“Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” unites a group of girls to find out the truth. Photo: IMDb.com

Recently, HBO Max released the first season of “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.” With the arrival of this new spin-off, critics are questioning how it will compare to the original show, “Pretty Little Liars.”

“Pretty Little Liars” was extremely popular in the 2010s amongst teens. The show follows the story of high school friends, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily, as one of their closest friends, Alison, vanishes. The girls begin to receive anonymous threats from the terrorizing “A,” threatening to expose all of their secrets. Their journey to find the truth about what happened to Alison and who “A” was went on for seven seasons until it ended in 2017.

After “Pretty Little Liars” ended, there were two different spin-offs that came next, “Ravenswood” and “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.” Even with the original’s popularity, the spin-offs did not last long and only ran for a season before being cancelled.

Even after the disasters of the last spin-offs, the new member of the franchise, “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin,” is hoping to change its fate. This story features a whole new group of girls that are not related to the characters in the original show. This new series has been a hit after its first season. 

The two shows do not have any of the same characters, but there are still many similarities. Both shows have a group of girls that are being threatened by an anonymous person that goes by the name “A,” but this character is not the same in the two shows. Some differences are the characters, the town and the trauma experienced by the characters. Also, throughout the first season of the new series, there are some references to “Pretty Little Liars,” but they are not very obvious. Lastly, another similarity between the shows is the iconic intro music of the original show.

“Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” features five girls, Imogen, Tabby, Noa, Faran and Minnie, who are all connected by the lies of their mothers. These unlikely friends come together to figure out the truth about what happened the night of a suicide and how it connects not only to their mothers’ past actions but to them.

Especially after the first season ended with a cliffhanger, HBO Max announced that “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” will have a second season on the way. “We are beyond excited to continue telling stories with our amazing group of little liars — exploring their friendships, their romances, their secrets, and their status as scream queens supreme!” said Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Lindsay Calhoon Bring, the co-creators and co-executive producers, to TeenVogue.

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