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30 Shows Like Pretty Little Liars That Are Definitely Worth Your Time

"Pretty Little Liars" was a mystery series following a group of teenage girls whose de facto leader, Alison, has mysteriously disappeared. The clique drifts apart shortly after, but comes back together when someone who goes by the alias "A" begins to send them messages claiming to know all their secrets and threatening to reveal them. They have to then follow clues to figure out who "A" is while also dealing with in-fighting and back-stabbing as secrets are exposed and loyalties are tested.

A lot of people describe "Pretty Little Liars" as a guilty pleasure — everyone knows it's soapy and cheesy, but that's exactly what they love about it, and the show embraces that. The series originally ran for seven seasons on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) and was enjoyed by teens as well as adults. While fans should check out the various direct spin-offs of and follow-ups to "Pretty Little Liars," there are dozens of other shows they should also give a spin for various reasons. 

From other mystery series to those that keep the drama high and from shows that pre-dated "Pretty Little Liars" to ones it clearly inspired, there is no shortage of television that will scratch the itch of fans who have spent a lot of time watching the sketchy goings-on of the youth of Rosewood, PA. 

Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

While "Pretty Little Liars" starts at the beginning of a disappearance, "Gossip Girl" begins with the ending of one. As the show starts, popular girl Serena van der Woodsen — played by Blake Lively in her breakout role — is returning from a previously unexplained absence. Much of the first season revolves around that, from people trying to figure out where she was to the effect of her return on her social circle.

Each season of "Gossip Girl" has a similar pseudo-mystery to be solved, all involving a group of rich Upper East Side Manhattanite teens played by Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen, Penn Badgley, Michelle Trachtenberg, and others. Tying it all together is the voiceover narration of the unnamed titular blogger (a perfectly cast Kristen Bell) who somehow sees and knows all. The drama between the characters might not have the stakes of "Pretty Little Liars," but that doesn't make it any less compelling to watch it all unfold.   

Only Murders in the Building (2021-Present)

Now into its second season, Hulu's "Only Murders in the Building" sees the residents of an apartment building start a podcast as they try to figure out why the building seems so prone to becoming a crime scene. Of course, it wouldn't be nearly as juicy if the wannabe detective trio weren't also connected to the crimes themselves, either indirectly or as prime suspects. 

Steve Martin and Martin Short didn't need to prove their individual talents or their effortless chemistry together, but both are on full display here. They also welcome to the fold Selena Gomez, who proves more than capable of matching the seasoned comedians. Though its podcast-based conceit is very much of the moment, "Only Murders" is an old-fashioned mystery story through and through, with twists on top of double-crosses on top of more twists. 

While Season 2 is still airing with new episodes expected weekly through the end of August, Season 1 is available to binge in its entirety and it's as difficult to put down as the best true crime podcasts. 

Nancy Drew (2019-Present)

You can't talk about girls solving crimes without paying respects to one of the originals. As a character, Nancy Drew has been around for close to a century. She continues to be successfully reinvented for modern audiences, most recently on the CW's "Nancy Drew." Debuting in 2019 with a fourth season already confirmed (per US Weekly), the series follows a college-aged version of the classic character who falls into the sleuthing life when she gets involved with the investigation of a local socialite.

The ensemble features a mix of reimagined versions of classic characters from the "Nancy Drew" novels as well as new additions, most of whom are played by rising stars for whom this is their first big role. The primary exception in terms of the main cast is Scott Wolf, who plays Nancy's estranged, widowed, attorney father. While the show has been accused of being derivative, that seems a slightly unfair critique given that Drew is basically the original teen girl detective. Besides, it doesn't make the show any less fun to watch.

How to Get Away With Murder (2014-2020)

After conquering medical and political dramas, prolific TV series creator and producer Shonda Rhimes ventured into legal thriller territory with "How to Get Away With Murder." Tony and Oscar winner Viola Davis plays a law professor who enlists a handful of her students to not only intern at her law firm but also seemingly help her murder her husband and his mistress. Subsequent seasons see the group get intertwined with other criminal activity in addition to their various interpersonal relationships and dramas.

Much of the praise for the show was rightfully directed at Davis, who won a Primetime Emmy for her performance — bringing her one Grammy shy of an EGOT. As for the show itself, it was the first Rhimes series that largely avoided the fun and/or campiness of her previous and many of her subsequent endeavors, proving that she could tackle heavier fare. While the interns are technically teenagers at the start, "How to Get Away With Murder" is definitely not a "teen" show and should please fans of "Pretty Little Liars" who want something a little more adult in their murder mystery thriller shows.

The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)

While "Pretty Little Liars" never veers into supernatural territory — save for the soap opera-esque "this character you thought was dead is suddenly alive again!" plotlines — fantasy shows can fill a similar niche. Released at a time when vampires were having one of their biggest-ever pop culture moments, "The Vampire Diaries" might have seemed like it was trying to piggyback off of "Twilight," but it is actually based on a book series that started all the way back in 1991.

The series focuses on a human teenage girl who gets into a relationship with a vampire; nothing surprising there. Things get interesting when that vampire's brother enters the picture and sets about bringing back a vampire woman that previously had a relationship with both brothers — and who happens to look an awful lot like that human teenage girl. Entertainment Weekly hailed the show as "a welcome return to form for writer-producer Kevin Williamson," best known for writing the first, second, and fourth "Scream" films along with creating "Dawson's Creek." It's hard to think of someone with a better pedigree to steer a show that combines horror and teen drama elements. 

Dead to Me (2019-Present)

Not all mystery- and murder-based shows need to be completely serious. Case in point: Netflix's black comedy "Dead to Me," which is about a woman who kills a man in a hit-and-run accident and then deliberately becomes friends with the man's widow out of guilt, unbeknownst to the widow. Of course, things don't end up being that cut and dry, as further wrinkles are introduced and twists unfold that really complicate the lives of these two women and the people around them.

To say any more than that would be to spoil what is so fun about watching "Dead to Me," led by the wonderful Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, who have excellent chemistry in one of the most dysfunctional friendships in television history. James Marsden also shows up in a surprisingly slimy role, proving he can do more than play the buttoned-down straight man he's usually cast as. The show's third season has seen multiple delays due both to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Applegate's multiple sclerosis diagnosis, but it is still in production and currently expected by the end of 2022 (via Variety).

Teen Wolf (2011-2017)

Take a delightfully silly 1980s comedy film about a teenage boy who turns into a friendly werewolf who is really good at basketball and reinvent it as a 2010s teen drama series? Sure, why not? The MTV series has very little in common with the Michael J. Fox film apart from its title, but the result is one of MTV's best shows in years and a more than worthy addition to the spate of high-quality teen dramas released in the new millennium.

The cast — including future Arrowverse Superman Tyler Hoechlin — are all fantastic, rising above the melodramatic performances that many of their teen drama peers are often guilty of. They help to sell what is, admittedly, a rather goofy premise — but you don't watch a show called "Teen Wolf" and expect gritty realism. Rather than just winning the big game, as seems to be the primary goal for the original movie's protagonist, high school student/werewolf Scott McCall is eventually called on to protect his town from supernatural threats while joining a pack that consists of other werewolves of varying ages. 

The Sinner (2017-2021)

"The Sinner" follows the pattern of shows like "American Horror Story" in that it is technically an anthology series but still has common threads and various plot elements that carry over from season to season. In the case of "The Sinner," the main connector across all four seasons is detective Harry Ambrose, who is tasked with investigating the crime/mystery at the heart of each season. Played by Bill Pullman, Det. Ambrose is about as flawed a character as has ever served as the primary "good guy" of a TV show, and that's a large part of what makes "The Sinner" so compelling to watch.

Season 1 also stars Jessica Biel as a woman who is inexplicably triggered by a rowdy group of partygoers at the beach, beating one of them to death despite denying having previously met the man. Season 2 finds Ambrose investigating what appears to be a double homicide with a 13-year-old boy as the prime suspect. The third season revolves around a fatal car accident with a number of details that don't add up, and the fourth and final season sees a retired Ambrose drawn back into detective work when a murder happens in the small Maine town he relocated to. The seasons vary in quality — with the first two being the best — but all four are well worth watching and show how perfect the anthology format is for a mystery series. 

Outer Banks (2020-Present)

One of the newest series on this list, "Outer Banks" debuted on Netflix in 2020 and currently has a third season confirmed to be on the way. Considering how trigger-happy the streaming giant has been lately with all but their absolute best-performing non-reality shows, it definitely says a lot about the popularity of "Outer Banks" to still have Netflix's confidence in it. The show is something of an old-fashioned action/adventure romp, where a group of locals on a resort island go searching for one of their missing members and uncover a world of danger and mystery along the way.

It might be a bit more "The Goonies" than "Pretty Little Liars," but "Outer Banks" still packs enough mystery and teen-based drama to interest fans of the latter. For what it's worth, it is also a lot more fun and family-friendly. It's one of the few shows of its ilk that appeals to both kids and adults, making for the perfect summertime binge. 

Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

"Desperate Housewives" is every bit as campy and over-the-top as one would expect from a show with that title, and we wouldn't want it any other way. A primetime soap opera with a mystery twist set in on the fictional Wisteria Lane, the series itself was sometimes overshadowed by the supposed drama happening between its stars on the set — but, again, we wouldn't expect anything less from a show like this, and it only added to the show's popularity and legacy.

Robert Bianco of USA Today hailed the show as "refreshingly original" while also describing it as "sort of 'Knots Landing' meets 'Golden Girls' by way of 'Twin Peaks.'" Multiple critics evoked "Twin Peaks" in their reviews of "Desperate Housewives," noting its dark humor and many mysteries and surprises. The show was also responsible for a major milestone, becoming the longest-running hour-long drama with all-female leads when it wrapped up in 2012 (per Us Weekly). 

Castle Rock (2018-2019)

Mystery and horror are very similar flavors, and it's not surprising that they are often paired together. Hulu's "Castle Rock" is such a pairing, serving as a sort of Stephen King Cinematic Universe consisting of characters, themes, and references to the famed author's work and all taking place in the fictional titular town he has set many of his stories in and around. It is definitely a show made by Stephen King fans, for Stephen King fans, to the point that those who aren't especially familiar with his work might not really "get" it.

But those that are the target audience for "Castle Rock" will find one of the most lovingly crafted visions of the author's work ever put on screen. It benefits from being unencumbered by any specific book's plot or characters. Of the many horrifying events that unfolded on the show, the biggest is that it only got two seasons before Hulu gave it the ax. At least its two seasons remain for newcomers to discover, and fans to revisit — and, for what it's worth, it's a show that rewards multiple viewings

Veronica Mars (2004-2019)

While it was on television, "Veronica Mars" was perpetually considered one of those "great shows you're not watching." It drew critical acclaim and was highly beloved by a small group of fans, but failed to find a big enough audience to justify its continued existence. It was the breakout role for Kristen Bell (eventual narrator of "Gossip Girl"), who plays the titular amateur teenage sleuth who solves a different standalone case in each episode, which made it somewhat unique in a genre that tends to be more about grander mysteries that span entire seasons or even whole series.

The show is also noteworthy for its fast, witty dialogue, which creator Rob Thomas would later hone via his equally underappreciated workplace comedy "Party Down." Despite only two seasons on UPN and a third on the CW, "Veronica Mars" remained a cult hit for many years, so much so that it was revived eight years after its cancelation with a successfully crowdfunded 2014 film followed by a fourth (and seemingly final) season in 2019 on Hulu. 

Who Killed Sara? (2021-2022)

For fans of "Pretty Little Liars" who aren't opposed to reading subtitles, they would do well to check out Netflix's Spanish-language mystery thriller "Who Killed Sara?" The show seeks to answer the question posed in its title and follows the victim's brother as he looks for his sister's killer after having spent 18 years in prison for wrongfully being convicted of the act himself. 

Combining elements of typical murder/mystery shows while also adding a telenovela-esque vibe — which makes sense, given the creator's history with award-winning telenovelas — "Who Killed Sara?" is a fascinating fusion of genres that will keep viewers binging. The critically acclaimed show's third and final season premiered on the streaming service in May of 2022. If this one isn't already on your list, it should be added to it as soon as possible.

Riverdale (2017-Present)

Another modern-day reimagining of a property that has been around for many decades, the CW's "Riverdale" takes the universe of the Archie comics characters of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, et al and turns it into an edgy murder mystery teen drama. Smartly choosing to play it straight while also being self-aware of its source material, "Riverdale" turns what could've been a thin gimmick into a sturdy premise that has lasted for six seasons and counting.

Sure, few of the show's target demographic have even read an Archie comic, if they are even aware of the show's source material at all. But that's OK; there's something to be said for a new generation being introduced to a property and the new take being entirely "their own" without the baggage of needing to appeal to a property's existing fanbase. That said, Archie fans will also find plenty to like about the show, especially those who can remember the sometimes risqué, double-entendre-heavy nature of the comics in the older days, particularly regarding the love triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica. 

Big Little Lies (2017-2019)

"Pretty Little Liars" fans shouldn't only check out "Big Little Lies" because the titles are so similar. There are plenty of connecting themes between the shows that ensure an overlapping fanbase. The two-season HBO drama also features a female-heavy cast and is centered around uncovering a mystery, while the interpersonal drama between everyone involved becomes both a help as well as a hindrance.

Few TV shows have the kind of movie star pedigree as "Big Little Lies," counting Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and even Meryl Streep among its main cast. Other than the occasional cameo, Streep doesn't do television often and is very choosy when she does — and that alone speaks highly of "Big Little Lies." Needless to say, the show was both highly acclaimed and had no trouble racking up awards during its short run. It's worth paying for a month of HBO Max just to watch it, it's that good. 

Dare Me (2019-2020)

Another promising series that got cut down in its prime, "Dare Me" deserved at least another season or two, especially as it's a slow-burn type of mystery. As it stands, what's there is well worth checking out, even if it means being left feeling frustrated at the many plot threads that will forever remain unstitched.

One of the most critically acclaimed teen dramas of the last decade or so, "Dare Me" is a refreshing take on an otherwise overplayed premise: teen girls competing with and being vicariously cruel to one another. What keeps the show from falling into cliché is that it features a more nuanced approach to the theatrics, with strong performances that help its three main leads be some of the deepest and most complex characters in the genre. As things begin to descend into darkness with various tragic events — some accidental, some intentional — the show never allows the characters to become too shallow or archetypical. 

13 Reasons Why (2017-2020)

Not all shows that surround the mystery of a death are about finding the killer. In the case of "13 Reasons Why," the first season centers around a teenage girl who took her own life. The episodes gradually uncover her reasons for doing so via the audio tapes she left behind. As more is revealed about her life leading up to her fateful decision both via the tapes and through flashbacks, the people whom she blames as well as the people whom she thanks are thrown into chaos as everyone turns on each other. 

That core premise was more or less fully explored in the show's first season. Unfortunately, things are stretched for three additional seasons, each getting further from the show's core conceit and devolving into tired teenager melodrama. Rightfully so, only the first season received critical acclaim, while each subsequent season was increasingly panned. In this particular case, this recommendation is only for the first season of "13 Reasons Why," which remains an excellent 13 episodes of television. Venture beyond that if you're curious, but keep expectations extremely low. 

Black Mirror (2011-Present)

Some series are anthology shows where each season has its own separate plot and characters. Then there are ones where each episode is a self-contained story with a beginning, middle, and end, like "Black Mirror." Nothing ties any episode to any other beyond the show's overarching theme of over-reliance on technology and the many issues that can result from it.

Most episodes of "Black Mirror" have some sort of dark twist that comes late. Figuring out what these twists are going to be is what "Pretty Little Liars" fans will enjoy most. But there are also individual episodes that get closer to the vibe of "Pretty Little Liars" — such as the episode "Nosedive," which stars Bryce Dallas Howard in a universe where social media standing is literally the most important thing in the world, and losing it has extremely dire consequences. 

One of Us Is Lying (2021-Present)

You have to respect a TV show title as descriptive and on-the-nose as "One of Us Is Lying." Sure, it's a title that can be applied to half the shows on this list and fit them perfectly, but all that does is hammer home the fact that it's must-watch content for any fan of shows matching its vibe. The show is a combination of the "someone died in this room and one of us has to be the killer" trope with a "Breakfast Club"-esque spin in that it takes place during high school detention. 

As the series progresses, we meet each of the characters/subjects and naturally come to discover that they all had a motive to kill the victim. Naturally, the blame game begins immediately, with each person looking to paint anyone but themselves as the primary suspect and not caring who gets thrown under the bus in the process. A second season has been confirmed and is due to hit Peacock this October, which gives people who missed out on the first season plenty of time to catch up before then. 

Fargo (2014-Present)

Another anthology series on a season-to-season basis, FX's "Fargo" isn't so much based on the Coen brothers film of the same name as loosely inspired by it. The most obvious connective tissue between the movie and the series is that it's roughly based in or near the titular North Dakota town. But they are also similar in that they are both crime stories filled with twists and turns, most of which involve hapless criminals who are way out of their element and fail in increasingly worse ways as the seasons go on.

No matter how many mysteries you think you've figured out in any given season of "Fargo," there are bound to be shocking revelations by the time the finale rolls around. The show might arguably be guilty of the law of diminishing returns that so many anthology series suffer from, but no season of "Fargo" is truly bad. The show has collected some extremely impressive talent over the years, with cast lists that have included Ewan McGregor, Bob Odenkirk, Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, Colin Hanks, and many more. 

The Hardy Boys (2020-Present)

If they can revive Nancy Drew, they can revive the Hardy Boys. The latter's modern iteration just wrapped up its second season on Hulu in spring 2022, with a third currently up in the air but with plenty of reason to be optimistic about its eventual confirmation (per TV Line). Unlike the CW's "Nancy Drew," this version of "The Hardy Boys" aims a bit younger in terms of its target demo — older kids and younger teens are most likely to enjoy watching the titular characters solving mysteries in their native Bridgeport.

But that isn't to say that it's strictly a "kids' show"; far from it. There is enough complexity to the mysteries and enough maturity in the writing that even adults will find something to like, even if there aren't likely to be any grisly crime scenes or edgy dialogue anytime soon. 

True Detective (2014-2019)

The first season of "True Detective" was a huge event, bringing two A-list movie stars — Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey — to the small screen along with Michelle Monaghan in a nonlinear narrative about a pair of detectives investigating a murder in Louisiana. Things flash backward and forward between various points between 1995 and 2012, looking at the investigation across various stages, including an inquiry into the conduct of the two detectives. As things continue to progress in the show's present day, the story goes in some very unexpected directions — some of which might even get into supernatural territory.

The best seasons of "True Detective" are the best version of this kind of television: basically one long movie broken up into hour-long chunks. Those seasons are the first and third, with the latter starring Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff. The second got into serious sophomore slump territory and is entirely skippable, which is fine given the show's anthology conceit. 

The 4400 (2004-2007)

In the 1940s, exactly 4,400 people — hence the show's title, "The 4400" — all disappeared in beams of light. None were seen or heard from again until about 50 years later, when they all simultaneously returned in the same way they vanished. Not only do they not remember anything that happened during their absence, but none of them have aged a single day. Further, some of them have developed superpowers.

Were they abducted by aliens? Was it magic? Something else? This is the main source of mystery in the first season of "The 4400." Going into Season 2, viewers learn the exact nature of the disappearance and return of the 4,400 people — but that is only the beginning of the many twists and turns the show takes over the course of its four seasons. It was one of the first major roles for future two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, one of only a half dozen or so actors who are there from the beginning to the end of this unique and exciting series.

Just be sure you check out the original that aired on USA between 2004 and 2007, not the disappointing CW reboot from 2021

Get Even (2000)/Rebel Cheer Squad (2022)

Initially exclusive to a BBC video-on-demand service called iPlayer, this British thriller series eventually made its way to Netflix where it could deservedly be seen by a much larger audience. The show is about a group of girls called DGM — short for Don't Get Mad — who want to take down the bullies at their school by leaking incriminating photos and information about them. But then one of those bullies winds up dead — and the group soon discovers that they are being set up for the bully's murder. 

Over the course of the show's one and only season, "Get Even" sees the girls try and cope with the tragic turn that their revenge mission took, as well as their regular struggles as high school students. Though the finale leaves the door open for further "missions" from the DGM team, it will seemingly remain a one-off situation. However, it was followed up by "Rebel Cheer Squad," which features its own DGM team, is set in the same universe as "Get Even," and has a similar tone and structure. So think of the two shows as simply being two seasons of the same anthology series.

The Originals (2013-2018)

The popularity of the "The Vampire Diaries" TV series was such that it spawned an entire media franchise of spin-offs, novels, comic books, and more. In terms of television, the first major spin-off was the 2013 series "The Originals," which lasted an impressive five seasons. The show focuses on the three Mikaelson siblings from "The Vampire Diaries"; the spin-off's title refers to the fact that the family is that universe's first-ever vampires. The show sees them return to their native New Orleans and navigate various conflicts and dramas in the region.

While "The Originals" isn't a spin-off one can jump into without at least some familiarity with the original, it's a great side story and a fantastic way to expand that show's universe. Having things focus more directly on the frenemy relationship between vampires and werewolves while stripping out much of the human element that "Vampire Diaries" revolved around allows "The Originals" to be a more exciting and polished experience in a lot of ways, making it a good fit for "Pretty Little Liars" fans who also enjoy the supernatural. 

A second spin-off, "Legacies," ran from 2018 and 2022 and is worth watching, but is definitely the least compelling of the three shows.

Revenge (2011-2015)

Loosely based on the novel "The Count of Monte Cristo," ABC's "Revenge" is about a woman who is playing the vengeance long game. After her father was framed for a murder he didn't commit and then killed in prison, Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp) pretends to be someone else as she moves in next door to the wealthy family who now lives in her childhood home and has taken over the estate after being the ones to frame and kill her dad. 

The show is about her systematically taking down each member of the family — as well as anyone who she thinks was part of what happened to her father — one by one until everyone pays for what they did. However, things get complicated as she finds herself struggling not to "get too close" to the people she is trying to take down, and those lines start to get a little blurry. It's a classic tale of revenge, which often seems like a simple solution but is in fact very complicated. 

The Secret Circle (2011-2012)

"The Secret Circle" takes the typical CW teen drama formula and gives it a witchy angle, focusing on a coven of witches in the town of Chance Harbor, Washington. Another product of Kevin Williamson, the show was well-received but was ultimately deemed too costly in relation to its declining ratings and was canceled after only two seasons (per Zap2It). It's too bad, as it had the potential to be the next "Charmed," only better.

Speaking of "Charmed," why is "The Secret Circle" on this list but neither iteration of "Charmed"? That's because "The Secret Circle" plays up its mystery and thriller elements much more, rather than taking a more action-oriented, monster-of-the-week approach of shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, of course, but that type of show doesn't necessarily attract the same type of audience that would enjoy "Pretty Little Liars." For anyone who wants that vibe only with witches and magic, "The Secret Circle" is a great choice, even if it was never given the chance to fully come into its own. 

Dark (2017-2020)

What starts as a group of people investigating the disappearance of a child in their town quickly turns into a twisty tale of sci-fi, time travel, and dual universes in Netflix's "Dark." As the series goes on, the mystery gets progressively deeper and its implications spread even further back in time, eventually unraveling a multi-generational conspiracy. In addition to its mystery elements, "Dark" also takes a look at the messiness of time travel and how it's hard to stop the dominoes from perpetually falling once you go down that road.

"Dark" is unusually complex and ambitious for a Netflix series — or any TV series, really. The German show received much acclaim for that reason and more. It's not a casual watch, and requires your full attention and focus in order to keep up with its complicated narrative and the ever-branching relationships of its characters through time. If you want a show that isn't just something to have on in the background while you scroll Instagram or TikTok, then "Dark" should be right up your alley. 

The Society (2019)

A group of high school kids comes back from a field trip to find that everyone else is gone and they've lost all contact with and connection to the rest of the world. Left to look after and govern themselves, things quickly devolve into "Lord of the Flies" territory as they fail to come up with any other form of order other than violence and intimidation. Luckily, what could be a show built entirely on shock value becomes surprisingly heartfelt at times, and takes a very real look at being a teenager and the many ways that it's a frustrating and confusing time for just about everyone. 

Despite critical acclaim and strong enough viewership numbers for Netflix to commission a second season, "The Society" unfortunately fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. After mounting costs due to the numerous delays and other production difficulties from the lockdowns, the second season ended up being scrapped and the show canceled in 2020 (per Inverse). Had it been released at any other time, "The Society" could've been a huge and long-running hit, but things sadly just didn't end up working out that way. 

The rest of the Pretty Little Liars franchise

It almost goes without saying that "Pretty Little Liars" fans should check out the various spin-offs and continuations of the original series that have been released over the years. The first is the web series "Pretty Dirty Secrets," which was uploaded to ABC Family's website over the course of three months in 2012 and fills in the gaps between the two Season 2 episodes that took place around Halloween. Next was "Ravenswood," which took the "Pretty Little Liars" universe into a more supernatural direction by having it be about a dark curse that has taken over the titular town.

"The Perfectionists" ran for a single season and is a direct sequel to the original series, focusing primarily on Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal. Finally, the upcoming "Original Sin" will be an HBO Max exclusive with the same continuity as the original and a similar setup, but mostly new characters and a different setting. It is set to debut on the service in July of 2022.