The BEST Episodes of Pretty Little Liars

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2020

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.

Game On, Charles

#1 - Game On, Charles

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 2, 2015

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 8.21
1,002 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: I. Marlene King, Lijah J. Barasz
A is for Answers

#2 - A is for Answers

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 18, 2014

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 8.20
945 votes
Directors: I. Marlene King
Writers: I. Marlene King
Taking This One to the Grave

#3 - Taking This One to the Grave

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 26, 2014

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 8.19
818 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: I. Marlene King
Miss Me x 100

#4 - Miss Me x 100

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 8, 2014

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 8.11
856 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: I. Marlene King
UnmAsked

#5 - UnmAsked

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 19, 2012

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 8.10
1,264 votes
Writers: I. Marlene King
Now You See Me, Now You Don't

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

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 27, 2013

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 8.02
991 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Bryan M. Holdman, I. Marlene King
Bite Your Tongue

#7 - Bite Your Tongue

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 28, 2014

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 7.99
744 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Maya Goldsmith, Oliver Goldstick
The Darkest Knight

#8 - The Darkest Knight

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 30, 2016

The Liars face off with their enemies in a chaotic fight that ends fatally. One of the PLLs learns a secret about her past that changes everything while another Liar discovers something about her future that could alter her course forever.

star 7.96
1,336 votes
Grave New World

#9 - Grave New World

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 22, 2013

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 7.88
955 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: I. Marlene King, Joseph Dougherty, Oliver Goldstick
Welcome to the Dollhouse

#10 - Welcome to the Dollhouse

Season 5 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 24, 2015

"A" has always had fun playing with Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer, but now "they" have the biggest game to date in store for the girls. As shocking secrets come to light and the biggest clue to the "A" mystery is revealed, is this one play date the Liars can survive?

star 7.87
651 votes
Free Fall

#11 - Free Fall

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 18, 2014

Spencer is determined that it is finally time to tell Aria about what she has found out about Ezra, but Emily and Hanna are worried about what it could do to their friend. A wrench is thrown into the plan when Ezra tells Aria about his concern and suspicion of Spencer's recent addiction problem. Now with Spencer's credibility being questioned, can the girls trust what Spencer has been telling them about Ezra -- could this all be a figment of Spencer's tired brain or really just a clever ploy by Ezra to cover his tracks?

star 7.84
770 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Maya Goldsmith
The First Secret

#12 - The First Secret

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 19, 2011

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

star 7.84
1,441 votes
Writers: I. Marlene King
A dAngerous gAme

#13 - A dAngerous gAme

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 19, 2013

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 7.83
1,021 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: I. Marlene King
Cover For Me

#14 - Cover For Me

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 4, 2014

Emily takes up the sleuthing reins as she searches for answers about Ezra and Mona. After confronting both, Emily tries to make sense of the heartbreaking situation. Hanna, on the other hand, begins a new search after being confronted by Det. Holbrook and Lt. Tanner with a possible new lead in Alison’s case.Meanwhile, Spencer and Aria lean on new men in their lives to recover.

star 7.83
751 votes
Writers: Bryan M. Holdman
Game Over, Charles

#15 - Game Over, Charles

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 11, 2015

Who killed Toby's mother? Who hit Alison in the head with the rock the night she went missing? Who is Red Coat? Who killed Bethany? Who is the Black Widow? Why has "A" been targeting the PLLs all this time? After years of torture, Alison, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer finally come face-to-face with their tormentor and learn the story of how and why Charles became "A."

star 7.82
973 votes
Directors: I. Marlene King
Writers: I. Marlene King
For Whom the Bell Tolls

#16 - For Whom the Bell Tolls

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 21, 2011

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 7.81
1,616 votes
Writers: I. Marlene King
Through a Glass, Darkly

#17 - Through a Glass, Darkly

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 6, 2015

Three months have passed, and Mona's friends and family are still mourning their loss and more adamant than ever that Alison had something to do with Mona's death. Ready to put "A's" game to an end and get justice for Mona, the PLLs ramp up their search for evidence that could prove Alison killed Mona. But with Alison claiming her innocence and having a seemingly airtight alibi, the Liars may have to resort to more shady tactics to put Ali away.

star 7.80
564 votes
Last Dance

#18 - Last Dance

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 4, 2015

It is prom time at Rosewood High School, except for Alison, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer who have been banned due to "security" concerns. As the girls see this as the final humiliating blow to their high school careers, the girls' mothers try to make the best of a bad situation by offering a home prom in Spencer's barn. At first reluctant, the PLLs agree and try to make the best out of a bad situation. But one to never miss a formal, Charles has other plans in store to make this a night they will never forget. Meanwhile, Veronica, Pam, Ashley and Ella use prom night to touch base on everything that has happened to their daughters.

star 7.80
906 votes
Directors: Janice Cooke
Writers: Francesca Rollins, Oliver Goldstick
Hot for Teacher

#19 - Hot for Teacher

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 4, 2014

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 7.80
850 votes
Directors: Tripp Reed
Writers: Bryan M. Holdman
Unbridled

#20 - Unbridled

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 11, 2014

It is a rough time for all of the Liars as Spencer is reeling about the memories from her lost summer, Aria is still nursing a broken heart, Emily is reeling from Paige's Betrayal and Hanna unsuccessfully attempts to wade back into the dating pool. But as each girl tries to deal with her individual issues, they must focus their attention on their suspicions surrounding Mrs. DiLaurentis. Assuming that Mrs. D knows more about Ali and the night she went missing, girls decide to help out at her charity bridal fashion show to gain access to the DiLaurentis house to search for answers. Meanwhile, Ella and Jason return to Rosewood, each with something to hide.

star 7.80
820 votes
Writers: Maya Goldsmith, Oliver Goldstick
Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares

#21 - Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 2, 2012

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 7.80
1,441 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Joseph Dougherty
A Dark Ali

#22 - A Dark Ali

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 12, 2014

The pressure is on for Alison to identify the man police have in custody for her kidnapping, but the Liars know if she does it would be sending an innocent man to prison and possibly walking right into an “A” trap. With Emily trying to convince Ali not to play into “A’s” hand, Spencer comes up with a plan B in case Ali decides to make the wrong decision. Meanwhile, fed up with all of the Ali drama, Hanna tries to lead a “normal” teenage life.

star 7.79
769 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Lijah J. Barasz
Run, Ali, Run

#23 - Run, Ali, Run

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 15, 2014

With the town of Rosewood trying to get back to normal, the PLLs — especially Ali — are far from okay after the latest “accident.” Thinking that it wasn’t the right decision to come home after all, Ali starts to consider leaving for good. But Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are determined to keep her safe in Rosewood and to figure out who and what is behind this latest incident. Meanwhile, Caleb also starts second-guessing his return, and Ezra dives into his research to help find answers.

star 7.78
814 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Jonell Lennon
The Lady Killer

#24 - The Lady Killer

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 28, 2012

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 7.78
1,148 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: I. Marlene King
This is a Dark Ride

#25 - This is a Dark Ride

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 23, 2012

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

star 7.78
1,163 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Joseph Dougherty