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Season 1, Episode 1
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Air Date March 20th 2019[1]
Written by I. Marlene King[2]
Directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum[3]
Episode Guide
'Til Death Do Us Part
(Pretty Little Liars)
Sex, Lies and Alibis

Pilot is the series premiere of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.


Everything about the town of Beacon Heights seems perfect, from its top-tier college to its overachieving residents—but nothing in Beacon Heights is as it appears to be. When the high-stakes environment pushes the residents to a breaking point, someone snaps and kills someone. As they work together to solve the murder mystery, it soon becomes clear that behind every Perfectionist is a secret, a lie—and a needed alibi.[4]

Main Cast

  • Sasha Pieterse as Alison DiLaurentis[5]
  • Janel Parrish as Mona Vanderwaal[6]
  • Sofia Carson as Ava Jalali: A stylish trendsetter with a big personality, Ava hopes to have her own clothing line someday. But she has an edge over her fellow fashionistas: a brilliant technological mind, which she uses to blog and code. Just don’t ask her why her parents recently fled the country — it’s her one big secret.
  • Sydney Park as Caitlin Park-Lewis [7]: The intelligent, motivated and easy-on-the-eyes daughter of two over-achieving mothers, one of whom is a United States senator, Caitlin is an expert at hiding secrets. She hopes to follow in her mother’s political footsteps — that is, if the weight of her own secrets doesn’t crush her first.
  • Eli Brown as Dylan Wright[8]: A prodigious cellist who used his passion for music to escape his small-minded hometown, Dylan loves his music almost as much as he loves his boyfriend, Andrew. (And even that’s up for debate.)
  • Kelly Rutherford as Claire Hotchkiss[9]: The matriarch of the Hotchkiss family, Claire along with her husband is the founder of Hotchkiss Industries and the respected Beacon Heights University. She believes perfection is attainable and is the person who pulls the strings behind the scenes to get what she wants.
  • Hayley Erin as Taylor[10]
  • Graeme Thomas King as Jeremy Beckett[11]: A handsome Brit with more abs than you can count with just your fingers, Jeremy is also described as “charming and witty.” (Duh, he’s British!) What’s more, he’s also an intelligent scientist working for Hotchkiss Industries.

Supporting Cast

  • Chris Mason as Nolan Hotchkiss[12]: A natural born leader, Nolan is the heir to his family’s empire. Though he puts forth the image of a golden boy, Nolan is actually a manipulator who uses his friends and family to maintain his image. Not a big fan of authority figures or the word “no,” Nolan isn’t used to losing.
  • Evan Bittencourt as Andrew[13]: Dylan’s “nerd-chic” boyfriend is deeply committed to his architectural studies, spending what little free time he has cooking and being with Dylan. He is the supportive and well-adjusted boyfriend of Dylan, who’s successfully navigating the world of the Perfectionists – for now.
  • Noah Gray-Cabey as Mason[14]: A smart and athletic fellow student at Beacon Heights University. Mason is a natural born leader who can charm his way in and out of most situations, but there is something about him that keeps people guessing.
  • TBA as Grace DiLaurentis-Fields[15]
  • TBA as Lily DiLaurentis-Fields[16]

Guest Cast

  • Sarah Siadat[17] as Attractive Woman[18]
  • Emir Garcia as Professor[19]


  • It was originally unknown if the episode would be named Pilot, but was later confirmed.
  • This episode will take place two years after 'Til Death Do Us Part.[20]
  • On December 4, 2017, it was confirmed that Alison and Mona were going to be billed as series regulars. [21] [22]
  • The first death of the season occurs in the Pilot, and the first murder in Beacon Heights.[23]
  • According to Sofia Carson, the show will not premiere until 2019.
  • On February 15, 2018, I. Marlene King tweeted a line from the episode that said, "What are you doing here?"[24]
    • A few weeks later, another line was tweeted, "Welcome to Beacon Heights, Alison."[25]
    • On June 18, 2018, a line from the pilot was tweeted out that read, "Why am I really here?!"[26]
    • An Alison and Mona line was tweeted by Marlene King on July 21, 2018, that read, "Did you learn nothing in Rosewood? There are no coincidences!" [27]
    • On December 12, 2018, Marlene tweeted out another line saying, "What the hell, Alison?!".[28]
  • The official first-day of shooting for the pilot began on March 12, 2018.[29]
  • Reshoots took place on December 5, 2018.[30]
  • The teaser trailer was released on May 14th, 2018.
  • The official trailer was released on June 21st, 2018 on the show's official Facebook and Instagram pages.
  • Caitlin's last name was changed from "Martell-Lewis" to "Park-Lewis" between the Pilot and the second episode.
  • Janel Parrish's favorite line from the Pilot is Mona's first ever line in the series, "I brought pie!".
  • Sydney Park's favorite line(s) from the Pilot is a scene from Nolan Hotchkiss' welcome back party, when Alison says, "So, you're gonna follow in the footsteps and become a senator like your mom?" to which Caitlin responds, "That's the plan!".[31]


  • Based on a headline in a behind the scenes photo, it would appear Nolan will be the Perfectionist dying at the end of the episode.[32].


Sneak Peeks



Behind the Scenes


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