Lifetime's new thriller, You, is all about the man your parents warned you about. The Penn Badgley series revolves around Joe Goldberg, a bookstore clerk who meets aspiring poet Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) after he helps her find a Paula Fox novel. Joe is immediately smitten with Beck, and takes it upon himself to learn everything about her. And by everything, I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Thanks to her public social media accounts, he does some deep internet sleuthing and uses all available information to trace her location, find her apartment, BREAK into her place, and peer into her window a la Edward Cullen. He follows her everywhere she goes and intentionally bumps into her under the guise that it's a "coincidence." Yup, Joe is your classic stalker. I'm pretty sure he's the lyricist of The Police's "Every Breath You Take," not Sting.
Although You serves as a strong (disturbing) warning that we should be vigilant about what we post on our socials, viewers can't stop tweeting about their obsession with the show. The series has fans so hooked that some can't help but root for Joe — even though, you know, he's supposed to be the bad guy. It's all very Dexter, and we know how that goes.
Before the show premiered, You was greenlit for a second season, which means it's going to get crazier and creepier from here on out. Will Beck catch on to Joe's true intentions, expose him for his predatory tendencies, and turn the tables around? I'll sure be sticking around to find out.
Catch You on Lifetime every Sunday.