Pretty Little Liars (2010-present)
Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery-thriller television series loosely based on the popular series of novels written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June 8, 2010 on ABC Family.
Set in the fictitional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, the series follows the lives of Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale) and Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell), four girls whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse). One year later, they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure using the name "A" who threatens to expose their secrets. At first they think it's Alison herself, but after she is found dead, the girls realize that someone else knows their secrets—including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew.
~ Troian Bellisario plays Spencer Hastings, the "smart girl" of the group. She is an extreme perfectionist who always tries to please her wealthy parents who are clearly more affectionate and caring towards her older sister Melissa. Spencer was the only person who was brave enough to stand up to Alison, and may have been one of the last people to see her alive. At first distrustful of Toby, Jenna Marshall's step-brother, she is currently in a relationship with him.
~ Ashley Benson plays Hanna Marin, the "It girl" of the group who struggles with self-image issues and bulimia. A "loser" while Alison was alive, Hanna subsequently transformed herself into the most popular girl in school along with her best friend, Mona Vanderwaal. She falls in love with Caleb Rivers, a phone hacker and relative newcomer to Rosewood. Caleb and Hanna now have a secret relationship so that it is not ruined by "A".
~ Lucy Hale plays Aria Montgomery, the "artsy girl" of the group who moves back to Rosewood with her family after spending a year in Iceland. At a bar, she meets Ezra Fitz and kisses him, only to discover on her first day of school that he is her English teacher. They decide to continue their relationship in secret and do so for some time, though eventually they make their relationship public.
~ Shay Mitchell plays Emily Fields, the "jock girl" of the group. Emily was closest to Alison before her disappearance and was also in love with her. Deeply closeted, Emily was later outed by "A". She falls in love with and dates Maya St. Germain, who lives in Alison's old house, until Maya is sent away to a rehab school True North. Emily then falls for a swim teammate, Paige McCullers. The two date briefly; after the breakup they remained friends and later reunited again. When Maya returns from True North, she and Emily attempt to rekindle their relationship. However Maya soon goes missing, and is later found dead and was killed by Lyndon James (Nate St. Germain, who Lyndon pretended to be.) Who had a relationship with Maya at True North.
~ Sasha Pieterse plays Alison DiLaurentis, the once leader of her clique and the most popular girl in the school before her disappearance and death. Although she cared for her friends, she knew their deepest secrets which she easily used to control them. Charming and manipulative, Alison was skilled at finding ways to blackmail everyone; thus gaining hatred by many people. She was killed a year prior to the beginning of the series. The show's main premise revolves around the mystery of Alison's murder.