Aria Montgomery's storyline has the basic setup of a Lifetime movie: The teacher seduces his student, her disapproving parents find out and try to protect her, and, meanwhile, there’s a murderer on the loose in her small town.

However, Pretty Little Liars somehow managed to make the relationship between Aria, played by the (legal) 22-year-old Lucy Hale, and Mr. Fitz, her English teacher, not a cringe-worthy tale of improper student-teacher contact, but one of star-crossed love.