Review | Pretty Little Liars

Credit: Adam Rose/ABC

Air Date: Monday 1/3

Us Rating: *** 1/2

The slick teen thriller outdoes itself with its winter return, a well-crafted and darkly humorous tale that picks up minutes after last August's cliffhanger. After nearly getting killed by the elusive "A," a hospital-bound Hanna (Ashley Benson) and her girlfriends try to piece together their stalker's real identity. Exciting developments involving the illicit romance between Aria (Lucy Hale) and her dreamy teacher, as well as angst for closeted lesbian Emily (Shay Mitchel), will also leave viewers enrapt. (ABC Family, 8 P.M.)