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The Lying Game

The Lying Game

Photo Credit:  Colleen Hayes / ABC Family
  • Premiered: 
    August 15, 2011
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  • Network: ABC Family
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2010 novel (The Lying Game) by Sara Shepard 
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Plot Synopsis

Separated at birth, identical twins who led very different lives -- and were each oblivious to the other's existence -- come back together to try to find their birth parents, setting in motion their plan to switch lives and start a whole new web of secrecy and lies. Emma, a kind-hearted foster kid who learns she has an identical twin sister, Sutton, who was adopted by wealthy parents. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on the mysterious identity of their birth mother. After Sutton inexplicably fails to return to the girls' designated meeting place, Emma must decide whether to come clean about her identity and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister's whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place. Emma decides to continue her charade as Sutton, starting to let pieces of her own personality emerge -- and it seems her friends and family are enjoying the change in Sutton's character. She turns to Ethan for help, which might reveal his and Sutton's secret relationship. Meanwhile, as the teenagers do anything to keep their secrets, the parents may be lying to keep life-altering secrets of their own. In the Season 1 finale, THE LYING GAME revealed that Rebecca was Emma and Sutton's mother, and Alec was arrested for Derek's murder. Season 2 opened on Tuesday, January, 8, 2013 at 9PM ET, with Rebecca luring Sutton into her plans for the Mercer family, while Emma was growing closer to Thayer and Kristin felt betrayed by Ted's affair with Rebecca.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Alloy Entertainment
  • In association with Warner Horizon Television