Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

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Pretty Little Liars:
Original Sin
Pretty Little Liars Original Sin title card.png
Created byRoberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Lindsay Calhoon Bring
Based onPretty Little Liars
by Sara Shepard
Creative directorNeil Patel
Music byJoseph Bishara
Opening theme"Secret" by
The Pierces
Country of originUnited States
Original language
  • English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Executive producers
  • Jimmy Gibbons
  • Jenina Kibuka
  • Amy Myrold
  • Sean Fogel
  • Joe Collins
  • Anka Malatynska
  • Elizabeth Czyewski
  • Joseph Hatton
Running time52–53 minutes
Production companies
Original networkHBO Max
Picture format1080p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseJuly 28, 2022 (2022-07-28) –
present (present)
Related showsPretty Little Liars franchise

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is an American slasher horror drama streaming television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Lindsay Calhoon Bring for HBO Max. It is the fourth television series in the Pretty Little Liars franchise, which is based on the novel series written by Sara Shepard, and set within the same continuity as the previous series.[3] The series follows the lives of a group of teenage girls who begin receiving terror from a mysterious assailant named "A", holding them responsible for something tragic that happened in the past.[4] The series features an ensemble cast, headed by Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles, and Maia Reficco.

Warner Bros. announced the series's development with Aguirre-Sacasa as showrunner in September 2020. It was given a straight-to-series order by HBO Max at the end of the same month. Filming takes place in the State of New York and began during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the first series in the franchise to not be broadcast on ABC Family/Freeform and to be carried on a streaming television service.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin premiered on July 28, 2022.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Bailee Madison as Imogen Adams,[6] a resourceful pregnant teen[7]
  • Chandler Kinney as Tabby Haworthe,[6] an aspiring filmmaker and horror film fanatic[7]
  • Zaria as Faran Bryant,[6] a determined ballerina who deals with racism in the industry[7]
  • Malia Pyles as Minnie "Mouse" Honrada,[6] an Internet-obsessed teen with a history of trauma[7]
  • Maia Reficco as Noa Olivar,[6] a track star freshly out of juvie[7]
  • Mallory Bechtel as:
    • Karen Beasley, the queen bee of Millwood High who recently had a falling out with Imogen[7]
    • Kelly Beasley, Karen's twin sister[8]
  • Sharon Leal as Sidney Haworthe, a real estate agent and Tabby's mother
    • Kristen Maxwell as teen Sidney
  • Elena Goode as Marjorie Olivar, a nurse and Noa's mother
    • Saran-Anne Martinez as teen Marjorie
  • Eric Johnson as Sheriff Beasley, the local sheriff and the domineering patriarch of the Beasley family
  • Alex Aiono as Shawn Noble, a popular jock and Noa's supportive boyfriend
  • Lea Salonga as Elodie Honrada, one of Mouse's mothers, who tries to keep her daughter safe
    • Emily Bautista as teen Elodie


  • Kate Jennings Grant as Madame Giry, the ballerina instructor at Millwood High
  • Carly Pope as Davie Adams, Imogen's mother
    • Ava DeMary as teen Davie
  • Robert Stanton as Marshall Clanton, the principal at Millwood High
  • Jeffrey Bean as Mr. Smithee, the film teacher at Millwood High
  • Ben Cook as Henry, a ballerina and Faran's love interest
  • Lilla Crawford as Sandy, Karen's friend
  • Jennifer Ferrin as Martha Beasley, Karen and Kelly's mother and Sheriff Beasley's wife
  • Derek Klena as Wes, Tabby's boss at the theater who recently graduated from film school at NYU
  • Jordan Gonzalez as Ash, Mouse's love interest
  • Elias Kacavas as Greg, Karen's boyfriend
  • Carson Rowland as Chip, Tabby's co-worker and best friend
  • Anthony Ordonez as Mr. Gardner, a teacher at Millwood High
  • Gabriella Pizzolo as Angela Waters, a teenager from the mothers' past who killed herself at midnight during a rave to celebrate Y2K
  • Kim Berrios Lin as Shirley, one of Mouse's mother
  • Zakiya Young as Corey Bryant, Faran's mother who works at a law firm in Pittsburgh
    • Kristian Mosley as teen Corey
  • Brian Altemus as Tyler Marchand, a student who recorded an exploitative video of Karen
  • Benton Greene as Zeke Bryant, Faran's father


No.Title [9]Directed byWritten by [10]Original release date [5]
1"Chapter One: Spirit Week"Lisa SoperRoberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Lindsay Calhoon BringJuly 28, 2022 (2022-07-28)
In 1999, distressed teen Angela Waters commits suicide at a Y2K party in a warehouse after her pleas for help are ignored by friends Sidney Haworthe, Davie Adams, Elodie Honrada, Marjorie Olivar and Corey Bryant. 22 years later, Davie receives an envelope with the flyer from the Y2K party and an ominous message written on the back. Her teenage pregnant daughter, Imogen, and Imogen's ex-best friend, Karen Beasley, soon find Davie dead in the bathtub with an 'A' scrawled in blood nearby. Imogen moves in with Sidney and Sydney’s daughter, Tabby, and a month later returns to school. After panicking about her future of raising the baby with no support, Imogen, after a verbal altercation with Karen and Karen’s twin sister Kelly, declares her intent to run against Karen for Spirit Week Queen. Meanwhile, Tabby argues with her film teacher about the curriculum and decides to use her job at the local theater to set up screenings for films not approved for their class; she soon receives a strange text. Fellow students Noa Olivar (who is on probation, has to wear an ankle monitor and does daily community service), Minnie Honrada (a quiet student often found in the computer lab) and Faran Bryant (an outstanding ballet student who was just rewarded the role of The Black Swan) also receive strange messages and begin to see a strange masked figure watching them. The masked figure later murders a school janitor after he finds the figure’s secret lair. Imogen, Tabby, Noa, Mouse, and Faran all end up in detention for multiple incidents around the school against Karen; they become convinced Karen framed them after discussing the situation and agree to revenge against Karen.
2"Chapter Two: The Spirit Queen"Lisa SoperRoberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Lindsay Calhoon BringJuly 28, 2022 (2022-07-28)
Imogen and her new friends plot revenge on their common nemesis, while Karen and her twin sister Kelly hatch plans of their own.
3"Chapter Three: Aftermath"Maggie KileyMichael Grassi & Evelyn YvesJuly 28, 2022 (2022-07-28)
As Millwood deals with the aftermath of recent events, Imogen uncovers secrets to unmask "A". Beasly gets closer to the truth, Noa weighs her options, and Tabby tries to retrieve some evidence.
4"Chapter Four: The (Fe)male Gaze"Lisa SoperEleanor Jean & Jenina KibukaAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)
After their punishment comes to an end, the girls cement their friendship when Imogen needs them most. Meanwhile, Noa finds herself in A's crosshairs.
5"Chapter Five: The Night He Came Home"Lisa SoperKatie Avery & Alexis ScheerAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)
Desperate to keep her mother's house, Imogen throws a Halloween party to raise cash. Unfortunately, the presence of an unwAnted guest casts a shadow over the celebrations.
6"Chapter Six: Scars"TBAPamela G. Rooney & Danielle ImanAugust 11, 2022 (2022-08-11)
As Imogen and Tabby dig into the mystery surrounding Angela Waters, Faran deals with the scars of her past.
7"Chapter Seven: Carnival of Souls"TBADaniel G. King & Neil McNeilAugust 11, 2022 (2022-08-11)
8"Chapter Eight: Bad Blood"TBAMichael Grassi & Stasia DemickAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)
9"Chapter Nine: Dead and Buried"TBARoberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Lindsay Calhoon BringAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)
10"Chapter Ten: Final Girls"TBATBAAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)



On September 2, 2020, it was announced that a new Pretty Little Liars series was is in development at Warner Bros., with Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa taking over as showrunner from I. Marlene King.[11] Original Sin will take place within the same continuity as the previous television series, but will follow new characters and storylines in a new setting.[12][3]

On September 24, 2020, HBO Max gave the series a direct-to-series order of 10-episodes and was named Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, with Aguirre-Sacasa teaming up with Lindsay Calhoon Bring to develop the series.[13] Aguirre-Sacasa also executive produces the series alongside King, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. Production companies involved with the series are Muckle Man Productions, Alloy Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television.[14][15]


In July 2021, Chandler Kinney, Maia Reficco, and Bailee Madison were cast on starring roles.[16][17] In August 2021, Zaria, Malia Pyles, Alex Aiono, Mallory Bechtel, and Eric Johnson joined the main cast.[18][19] In September 2021, Carson Rowland, Jordan Gonzalez, Ben Cook, Elias Kacavas, Benton Greene, Lea Salonga, Sharon Leal, Carly Pope, Elena Goode, and Zakiya Young were cast in recurring roles.[20][21] In November 2021, Cristala Carter, Derek Klena, Kate Jennings Grant, Robert Stanton, Jennifer Ferrin, Lilla Crawford, Brian Altemus, Anthony Ordonez, and Jeffrey Bean joined the cast in recurring capacities.[22] In December 2021, Ava DeMary, Kristen Maxwell, and Gabriella Pizzolo were cast in recurring roles.[23]


The series was set to film at Upriver Studios in Saugerties, New York, in mid to late 2021.[24] Filming began on August 23, 2021, in Prison Alley, Hudson, New York, during the COVID-19 pandemic.[25][26] Filming wrapped on May 2, 2022.[27]


Film composer Joseph Bishara was hired to do the series' score.[28] He is known for his work in horror movies, including the Insidious films and The Conjuring franchise.[28] A remix version of "Secret" by The Pierces appeared in the opening sequence.[29][30] The original song was previously used as the opening theme in the original Pretty Little Liars, while Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists used a cover version by Denmark + Winter.


The series premiered on July 28, 2022, with the first three episodes available, followed by two more episodes each on August 4 and 11, and then the final three episodes on August 18.[5]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 94% approval rating with an average rating of 6.9/10, based on 17 critical reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Boasting a tantalizing new mystery along with a refreshingly grounded crop of pretty little liars, Original Sin is a gossipy good time."[31] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 82 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[32]


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