Top Ten Television Shows to Watch This Summer: Day Nine

Number 2: Pretty Little Liars and The Amazing World of Gumball (tie)

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This selection is more my guilty pleasures, but they are also some of my favorite television shows on TV today. Pretty Little Liars is daring and addictive, plus their producer, I. Marlene King, is constantly is making homages to the ever brilliant Alfred Hitchcock. So although people like to make it out like this is just another teen drama, it can be so much more at times. It is constantly growing and maturing with it’s audience, and is currently known as the show that is evolving the way we watch television and integrate social networking. The season 3 finale may have disappointed me, but I am beyond excited for it’s premiere tomorrow. Another thing that makes this television show stand out is it’s remarkable cast; Lucy Hale doubles in acting and singing and will be releasing an album later this year, Troian Bellisario is amazingly gifted starring in the WIGS serious Lauren (watch it if you haven’t) and is currently making a movie called Immediately Afterlife with costar Shay Mitchell, and Ashley Benson is making waves in movies with her break out hit in Spring Breakers. This season is supposed to be the season of answers, lets all hope together that they deliver.

People rage on and on about the creativity of Adventure Time and The Regular Show, but The Amazing World of Gumball goes unnoticed. This show has a direct line to my funny bone, it is a unique kind of witty and I don’t mind wasting several hours watching Gumball (Logan Grove) and Darwin (Kwesi Boakye) make dumb choices and learn weird lessons from each mistake; and yes, Darwin is a walking and talking fish paying homage to Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution. This season will be just as much fun as the first two, and will bring us further down the trail of Gumball’s and Darwin’s mind. If you have missed out on this greatness I do suggest you watch the first two seasons immediately, it is not necessary it just for your personal enjoyment.

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Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Finale “UnmAsked”

I am a big (some might say huge) fan of this show, and the finale/reveal of A did not disappoint. It opens with a television telling us that Officer Garrett Reynolds would plead not guilty to the murder of Alison DiLaurentis. From various articles I have read, we will tackle this topic more in season three. Shortly after this, the girls receive four tickets to the Masquerade Ball from A. As the episode goes on, we get a tense scene between Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Toby (Keegan Allen), but more importantly was what happened when Spencer stormed off; Toby received a call from Dr.Sullivan who we haven’t heard or dealt with since Season 2 part A finale. Right from that moment I wanted to know more, such as why was she calling Toby? But of course we would have to wait just a little bit longer for that answer. Before we encounter another scene with the girls Jenna (Tammin Sursok) take off her glasses and reveals to an unseen person that she could see again, but giving us on of my favorite lines of the night “I’ve thought about this moment so many times, wondering what I would say to you if I saw you again.”, and it wasn’t even what she said it was how she said it, so sympathetic and understanding. Whoever she was talking to, she genuinely seemed to care to talk to them. Before going to the next scene she tells this mysterious person that they know what they need to do, referring to the Masquerade Ball. We cut to the girls who are heading to the creepiest hotel on the face of the earth, (Hats off to Producer Marlene King and all the Pretty Little Liars cast for the homage to “Psycho” through out the episode, so brilliant!) they check into Room 1, which is the room Ali stayed in before her disappearance. After settling in the room, Spencer and Aria go back to check out the register book providing me with my second favorite line of the night “You are small, but you’re big” (delivered by Spencer to Aria), leaving Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Hanna (Ashley Benson) left in the room. Hanna goes to take a shower, and as soon as she steps foot into the shower Emily receives a call from Maya but loses the call due to signal which causes her to leave, and shortly after we see someone enter. After this scene I had a terrible feeling about the state of being for Maya, it was a little too convenient that the moment Emily left, a mysterious character entered. As soon as the girls come back, the mysterious figure is no longer in the room, but he/she is watching the girls from Room 2. The next morning before checking out Spencer and Aria have to return the register book, when Spencer first propose taking it back and leaving Aria bails, but as soon as Spencer gives them the best nickname “Sparia” there was no way Aria could deny. I am hoping to see more “Sparia” scenes in Season 3, let’s face it they make the perfect team. And finally we are at the Masquerade Ball, where each of the girls look stunning as they make their way to the down the stairs. Shortly after arriving, Hanna is greeted by her boyfriend Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) who completes her idea of Romeo and Juliet, giving them one last night/surprise set up by Mona (Janel Parrish). Upon this happening Spencer comes up and says I know who you are, which Mona pleads guilty to. Is this our A we have been waiting for since the pilot episode? Oh wait, fake out, Spencer was just commenting on how good of a friend Mona was to Hanna. Snap shot to Aria, who receives a text and starts walking down a pathway, Jenna following behind her. Finally you hear an oh so familiar voice, Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding). When he appeared, I am not going to lie, I panicked a little thinking he might be A, but thankfully no; he came because he could not stay away from the one he loved. But even better than that we got to see Ezria go public, set to the tune of “Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum (Favorite scene of the night, I’m a romantic-sue me). Then it comes down to Spencer leaving, she figured out something; Ali didn’t stay at the hotel to hide, she stayed there because she was watching whoever was watching her. The girls were a little stressed she left without them, but after reassuring them that she was with Mona they trusted all would be fine. We get another beautifully done scene relating to Psycho, even down to the conversation; it was truly marvelous. Then Mona had the key and we were inside the mind of A, Room 2. This room was every bit as haunting as one could imagine, the walls covered in pictures of Ali, and the liars. Some their eyes were cut out of, each left you with a disturbing feeling; whoever A was, she was obsessed and she wanted revenge, and from the looks of a drawing they found she was in a black swan costume. Things started getting tense, Spencer was starting to sense who A was, and we soon discover that the person sitting under our noses the whole time was the sweet and seemingly innocent Mona. After getting Spencer in the car, Mona started going into detail about her motive; She was tortured by Alison all through middle school, but how could she betray Hanna, her best friend? Hanna left her when Aria came back, and she was completely gone when Caleb came into a picture, like she said “it’s easier to forgive an enemy, then it is to forgive a friend.” And the more Mona talked, the more she revealed such as an “A-team”, and she wanted Spencer to join because Spencer has the brains and detective skills of Sherlock Holmes. The whole time this is going down, Spencer has Aria, Hanna, and Emily listening in to the conversation. Discovering the truth of A was, well AmAzing, I did pity Hanna though, she lost a best friend, someone she trusted. How do you handle that? To tie it up, Mona was sent away, and we saw the return of Dr.Sullivan who explained Mona’s symptoms and why she went into hiding, and we learn that Toby was acting for the safety of Spencer. And yes, we got a Spoby reunion, which I know almost every PLL fan had been waiting for all season. But we don’t end there, the girls make their way to Emily’s house and on the way we are met with the end of the first episode all over again (cue “Suggestions”), and we are delivered with some of the most heartbreaking words all season, they had found a body and the think it might by Maya’s. This scene is so chilling because of Shay Mitchell, her performance left me speechless/breathless. She looked completely heartbroken, it was the perfect way to sum up season 2. During the credits we are treated with a glimpse of Mona in the asylum telling a mysterious figure that she did everything she asked of her. Was this the same figure Jenna met in the park? Will we meet the “A-team” in season 3? Will Melissa deliver her baby? Is the black swan the leader of “A-team”? Does Ali have a twin? Who killed Ali? When will Jenna’s vision be revealed? And Was it Maya’s body? Well, I guess we will have to wait for season 3. This is the beauty of Pretty Little Liars, it will always leave you wanting more. Season finale grade: A!