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    22 Things You Need To Know Before The "Cruel Summer" Premiere

    No, I'm not talking about the Taylor Swift single. The new Freeform show is set to be a hit.

    Next week, Freeform will debut its newest television series Cruel Summer.

    "Cruel Summer" characters at a roller rink
    Bill Matlock / Freeform

    While I don't want to spoil too much beforehand, I hope this provides a sufficient rundown of the plot and little tidbits to get you excited.

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    I won't blame you if you hum along to the Taylor Swift tune while reading.

    1. The new crime-based series follows two young women named Kate and Jeanette.

    Cruel Summer promotional poster with characters Kate and Jeanette reflected in mirrors.
    Bill Matlock / Freeform

    2. When Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) goes missing, Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia) is accused of being connected to her disappearance.

    3. The thing is, Kate is popular and Jeanette is not. When Kate dissappears, Jeanette seemingly takes over her life right down to her sense of style and even her BF.

    "Cruel Summer" character Kate and her mother seen wearing leotards
    Bill Matlock / Freeform / Via Twitter: @cruelsummer

    Suspicious!

    4. It's apparent the two are not friends with Kate occupying a higher social status than Jeanette prior to her disappearance.

    Nice purse... and nice life. #CruelSummer

    Twitter: @cruelsummer

    5. Depicting the day of June 21 over the course of three different years, the Cruel Summer plotline encompasses a lot of info in a condensed amount of time.

    Freeform / Twitter: @cruelsummer

    6. The show's timeline spans from 1993 to 1995 so you know that Cruel Summer will certainly take us all on a nostalgic ride down memory lane.

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    7. Because it's set in the '90s, we can expect a lot of throwback looks and dial-up services.

    "Cruel Summer" characters standing in a clothing store; played by Allius Barnes and Harley Quinn Smith.
    Bill Matlock / Freeform

    8. The storyline also focuses heavily on whether Jeanette really did have anything to do with Kate's disappearance.

    "Cruel Summer" character Jeanette with short hair and tears in her eyes.
    Bill Matlock / Freeform

    9. Before Kate disappeared, Jeanette was a loner. And, according to the trailer, when she becomes the new It girl, everyone suspects that she had something to do with it.

    girl with her arms on her boyfriend
    Freeform / Twitter: @cruelsummer

    It's definitely up for debate in their small town.

    10. Cruel Summer also delves into the long-term effects of a kidnapping on individuals and the town as a whole.

    Mock-up of a missing person poster with Olivia Holt's character Kate depicted.
    Freeform / Via Twitter: @cruelsummer

    11. The show seems to be from both Kate and Jeanette's perspectives with each girl narrating events from their POV.

    "Cruel Summer" character Kate talking with her mom outside.
    Bill Matlock / Freeform

    So what's the truth? They like to keep viewers guessing.

    12. While Freeform did give us Pretty Little Liars, this feels like it's gonna be on a whole other level and I'm so here for it.

    lol that freeform promo for cruel summer just gave me alison dilaurentis vibes 😭

    Twitter: @feuenfeu

    This Twitter user agrees with me.

    13. The intense psychological factor behind the storyline is kind of newish territory for Freeform.

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    In the past, their roster has been more family-centric (anyone remember ABC Family?) but ever since the rebrand, they're entering new territory and it's great! From what it looks like, we can expect the unexpected with this series.

    14. Created by Bert V. Royal, the show is also produced by Jessica Biel, which is amazing.

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    Royal previously worked on the movie Easy A, as well as wrote for the play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

    Regarding Biel, have you seen The Sinner? If not, check it out ASAP.

    15. Tia Napolitano is serving as an executive producer and showrunner.

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    She's worked on everything from Grey's Anatomy to Station 19, Scandal, and more.

    16. Fan favorite Sarah Drew from Grey's Anatomy (aka April) plays Jeanette's mom Cindy.

    "Cruel Summer" character Jeanette standing with her mom
    Bill Matlock / Freeform

    April fans rejoice, Drew is back onscreen!

    17. The series looks like it's gonna be filled with epic twists and turns.

    Hope is just a four-letter word. #CruelSummer

    Twitter: @cruelsummer

    18. And a few bumps in the road.

    Make sure to get your good side. #CruelSummer

    Twitter: @cruelsummer

    19. Get stoked (like this Twitter user) for the two-hour series premiere on Tuesday, April 20, at 9 p.m. EDT/PDT only on Freeform.

    Also, HIGH KEY stoked for cruel summer on @freeform

    Twitter: @EmmaHunton

    20. Or if you're local to California, you can continue the '90s nostalgia at the Cruel Summer '90s Roller Rink at the Westfield Century City Mall for your skating pleasure.

    Twitter: @cruelsummer

    (It's only open on April 24 and 25, so take note!)

    21. Until then, watch the trailer here for all the creepy did she do it? feels.

    View this video on YouTube

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    Are you excited for Cruel Summer? Let us know in the comments!

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