Introducing Caleb Rivers: Character in 'Pretty Little Liars'

In the ABC-Family teen mystery drama Pretty Little Liars, the character of Caleb Rivers, played by Tyler Blackburn, was a sporadic recurring character in the first two season, then was promoted to a main character appearing nearly weekly in the third season. The character has remained a major part of the storyline ever since--now at seven seasons and counting. Caleb begins as a friend of Hanna (one of the namesake "pretty little liars") but then becomes her boyfriend.

Unlike a great many characters on the program, Caleb Rivers will never be a murder suspect, though master of other questionable skills. 

This article summarizes the first appearance Caleb Rivers in the series, which occurred in season 1, episode 14:

 

Caleb is the new bad boy at school. He can hack cell phones, but he charges for the service. This talent will be key to the story's plot. Aria and Hanna discover that he's living in the school building, and Hanna invites him to hide in her basement. They begin to form a relationship that will prove to be complicated indeed, as they will fall in love and out of love repeatedly over the upcoming episodes and seasons.


Ashley, Hanna's mother, discovers Caleb and kicks him out of the house. Hanna leaves with him and they camp in the woods, where Hanna loses her virginity to him. But when she discovers that he has been spying for Jenna, she comes to believe Caleb never loved her.



Caleb decides to go to Arizona to look for his mother, but before he leaves he writes a letter to Hanna. When he takes the letter to Hanna's house to give it to her, he finds only Mona. Mona tells he that Hanna does not want to talk to him, and Caleb leaves the letter with Mona--who promptly destroys the letter and never tells Hanna about it, befitting her role as a little liar.

Caleb does see Hanna again before he boards the bus headed out of town, but when she shows no reaction to him, he leaves. . . for now, anyway.

And so Caleb becomes a key part of Pretty Little Liars storyline. Upcoming seasons will see Caleb in and out love with Hanna many times; he will deal with a gunshot wound and run-ins with police; he will meet and reject his birth father; and will deal with many, many, other dramatic events. Through it all, though, he will remain an expert at hacking cell phones and other bad-boy skills.