By Chelsea Hensley
Six and a half seasons later and Pretty Little Liars is finally ending.
The first of the final ten episode airs tonight on Freeform, marking the end of an era for one of television’s most-watched, most-discussed shows.
Over the course of more than 150 episodes, people have been killed off, brought back to life, and accused (and cleared) of a variety of crimes.
There have been visits to mental asylums, hospitals, police stations, therapists, and mask makers.
Evidence has been lost and fabricated, lies told and exposed, texts sent and received, and in preparation to say goodbye to Freeform’s longest-running scripted series, we’ve whittled down its large catalog of episodes to what are undoubtedly the ten best.
Season 1, Episode 9: “The Perfect Storm”
Like it’s title, this episode draws a bunch of the show’s best elements into a single hour as the Liars’ SAT is postponed by a storm that confines them to the school. Meanwhile Aria’s getting closer to the age-appropriate Noel Kahn (who’s not yet a recurring “A” candidate), but still thinking of Ezra. Spencer’s trying to make sense of an odd link between her mom and new (and brief) boyfriend Alex, and Hanna’s growing friendship with Lucas isn’t sitting well with Mona. But best plot point of all of is Emily’s reckoning with her feelings for Alison after finding her trashed memorial, an act she’s later accused of by Detective Wilden. Emily’s and Alison’s relationship is one of the show’s most intriguing, and infuriating, pieces, and we watch through saturated flashbacks as Emily, heart on her sleeve, is rebuffed and continuously humiliated by Alison until she pours her heart out in a letter telling Ali exactly what she thinks of her.
Best Moment: The Liars rallying around Emily as Wilden accuses, and outs, her. It’s only made better by Veronica’s eventual appearance as she shuts down Wilden’s questioning and vows to take his job, a threat she follows through on as we don’t see Wilden again until…