Intoxicating toxicity: Tell Me Lies

Intoxicating toxicity: Tell Me Lies
Image: Grace Van Patten in TELL ME LIES. Image: still


Australian viewers have a new addition to their binge-watching list, and it’s a series that’s bound to keep them on the edge of their seats. Hulu’s acclaimed Tell Me Lies is finally available on Disney+ for audiences Down Under, and it’s quickly becoming a sensation.

Based on Carola Lovering’s 2018 novel of the same name, this psychological drama delves deep into the intricacies of love, obsession, and human relationships. The story revolves around Lucy Albright (Grace Van Patten), a college student whose life takes a dark turn when she becomes entangled with the charming Stephen DeMarco (Jackson White).

Grace Van Patten and Jackson White in TELL ME LIES. Image: Josh Stringer, HULU

As their relationship deepens, secrets unravel, trust erodes, and the distinction between love and manipulation blurs. Executive producer Meaghan Oppenheimer aptly described the first season of Tell Me Lies as an exploration of toxic relationships and the self-sabotage we often indulge in when drawn to the wrong people.

The narrative unfolds with Lucy’s first day at Baird College in 2007, marked by an encounter with upper-class man, Stephen at a frat party, setting the tone for eight years of tumultuous emotions. This ten-episode series skilfully captures the all-consuming obsession that often accompanies first love.

Almost all the characters in Tell Me Lies exhibit toxic traits. Though many viewers express a strong aversion to the twisted and destructive main characters, it’s akin to a hypnotic train wreck — impossible to avert your gaze. The talented ensemble of actors, many of them emerging stars, deliver brilliant performances that intricately depict the psyche of their characters.

As Australian audiences delve into this thrilling series, they’re in for a rollercoaster of emotions and suspense. Tell Me Lies is a must-watch for anyone who relishes suspense-laden dramas filled with love, deceit, and secrets.

Available on Disney +

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