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12 Shows Like You To Watch On Netflix UK

The best thrillers the streaming service has to offer.

A still from Netflix thriller You. Pictured: Joe Goldberg played by Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti as Love Quinn
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When deciding on what show to stream next, scrolling your way through Netflix’s vast catalogue can be quite an arduous task. However, every so often you’ll stumble upon an absolute gem, and, in the blink of an eye, you won't be able to look away from your latest streaming fave. For many, this was the case when Netflix's You burst onto the scene. Following the show’s hugely-popular first two chapters, fans are no doubt counting down the days until the hotly-anticipated third season finally makes its debut. However, as we wait for Joe Goldberg to worm his way back into our lives, here are the best shows like You on Netflix UK to fill the void.

Following delays brought on by the lockdown, production on You season 3 officially resumed in November 2020. Although an exact release date of the new series is yet to be announced, the Netflix hit is expected to premiere sometime in late 2021, and fans have a lot to look forward to. Primarily because, when it comes to psychological thrillers, You seems to set the bar pretty high.

Despite this, there are plenty of other equally brilliant shows to be discovered on Netflix, many of which are just as gripping. A true-crime tale with devastating consequences, a woman’s desperate search for the truth behind her brother’s murder, and a therapist's extremely inappropriate relationship with her clients are just some of the stories you can expect to find in the platform’s impressive library. So, to steer you in the right direction, here are the very best alternatives to Netflix’s You to tide you over until season 3 arrives.

1

Dirty John

Starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana, Dirty John follows the true story of a young woman who embarks on a romance with a handsome and charismatic doctor. However, the pair’s relationship soon spirals into a game of psychological manipulation, secrets, denial, and survival — all of which goes on to have terrible consequences for an entire family.

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2

Gypsy

Despite only lasting one season, Lisa Rubin’s intense Netflix thriller Gypsy is most definitely worth giving a go. With a cast made up of Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson, Karl Glusman, and Academy-Award nominee Naomi Watts, among others, the psychological drama centres around a therapist who begins to secretly form dangerous and intense relationships with the people in her clients' lives.

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3

Elite

Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona’s Spanish teen drama follows the story of working class students who are enrolled in the exclusive (and fictional) Las Encinas private school. However, tensions between them and their wealthier peers soon begin to intensify, and eventually lead to a shocking murder. This gripping Netflix thriller is sure to fill the You shaped hole in your streaming schedule, and the first three seasons of Elite are available to watch in their entirety on the platform now.

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4

What/If

Starring Reneé Zellweger, What/If is based around an idealistic scientist and her husband, who make an outrageous deal with an unusual investor. The thriller looks into the effects of what occurs when seemingly ordinary people begin acting in less-than acceptable ways, displaying how one small decision can alter the trajectory of an entire lifetime. The 10-episode drama should most definitely find itself a top your must-watch list, and hopefully season 2 will be announced soon.

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5

Behind Her Eyes

Created by Steve Lightfoot and based on Sarah Pinborough’s 2017 novel of the same name, this supernatural psychological thriller follows the story of single mother Louise (Simona Brown), who begins an affair with her new boss, David (Tom Bateman). When Louise strikes up an unlikely relationship with her boss's wife Adele (Eve Hewson), her life becomes even more complicated, and their love triangle begins to unravel a dangerous web of secrets.

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6

Baby

With Benedetta Porcaroli and Alice Pagani at the helm, the Italian teen drama Baby centres on two girls who hail from one of Rome's wealthiest regions. After growing tired of their families and elite high school, the girls ditch their life of privilege and become increasingly drawn into the city's underworld — where the pair soon start living double lives. The series is loosely based on true events, and don't let the subtitles deter you, because this Netflix offering is well worth your time.

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7

The Sinner

Based on Petra Hammesfahr's best-selling novel of the same name, U.S. crime drama The Sinner takes place in the aftermath of a chilling murder that sends shockwaves through a small town. Starring the likes of Jessica Biel and Christopher Abbott, the series centres on a detective's hunt for answers, which, in turn, begins to unravel an array of sinful secrets.

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8

Bloodline

Created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman — and starring the likes of Kyle Chandler and Linda Cardellini, among others — the gripping Netflix original thriller Bloodline on the black sheep son of a highly-respected family, who runs into trouble with his siblings after threatening to expose a string of dark secrets from the family’s past.

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9

White Lines

Created by Álex Pina, the British-Spanish murder mystery White Lines centres on the character of Zoe Walker (played by Laura Haddock), whose brother Axel (Tom Rhys Harries) is found dead two decades after first going missing while working as a DJ in Ibiza. Frustrated with the investigation into what happened to her brother, Zoe travels to the island herself determined to discover the truth.

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10

Somewhere Between

Adapted from the original Korean series God's Gift: 14 Days and starring Paula Patton and Devon Sawa, this intense U.S. drama follows a local superstar producer Laura (Patton), who is given the opportunity to change the fate of her daughter’s murder after waking up one week before the tragic incident took place. However, if she fails to alter the events leading up to the murder, Laura will lose her daughter forever.

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11

Perfume

Inspired by Patrick Süskind’s novel of the same name and Tom Tykwer’s 2006 film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, this German crime-drama follows the murder investigation of a singer, who detectives notice has had her scent glands and hair removed from her body. Following the gruesome discovery, investigators Nadja Simon (Friederike Becht) and Matthias Köhler (Juergen Maurer) begin speaking with those closest to the victim, including a group of her former boarding school friends.

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12

Spotless

Co-created by Ed McCardie and Corinne Marrinan, and starring Marc-André Grondin and Brendan Coyle, among others, this dark comedy-drama revolves around the owner of a London-based crime scene cleaning business, Jean. When his estranged brother Mark turns up out of the blue, dark secrets and deep-rooted trauma from Jean’s past that he has spent years trying to repress soon begin to resurface.

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