The BEST Episodes of Pretty Little Liars

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019

Network: Freeform

Four friends band together against an anonymous follower who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend.

A is for Answers

#1 - A is for Answers

Season 4 - Episode 24

After years of questions and mystery surrounding the night Alison DiLaurentis disappeared, her four best friends come face to face with Ali and finally learn what really happened to her that September night. Now with their newfound knowledge of Ali’s long-held secrets, can Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer help Alison finally figure out who “A” is?

star 8.50
684 votes
Directors: I. Marlene King
Writers: I. Marlene King

#2 - UnmAsked

Season 2 - Episode 25

Rosewood's Junior League Masquerade Gala is the perfect setting for "A's" next game of cat and mouse with his/her favorite targets. But with Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer fast on his/her heels, will this game be "A's" last?

star 8.46
568 votes
Writers: I. Marlene King
This is a Dark Ride

#3 - This is a Dark Ride

Season 3 - Episode 13

Trick or treat? The Rosewood Halloween Ghost Train becomes one killer party in this special Halloween-themed episode. Plus, Adam Lambert performs.

star 8.31
611 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Joseph Dougherty
The Lady Killer

#4 - The Lady Killer

Season 3 - Episode 12

In the midseason finale, Emily is caught in the crossfire as Maya's murderer is revealed and the girls are betrayed by someone close to them.

star 8.28
567 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: I. Marlene King
Game On, Charles

#5 - Game On, Charles

Season 6 - Episode 1

Moments after where the season five finale left off, Aria, Emily, Hanna, Spencer and Mona are trapped outside of Charles’ Dollhouse with nowhere to go and must now deal with an angry tormentor. Just when the Liars thought Charles couldn't get any worse, his games take a more demented and darker turn. As the girls struggle to survive, the puzzle of Charles’ story begins to come together. Meanwhile, Ezra, Caleb and Toby continue the fight to find the girls with or without Rosewood P.D.’s help.

star 8.28
856 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: I. Marlene King, Lijah J. Barasz
Taking This One to the Grave

#6 - Taking This One to the Grave

Season 5 - Episode 12

With Alison leading them down a dangerous path and “A” barring them from telling the police the truth, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer feel trapped and are desperate to find a way out of this mess. With nothing else to lose, could the PLLs lose everything by putting their faith in a possibly untrustworthy ally? Meanwhile, Alison begins to build up her own army now that the PLLs have turned their back on her.

star 8.28
672 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: I. Marlene King
If These Dolls Could Talk

#7 - If These Dolls Could Talk

Season 2 - Episode 24

Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer search for the meaning of new clues leads them to a doll hospital that holds some very familiar looking dolls and a little boy that knows more than he leads onto. But what would bring Ali to such a creepy and weird location on her hunt for "A?" And what can the four girls learn about the secrets that are stashed away on the shelves between forgotten playmates? Meanwhile, Jenna’s surgery brings about more than just the possibility of regaining her sight.

star 8.23
520 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: Maya Goldsmith, Oliver Goldstick
Now You See Me, Now You Don't

#8 - Now You See Me, Now You Don't

Season 4 - Episode 12

An intriguing riddle from “A” has the Liars hitting the road and heading to Ravenswood, where they are surrounded by some familiar faces. During a very special magic show, one Liar pulls a disappearing act, leaving the other three scrambling to make sure she hasn’t succumbed to “A’s” tricks. But before they can hightail it out of Ravenswood, they make a shocking discovery that proves that everything they thought they knew about “A” and the “A” team might be wrong. With this discovery, the Liars may just have started “World War A”-- #WorldWarA. Meanwhile, Hanna and her mother’s joyous reunion is cut short when “A’s” sights are set on a new target. And Toby uncovers some surprising information about Wren.

star 8.22
613 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Bryan M. Holdman, I. Marlene King
Grave New World

#9 - Grave New World

Season 4 - Episode 13

Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer crash the Ravenswood Founders Day Celebration after finding a clue in "A's" new lair that Ali may indeed be alive. Dressed in their finest Edwardian wear, the ladies hit the creepy cemetery party to find Ali before "A" can. But if Ali is truly alive, could the PLLs be leading "A" straight to their friend without knowing it? With Ezra lurking in the shadows, "A" may be closer than the girls realize. Meanwhile, Caleb heads to Ravenswood to help the girls and meets kindred soul Miranda along the way.

star 8.21
664 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: I. Marlene King, Joseph Dougherty, Oliver Goldstick
A dAngerous gAme

#10 - A dAngerous gAme

Season 3 - Episode 24

In the third season finale, the girls attempt to put an end to the game. With so much happening and new information uncovered, will the girls be ready for what is waiting for them?

star 8.18
614 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: I. Marlene King
Miss Me x 100

#11 - Miss Me x 100

Season 5 - Episode 5

The day has finally arrived – Alison’s first day back at Rosewood High, and neither the PLLs nor Alison are really ready for it. Determined to put on a brave face, Alison returns to also help heal the damage she did years ago. But are apologies enough for those who Alison has hurt in the past? Not if Mona and her army have anything to say about it. Meanwhile, Caleb and an old foe return to Rosewood.

star 8.17
710 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: I. Marlene King
For Whom the Bell Tolls

#12 - For Whom the Bell Tolls

Season 1 - Episode 22

Now that Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are in possession of the information that Alison left them, the girls decide that it's time to finally put an end to "A" and the mystery surrounding their friend. But without certain proof that their hunch is right, how can the girls catch "A" in his/her own game? And with little more than a video and hazy memories of the night that Alison disappeared, the Liars may have to turn to an unlikely source of information to help them put a stop to "A" once and for all - or so they think.

star 8.15
630 votes
Writers: I. Marlene King
Over My Dead Body

#13 - Over My Dead Body

Season 2 - Episode 12

Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer have made a crucial mistake – they told someone about “A” and now they must pay the price. With the clock ticking and “A” calling the shots, the girls are sent on missions to do “A’s” bidding in order to save their trusted confidant. Each mission will ultimately lead to what the four liars want the most, but at a costly price to their loved ones and themselves. Can Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer go through with their given tasks in order to save one, or will they ignore “A” to save those around them from being hurt? And ultimately, will this matter when all is said and done? Nothing is ever as it seems in Rosewood, PA.

star 8.12
576 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: I. Marlene King
Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares

#14 - Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares

Season 2 - Episode 14

A month has passed on "Pretty Little Liars" since Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer were arrested and a lot has changed in Rosewood, and with the girls. No longer the mighty four best friends, the Liars are at each others' throats and Emily has been iced out completely. But what could have divided them so severely? Has "A" finally won the game of divide and conquer? With Emily now truly on her own, is she ripe for "A's" picking?

star 8.12
545 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Joseph Dougherty

#15 - CTRL:A

Season 2 - Episode 20

Caleb's involvement in cracking "A's" phone has had Hanna worried from day one and now "A" is determined to punish him for it. With Det. Wilden and Garrett now circling Caleb on bogus hacking charges and in possession of his computer, Hanna and her friends are convinced that this won't end well. What are the police looking for on Caleb's computer and better yet, would could "A" have possibly planted on the computer to interest the police this much? Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer may soon get another example of what happens to people they involve in "A's" game. Meanwhile, Aria learns what Holden's been keeping a secret as Byron starts to question the relationship.

star 8.05
531 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: Joseph Dougherty, Lijah Barasz
The First Secret

#16 - The First Secret

Season 2 - Episode 13

It's the Halloween before Alison disappeared and where all of the secrets and lies began for Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer.

star 8.05
573 votes
Writers: I. Marlene King
Know Your Frenemies

#17 - Know Your Frenemies

Season 1 - Episode 13

Relationships are in flux in Rosewood, PA as the Liars face many obstacles. As Noel steps up his pursuit of Ezra and what he can gain from his knowledge, Aria and Ezra start to feel like there may be no way out. Emily must also deal with opposition to her love life, as her mother Pam's perceived tolerance of Maya comes to a screeching halt. And Spencer must now handle the return of happy newlyweds Melissa and Ian, even though her suspicions of Ian's ties to Alison grow. But with the other girls' support and unexpected help form an unlikely source, the future for the Liars doesn't look so hopeless. Meanwhile, "A" has Hanna jumping through old habit hoops with regard to the stolen money. Will Hanna fall back into her old ways, or does she have the will power to stand up to "A" and her games?

star 8.05
655 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: I. Marlene King
Bite Your Tongue

#18 - Bite Your Tongue

Season 4 - Episode 17

Hanna's new interest in crime novels helps her to come up with a plan to try and figure out whose body is in Ali's grave. While Hanna is on her hunt, Spencer is working overtime to decipher the stories in Ali's diary which she hopes will reveal the identity of Ali's mystery man. But with both girls hot on the trail, will their work lead them straight into "A's" path? Meanwhile, Aria is upset with the new friend Mike has made and Emily's dad is concerned about her behavior.

star 8.04
569 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Maya Goldsmith, Oliver Goldstick
A Hot Piece of 'A'

#19 - A Hot Piece of 'A'

Season 2 - Episode 15

After their recent encounter with “A”, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer think they may be closer than ever to figuring out whom “A” really is. But when the girls decide to enlist Caleb’s hacking skills to help with their quest, Hanna no longer wants a part of the plan. The last thing Hanna wants is to get Caleb involved in something else shady and also to open the door to questions that Hanna can’t answer. Once the girls realize that “A” has a helper, Hanna has no other choice. Instead of focusing on figuring out who the “helper” is, Hanna decides to put all of her efforts into throwing a surprise party for Caleb. But will a surprise party at Spencer’s lake house be the diversion Hanna is looking for, or just a recipe for disaster? Meanwhile, Aria and Ezra must deal with the aftermath of coming clean.

star 8.04
554 votes
Writers: Oliver Goldstick
Monsters in the End

#20 - Monsters in the End

Season 1 - Episode 21

Everyone has something to hide - whether it be a secret romance, who they really are and what their true intentions are. For Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer, keeping things hidden is second nature, but having to live with those secrets can become a big burden. How long can Aria be with someone when they can't go out in public? Is it a true friendship when Spencer and Toby aren't able to be seen together? How truthful can Emily be when she can't be honest about whom she wants to be with? And how can Hanna move on when she secretly still wants to be with the one who broke her heart? With someone like "A" out there to watch their every move, four Liars may not have to worry about keeping things hidden for too much longer. Meanwhile, Rosewood police officer Garrett Reynolds is keeping his promise to keep a close eye on the girls - much closer than they realize.

star 8.02
627 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Oliver Goldstick
Hot for Teacher

#21 - Hot for Teacher

Season 4 - Episode 18

With Spencer’s possible Board Shorts revelation, she is now more determined than ever to prove her theory before bringing it to the other girls’ attention – especially since it could have a devastating effect on one of the Liars. But with many sleepless nights fueled by prescription medication, Hanna starts to notice Spencer’s odd behavior. Will Detective Hanna be able to figure out Spencer’s secret before Spencer is ready to share? Meanwhile, Emily looks to make amends with Alison through Shana, and all of Aria’s lies start to take a toll on her.

star 8.02
588 votes
Directors: Tripp Reed
Writers: Bryan M. Holdman
It Happened 'That Night'

#22 - It Happened 'That Night'

Season 3 - Episode 1

A summer has passed since Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer found out about Mona being ‘A’ and Maya’s death…. Each of the four girls spent their summer in different ways – Aria taking a photography class, Spencer taking college courses at Hollis, Hanna taking cooking classes with Caleb and Emily building houses in Haiti. But… with post-traumatic stress, anger and the acquisition of more secrets the four Liars are anything but fine. Now all back together and coming upon the second anniversary of Alison’s disappearance, the girls find themselves back on the defensive when a shocking event rocks Rosewood.

star 8.00
608 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: I. Marlene King
I Must Confess

#23 - I Must Confess

Season 2 - Episode 11

Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer finally decide it is time to tell someone about "A". Meanwhile, Hanna's infamous grandmother drops into town for Tom's rehearsal dinner.

star 8.00
561 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Oliver Goldstick
Breaking the Code

#24 - Breaking the Code

Season 2 - Episode 21

Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer have been the target of "A’s" games for awhile, leaving them emotionally cut off from their families and friends. But when a surprising new victim of "A" is revealed, the PLLs tight-knit group may just get one person larger. But what is "A’s" motive of targeting someone outside of Alison’s group of besties? Meanwhile, Spencer runs from her family troubles right into Wren’s arms, as Ezra’s new opportunity could push him away from Aria.

star 8.00
528 votes
Directors: Roger Kumble
Writers: Jonell Lennon
Misery Loves Company

#25 - Misery Loves Company

Season 3 - Episode 16

Meredith (AMANDA SCHULL) helps take care of Aria when she is sick - but could Meredith have ulterior motives? Spencer surprises Toby (KEEGAN ALLEN) for their anniversary.

star 8.00
584 votes
Directors: I. Marlene King
Writers: I. Marlene King, Jonell Lennon