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Pretty Little Liars - (S01E15)

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The girls try to resume a sense of normalcy in their lives, but even the simple tasks of dating and extra-circular activities meet with strife. Emily must deal with a jealous teammate who is threatened by Emily’s return to the pool, as Aria and Ezra plan their first date out in the open. And Hanna is still stuck playing “A’s” game, but the next hurdle might just have complications for another Liar. With “A” pulling the strings and making matters worse, will the girls be able to weather the storm and lie their way out of it, or will they have to face the ugly truths? Meanwhile, Spencer turns to Ali’s brother, Jason, for information about the night they believe Alison died, only to have to face part of her unpleasant past with Ali.

Episode Title: If at First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again
Airs: 2011-01-31 at 20:00
  • David Hinckley

    A new ABC Family series built around four teenage friends and an ominous hint of supernatural forces that mean no good, makes most popular vampire romances look anemic.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    The ridiculously expensive wardrobes, the fabulous hair and makeup, plus a high school with not a single fatty is well, yes, the stuff of teen fantasy. And that is exactly what Pretty Little Liars is: a glamorous, spooky, adolescent fantasy.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    What the show lacks in this kind of irreverence it makes up for in plain old addictive soapiness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    This is a series with no redemptive value. It barely qualifies as entertainment, but sexy summer trash will always find an audience. That's the inescapable truth at the heart of Pretty Little Liars.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Fun enough, but the nastiness could be applied more heavily.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows that manages to mildly, and perhaps unintentionally, spoof its genre while fully participating in it, and that's not a bad thing at all.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    The mystery makes Pretty Little Liars more entertaining than the tedium of Gossip Girls, and many parents might actually enjoy watching along with their young adults, who can explain why this sort of thing is so alluring to them.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    Pretty Little Liars doesn't have the sense of humor -- or the wardrobe -- of "Gossip Girl." In fact, a surprising number of scenes call for bikinis. But the ongoing mystery (not to mention a secret referred only to "the Jenna thing") may prove irresistible to young people.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Randee Dawn

    Sure, there's a lot here that sustains more eye-rolling than interested stares, but a little patience might be warranted. Only with future episodes can Liars prove whether it's "Desperate Housewives" for tweens or just another trashy, pretty little error.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Pretty Little Liars is entitled to its version. If only it could have resisted some of the other cliches.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Written by I. Marlene King ("Just My Luck"), Tuesday's premiere is a generally predictable introduction that too often plays like a bad "Saturday Night Live" parody of a teen soap.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    Appropriately for a pilot with so many threads, there's little time invested in establishing basic character before delving into their particular peccadillos.

    Variety Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    While no one beyond the show's target audience--teens in need of something to squeal over until Gossip Girl returns next season--would claim that Pretty Little Liars has a voluminous body, I must concede that it has a lustrous shine.

    Slate Full Review
  • LG

    It hits every ''racy'' teentertainment mark so hard (everyone's hair is so full - of secrets!) that it feels like the only thing missing is a visit from the ghosts of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
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