Netflix’s New Drama ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Is ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Meets ‘Centre Stage’

The murder mystery series is inspired by real life, too

If you loved the Jamiroquai dance numbers of Centre Stage and the murderous mysteries of Pretty Little Liars, prepare to meet your next TV obsession: Netflix’s Tiny Pretty Things. 

The new 10-episode drama is set in an elite Chicago ballet school, detailing the murder of prima ballerina Cassie Shore (Anna Maiche), uncovering who killed her while also following an ensemble cast of dancers dealing with racism, eating disorders, and sexual identity offstage.

Intrigued? Below, everything you need to know about Tiny Pretty Things. 

What Is The Series About? 

Based on the Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton novel of the same name, Tiny Pretty Things follows Neveah (Kylie Jefferson), a ballerina who gets a chance to attend Chicago’s only elite ballet academy after the star pupil, Cassie Shore, is pushed to her death from the rooftop of the fictitious Archer School of Ballet. When Neveah arrives, she begins to uncover the dark secrets that the school and fellow dancers are determined to keep hidden.

The official synopsis reads: “After tragedy strikes Chicago’s most prestigious ballet school, where every dancer is both friend and foe who compete fiercely for coveted roles, it threatens to unravel close friendships and to expose a constellation of secrets that could bring down a world-renowned institution.” 

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Is Tiny Pretty Things Based On A True Story? 

While Tiny Pretty Things isn’t based off a true story, there are elements of the book and series that are inspired by real life. 

Authors Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra wanted to write a Pretty Little Liars-esque series set in the ballet world, so they invented the murder.

“One day, I told Sona about my time teaching English at a pre-professional ballet academy. It’s such a fascinating, insular world, one I always wanted to write about,” Clayton said in a 2015 interview. “And she was very excited, because we’d both danced as kids—not nearly professionally. So I suggested we collaborate on it. And she mentioned doing something with a Pretty Little Liars vibe, and that was it. We have different strengths and things that excite us about books. I love building worlds and characters, and she’s a master at plot and pace. We sort of fit together like puzzle pieces.”

Is There A Trailer?

The trailer introduces us to the series’ captivating storyline, which begins with an attack on the star student. When the school appoints a replacement, she’s thrown into a world of secrets and betrayal.

“If a ballerina falls hard, and nobody’s there to catch her… does she still make a sound?”, the voiceover says. 

Watch it below: 

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When Does Pretty Little Things Come To Netflix? 

The series is available to stream now. 

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