17 “Cute” TV Relationships That Really Aren’t Cute At All
Aria and Ezra, Pretty Little Liars
When Aria and Ezra begin dating, Aria is underage, and Ezra is her teacher. Even so, Pretty Little Liars asks its fans to root for the couple. In fact, for most of its run, it doesn’t seem to be all that troubled by the age and consent issues that underlie the relationship.
In the early seasons, Ezra had plausible deniability because the two of them met in a bar, and so Ezra may not have known how old she is until she sat down in his class. Eventually, we learn that Ezra did know. That doesn’t exactly make things better. In fact, it makes them much, much worse.