Parents' Guide to

The Lying Game

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Scintillating mystery thriller is OK for sturdy teens.

TV Freeform Drama 2011
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

A good show for kids.

I think the show teaches the kids to resist the urge of lying which is a big key to life considering lying can get you into a lot of trouble.
age 12+

The Lying Game!!!!!!!!

If you are 13 and above this show is AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Being 13 I'd say pause for 12 and under. I personally love this show. One episode and I was hooked!!!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Dramatic and suspenseful, The Lying Game is based on a series of novels of by Sara Shepard, who also penned the best-selling books that inspired another ABC Family teen drama, Pretty Little Liars. Once again, Shepard's multi-dimensional characters translate well to the small screen, enticing viewers with their scintillating secrets and unpredictable motives. If you look a little deeper, you'll even find a few examples of warm relationships, like those of Sutton's parents and the one that her sister, Laurel (Allie Gonino), strives to have with Sutton's stand-in, Emma.

Because the show is geared toward teens, you can expect the requisite romance, betrayal, and cattiness of a "normal" TV teen's life. But the content feels a little exaggerated (and thus its silliness is exposed), since down-to-earth Emma usually observes, rather than partakes in, the unbecoming behavior. And the good news is that the content is fairly mild for the teen set, with minimal violence and marginal language ("hell" and "ass," mostly), and only kissing and some physical contact within relationships. That said, the chilling suspense and pending sense of danger require a certain sturdiness from viewers.

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