If you can even believe it, Joe Goldberg will soon be getting up to his old tricks (stalking and murdering) again. You, the Penn Badgley-starring Netflix drama about a charismatic freak who goes to terrifying lengths to get women to date him, is set to return for the first half of its fourth season on February 9. This time, the series is moving across the pond, and we'll watch Joe settle into his latest personality: Professor Jonathan Moore. In the meantime, we'll just have to obsess over some other shows while we wait for more perverse adventures.
Our list of shows to check out next includes stories about serial killers, psychopaths in love, and eccentric crime. Here are more shows and movies like You to watch.
Joe Goldberg is a master of mining social media as a tool for his true passion, stalking women. But he'd meet his match in Chloe, the titular creepazoid from this highly rated British drama. Erin Doherty kills it as Chloe, a woman whose obsession with another on Instagram leads her down a path of social infiltration when she discovers the woman dies in a tragic accident. It's a show overflowing with tension as Chloe dodges suspicions and builds a rickety house of lies so that she can try to replace her obsession in her life, all while getting closer to the truth behind her friend's death. She and Joe would make a cute couple. -Tim Surette
If what you like about You is getting to watch a damaged man live a double life, try Barry. The dark HBO dramedy follows Barry Berkman (Bill Hader), a former Marine and professional hitman trying to leave his life of violence behind in favor of becoming an actor in Los Angeles, but he just can't seem to stop murdering. The show finds a lot of its comedy and drama in Barry's gymnastics to hide who he really is from the people he cares about, like his acting coach Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler) and his girlfriend Sally (Sarah Goldberg). Barry is more tortured by the things he's done than Joe, but both shows make for conflicting viewing experiences that will constantly make you question why you're rooting for a killer to get away with the crimes he can't seem to stop committing.
Ozark doesn't deal with the same kind of psychological warfare that You specializes in, but it is about a man involved with crime who's living two lives. The man in question is Jason Bateman's Marty Byrde, a normal-seeming husband and father who moves his family from their comfortable life in Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks after he gets in too deep with a money laundering scheme and a drug cartel. Much like You, Ozark is a total crowd-pleaser, and You fans who tune in just to see what insane things Joe and Love will do next should enjoy the dynamic between Marty and his wife Wendy (Laura Linney), who do all kinds of unsavory stuff to keep their heads above water.
If you like You (and why would you be here if you didn't?), you already love a serial killer disguising himself as a normal man, which is just what The Fall happens to be about. This series stars Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector, another handsome Joe Goldberg-esque man you probably would not suspect of heinous crime, who poses as a regular husband and father while also killing people in secret. Gillian Anderson is incredible as the detective who travels to Northern Ireland in order to investigate the string of murders, and through her investigation, the show takes a deep dive into the psychology of serial killers. With only three seasons, it's a short watch that will keep you enthralled.
It's like the old saying goes: Dexter walked so You could run. Back in the day, when every show on TV was a prestige drama about a misunderstood man, Dexter joined that crowded space to tell the story of Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a forensic analyst specializing in blood spatters who also happened to be a — gasp! — serial killer himself. Much like Joe, Dexter had a tragic backstory that functioned as the explanation for why he grew up to become a murderer with feelings, and if you like the way You utilizes narration to give us a peek into Joe's twisted thoughts, Dexter pretty much pioneered that technique. The later seasons really take a turn, but those early episodes are still pretty great. (Plus, there's a revival!)
Let the twisted mind games continue. Killing Eve, which ended in 2022 after four seasons, is as much about espionage as it is about psychological warfare, following Eve (Sandra Oh), an MI5 agent who becomes obsessed with tracking down a highly skilled, highly sadistic assassin (Jodie Comer) who calls herself Villanelle. The first season is a game of cat and mouse as Villanelle goes to increasingly complicated and dangerous lengths to evade Eve while also harboring a growing infatuation with her, and in the seasons that follow, the two women suffer personal and professional consequences as they pour all their energy into learning more about each other. It's twisty, it's absorbing, and Oh and Comer are both incredible in it.
If what really interests you about You is exploring the psychology of a killer, Mindhunter should be your next watch. Inspired by very real crimes, including the Manson murders and the Atlanta child murders of the late '70s and early '80s, Mindhunter is all about the origins of what we know today as serial killer profiling, focusing just as much on the harrowing cases as it does on the people tasked with investigating them. The drama is really adept at showing the various methods the FBI agents, played by Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv, use to profile serial killers in order to understand the reasons why they do what they do. It also manages to effectively draw parallels between the agents themselves and their subjects, which is as creepy as it is compelling.
Of all the shows on the list, Dirty John feels the most similar to You in that it's also about a relationship getting ruined when one-half of a couple finds out their partner is a total freak. Based on the very real story of John Meehan, Eric Bana stars as the titular (Dirty) John, a man who meets and begins to date Debra (Connie Britton), a divorced mother with tons of professional success and very little romantic success. Their relationship appears perfect until, well, it doesn't, which is all I'll say, because the story ends up taking a lot of twists and turns. Honestly, this show is kind of all over the place, and the second season — which follows an entirely different crime, the story of Betty Broderick — felt pretty much unnecessary, but if it's more psychos in love you're looking for, you can't get much better than this show.
The Flight Attendant is more a straight-up murder mystery than You, but stay with me. The dramedy is zippy and a little zany, centering around a flight attendant (Kaley Cuoco) who wakes up after a crazy evening with a passenger (Michiel Huisman), only to discover that he was murdered at some point in the night. The problem is that she has no idea what happened to him and quickly becomes the lead suspect in the investigation, forced to unravel the story herself in order to clear her own name. The psychological aspects are reminiscent of You, and maybe most importantly, both shows are just so watchable. They're tonally similar, owing to the fact that they're both executive-produced by Greg Berlanti.
If You just wasn't creepy or gory enough for your tastes, try Hannibal! Years after its cancellation, Bryan Fuller's drama still has a huge cult following who loved it for the way it weaved a tangled web of violence and romance, and pushed the boundaries of what could be shown on network TV. The series revolves around the relationship between the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and the FBI investigator hunting him, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). Things get super weird between the two, perpetually toeing the line between love and life-threatening danger. In many ways, they were the original Joe and Love!