The entire show is told through Joe’s perspective. The audience hears his inner monologue and is also given glimpses of his childhood that are mostly kept secret in the beginning. Joe is perceived as a nice guy with a couple of issues that stem from what is assumed to be a troubled childhood. He knows he’s good and he knows he has good intentions in everything that he does, but he yearns for someone else to see that as well.
Enter Guinevere Beck, or “Beck” as her family and friends call her. Beck is unlike the “other” girls and yet is also exactly like them. An aspiring writer, she never actually does take time out to write and blames it on other factors than herself. She’s lazy, she’s unmotivated, careless, and selfish at times, but she’s like Joe in the way that she thinks she is good and she thinks she’s doing the right things; anyone else that disagrees or thinks otherwise is just picking on her. This is why Joe sinks his claws into her almost instantaneously; he thinks she is the one girl that will finally see him for who he really is. Meanwhile, she claims to be independent but relies on validation and happiness from men. She’s looking for someone to rescue her from herself because at the end of the day she doesn’t know how to, which explains why she also falls right into Joe’s “good guy” persona.
Throughout the series, I had almost no complaints except for one. “You” is told entirely through Joe’s perspective who is literally a psychopath. Because of this and his inner monologue, the audience finds themselves rooting for Joe to get what he wants: Beck. I wasn’t a big fan of this because I found myself sympathizing with Joe and basically accepting his toxic behavior. At the same time, I really like that we are able to hear his thoughts because there aren’t many psychological thrillers that are told from the perspective of the psychopath. Other than that, the show is all-around very well written. Each character has a role in the development of the story; there isn’t anyone that makes me wonder what they add to the show.
Filled with lots of twists and turns, “You” keeps you on your toes for almost the entirety of the show. It’s stressful and anxious, but that’s what keeps you coming back until you’ve finally realized that you just spent 95% of your weekend binge-watching it.