If you don't watch Pretty Little Liars, here's what you need to know: Five best friends are at a sleepover and the "Regina George" of the group goes missing. The others lose contact with one another over the next year, distraught over the disappearance of their friend, Alison. On the anniversary of her disappearance, which coincides with Labor Day, her body is found. The four remaining friends, re-connect at her funeral and realize they are all getting anonymous letters, texts, messages, and phone calls from "A" who apparently knows all of their secrets -- that they only ever told to Alison. During the last three seasons, the girls get themselves into even more trouble: telling more lies and creating the need for more secrets all while trying to find out who is stalking/attempting to frame them for murder... are you with me?
Clearly, the show is geared toward teens. And while I LOVE it -- I have a couple of issues with the whole thing.
1. Student/teacher relationship: Now, I remember seeing my first student/teacher relationship between Pacey and Ms. Jacobs (Dawson's Creek, anyone?). This sort of thing has been popping up all the time in TV shows/movies. And of course, Pretty Little Liars is no different. I admit that part of me (my 16-year old self) is rooting for them... but most of me is really grossed out. (However, in real life they have instagram accounts and I'm secretly obsessed with them...)
2. Lies, lies, lies: These girls lie about everything. They could be asked if they ate lunch -- and they'd probably lie. But, it's probably why they are called pretty little liars.
3. Police work: The town they live in, clearly is lacking in a competent police force. This group of cops cannot solve a single crime. Not even when the crime is committed by the girls (who really aren't that bright).
4. Parental guidance: The parents are awful -- everyone of them. They definitely don't set any positive examples.
5. Technology: If I was being harassed via my phone -- I would change my number. Or block anonymous calls. Or I don't know... tell someone.
6. They think everything is the end of the world: For real? It's not. And if you stopped lying, being places you shouldn't be, getting black-out drunk, digging up graves, and snooping around -- you'd be fine.
But then I'd be complaining the show was over. And I do love me some Pretty Little Liars -- even though, at times, it's ridiculous and makes me realize I'm old and shouldn't be watching it...