Would you do anything for love?
That's the question explored in Lifetime's juiciest new drama series, YOU. Based on Caroline Kepnes's best-selling novel of the same name, YOU follows a bookstore manager named Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) who falls for an aspiring young poet (Elizabeth Lail) and starts to stalk her. According to Lifetime's official description, Joe uses "the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way."
The disarming stalker series serves as a cautionary tale on modern romance. In a time when dwindling privacy is the norm, you can easily present a much different version of yourself based on your online persona. YOU aims to tackle these issues with deeply layered and disturbing characters. The show paints a troubling picture with Joe and Beck's burgeoning relationship. It forces us to ask whether it's messed up societal norms or simply nature that skews our perception of romantic relationships.
"I think so much of early dating is projection. It's like who you think this person you're dating is," said executive producer Sarah Schechter during the YOU panel at PaleyFest. "A lot of the reality about intimacy is peeling away some of those layers and with social media, it's like endless projecture. We are curating ourselves constantly, and the idea that we can control who we are and how people conceive and experience us is very interesting."
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YOU premieres on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10/9c on Lifetime.