There are scenes of Emily kissing and behaving intimately with her girlfriend/female love interest.
This season also features some kissing and hugging between the main characters (i.e. teenagers) with mild verbal references peppered throughout as they struggle with the issue of sex and intimacy in their relationships, but no actual lovemaking is depicted. (The main characters make verbal references to losing their 'V-card', 'getting off', 'doing it', etc.)
In early season one, it is said that a boy was in love with his stepsister, and would always try to have sexual actions with her, but it is later revealed that the sister had feelings for him.
While Season 1 focused on Emily's struggle to come out to her family and friends, Season 2 deals with Emily's relationship woes as she tries to date other people after her ex-girlfriend, Maya, was sent away to boot camp. (Maya later returns from camp and the pair go on to confess that they still have feelings for each other, and rekindle their relationship as the series progresses.)
There are scenes of Emily dating new women peppered through the episodes, some of which include scenes of intimacy (i.e. kissing).
In addition, the series features some verbal references as the other characters talk briefly about sex and intimacy in their relationships, with some shots of women making out with their boyfriends, but with no nudity or sex depicted, as well as mild verbal references to losing ones virginity, hooking up, being on the pill, etc.
There are various scenes of Emily and her new love interest kissing intimately.
In one of the episodes, Emily is in a lesbian bar as she gets hit on by a woman who buys her a drink, with fleeting shots of two women kissing in the background.
In addition, the series features some verbal sexual references as the main characters and their friends discuss the issues of sex, intimacy and even pregnancy, with scenes of the various couples making out, but with no actual depictions of sexual intercourse.
[The Complete Fourth Season]
In Season 4, Emily and Paige are already dating although their relationship ends by the end of this season. There are scenes of them kissing and expressing their love and desire to be together in various episodes in this season.
Throughout most is the show, one of the main characters is dating her teacher, however when they met, he wasn't her teacher.
In season 5 episode 5, there is a sex scene featuring Aria. It is crosscut with a make-out scene between two girls, and is played against music. At the end of the sex scene, Aria is heard asking "Does that hurt?', and then her bare back is shown as she pulls the sheets over herself and her partner.
In a flashback, there is a pregnancy scare with one of the main characters.
In a flashback, a rumor goes around about one of the mains having sex with her boyfriend, and one of her friends says she 'is shy on the streets, and sexy in the sheets.'
One of the mains has had multiple relationships with her older sister's fiancés.
In one scene, a girl is in the shower with a boy, not for sexual reasons, but to avoid her mother. When he turns around, she looks down and smirks.
A father cheats on his wife with a college student.
To avoid her daughter going to jail, a mother sleeps with a cop, and sex is implied.
A mother and one of the main girl's brother kiss. He is later seen walking down the stairs, buttoning his shirt.
||There are many deaths in the show, most of which a body is shown.
In season 3, one of the girls is chased through the woods and up into a lighthouse. There is a struggle, and she stabs the man attacking her, he dies.
In the season four finale, a man is shot in the stomach.
In the season five premiere, a girl threatens to kill a group of girls, but one of their friends comes and knocks her off a stage, and the girl dies. You can see a puddle of blood around her head.
In season five, there is a murder in a house, by A, and blood is all over the house, including broken furniture.
A man is hung from the ropes of a bell-tower.
A girl is hit by a car and goes to the hospital, though no blood or anything is shown.
Towards the later seasons, the show grows increasingly more violent, as we see the girls grow up.
||Words bitch, hell and damn as well as other mild words are regularly said.
This season features some drug references, such as in one episode whereby Emily's mother finds some drug paraphernalia in her girlfriend's backpack implied through shots of two rolled cigarettes and some grass-like substance inside a metal tin.
No explicit drug-taking is depicted and other drug references are mostly verbal with references to getting "high", looking "stoned", etc.
There are some verbal drug references in this season, particularly with references to one of the minor male characters who supposedly smokes weed; some verbal references to the abuse of painkillers and steroids; some verbal references of how Maya's parents allegedly found a joint in her belongings again, but without any depictions of actual drug-taking.
There are some passing verbal drug references in a few episodes, but no depictions of drug-taking are shown.
[The Complete Fourth Season]
This season features some references to drug use where characters are seen popping pills in a various episodes.
Throughout season five, one of the main girls develops a drinking habit, but it soon goes away.
One of the main girls in the past was addicted to her medicine and developed a drug problem. Later, the girl gets addicted to caffeine pills, and later has to have a counselor help her.
There is a bit of underage drinking in the show.
||'Pretty Little Liars' revolves around four teenagers; Spencer, Hanna, Emily and Aria, who are bound together by the mysterious death of one of their close friends, Alison. While struggling to cope with the issues that every normal teenager faces (school, family and relationships), the four friends have to contend with an anonymous foe named 'A', who seems intent on revealing their secrets and destroying their lives.
There is always a sense of peril throughout the show.
There is a sub-plot involving one of the main characters; Emily, who is a closeted lesbian. Some of the episodes focus on Emily's struggles with coming to terms with her sexuality, and how she eventually comes out to her friends and family. Maturity is required to understand this element and the obstacles the character faces, and viewers consciously attracted to persons of the same gender / viewers who find this theme unsettling may find the content portrayed distressing for different reasons.
Examples are sequences where Emily brings her girlfriend home for dinner, much to her mother's disapproval as well as her trying to cope with being together with a closeted lesbian where she is unhappy that their relationship has to be kept a secret, etc.
However, Emily's relationship is just one of the several main threads in the series, which focuses on the other girls' love lives, as well as the marital woes of some of the girls parents.
The same-gender sub-plot involving Emily is still a recurring theme, set with new difficulties. Emily is shown distraught when her ex-girlfriend leaves her, she then seeks a separate partner for herself.
This theme is however, not the main thread of the series as Emily is only one of the four women that it focuses on.
Again, this season sets new obstacles in Emily's way related to her homosexuality. Emily's struggles to come out to her family and friends was explored in Season 1, while Season 2 dealt with her relationship woes as she tried to date other people after her ex-girlfriend, Maya, was sent away to boot camp. Season 3 focuses on how Emily tries to come to terms and cope with Mayas death, while rekindling her interest in an old flame. This is somewhat distressing.
Throughout the episodes, there are scenes of Emily reminiscing about Maya, as well as scenes detailing the development of her feelings and romantic progression for an old love interest (Paige). This includes scenes of Emily and her new love interest declaring their feelings for each other.
Again, homosexuality is not the main focus as this character is only one of four that the series focuses on.
The series as a whole takes on a darker tone as well, with one of the minor characters being confined in a mental institution.
One of the main characters also suffers from a mental breakdown of sorts later in the series after realizing that her boyfriend has been making use of her.
[The Complete Fourth Season]
Emily's homosexuality is a recurring mature theme, not serving as the titular focus as she is one of the four main characters.
[The Complete Fifth Season]
There is mature content is this season.
There are many jump scenes, though nothing too scary.
In season 5 & 6, we find out that A has created a life sized dollhouse in an underground bunker, and he locks all of the girls up in it. One of the girls comes out with PTSD.
A lot of the problems in the show are real life expieriences. Examples: divorced parents, deaths, break ups, etc.