It’s time for some amAzing trivia.
“Pretty Little Liars” is a scintillating teen thriller currently in its fifth season on ABC Family. The series focuses on a group of high school friends who are stalked by a terrifying figure called “A,” and caught up in a mystery that takes complete control of their lives.
In honor of the show’s Halloween fan appreciation special, which airs Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC Family, read on for five things you didn’t know about “Pretty Little Liars.” Pretty soon, Spencer Hastings won’t be the only know-it-all in town.
1. Apple Rose Grille, where the liars often hang out in Rosewood, was once Luke’s Diner on “Gilmore Girls.”
Though Luke Danes of “Gilmore Girls” would not be caught dead serving drinks out of mason jars, the set of his diner was indeed transformed into Apple Rose Grille — more commonly referred to as “The Grille” — the liars’ go to hang out in early seasons of the show. In fact, “Gilmore Girls” and “Pretty Little Liars” share many locations as they both film on the Warner Bros. Midwest Street lot. Take note that Rosewood’s main street looks eerily similar to downtown Stars Hollow — and that both towns share overlapping landmarks like the steeple church.
Besides “Pretty Little Liars” and “Gilmore Girls,” Midwest Street can also be seen in films like “The Music Man” and “Bonnie and Clyde,” and in television shows like “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Hart of Dixie.”
2. The show frequently pays homage to the work of Alfred Hitchcock.
As anyone who’s seen its noir episode can attest, “Pretty Little Liars” is aware of its mystery predecessors, especially Alfred Hitchcock. But the special theme episode is not the show’s only nod to the classic filmmaker.
As MTV points out, “Pretty Little Liars” pays subtle homage to Hitchcock throughout the series: the “it” coffee shop in Rosewood is called Rear Window Brew. The Lost Woods Resort, the creepy motel where “A” (at that point Mona) has a lair, is heavily reminiscent of the Bates Motel. And the Season 1 finale, “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” references the plot of “Vertigo,” when Ian is pushed from a bell tower to his death.
Showrunner I. Marlene King even overtly mentioned referencing the filmmaker on the 2013 TCA Winter Press tour, when she said that the then upcoming Season 3 finale would pay “homage to ‘North by Northwest.’”
3. “PLL” star Ashley Benson is responsible for the show’s iconic theme song, “Secret.”
All “Pretty Little Liars” fans know that the opening credits are just as amazing as the show itself. And though the theme song feels like it was tailor-made for the show, “Secret” was actually an existing track by band The Pierces. “PLL” star Ashley Benson, who plays Hanna Marin on the show, is in fact the one who brought it to the attention of the show’s producers.
Speaking to AOL TV in 2010, Benson revealed her role in getting the perfect tune to air.
I have to take some credit here, because I was the one who brought that song to the producers and told them “You have to have this as the opening credits song.” I’m a huge fan of The Pierces — that’s the group who sings ‘Secret.’ I was listening to the song while we were filming in Vancouver and I was like, “Oh my god, that’s the best song for the show.” I pitched it to the producers and the creator and they said “Maybe,” and it turned out to be the song. So I couldn’t be happier. It’s just so spooky and eerie, and it’s perfect for the show.
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