A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In some ways it's presented as modern romantic thriller, but ultimately this is a story about a violent stalker hurting a woman (and others along the way).
Positive Role Models
Joe is a violent stalker. Some of the people he builds relationships with are also extremely disturbed.
Violence & Scariness
Stalking and murder are key themes. Scenes include brutal, bloody attacks with instruments like hammers, and images of bloody corpses with slashed throats. Kidnappings and other events are also visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sexual moments, including simulated sex acts that reveal a lot of skin, including a bare backside.
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"D--k," "bitch," "bastard, "a--hole," "s--t," "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, etc. are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, champagne, cocktails at social events. Cigarette smoking and vaping visible. References to using cocaine. Drunken behavior leads to some unexpected consequences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You is a series about a charming and violent young man who stalks young women. Social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, are used to help him. There's lots of cursing including "d--k," "bitch," "bastard, "a--hole," "s--t," and "f--k." The series features many sexual situations, including skin-revealing simulated sex acts (but no frontal nudity). Aside from the systematic stalking, it also addresses domestic abuse and murder. Violent, bloody attacks with things like hammers are sometimes visible, as are gruesome injuries on bloody corpses.
Is It Any Good?
This dark and disturbing drama is uniquely told from the point of view of a smart young man obsessed with a woman he barely knows and begins to stalk. Joe's inner monologue allows viewers to listen to the way he makes sense of his irrational feelings, and how he's unable to see in himself the violent, abusive characteristics that he loathes in other men. They also get to see how his sexual fantasies are driving him, and how easily social media aids him in his efforts. As he manages to justify his actions to himself, he reveals a familiarity with the process that makes you suspect that he's done this before. In later seasons, as he interacts with individuals like Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), his behavior is even more bewildering.
While You offers some suspense, it also offers a distorted way of looking at Joe's criminal behavior. He's characterized as a likable man motivated by a desire to be loved. His inner banter is filled with one-liners and quips, and some of the charmingly awkward exchanges during his planned "accidental" meetings with the women he is obsessed with create some lighthearted but alarming moments. This makes it easier for viewers to see Joe's actions as OK while still finding themselves horrified about the violent acts he commits. Some may look past this for entertainment's sake, but it's also easy to point to the series as an example of how violence, particularly against women, can be minimized by the media.
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