‘You’, the stalker-slash-serial-killer Netflix Original, introduces us to Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), an eccentric librarian. However, before you concentrate too much on the character’s high cheekbones and alluring voice, let’s halt you for a moment here. Joe is not the typical introvert guy with a deep, sexy accent. He comes with a hidden killer instinct, propelled by his disdain towards society — to fake, self-obsessed, social-media-owned inhabitants. Well, the irony is that the narcissistic Joe often resorts to social media to sharpen his own stalking skills.
The story mainly revolves around Joe, who holds an unforgivable attitude toward people who he believes are a bane for society. He falls for a creative, aspiring writer and grad student, Guinevere Beck when she visits his bookstore. And thus begins his endless stalking exercise. Joe grows increasingly irritated with Beck’s Ivy League gang of girlfriends. Within his head, he constantly berates them. But he fiercely loves Beck, so much that he ends up killing her boyfriend, who, according to Joe, does not deserve her. His cyberstalking levels increase so much that he slowly starts keeping a tab on each of Beck’s activities.
Based on the Caroline Kepnes eponymous novel, ‘You’ was highly successful upon its release. Addictive and binge-worthy, the show delves deep into protagonist Joe’s toxic behavior and his growing obsession with Beck. It, in fact, it gets quite creepy when you watch him hovering in front of her window and tracking her daily schedule. But still, you cannot help but admire Joe’s enigmatic persona, making him the perfect, alluring antagonist.
So have you watched the show yet? If you are late to the game, worry not. You can still catch it on Netflix. And if you already have finished watching or re-watching it, then you might be looking for more such dark, binge-worthy titles that explore similar ideas and concepts. So, here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘You’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘You’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Eye Candy (2015)
‘Eye Candy’, starring Victoria Justice, is an MTV show that introduces us to a private detective, Lindy Sampson, who is on a hunt for a serial killer who kills his victims after sending a post-date text. The latter becomes fascinated with Sampson. Meanwhile, Sampson looks forward to going on a date with him so that she can finally apprehend the murderer.