Pretty Little Liars was released in 2010 and quickly became very popular: the intricate and sometimes creepy story of four friends quickly resonated in the hearts of fans of thrillers and detectives. We've compiled a selection of TV shows similar to the cult hit "The Pretty Little Liars", which are just as full of mystery and characters who have their own "skeletons in the wardrobe".
Ravenswood (USA, 2013)
The town of Ravenswood is mentioned in The Pretty Little Liars, so this series can safely be considered its spin-off, even though they have some genre differences. Ravenswood is a town that has been under attack for years by a curse that is the cause of numerous mysterious deaths. Five strangers are forced to band together and uncover the town's senior secrets in order for the curse to finally fall, otherwise it threatens to ruin their lives too.
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (USA, 2019)
Another spinoff of The Pretty Little Liars, released in 2019. It features the characters Mona and Alison, who have been beloved since The Liars. The small town of Beacon Heights is rocked by horrifying news: local womaniser Nolan Hotchkiss has been murdered, and the murder itself was carried out exactly as planned by three young men, who, however, did not commit the murder. One year ago, the suicide of a female teacher at the university where the protagonists study, adds more oil to the fire. Lying Game (USA, 2011)
A tangled drama about the complicated relationship between twin sisters Emma and Sutton, who are separated as children, and their quest to find out the truth about their biological family. Don't let the complex plot intimidate potential viewers – the author of this story is the same writer who wrote the Sweet Deceivers series of books, which means the series is done in the good tradition of the beloved show.
Revenge (USA, 2011)
The revenge series is a self-proclaimed reimagining of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo, and we simply can't disagree with such a high-profile title. As in The Pretty Little Liars, the series has room for betrayal, death and revenge with a benchmark of dusty skeletons shaken out of other people's wardrobes.
Socio (USA, 2013)
A series about a sixteen year old teenager who finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of his classmate. The slogan of this series is "The truth can be a killer", and this is the main argument for why this show is so good and what it has in common with Pretty Little Liars.
The only downside to the series is that it was shut down after the first season, which left the veil of plot mysteries unsolved.
Scream Queens (USA, 2015)
A glamorous slasher horror film about a series of mysterious murders that fundamentally breaks all the clichés of its genre. The brilliant Emma Roberts perfectly plays the role of the popular girl at school in the spirit of Mean Girls, and the legendary actress and "professional victim" Jamie Lee Curtis looks more organic in this series than ever before.
Desperate Housewives (USA, 2004)
Speaking of shows that focus on women and their dark secrets, it was impossible to ignore the cult show "Desperate Housewives", which became a huge success in the noughties, pinning the gaze of millions of viewers around the world to their TV sets. Here, the well-to-do women of a well-to-do town are just a facade, hiding a lot of secrets and unexpected plot twists behind them.
The Devious Maids (USA, 2013)
"The Devious Maids" is the brainchild of the joint efforts of the creators of "Desperate Housewives" and its main star Eva Longoria. The plot here also centres around four women in the entourage of successful and wealthy life in Beverly Hills, one of whose girlfriends is suddenly found brutally murdered, having taken the terrible secrets of her colleagues to her grave.
Mistresses (USA, UK, 2013)
Drama about the lives of four girlfriends and the complicated and dangerous relationship they find themselves in. Of course, each of them has their own secrets, problems in their lives and with their men, otherwise this series would not have made it into our selection. Although there's no chilling plot or murder here, the series is easy to watch, dragging out episode after episode.
Big Little Lies (USA, 2017)
Based on the popular novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, the series features a star-studded cast including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep herself, who appears in the second season. It's another drama about women and their complicated love lives, but you don't get to call it "another": In addition to the drama unfolding on the screens, the viewer has to deal with a murder, but you won't know who was killed and what events led to the tragic death until the end credits. You'll love the suspense and it's recommended for all fans of the stories of what ordinary, but seemingly happy and successful women can keep secret.