The Best TV of 2014 So Far

From purple weddings to female perps, Rob Sheffield lists the highlights of an already abundant year of great TV

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'Pretty Little Liars' (ABC Family)
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13. 'Pretty Little Liars' (ABC Family)

Remember when the Liars girls thought they had A. all figured out? But then A. broke into Spencer's house and left a message, scrawled in lipstick on the mirror? "IT WON'T BE THAT EASY, BITCHES!" That's exactly how I feel watching Pretty Little Liars, because each batshit revelation in this convoluted psycho-mystery leaves me more baffled than ever about what the hell is going on here. But that's the point of PLL's uniquely surreal (and emotionally honest) pulp depiction of girldom and high school and adolescence in general. Spoiler time: The long-awaited "Season of Answers" held a doozy of a surprise. Alison, the dead friend at the heart of the mystery, is actually not really dead at all, leading to perhaps the finest line of dramatic dialogue uttered anywhere on TV this year: "God, I can't believe your mom buried you alive!" As for figuring out whatever the hell will happen in the just-started Season Five — it won't be that easy, bitches.

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