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Friday 3:00 on Lifetime
2 Seasons, 11 Episodes

Genre: Crime / Drama / Thriller

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Obsessed with an aspiring writer, a charming bookstore manager goes to extreme measures to insert himself into her life.
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  • Candace

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    Candace

    At some point, one will eventually get snared in the tangled webs they weave. 

    In other words, shit just got real on YOU Season 1 Episode 9!

    This series is so addictive it's sinful, and with each installment, the series built up to this pivotal moment.

    Beck, bless her heart, now knows the truth. For Beck, it's ridiculous that it took this long to see Joe for who and what he is at his core. For us viewers, it has been one hell of a ride that was worth the wait.

    YOU waited until the penultimate installment to give us the story behind Candace and introduce us to present-day Mooney. It could not have been mapped out better, as many of us were antsy with anticipation.

     Related: YOU Season 1 Episode 8 Review: Joe's Upgrade

    Candace, like nearly every character on this series, is the absolute worst. It shouldn't be a surprise that Candace is of this ilk, but there...
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  • You Got Me, Babe

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    You Got Me, Babe

    Joe and Beck may very well deserve one another. 

    It's no secret that Joe is an awful person. Most of us knew what to expect out of Joe when we signed up for this twisted journey, so for the most part, Joe's behavior is in line with what is expected of him most of the time. 

    So believe me when I say, I'm not blind to the many ways Joe is problematic. That said, Beck has to be one of the most loathsome characters currently on air. YOU Season 1 Episode 8 was Beck at her absolute worst yet.

    How it's possible for Beck to be in the running for the most hated character on a series filled with cheaters, abusers, killers, stalkers and more is beyond me, but that's where we are now.

    "You Got Me, Babe," took place three months after the events of You Season 1 Episode 7. In that three month span of time, Joe and Beck remained separated and moved on with their lives. At least, that's what appeared to be on the surface.

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  • Everythingship

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    Everythingship

    It's official; Joe is all aboard the Psycho Train to Crazy-Town. 

    Joe has always been batshit crazy, and we knew it. But YOU Season 1 Episode 7 is the first time Joe's troubling behavior has been this overt.

    Joe was the embodiment of an abuser during the hour. It was terrifying, uncomfortable, but also entertaining.

    If you were temporarily distracted by Joe and Beck playing the happy couple or rooting for their toxic, abusive, and unhealthy relationship, this hour was a hard, sharp smack back to reality. It served as a reminder of what the series is at its core.

    Joe's descent into paranoia and turning up the notch on his brand of crazy to properly showcase how wrong he is for his actions was clever.

    It was only a matter of time before Beck saw some of Joe's darkness; it's impossible to keep up an act for a whole relationship. In many ways, everything about Joe during his relationship with Beck was a facade.

    B...
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  • Amour Fou

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    Amour Fou

    Well, you know what they say? If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. 

    It took longer than Joe anticipated, but he finally rid the world (and Beck) of Peach Salinger on YOU Season 1 Episode 6. 

    Rest in some sapphic paradise, Peaches. You will be missed.

    It's difficult to imagine what the series will be like in Peach's absence. Shay Mitchell was such a delight in this role, and she was a fantastic adversary for Joe. She beat the others by a landslide. 

    It was mentioned multiple times before, but Joe and Peach's contentious relationship was more often than not more interesting than Joe and Beck's warped love story. Badgley and Mitchell had the type of fantastic chemistry that must come from years spent on soapy teenage dramas that knew how to keep people hooked. 

    It came to a head this hour, but the funniest part about it is that Peach will undoubtedly still stick it to Joe from beyond the grave. Peach has a known ...
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  • Living with the Enemy

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    Living with the Enemy

    Bloody hell this series is so damn twisted! 

    After an hour that focused on Beck who has become a human chew toy, YOU Season 1 Episode 5 was all about the two sickos who are playing tug-o-war for Beck's affection.

    It was quite a ride.

    This hour should've been called "The Misadventures of Joseph and Peaches." The two most manipulative players of the series, who are often playing chess while everyone is playing checkers, were trying to outdo one another left and right.

    Through manipulation, vindictiveness, and murder attempts, their behavior was disturbing and repulsive; it was also the type of entertainment where you couldn't peel your eyes away even if you wanted.

    The rivalry between Joseph and Peaches had been building for a long while. The opening where Joe's internal monologue went on and on about the routine into which he and Beck fell, suggests that the pair has been dating for quite some time now.

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  • The Captain

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    It wasn't double the pleasure (though you redeemed yourself in that area, Joe), but it was double the fun because YOU finally gave us Beck's POV. 

    YOU Season 1 Episode 4 was an hour dedicated to shading in the enigmatic Beck. The question is, how do you feel about Beck now that we've spent a little time in her head?

    Is it presumptuous to say the consensus of BTVGuides was that Beck is lackluster? Up until this point, Beck was difficult to grasp. The majority of what we knew about her was based on Joe's impression, and the supporting characters stood out more in the scenes with Beck and them.

    As YOU headed into this Beck-centric hour, there were some high expectations. It was the time to deliver something juicy on the series co-lead, and whether or not they delivered is debatable.

    Some part of me was hoping to learn that Beck has a darkness to her. I wanted to cast her in this role of an unassuming adversary who would give Joe and ...
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  • Maybe

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    Maybe

    YOU is making me sympathize with a stalker and murderer. 

    That's not to suggest Joe didn't come across sympathetic before. He has a tragic backstory, so sympathy always factored into the equation.

    But YOU Season 1 Episode 3 illustrated that a twisted, entitled deranged Joe is more sympathetic than the woman who is supposed to be his victim.

    It needs to be said; Beck is unlikable.

    It was foolish of me to expect that she would be though. She's not obligated to be likable, right? Gender roles strike again. In fact, it was amusing and validating when Beck batted her Disney Princess eyes and asked Joe if he thought she was unremarkable.

    Related: Manifest: Get to Know the Characters!

    That's what was used to describe her in previous reviews. Yes, Beck is unremarkable but in an intentional way. That inquiry confirmed it.

    She is; unless you can think of ...
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  • The Last Nice Guy in New York

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    The Last Nice Guy in New York

    Who is Beck? 

    While YOU Season 1 Episode 2 ended on a dark note, Beck's elusive nature was at the forefront. Who is this woman? Who is she at the core?

    Nearly everything about YOU's writing is so deliberate that Beck coming across unremarkable in YOU Season 1 Episode 1 felt purposeful.

    Beck remains an utter mystery. She may be the co-lead, but even when there are scenes that are solely devoted to her, she's difficult to pin down. There was more of Beck this time around, but if anything, it highlighted how much of an unknown she is.

    There were also a handful of moments where Beck was flat as a character. The others have a spark that stands out even in the shortest of scenes, but there were a few moments where it seemed as if Lail was playing it too close to the vest here.

    Nevertheless; we need to know more Beck background because right now, she's an enigma and my feelings and perception of her character shifted multiple ...
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  • The Becktel Test

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    The Becktel Test

    The fault in calling YOU a guilty pleasure is the implication that there is something to feel guilty about. 

    It has been teased as a lurid tale of obsession and seduction, and it is. It's sexy, provocative, and thrilling. But YOU Season 1 Episode 1 also showed us that the series is witty, funny, and smart.

    Joe Goldberg isn't self-aware, but the series itself is. It is hands down the best offering Lifetime has given us since the first season of UnREAL. I only hope it can keep up the momentum.

    Penn Badgley as Joe is already intoxicating. The premiere primarily focused on him, and Badgley's performance is as unassuming as Joe is. He sneaks up on you, and it's the best possible outcome for a series where the protagonist is an antihero.

    Joe is not the type of person that we should root for, and yet, we have an up close and personal peek into his character via voiceovers. It's an effective use of voiceovers reminiscent of Mr. Robot, exc...
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