TV guide: Too good to be true

2010-11-26 12:54

What’s it about?

The drama revolves around four teenagers who are reunited a year after their friend, the manipulative and vindictive Alison, ­disappears. Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily have lost touch but then start receiving mysterious text messages signed by someone calling themselves A. Linked by their secret and the panic about the ­enigmatic messages, the friends are reunited – though each girl has ­secrets that she wants no one else to know about.

Who are they?

1. Shay Mitchell as Emily

An athlete trying to sort out her place in the world, she finds herself drawn to her new neighbour, Maya, a free spirit who recently moved into Alison’s old house.

2. Lucy Hale as Aria

Fresh from a year in Europe, Aria tries to keep her mom from finding out about her father’s affair with one of his ­
ex-students, while trying to fight the chemistry with her own English teacher.

3. Ashley Benson as Hanna

Once-chubby Hanna has transformed herself into the current “It girl”, but still battles the urge to binge. Shoplifting gives her a less-fattening thrill but then she gets caught and her mother, eager to keep her own reputation and the image of her daughter untarnished, takes matters into her own hands.

4. Troian Avery Bellisario as Spencer

Spencer is a perfectionist and straight-A student whose pressure to stand out in her overachieving family leaves her feeling alone.

Why watch:

Because it’s already received rave ­reviews in the States. The story lines are twisted and will leave you wanting more. The idea of an ideal suburbia and the rich are explored but as we’ve learnt from shows like Desperate Housewives and Dirty Sexy Money, those are the people with the worst secrets.


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