You (TV series)

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Based on You
by Caroline Kepnes
Developed by
Narrated by Penn Badgley (as Joe Goldberg)
Composer(s) Blake Neely
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s) New York City, New York [1]
Cinematography David Lanzenberg
  • Harry Jierjian
  • Gaston Jaren Lopez
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 46–49 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network Lifetime
Original release September 9, 2018 (2018-09-09) – present (present)
External links

You is an American television psychological thriller series based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes that premiered on Lifetime on September 9, 2018.[3][4] On July 26, 2018, ahead of the series premiere Lifetime announced that You had been renewed for a second season.[5][6]


You follows Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager who falls in love with a customer named Beck and quickly becomes obsessed with her.[7]

Cast and characters


  • Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg,[8] a bookstore manager who stalks Beck
  • Elizabeth Lail as Guinevere Beck,[9] a broke graduate student and an aspiring writer
  • Luca Padovan as Paco,[9] Joe's young neighbor
  • Zach Cherry as Ethan,[9] a bookstore clerk who works with Joe
  • Shay Mitchell as Peach Salinger,[10] Beck's wealthy best friend




No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Lee Toland Krieger Greg Berlanti & Sera Gamble September 9, 2018 (2018-09-09) 0.82[15]
Bookstore manager Joe Goldberg has a meet cute with aspiring writer Guinevere Beck, and an internet search about her leads to Joe following Beck around, monitoring her social interactions and even getting into her apartment while she is out. Joe is nearby when a drunken Beck falls onto the subway tracks, and he saves her. She later stops by the bookstore to thank him, and he asks her out. Joe lures Beck's philandering boyfriend Benji to the basement of his shop, hits him in the head with a sledgehammer, and locks him in a plexiglass book vault.
2 "The Last Nice Guy in New York" Lee Toland Krieger Sera Gamble September 16, 2018 (2018-09-16) 0.77[16]
Joe is not sure what to do with Benji, who is an addict and desperate to be freed. Meanwhile, when Beck rejects her professor's advances, he threatens to take away her teaching assistant job and housing. Peach is suspicious of Joe. Beck turns the tables on Professor Leahy by threatening to expose his sexual harassment of herself and six other women. After obtaining a video of Benji hazing a fraternity pledge to death, Joe gives him a coffee laced with peanut oil, and Benji dies from an allergic reaction.
3 "Maybe"[17] TBA TBA September 23, 2018 (2018-09-23) TBD
4 "The Captain"[17] TBA TBA September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30) TBD
5 "Living with the Enemy"[17] TBA TBA October 7, 2018 (2018-10-07) TBD
6 "Amour Fou"[17] TBA TBA October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14) TBD
7 "Everythingship"[17] TBA TBA October 21, 2018 (2018-10-21) TBD
8 "You Got Me, Babe"[17] TBA TBA October 28, 2018 (2018-10-28) TBD


In February 2015, it was announced that Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble will develop a series based on the Caroline Kepnes novel of the same name titled You: A Novel. Berlanti and Gample are writing the script, with Berlanti attached to direct the potential pilot.[18] Two years later, it was announced that the series was purchased by Lifetime and put on fast-track development.[3]

In April 2017, Lifetime gave You a 10-episode straight-to-series order.[19] On July 26, 2018, ahead of the series premiere Lifetime announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[5][6]


On September 14, 2017, it was announced that Hari Nef had been cast in a recurring role as Blythe, a talented and competitive peer in Beck's MFA program,[20] followed a few days later by Daniel Cosgrove for a recurring role playing Ron, a parole officer.[21]

On October 30, 2017, it was announced that Michael Maize and Ambyr Childers signed onto the series in the recurring roles of Officer Nico and Candace, respectively.[22]


Season one of You was filmed in New York City, New York,[1] and wrapped on December 19, 2017.[23]



You premiered on Lifetime in the United States on September 9, 2018.[4] In May 2018, it was announced that Netflix acquired the exclusive international broadcast rights to You, making it available as an original series on the platform less than a day after their original U.S. broadcast.[24][25]


On April 10, 2018, the official trailer was released.[7]


Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 86% based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 7.36/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "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."[26] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 74 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[27]


No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" September 9, 2018 0.2 0.82[15] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "The Last Nice Guy in New York" September 16, 2018 0.2 0.77[16] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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  2. ^ "Warner Horizon Scripted Television". Warner Bros. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 13, 2017). "Lifetime Buys Drama From Greg Berlanti & Sera Gamble, Sets Premiere Date For Euthanasia Series Mary Kills People: TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Highfill, Samantha (March 15, 2018). "Lifetime announces fall premiere date for You starring Penn Badgley". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (July 26, 2018). "Lifetime's You Officially Renewed For Season 2 Ahead Of Series Premiere – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Highfill, Samantha (September 5, 2018). "Penn Badgley and Sera Gamble's You puts a twist on the modern-day love story". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 5, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b Highfill, Samantha (April 10, 2018). "Love turns into obsession in the first trailer for You starring Penn Badgley". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (June 26, 2017). "Penn Badgley To Star In Greg Berlanti Lifetime Drama Series You". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  9. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (July 27, 2017). "You: Elizabeth Lail To Star In Greg Berlanti Lifetime Drama Series, Two Others Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 14, 2017). "Pretty Little Liars Alum Shay Mitchell Inks Pod Deal With Warner Bros. TV; Set To Co-Star In You Lifetime Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  11. ^ Highfill, Samantha (September 9, 2018). "You showrunner Sera Gamble breaks down the premiere's shocking ending". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 9, 2018. 
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (November 27, 2017). "You: John Stamos Set To Recur In Greg Berlanti Lifetime Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  13. ^ Highfall, Samantha (November 28, 2017). "John Stamos to play Dr. Nicky in Lifetime's You". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (September 26, 2017). "Goliath Casts Matthew Del Negro; Nicole Kang Joins You". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  15. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (September 11, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.9.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 11, 2018. 
  16. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (September 18, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.16.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 18, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f "Shows A–Z – You on Lifetime". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 29, 2018. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 11, 2015). "Greg Berlanti & Sera Gamble Developing Psychological Thriller You At Showtime". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 20, 2017). "Greg Berlanti & Sera Gamble Drama You Gets Straight-To-Series Order At Lifetime". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (September 14, 2017). "You Casts Hari Nef; Isabel Arraiza Takes The Oath". Deadline. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  21. ^ Petski, Denise (September 20, 2017). "Gotham Casts Michael Maize; Daniel Cosgrove Joins You". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  22. ^ Petski, Denise (October 30, 2017). "You: Michael Maize & Ambyr Childers Set To Recur In Greg Berlanti Lifetime Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  23. ^ Lail, Elizabeth Dean (December 19, 2017). "Overwhelmed with gratitude. #YOU #youlifetime #wrapped #BeckInRealLife". Instagram. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2018). "Netflix Takes International Rights To Greg Berlanti's Lifetime Drama Series You". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Lifetime's You Is Tailor-Made for the #MeToo Era". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 11, 2018. 
  26. ^ "You: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 10, 2018. 
  27. ^ "You: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 10, 2018. 

External links

  • Official website
  • You on IMDb
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