The Lying Game Pilot Review: A New Hit?

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Is there any doubt that ABC Family has another hit on its hands? After just the series premiere of The Lying Game, I'm already itching for more.

First, major props to the author behind the series, Sara Shepard. Her other novel series spawned Pretty Little Liars, another favorite at TV Fanatic.

Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer

Next, let's all appreciate the adorable Alexandra Chando for playing both twins, Sutton and Emma. You know audiences simply can't resist an actress who can handle portraying two roles at once. (Nina Dobrev on The Vampire Diaries, anyone?) Chando, particularly in the locker room scene above, gave off a serious old-school Mischa Barton/Marissa Cooper vibe. Before that actress and character started sucking, that is.

As for the actual episode...

Two identical sisters are dealt two very different hands in life. Emma is an orphan who got passed from foster home to foster home. Sutton is a charmed teen who got adopted by a wealthy family in Arizona. When Emma can no longer stand her current living situation, she sets up a meeting with Sutton. Only the arrival isn't quite the reunion she imagined, as Sutton immediately convinces her to trade places, so she can follow a lead on their birth mother.

Emma has limited options, considering she was running from Social Services. She reluctantly agrees. With new clothes and a new car, she heads off as Sutton. Sutton, meanwhile, tells her that everything she needs to know is on her laptop. Too bad a burglar swiped that at the conclusion of the pilot.

Emma handles the transition awkwardly, but fairly well, given the circumstances. After all, Sutton tells her it would only be two days until they could switch back... but then she fails to show up. The closing shot depicts Sutton on the receiving end of a surprise attack. But from who? Hello, mystery number-one!

Sutton also insinuated that her parents did something horrible and know more than they lead on about her adoption, just providing one of moments that left me scratching my head for more answers. Such as: Who can Emma trust now that she can't reach Sutton? Which adorable guy is actually Sutton's boyfriend? What more do Sutton's parents know?

If the mark of a good show is when it leaves you wanting more, The Lying Game definitely accomplished that goal. I'll be tuning in next week for sure. How about you?


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (147 Votes)

Good start. I liked when they said the same thing at the same time.


Haven't watched yet, but I'm betting that I like SMG's Ringer a lot better than this one. We'll see, though...


I thought the pilot was really good, and I have definite plans to tune in next week. Emma is all kinds of awesome.


The main actress looks like a mix of Victoria Justice and Nina Dobrev!


This is just my personal opinion, but: cheap. I don't know why, but since I really like PLL, I thought I'd buy this, too...I don't have problems with plot holes, because every "mystery" show has many, but this was so far from realistic. And, don't punish me, the lead actress just can't act in my opinion and that's a bad thing if she has to play both twins. I'm not a SMG fan, but I'll dump this and check out Ringer in september...


Not really interested in this one at all, but totally interested in the Ringer on CW. I definitely think the Ringer will do well just because of SMG.


pretty much the same as CW wants to do with Ringer, will see which one scores best, and i bet it will be ABC Fam


There wasn't really something special about the first episode. The end was creapy, when the real Sutton was in the car and someone got in and she sort of screamed. @delphincik I thought the programma was about that the real Sutton disappeared and then Emma took in her place to find out who wanted to 'kill' or whatever do something to Sutton.


well, the pilot was so-so, nothing special, will see the next one to make a proper conclusion about its start, i'm pretty curious ? she'll play both characters all the way ? or one twin disappears and never comes back ?


Emma is down to earth and not snobby. If her and Sutton actually ever get the chance to be together then hopefully she can rub off on her and teach her how to be nice. Not the typical rich girl character.

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The Lying Game Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

You definitely got the smart half of the embryo.


I always say that "Hope is grief's best music."