Only in the mad world of US TV shows where no one’s parents are ever around, they all have perfect hair and never have to shop in Select; could a show like PLL exist.
There are so many things wrong with it, but God it is so damn right. I thought I’d grown out of my teen shows when 90210 and One Tree Hill finished, but here I am again. Admiring their perfect skin, drooling over their boyfriend and coveting their wardrobes.
The biggest problem with shows like this is the fact that although they are playing high school students, they are all adults. Which means I can legitimately take enjoyment in the way that Mike Montgomery has matured between seasons four and five.
Of course there are tons of blatant issues we continue to ignore. Like the teenage Aria’s relationship with her teacher, Aria’s AWOL parents – where are you Piper? Not to mention Hanna’s mother’s dubious way of paying the mortgage, the sex and alcohol, and the expensive as hell wardrobes. And don’t get me started on the Hasting’s – Worst Lawyers EVER!
Despite those issues; you can’t deny that it’s very well made, with snappy dialogue and a beautiful setting. Alongside an accomplished cast and great people behind the scenes.
But the writing is what really gets you hooked. It’s hard trying to create a successful show, let alone keeping it going for seven seasons. If the rumours are true, it will be the last.
I’m just getting into season five and despite being a Spencer fan girl, Emily is now joining her in my heart. I imagine the kids would call them ‘Spemily’.
The other winning aspect is the simple fact that their parents actually look old enough to be their actual parents.
In some shows the parents look like they have given birth at the age of 10. With Melrose Place’s Laura Leighton and Nia Peeples of Fame, erm, fame.
Even at the age of 34 there is nothing I love more than a bit of cheese. Literally and well, literally.
Yes at times you will have to pack away your logic and actual reality, but it is worth it for a show where I am 106 episodes in and still don’t know who the bad guys /girls are.
It’s time to accept defeat and make PLL your newest guilty pleasure. I promise, you won’t regret it.