10 Best TV Shows Like Hulu's Tell Me Lies – Screen Rant

From Scandal and Big Little Lies to You, Roadkill, The Affair, and more, discover the best shows to watch alongside Hulu’s drama series Tell Me Lies.
After debuting on September 7, 2022, Hulu's new drama series Tell Me Lies has drawn solid reviews for overcoming a slow start to become a thoroughly engaging glimpse at the toxic relationship between Lucy (Grace Van Patten) and Stephen (Jackson White), two college sweethearts whose romance veers off course over time and the struggle they share to keep the pieces together.
Part obsession thriller and part toxic relationship drama, Tell Me Lies joins several worthy TV dramas with a lot to say about the profound consequences of one decision can have on a long-term relationship.
A large portion of Tell Me Lies focuses on Lucy's unhealthy obsession with the irresistible charmer, Stephen, which slowly evolves into a healthier bond over time. When watching the show, one can't help but think of Netflix's You, in which Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) also plays a handsome charmer with a dangerous side who uses his disarming personality to insinuate himself into the lives of others.
As Joe fuels his unhealthy obsession by pouring over his desired females' social media, he eventually meets a cunning match in Love Quinn, further complicating his psychological state. Both You and Tell Me Lies get to the heart of romantic infatuation, infidelity, and the aching ramifications that can result from such if those involved in such toxic relationships cannot find the strength to break the cycle.
Much of Tell Me Lies also focuses on the long-term romantic affair between Lucy and Stephen. No better show took the premise of marital infidelity to such rivetingly satisfying lengths as the highly revered Showtime series The Affair, named Best TV Drama at the 2015 Golden Globes.
The series concerns the intimate extramarital bond between novelist Noah (Dominic West) and waitress Alison (Ruth Wilson) and the immense feelings of isolation, regret, grief, and even love they feel for each other while grappling with the lasting consequences that will forever alter their lives. With top-tier acting and sobering psychological exploration of human desire, The Affair is a must-see for fans of Tell Me Lies.
Winner of 8 Primetime Emmys, HBO's extremely beloved original series Big Little Lies also revolves around the doomed toxic marriage between Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) and the violent domestic abuse that results when she hasn't the agency to fight back. Until Grace confides in her closest friends, she is trapped in her own misery despite living a lavish life of extreme wealth, leading to a shockingly irreparable conclusion.
An important tale of IPV studded by some of the finest actors around, the first season of Big Little Lies is a perfect companion piece to Tell Me Lies as both shows explore the psychological effect keeping deep secrets can have and how unchecked human desire can lead to one's downfall.
Perhaps a tad campier and cattier, Pretty Little Liars also revolves around a mysterious stalker (or group of stalkers) who threatens to expose the darkest secrets held by a quartet of female teenagers. While played as more of a mystery than outright romance, there's plenty of thematic overlap between the hit Freeform series and Tell Me Lies.
As the four girls work to keep their secrets from being exposed and discover who the mysterious stalker named "A" is, toxic teenage relationships abound, such as the forbidden love affair between underage Aria and her high school teacher Ezra. Sure, Pretty Little Liars is a silly teen show, but it mines a very similar subject as Tell Me Lies and has more fun doing it.
While the acclaimed FX original show takes a decidedly dark comedic approach, You're The Worst also traces the long-term effects of a toxic relationship in a protracted way very similar to Tell Me Lies. The drama concerns Gretchen (Aya Cash) and Jimmy (Chris Geere), a terribly self-sabotaging couple who do everything in their power to stay involved in a doomed romance.
Hailed for its rich characterizations, sharp wit, and anti-romantic-comedy formula, You're The Worst manages to balance deep issues with a deft comedic touch to become one of the most memorable TV dramedies on record. An unflinching portrait of modern romance, Tell Me Lies and You're The Worst belong together.
From the mind of Shonda Rimes, Scandal traces the personal and professional life of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a communications officer for the White House who opens her own crisis management firm to become Washington's top fixer. While Pope has experience covering up the marital affairs of top politicians, things get harry when she begins her own affair.
The way Pope handles her extramarital affair with Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) on the show is arguably more admirable than Lucy in Tell Me Lies, but both shows do a good job of justifying each's decisions without judging their character writ large, nor letting them off the hook for their actions. Another gripping drama that bends into psychological thriller territory, Scandal is not to be missed.
The moral underpinnings found in Tell Me Lies share a lot in common with A Teacher, Hulu's acclaimed original miniseries about the toxic predatory dynamic between Claire Wilson (Kate Mara), and her underage high school student Eric Walker (Nick Robinson), and how their illicit affair leads to lasting effects on both.
Like Stephen in Tell Me Lies, Claire uses her position of power as a form of sinister seduction to psychotically ensnare Eric and implicate him in her own immoral crime. It's the mutual complicity between both couples that perpetuate the affairs, and where the shows do their best to explore the complicated nature of each character's life-altering decision.
A daring show ahead of its time, HBO's Mormon polygamy drama Big Love follows Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), a Utah handyman who happens to be married to three wives who all live together under one roof. While it may not seem to have much in common with Tell Me Lies, the entire series is about keeping the family together despite the frayed and fey romances.
What makes Big Love so interesting is the consensual nature of Bill's so-called infidelity as he constantly favors one wife over another, leading to their psychological unease as the years go by. Dark secrets, white lies, and half-truths abound in the household as Bill and the family do their best to live happily, making Big Love one of the most fascinating domestic dramas on record.
While it flirts with the supernatural, Behind Her Eyes follows the psychological state of Louise (Simona Brown), a woman who begins an illicit affair with her married boss David (Tom Bateman) before forging a strange relationship with his wife, Adele (Eve Hewson). Steamy and irresistibly melodramatic, it's another ideal show to watch alongside Tell Me Lies.
While Tell Me Lies has richer character development, the unpredictable twists and turns will keep viewers engaged in Behind Her Eyes from the jump. While taking to different extremes, both shows convincingly explore the nature of infidelity, romantic obsession, and how one small decision can have a gargantuan ripple effect across several lives.
Roadkill is a four-part British miniseries that concerns the personal and professional fallout of career politician Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie) once his extramarital affair is made public by a female inmate. Similar to Tell Me Lies, Roadkill is an eye-opening exam of how one lapse in judgment can lead to a lifetime of pain.
Armed with a towering performance by Laurie as a man torn between the love for his family and his craven political ambitions, Roadkill goes one step further than Tell Me Lies by showing how infidelity perpetrated by a beloved public figure can lead to domestic as well as national unrest.
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A Senior List Writer covering a wide array of topics who has been with Screen Rant since September of 2019, Jake Dee has written movie news and reviews since 2008, working primarily with OMG Horror (IGN), JoBlo.com, and Arrow in the Head as a freelance reporter based in Los Angeles. A hopeless cinephile, social media Luddite, certified Nic Cage doppelganger, and a big Weekend At Bernie’s fan, Jake can often be found tucked away in a dark corner watching an old horror movie. Born and raised in California, Jake has a Bachelor’s Degree in Film & Digital Media from the University of California Santa Cruz with an emphasis on theory and criticism, is the author of several “WTF Happened To This Movie” and “WTF Really Happened To This Movie” videos on YouTube, and has covered everything in the entertainment industry from set visits, studio luncheons, and red carpet interviews to wrap parties, movie premieres, private screenings, talent interviews, and more.


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