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You
You (TV series) intertitle.png
Genre
Based onYou
by Caroline Kepnes
Developed by
Starring
Narrated byPenn Badgley
Composer(s)Blake Neely
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)
CinematographyDavid Lanzenberg
Editor(s)
  • Harry Jierjian
  • Gaston Jaren Lopez
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time41–49 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkLifetime (season 1)
Original releaseSeptember 9, 2018 (2018-09-09) – present (present)
External links
Website

You is an American psychological thriller television series developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Produced by Warner Horizon Television, in association with Alloy Entertainment and A&E Studios, the first season is based on the eponymous 2014 novel by Caroline Kepnes and follows Joe Goldberg, a New York bookstore manager (portrayed by Penn Badgley) who falls in love with a customer named Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) and quickly becomes obsessed with her.

The series premiered on Lifetime on September 9, 2018, in the United States, and on Netflix, internationally, on December 26, 2018. Lifetime announced that You had been renewed for a second season based on Kepnes' follow-up novel Hidden Bodies, on July 26, 2018, ahead of the series premiere. On December 3, 2018, it was announced that the series would move to Netflix as a "Netflix Original" title, ahead of the premiere of the second season.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager at Mooney's who stalks and then dates Beck.[3]
  • Elizabeth Lail as Guinevere Beck, a broke NYU graduate student and an aspiring writer. (season 1)[4]
  • Luca Padovan as Paco, Joe's young neighbor.[4]
  • Zach Cherry as Ethan, a bookstore clerk who works with Joe.[4]
  • Shay Mitchell as Peach Salinger, Beck's wealthy best friend. (season 1)[5]

Recurring[edit]

  • Daniel Cosgrove as Ron, the parole officer boyfriend of Paco's mother. (season 1)[6]
  • Kathryn Gallagher as Annika Attwater, one of Beck's friends, a social media influencer.
  • Nicole Kang as Lynn Lieser, another of Beck's friends.[7]
  • Victoria Cartagena as Claudia, Paco's mother.
  • Mark Blum as Mr. Mooney, the owner of Mooney's and Joe's boss.
  • Hari Nef as Blythe, a rival graduate student to Beck.
  • John Stamos as Dr. Nicky, Beck's therapist.[8]
  • Ambyr Childers as Candace Stone, Joe's ex-girlfriend.[9]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Lee Toland KriegerGreg Berlanti & Sera GambleSeptember 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)0.82[12]
2"The Last Nice Guy in New York"Lee Toland KriegerSera GambleSeptember 16, 2018 (2018-09-16)0.77[13]
3"Maybe"Marcos SiegaApril BlairSeptember 23, 2018 (2018-09-23)0.57[14]
4"The Captain"Vic MahoneyMichael FoleySeptember 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)0.56[15]
5"Living with the Enemy"Marta CunninghamNeil ReynoldsOctober 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)0.57[16]
6"Amour Fou"Marcos SiegaAdria LangOctober 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)0.71[17]
7"Everythingship"Kellie CyrusApril Blair & Amanda ZetterströmOctober 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)0.62[18]
8"You Got Me, Babe"Erin FeeleyCaroline KepnesOctober 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)0.49[19]
9"Candace"Martha MitchellKelli Breslin & Michael FoleyNovember 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)0.47[20]
10"Bluebeard's Castle"Marcos SiegaSera Gamble & Neil ReynoldsNovember 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)0.53[21]

Production[edit]

In February 2015, it was announced that Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble would develop a series based on the Caroline Kepnes' book: You: A Novel, with Berlanti and Gamble as the scriptwriters, and Berlanti as the pilot director.[22] Two years later, it was announced that the series was purchased by Lifetime and put on fast-track development.[23]

In April 2017, Lifetime gave You a 10-episode straight-to-series order.[24] On July 26, 2018, ahead of the series premiere, Lifetime announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[25][26] On December 3, 2018, it was confirmed that Lifetime had passed on the series and that Netflix picked up the series ahead of the release of the second season.[27]

In November 2018, Gamble confirmed that like Hidden Bodies, the sequel novel to You, the setting of the series would move to Los Angeles for the second season.[28][29]

Casting[edit]

Penn Badgley was cast as lead character Joe Goldberg in June 2017.[3] Elizabeth Lail's casting as Guinevere Beck was announced in July 2017,[4] as well as Luca Padovan as Joe's neighbor Paco, and Zach Cherry as Ethan, a bookstore clerk who works with Joe.[4] Shay Mitchell was cast as Peach Salinger, Beck's wealthy best friend, in August 2017.[5]

In September 2017, Hari Nef was cast in the recurring role as Blythe, a talented and competitive peer in Beck's MFA program.[30] A few days later it was announced that Daniel Cosgrove had been cast in the recurring role of Ron, a correctional officer.[6] In October 2017, Michael Maize and Ambyr Childers were cast in the recurring roles of Officer Nico and Candace, respectively.[9] It was announced in November 2017 that John Stamos would recur as Dr. Nicky, Beck's therapist.[8][31]

Filming[edit]

The first season of You was filmed in New York City[1] and wrapped on December 19, 2017.[32] For the second season, the series relocated its production to California to take advantage of tax incentives provided by the California Film Commission under its "Program 2.0" initiative.[33]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

You premiered on Lifetime in the United States on September 9, 2018.[34] 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.[35][36] The first season became available to stream instantly on Netflix worldwide on December 26, 2018.[37] On December 3, 2018, it was announced that Lifetime had passed on the second season, and that the series would move to Netflix as a Netflix Original series.[38][39]

Viewership[edit]

On January 17, 2019, Netflix announced that the series was on track to be streamed by over 40 million viewers within its first month of release on the streaming platform.[40]

Marketing[edit]

On April 10, 2018, the official trailer was released.[41]

Themes[edit]

You explores the blurred lines between love and obsession, and hero and villain. In the process, it looks at the potential lengths to which the idea of "love conquers all", is really applicable.[42] As You is situated in modern day New York City. It explores the dangers of social media culture with an emphasis on a lack of digital privacy.[43][44]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an 91% certified fresh rating with 44 reviews, with an average rating of 6.95/10. 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."[45] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 74 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[46]

Christina Radish of Collider named Joe Goldberg as the "Best TV Villain" of 2018. Radish wrote, "thanks to the performance given by Penn Badgley and some terrific writing, the character has layers that make him complicated and intriguing, even though you know he should be making you cringe and recoil. Joe Goldberg is a character that does horrible things, but also keeps you so engrossed that you can’t stop watching."[47]

Critics' year-end lists[edit]

2018[48]

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