about a group of Barbie girls gossiping, lying and playing bitchy games of one-upmanship with one another. In other words, another Gossip Girl clone or Desperate Housewives for teens. Funnily enough, when the series of books that the show is based on were conceived, the aim was to create a narrative that emulated that of Housewives but within a high-school setting. On that note, Pretty Little Liars does, indeed, have some quite obvious (albeit superficial) parallels to both Housewives and Gossip Girl. The show begins with the murder of a high-school queen bee in the small town of Rosewood. The event unites the girl’s four best friends who proceed to search for the truth…

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