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Netflix’s New Show Get Even Is a Perfect Blend of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars

In my opinion, there’s a holy trinity of teen TV shows: Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The O.C. But Netflix’s Get Even is now up there for me, too, which means my trinity is now a quartet.

That’s a lofty statement, but I mean every word. Get Even—a British show that finds its American home on Netflix starting July 31—is just as dishy, intriguing, and addictive as GG and PLL. In fact, it’s essentially a perfect hybrid of the two.

The series centers on four girls—Kitty (Kim Adis), Bree (Mia Mckenna-Bruce), Margot (Bethany Antonia), and Olivia (Jessica Alexander)—who attend an elite private school. They’re all in different cliques but have formed a secret club called D.G.M. (“don’t get mad”…get even!) that sets out to expose and take down bullies. But their vigilante work takes a turn after their latest target, a douchey jock, is murdered. Whoever did it has an axe to grind with D.G.M., as the murder scene is framed to make it look like they’re the culprits. The only problem is no one—the cops, other students—knows who D.G.M. is. (Except for the viewers, of course. We’re in on the secret.)

Clockwise: Margot (Bethany Antonia), Kitty (Kim Adis), Olivia (Jessica Alexander), and Bree (Mia McKenna-Bruce) in Get Even


What transpires is 10 episodes of glossy melodrama served with a witty, British garnish. There are burgeoning romances, love triangles, mean-girl spats, and beautiful people vacantly lounging around—all the hallmarks of escapist teen fare.

It really is wild how on-the-nose Get Even is with Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. You have an anonymous high-tech group keeping tails on students (GG), a murder mystery (PLL), enviable uniforms (GG), an actor who looks just like Alison DiLaurentis (PLL), the list goes on and on. It’s like the universe knew I’ve been craving a show to fill the void Blair Waldorf and Hanna Marin left and gifted me Get Even. (But seriously, take a look at the actor who plays Olivia, below. Is she not Alison’s twin?!) 

Olivia (Jessica Alexander) in Get Even


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