Review | Pretty Little Liars

Entertainment Jun. 7, 2011 AT 5:03PM
Review | Pretty Little Liars Credit: ABC FAMILY/DANNY FELD

Air Date: Tuesday 6/14

Us Rating: ****

Good news: Instead of deflating, Pretty Little Liars builds on the chills of its March cliffhanger. When last seen, high schoolers Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) had finally homed in on their friend's killer and left the creep for dead after he fell from a church bell tower. So why haven't the threatening text messages from "A" stopped? And where has his corpse gone?

In lesser hands, Liars' unanswered questions might be exasperating. However, the stories are so cunning and intricately woven each twist is still exhilarating fun -- even as fresh mysteries are introduced. It helps that the principal characters are compelling, especially when it comes to their romantic entanglements. In one new relationship hiccup, Aria's secret boyfriend -- her teacher (the appealing Ian Harding)! -- struggles to persuade her that he's over his ex. Their push-and-pull is surprisingly affecting. And Liars' macabre sense of humor continues to delight. When the girls meet with a grief counselor at their parents' behest, there's an ominous ring midsession. Another taunt from "A"? It's a spooky pleasure to be left hanging. (ABC Family, 8 P.M.)

-- JOHN GRIFFITHS

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