Netflix’s original programming has been making serious waves. Bandersnatch, the interactive movie-length experience from Black Mirror, and Bird Box, the horror film starring Sandra Bullock, have both garnered a lot of attention. However, it’s another potentially binge-worthy show that was released in late December is being touted as the “creepiest show” in recent memory.
Available starting on December 26, Netflix’s You is the story of Joe Goldberg, played by Penn Badgley, and Guinevere Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail.
Joe, a brilliant New Yorker with obsessive tendencies, uses technology and social media to win Guinevere’s affections, stalking her both online and in real life.
As the show progresses, Joe’s efforts only become more extreme, and Peach, Guinevere’s friend and played by Shay Mitchell, becomes more suspicious of Joe as the episodes move forward.
According to Netflix’s description on one of the YouTube trailers, Joe will do “whatever it takes to eliminate all obstacles standing in his way – even if it means murder.”
Viewers are already raving about You, and, according to a report by LAD Bible, the show has already been tapped for a second season. Since the first season ended on a cliffhanger, viewers likely appreciate not being left in the lurch regarding whether the story will continue on the small screen.
Fans have taken to social media to sing the show’s praises, with many of them labeling it the “creepiest” show they’ve ever seen.
Critics also seem to enjoy the show. The first season of You has a score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1 on IMDB. In comparison, the first season of Dexter came in at 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The show is based on Caroline Kepnes’ book of the same name. The book also had a sequel, Hidden Bodies, so viewers may appreciate that there is more material to work with beyond the show’s namesake.