Johannesburg - Can you keep a secret? We don’t care who the ultimate “A” is on Pretty Little Liars (2010-current)!
But that isn’t going to stop us from watching, because we’re in it for the Liars more than the show’s big, bad “A”. Being invited into Aria, Emily, Spencer and Hanna’s friendship with each other and Allison is even better than ogling the shirtless hot guys in Rosewood. That’s why we can’t resist a good Liars marathon now that ShowMax has the first four seasons available online. Our big question isn’t ‘who is “A”?’ - it’s which Liar would be our best friend?
Yes!Artsy Aria (Lucy Hale) is a fearless and exotic shameless weirdo. She’s creative, loves literature and she has such amazing vintage taste that there’s never a dull wardrobe moment – we even applaud her mistakes, like that skirt made of ties (season 4, episode 5). Was it living in Iceland for a year that made her so cool?
No!She’s dating a teacher, so we’d have to leave her out of the boyfriend talk because it’s awkward and wrong and frankly just kind of ewwwwwwww. Plus you don’t want to look up in class and suddenly remember details about Mr Fitz’s (Ian Harding) pyjama preferences… or worse.
Friendship grade: B (ditch the Fitz)
Yes!Shy, sporty, Emily (Shay Mitchell) is honest, loyal and kind, and she knows her right from wrong, so for the days when you’ve lost your moral compass, she’s great. And she’s really good at going along with stuff when you do come up with a plan.
No!She spends a lot of time at sports practice and probably smells of chlorine most of the year. And honestly, she’s “the boring one”.
Friendship grade: C (Hufflepuff!)
Yes!If we had to pick the Liar most likely to succeed it would be ultra-competitive perfectionist princess Spencer (Troian Bellisario). Plus, if you want to uncover a real mystery, for example, “Does that guy like me, I mean like-me-like me?” Spencer will do the actual detective work like a boss. So smart! We’d push her down the stairs if she wasn’t so sweet. Instead we just kind of love her. And she was the only one tough enough to stand up to Alison.
No!She makes us feel guilty about not doing our homework. The overachieving is exhausting to watch. In season 2 episode 10 she jokes, “Why enjoy today when you could be worrying about tomorrow?” That should be her motto for life.
Friendship grade: A- (that mark will just kill her, haha!)
Yes!Fierce, funny “Hefty Hanna” (Ashley Benson) really stepped it up and became super-stylish after Alison disappeared and stopped putting her down with constant taunts and insults. She always tells it like it is (but she’s so funny, not mean) – like when she suggests in season 4 episode 2 that Spencer’s awful sister Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) is looking for an internship with Satan.
No!The fact that she’s now pals with dodgy Mona Vandewall (Janel Parrish) proves that the poor girl deserves better friends – like us – because she gets in the silliest sort of messes, like season 1’s shoplifting, or joining a celibacy club. Just say no, Hanna.
Friendship grade: A+ (Group unicorn)
Yes!Alison (Sasha Pieterse) is full of mischief and practical jokes. There’s never a dull moment. And she’s that friend who just seems to get you, the one who you lie awake with at night to share your deepest secrets…
No!And then she takes those secrets and blackmails you with them. So now she’s dead (to us, and for real). Or is she?
Friendship grade: Solid F for you, Alison. In fact, you’re so dodgy that even the bonus points you get from your portrayer Sasha Pieterse being born in South Africa, won’t make us want you as our bestie… Bye Felicia.
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