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Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is an American drama mystery thriller television series created by I. Marlene King. The series is a sequel to Pretty Little Liars and was loosely based on the novel The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard. Freeform ordered the pilot on September 25, 2017, as the second spin-off series of Pretty Little Liars, which would include some of the main characters from that series. It is the third series in the Pretty Little Liars franchise. Freeform picked up the series for a 10-episode season on May 14, 2018, which premiered on March 20, 2019.

Pretty Little Liars:
The Perfectionists
Pretty Little Liars The Perfectionists Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created byI. Marlene King
Based onThe Perfectionists and
Pretty Little Liars
by Sara Shepard
Starring
Opening theme"Secret" by
Denmark + Winter
Composer(s)Michael Suby
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Portland, Oregon[2]
CinematographyLarry Reibman
Editor(s)
  • Lois Blumenthal
  • Richard Currie
  • Melissa Gearhart
  • Robert Lattanzio
  • Ciaran Michael Vejby
Camera setupSingle-camera[citation needed]
Running time41–43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkFreeform
Original releaseMarch 20, 2019 (2019-03-20) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsPretty Little Liars
External links
Website

Contents

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Sasha Pieterse as Alison DiLaurentis,[3] a teaching assistant at Beacon Heights University (BHU).
  • Janel Parrish as Mona Vanderwaal,[3] the head of recruitment and admissions at BHU.
  • Sofia Carson as Ava Jalali, a fashionable trendsetter with a talent for hacking and coding.[4][5]
  • Sydney Park as Caitlin Park-Lewis, the intelligent daughter of two overachieving mothers.[5][6]
  • Eli Brown as Dylan Walker, a talented cellist who is extremely critical of himself.[5][6][7]
  • Hayley Erin as Taylor Hotchkiss,[8] Nolan's sister, who was a teacher at BHU before she faked her death.
  • Graeme Thomas King as Jeremy Beckett, a charming and witty Brit and Caitlin's boyfriend.[5][9]
  • Kelly Rutherford as Claire Hotchkiss, Nolan's mother and founder of Hotchkiss Technologies.[6]

RecurringEdit

  • Evan Bittencourt as Andrew Villareal, Dylan's boyfriend.[5][10]
  • Noah Grey-Cabey as Mason Gregory,[10] Nolan's childhood friend and Caitlin's ex-boyfriend.
  • Klea Scott as Dana Booker,[11][12] a former FBI agent now head of security at BHU.
  • Garrett Wareing as Zach Fortson, good friend and later boyfriend of Ava's at BHU.[13]
  • Phillip Rhys as Michael Jalali, Ava's fugitive father.
  • Cycerli Ash as Senator Park-Lewis, one of Caitlin's two mothers

GuestEdit

  • Chris Mason as Nolan Hotchkiss, a born leader and heir to the Hotchkiss empire.[5][14]
  • Duffy Epstein as Ray Hogadorn, an employee of BHU.

ProductionEdit

In November 2014, I. Marlene King was announced to adapt a screenplay for Sara Shepard's novel series The Perfectionists, as the television series.[15] On September 25, 2017, Freeform ordered a pilot for the series was renamed Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, serving as a sequel to Pretty Little Liars and the second spin-off series following Ravenswood.[16] On May 14, 2018, the network picked up the series for a 10-episode season.[17] I. Marlene King wrote and Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum directed the first two episodes, which are titled "Pilot" and "Sex, Lies and Alibis".[18][19][20] On February 5, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on March 20, 2019.[21]

CastingEdit

On September 25, 2017, Freeform announced that Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish had been cast to reprise their roles from mother series Pretty Little Liars as Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal, respectively.[22] On January 29, 2018, it was announced that Sofia Carson had been cast in the role of Ava, one of the series' protagonists.[4]

On March 9, 2018, Deadline Hollywood reported that Kelly Rutherford would be playing Claire Hotchkiss.[23] It was also announced that Sydney Park would be playing Caitlin Park-Lewis, Eli Brown will be playing Dylan, Noah Gray-Cabey would be playing Mason, and Klea Scott would be playing Dana Booker.[8] Hayley Erin was cast in a "mysterious, unnamed role",[8] which later proved to be Taylor Hotchkiss.

FilmingEdit

On January 23, 2018, it was announced that the series would be filmed in Portland, Oregon.[2] King confirmed on Twitter that filming would start in March 2018.[24] Production started on February 27, 2018, with a table read for the pilot.[25] Filming for the pilot started on March 12, 2018,[26] and wrapped in the last week of the same month.[27]

Filming for the first season began on October 17, 2018 and wrapped on January 23, 2019.[28]

EpisodesEdit

No.Title [29]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [11]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Elizabeth Allen RosenbaumStory by : I. Marlene King
Teleplay by : I. Marlene King
March 20, 2019 (2019-03-20)U11.100500.46[30]
Alison DiLaurentis moves to Beacon Heights to begin a job as a teaching assistant at Beacon Heights University (BHU). She is startled by frenemy Mona Vanderwaal. Mona shows Alison around and she learns that Taylor Hotchkiss killed herself a year ago. After class Nolan asks Dylan to continue their deal from last year in which he writes all of his and Ava's homework essays. Alison begins suspecting plagiarism between Ava, Nolan, and Dylan. Alison questions Dylan about the papers and gives him the option of having twenty-four hours to tell the truth or be expelled. Nolan visits a cabin and it is revealed that Taylor is not dead. The two are working together to stop "Beacon Guard", the school's security system. Caitlin, Ava, and Dylan all meet in the woods and decide that they're all tired of Nolan and joke about murdering him. Alison rips wallpaper off the wall to find the words "They're Watching" on the wall. Nolan meets a mysterious figure on the roof in an attempt to get them to help his and Taylor's cause. Alison hears sirens and goes outside and finds Nolan impaled on a fence. Caitlin, Ava, and Dylan realize that he was murdered.
2"Sex, Lies and Alibis"Elizabeth Allen RosenbaumI. Marlene KingMarch 27, 2019 (2019-03-27)U13.134020.24[31]
Caitlin and Dylan begin panicking due to Nolan being murdered in the same way as their fantasy. In addition, neither of them have heard from Ava who seems to be missing. Mona feels responsible for Nolan's death and begins putting the pieces together. Caitlin and Dylan find Ava in her room and the two convince her that they all need to stick together.Following the funeral Caitlin, Dylan, and Ava run into Dana Booker, a former FBI agent now head of security at BHU, who assures them that she will find the person responsible for Nolan's murder. In the campus greenhouse Dylan finds a note where Nolan's stash was, leading him to believe that someone beat him to the stash. Alison meets with Dana who requests to read the essays she assigned just before Nolan's death. Mona calls Hanna Marin who informs her that Spencer and Toby have eloped since Mona left Rosewood. Dana interrupts Alison's class and requests to see Caitlin, Dylan, and Ava. Dana asks the three of them where they were the night of Nolan's murder but before they can answer Alison interrupts the interview and gives them an alibi.
3"...If One of Them is Dead"Geary McLeodCharlie CraigApril 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)U13.134030.29[32]
Alison along with Caitlin, Dylan, and Ava begin putting the details of their alibi together. While trying to find out information about Nolan's murder Mona is locked out of Beacon Guard's system. During class, Mason takes Nolan's former seat which leads to an altercation between Mason and Ava. Ava runs out of class and Caitlin attempts to catch up to her. Caitlin is interrupted and questioned by Dana. Mona learns that the suspicious activity on her account came from one single source and she assumes that someone is trying to frame her. Ava admits to Caitlin and Dylan that the night Nolan died she followed him out to a mysterious cabin in the woods. The three of them visit the cabin and begin searching it. They are interrupted by Alison and Ava tells her that the night Nolan died she followed him out there and that he met a blonde woman who looked similar to Alison. Alison visits Mona and tells Mona her theory of Taylor being alive.
4"The Ghost Sonata"Roger KumbleJoseph DoughertyApril 10, 2019 (2019-04-10)U13.134040.31[33]
Alison is convinced that Taylor Hotchkiss is alive but Mona doesn't believe her theory. Ava, Caitlin and Dylan become further suspicious of Mason when he begins acting similar to Nolan before his murder; Mona hacks into the Beacon Guard system and finds a mysterious name "Ray Hogadorn" along with Alison and Caitlin's names. Dana begins cracking down on the Perfectionists as well as Claire who suspects Caitlin after she is lied towards about their whereabouts when Nolan was murdered. Following Alison's advice to share secrets, Dylan confesses to Andrew about Nolan and when Caitlin is blackmailed by Mason, she confesses to Ava that she leaked Ava's identity to BHU as well as her criminal father. Mona attempts to track down Ray but is trapped inside a room full of articles about Nolan and Taylor's deaths by the latter, Alison uses Taylor's books to track her down to find a trailer in the woods. While exploring, Taylor appears and locks her inside before driving off.
5"The Patchwork Girl"Roger KumbleJoseph DoughertyApril 17, 2019 (2019-04-17)U13.134050.22[34]
Taylor drives the trailer away with Alison still trapped inside. Mona begins questioning Ray Hogadorn and starts learning things about him. Ava comes up with a plan to drug Mason and pitches it to Caitlin and Dylan. Mona finds out that Ray was the one who wrote "They're watching" on Alison's wall. Caitlin tricks Mason into agreeing to go out to a cabin with her. Taylor tells Alison that it isn't safe for her because someone is trying to kill her. While Ava is planning the fashion show she finds a slide in the projector of Dylan having sex. Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan debate whether drugging Mason is the best way to do things. Dana questions Mona about her and Alison's past including Alex and Mary Drake. Alison takes Taylor back to her house which used to be Taylor's. Caitlin waits to meet Mason at the cabin. When he does she drugs his drink but he refuses to drink it. While Mason is building a fire Caitlin sneaks up behind him and knocks him out. Caitlin and Dylan are waiting to meet Ava but Caitlin is run over by a car just as Alison finds out that Taylor escaped.
6"Lost and Found"Shiri ApplebyKyle BownApril 24, 2019 (2019-04-24)U13.134060.24[35]
7"Dead Week"Arlene SanfordPaula YooMay 1, 2019 (2019-05-01)U13.134070.17[36]
8"Hook, Line and Booker"Arlene SanfordNelson SolerMay 8, 2019 (2019-05-08)U13.134080.20[37]
9"Lie Together, Die Together"Norman BuckleyCharlie Craig & Kateland BrownMay 15, 2019 (2019-05-15)U13.134090.21[38]
10"Enter the Professor"Norman BuckleyI. Marlene King & Kyle BownMay 22, 2019 (2019-05-22)U13.134100.27[39]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 100% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 7.87/10.[40]

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" March 20, 2019 0.2 0.46[30] 0.2 0.38 0.4 0.84[41]
2 "Sex, Lies and Alibis" March 27, 2019 0.1 0.24[31] 0.2 0.35 0.3 0.59[42]
3 "If One of Them is Dead" April 3, 2019 0.1 0.29[32] N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 "The Ghost Sonata" April 10, 2019 0.1 0.31[33] 0.2 0.34 0.3 0.65[43]
5 "The Patchwork Girl" April 17, 2019 0.1 0.22[34] 0.2 0.34 0.3 0.55[44]
6 "Lost and Found" April 24, 2019 0.1 0.24[35] N/A 0.25 N/A 0.50[45]
7 "Dead Week" May 1, 2019 0.1 0.17[36] N/A 0.31 N/A 0.48[46]
8 "Hook, Line and Booker" May 8, 2019 0.1 0.20[37] N/A 0.31 N/A 0.51[47]
9 "Lie Together, Die Together" May 15, 2019 0.1 0.21[38] N/A 0.32 N/A 0.53[48]
10 "Enter the Professor" May 22, 2019 0.1 0.27[39] N/A 0.24 N/A 0.51[49]

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