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“Twisted” = Perfect Summer TV

The other day, I received the answer to my prayers (well, I at least received the answer to the question I asked last week). My co-worker was lamenting the lack of decent shows on television this summer, except for this one new program that just started on ABC Family called Twisted

Now, this isn’t dynamic television that will shape the way we view entertainment, but it is definitely going to be a summer show that will keep you interested without having to use too much brain power. The wonderful part is, the show’s title is actually based in fact – there are tons of twists and turns, and while the suspense won’t kill you, it does keep your attention.

Twisted follows teenager Danny Desai (Avan Jogia) as he returns to his hometown after being sent to a juvenile detention facility for five years for killing his aunt. Danny was best friends with two girls, Lacey (Kylie Bunbury) and Jo (Maddie Hasson), both of whom were present when his aunt was killed (this all happened in the house while the girls played outside). Obviously, this freaked Lacey and Jo out, and today they are completely different people who have nothing to do with each other. While Danny was locked up, his father died, and his mother Karen (Denise Richards) went from town socialite to town pariah.

I don’t want to give too much away about the pilot because the show is only on its second week, and it would be extremely easy to catch up on it if you wanted (you can watch on Hulu). But, I will say that there is another murder, there are about a billion suspects, and almost everyone seems to be hiding something.

I don’t love everything about the show – some of the acting is pretty bad (Denise Richards, I am looking at you) and sometimes you have to suspend your disbelief (would the town sheriff really interrupt a giant assembly just to talk to Danny?), but I do appreciate the cast’s diversity and the fact that I now have a murder mystery to solve! I definitely recommend this show.

Have you seen Twisted? Will you tune in, or is it a pass?

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

11 replies on ““Twisted” = Perfect Summer TV”

Darn, now I can officially be colored curious. I was hoping not to get into more shows, especially since this seems so similar to PLL, but I do recognize it’s different and it does sound interesting, so I guess I know what I’ll be doing in my spare time…

Twisted is definitely my fluff/guilty pleasure show for the summer. I just hope the writers don’t take it too far out there with weird drama like they’ve done with Pretty Little Liars. I’m not the best at suspending my belief for television, and I’d like to watch this one for a bit.

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