You: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

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You pairs thrilling drama with trashy fun to create an addictive social media horror story that works its way under the skin -- and stays there



Critic Ratings: 59


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Air date: Sep 9, 2018

Joe meets Beck, falls in love and goes down a social media rabbit hole to learn everything about her. He becomes so obsessed that he tracks her IRL (and they meet again). This might be a real shot at real love. But there are some things standing in the way... like her ex, Benji.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2018

Beck and Joe have a real date. Joe does everything he can to win Beck over, but she's stuck on her ex, Benji.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2018

Beck seems uncertain that Joe is the right one, so he sets out to prove he's boyfriend material. But balancing this important time in their potential relationship with the tricky behind-the-scenes maneuvers is challenging for Joe.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2018

Beck heads out of town to rendezvous with "The Captain," the man she's been texting; Joe follows and is shocked by what he finds; Beck realizes she and Joe are going to have to bring a scary level of truth and authenticity to their connection.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2018

Joe and Beck's fledgling relationship is tested by Beck friend Peach's intrusive meddling. Joe does everything in his power to solve his Peach problem without making a mess, but Peach isn't making it easy.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2018

Joe's fight for Beck's heart takes him out of the city. An accident injures him along the way, but Joe's not going to let a little thing like a head injury stand between him and true love. His devotion to Beck take him to a lavish but eerily remote summer home and a face-to-face with a worthy, equally-obsessed adversary who is just as intent on possessing her heart.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2018

Beck suffers a loss and Joe is right there with a shoulder to lean on. But he can't quite shake the worry and jealousy he still feels and he goes to creative lengths to explore his fears, even creating a fake identity so that he can give Beck's suspiciously handsome therapist a thorough checking-out. But Joe's luck is in danger of running out as Beck starts to suspect she's being followed.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2018

Joe and Beck's lives have taken very different turns. On paper, each is doing great. But when a chance encounter brings every possibility to the surface, they each must decide which way they want their story to go.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2018

Beck can't shake the feeling that there's more to the story of Joe's lost former love, Candace. Determined to find out the truth, it's Beck's turn to go to shocking lengths to dig up the truth on Joe. But she might have gone too far.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2018

In the first-season finale, Beck's deepest truths are revealed, and Joe pushes the limits of what he'll do for love.

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Tv Season Info

Bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) meets graduate student and aspiring writer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) at his bookstore and falls in love at first sight. Joe becomes obsessed with Guinevere and stops at nothing in getting rid of the obstacles that keep her from loving him. Season 1 of "You" also stars Shay Mitchell as Peach Salinger, Lou Taylor Pucci as Benji, Luca Padovan as Paco, Victoria Cartagena as Claudia, Daniel Cosgrove as Ron, Zach Cherry as Ethan, and John Stamos as Dr. Nicky.

Cast & Crew

Greg Berlanti
Executive Producer
Sera Gamble
Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter
Executive Producer
Leslie Morgenstein
Executive Producer
Gina Girolamo
Executive Producer
Marcos Siega
Executive Producer
Lee Toland Krieger
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for You Season 1

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (20)

Creepy, yes? You will scare plenty of viewers into changing their online passwords.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It speaks to the thing that's all too true in life: the hero of a story might, from a different perspective, really be a villain.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

You is very, very good. It's been called "bonkers" but you can take that in a good way.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The show subliminally questions our stance on the fine line between what we consider affection and infatuation. It exposes our information vulnerability...

Jul 17, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The lit-world setting makes the story actually funny, and the satire deeply savage.

Jan 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Addictive yes, but it definitely comes from the type of trashy thriller you would consume in one day by a pool somewhere.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

A very addictive thriller that will undoubtedly give us a sinister view of these parties and, at the same time, makes us question whether we have ever been Joe. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

You's hook is interesting, but it falls apart at times. [Full review in Spanish]

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The modern version of a Hitchcock character is enough to pull us slowly into a tornado of lies and deceipt. [Full review in Spanish]

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…

It is pulpy and trashy enough to make it easy to watch despite some eye-rolling plot developments, but with just enough satire - about social media and modern romance - to prod the binge viewers into some reflection.

Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The show is both unsettlingly creepy and riveting television.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

I was not prepared for how funny it was.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for You: Season 1

  • May 30, 2021
    You (Season 1) - 10/10. You is a prime example of a show with a scary concept and running it through some extremely well conceived storylines and acting. Penn Badgley portrays the lead character with a Ted Bundy like charisma, and provides a surprisingly really thrilling narration throughout the series. Using the whole obsession of social media and how it affects the way we view people and society, the show is an interesting critique towards that subject. Though its a show about a stalker turned serial murderer who gets fixated over his dream girl, its actually a really brilliant take on how multilayered many people are. Of course Penn's character is the villain, but you get surprised with the other character's motives and personalities. They are characters with grey shades, and not necessarily ones who are super straightforward good people. Also, using NYC as the setting also adds to the darkly comedic cold nature of the show. The city almost acts like a character as well. A great show, and a surprisingly layered thriller series.
  • May 27, 2021
    contains the most pathetically unstoppable storyline in the history of the series, it's exactly that moment when the girl stumbles and falls to the ground running from the killer and dies, only that it happens in every episode whenever something that could change the course to an end bad for the villain, it is agonizing as there was not even an effort by the author to tell a story with a consistent narrative, just taken at random, basically frustrating
  • May 24, 2021
    A show that blends so much with a thrilling story... It has black comedy, romance, mystery, crime... And all this within a story that never ceases to surprise and marvel you. It truly is one of the best shows I've ever seen. The acting is awesome, as well. It's just so well done! It is dark and intense, and definitely fun and entertaining to watch. The main character, Joe, is one of the best ever TV villains as well.
  • May 23, 2021
    First and most importantly: Why does Elizabeth Lail always sound like she just ran a marathon and just can't catch her breath? The plot is predictable. The characters are cardboard. Using tropes as crutches is not the same as satire. A primitive AI could have written this show. Maybe one did. Since it doesn't read well as satire, it just becomes a show about a guy who murders annoying people and becomes obsessed with a girl whose most memorable trait is that she has nice teeth. The most interesting thing about You is that some of the audience wants to be stalked and murdered by Penn Badgley because they like his cheekbones and they saw him on TV. Life imitates art, I suppose.
  • May 22, 2021
    The reality is that this season that has left me extremely pleased, since it is not predictable, a lot of suspense, the performance of the protagonists and the cast is excellent. the plot is well done. for me 100 super fresh
  • May 19, 2021
    Quite the interesting watch, I must say. I always love a show with the perspective focused on the villain. If you're looking for your psychological obsessive love take, this is the best choice. Joe makes it easy to sympathize with him yet all the more difficult to rationalize why you do.
  • Apr 25, 2021
    The series, although comes off as an extended stalker thriller, which it is basically, is also quite intelligent through the journey of Joe Goldberg, his obsession, and why he is obsessive. The series is unpredictable and full of suspense with great pacing and storytelling. Netflix has another winner on their hands with this one.
  • Apr 12, 2021
    Please jesus give me season 3 please
  • Mar 07, 2021
    It began as different and entertaining, but after a while just became weird and creepy. The ending is disturbing. Personally, I've had enough of celebrating the white man anti-hero, whether it's Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, or this charming psycho in You.
  • Nov 28, 2020
    This is such a shallow, dumb show. I'm so surprised about the good reviews. Is this the crap millennials think is good these days? Bleh.

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