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Pretty Little Liars is a teenage drama that is loosely based on the novels of the same name by author Sara Shepard. The novels have become more popular since the debut of the series. The series is created by I. Marlene King, who also serves as an executive producer with Bob Levy, Leslie Morganstein, and Oliver Goldstick. The series is produced by Lisa Cochran-Neilan. The series follows a single-camera format with Dana Gonzales serving as the primary cinematographer. Upon initial airing, the series was so successful that it was picked up for a full run and is currently in its third season of production. The show is just one of several popular teen dramas currently in production on ABC Family.

The mystery-thriller follows the lives of four school-age girls whose lives take a dramatic turn upon the sudden disappearance of the "queen bee" leader of their popular highschool clique. The series is set in the fictional American town of Rosewood, a suburb in Pennsylvania. The story is set one year later, when each member of the clique begins receiving mysterious text messages from an elusive unknown character named "A" who threatens to expose the group's secrets. Initially, the members think that the messages are coming from Allison herself, but she is found dead and the girls realize that someone else is privy to the long-hidden secrets that they thought only Allison knew.

The group is made up of Aria Montgomery, the artist of the group, who has moved back to Rosewood after living for one year in Iceland. Spencer Hastings is the intelligent one who tries to please her well-to-do parents. Hanna Marin is the popular "It" girl who secretly suffers from self-image issues and bulimia. Emily Fields is the jock girl of the clique and was in love with Allison. As the story line progresses, the audience learns that Allison was a very charismatic and manipulative young woman. Hated by most, Allison was known for her conniving ways and use of blackmail to get what she wanted.

Casting for the show began in the fall of 2009, with the pilot episode being shot in Vancouver and then principal production moving to Los Angeles, CA. The show is produced by Warner Horizon Television and Alloy Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Television. The show was heavily promoted by ABC Family, including a series of racy promotional posters and television advertisements. Popular music is heavily used within the series, with the theme song Secret being performed by the all female folk-rock band The Pierces. The show has used music from bands like The Fray, Colbie Caillat, Ben's Brother, Florence + The Machine, Selena Gomez and McFly. An official soundtrack was released on February 15, 2011.

The series debuted with mixed critical reviews. Reviewers from the New York Times and the LA Times were positive, praising the series' camp factor and its ability to be self-aware. Entertainment Weekly was less favorable, commenting that the story lines were cliched and uninspired.

Despite a mixed bag of critical reviews, Pretty Little Liars premiered to high ratings on June 8th 2010. It became the highest rated series debut for ABC Family. The debut episode was seen by 2.47 million viewers and the show continues to attract a high number of viewers in the much coveted 12-34 demographic. In the summer of 2010 the season finale drew in 3.07 million viewers. The series has already been renewed for a fourth season. The show is broadcast internationally in a number of countries including the UK, South Africa, Spain, Poland and Croatia just to name a few.

In the United States, the show has been nominated for and won awards with several popular award shows. The Gay and Lesbian Critics Association has nominated the series with Outstanding Drama Series for three consecutive seasons. The Teen Choice Awards recognized actors Ian Harding and Lucy Hale for Choice Summer TV Star: Male and Female respectively.

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Pretty Little Liars Full Episode Guide

  • When the girls turn on Alison, she's forced to find new friends. Meanwhile, the girls seek help from Mona since "A" forbids them to contact the police.

  • Melissa confides in Spencer about the night that Ali disappeared.

  • The Liars are convinced the man arrested for Alison's kidnapping is innocent, but Alison is forced to identify him. Meanwhile, Hanna pretends everything is normal.

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'Pretty Little Liars' Gets Big Renewal Before Season 5 Premiere!

We heard about this one through a text from A: "Pretty Little Liars" has been renewed for two more seasons! The hit ABC Family drama will be back for season six and season seven, keeping the show on the air until well into 2016. While the episode counts are still a mystery, these appear to be full season orders (meaning between 22 and 25 episodes), set to premiere in summer of 2015 and 2016.

'Pretty Little Liars' Do Bikini Shoot for GQ

The women of "Pretty Little Liars" will be on TV in just a couple of weeks when the show's summer season begins, but in the meantime they've been having the kind of fun that doesn't have anything to do with the mystery of A's identity.

Watch: 'Pretty Little Liars' Season 5 Teaser

"Pretty Little Liars" is all about secrets, but if we're to believe what a new promo is suggesting, all the show's secrets are about to be revealed. The identity of the person who shot Ezra, the identity of A, everything--it's all going to be laid on the table with the premiere of season 5. Don't believe it for a minute, but watch anyway.

Caleb Returns to 'Pretty Little Liars'

Now that no one's going to be paying attention to what happens in Ravenswood, Caleb has decided he might as well move back to Rosewood. That means "Pretty Little Liars" fans who had been mourning his departure can be happy once again.

'Ravenswood' Cancelled; Caleb Goes Back to 'Pretty Little Liars'?
'Ravenswood' Recap: Season 1, Episode 6: 'Revival'
'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Season 4, Episode 14: 'Who's in the Box?'

So Alison isn't dead after all. But someone is buried in the grave that Alison is supposed to be buried in. Who could it be? Hanna thinks she knows, and she thinks the person's identity holds the key to the who-killed-Alison mystery.

'Pretty Little Liars' Halloween: Surprises and Big Ratings

We knew that the Halloween episode of "Pretty Little Liars" was going to be the usually spooky fun and that it was going to lead into the debut of "Ravenswood." We didn't know, however, that it was also going to deliver a plot twist that would leave fans breathless.

'Pretty Little Liars': Halloween and Hanna in 'Ravenswood'

There are some mysterious things going on in Ravenswood, and the characters of "Pretty Little Liars" can't resist snooping around the town. The resulting trip by Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer from Rosewood to its neighboring town sets the stage for a new spin-off series and a cross over of a couple of "Liars" characters.

Tweets and Naked Julian Morris: 'Pretty Little Liars' Is Hot

Fans of "Pretty Little Liars" couldn't stop talking- and tweeting - about the show while they were watching the series' season finale, and now that the season is over, star Julian Morris is giving them something else to talk about-and gawk at.

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'Pretty Little Liars' Web Series Debuts Aug. 28

A mid-season hiatus can be an unfortunate thing for fans. Alas, everybody needs a break. "Pretty Little Liars," on the other hand, isn't taking it completely easy. "Pretty Dirty Secrets," an eight-episode web series, debuts Aug. 28 and sets up the story of the ABC Family drama's Halloween return, featuring "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert.

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