'Tell Me Lies' is a toxic love story with unimaginable twists

Add 'Tell Me Lies,' Hulu's anticipated adaptation, to your fall TV lineup

a scene from tell me lies, hulu's adaptation of the carola lovering novel
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We've all had that one guy—the one we should’ve steered clear from but just couldn’t. For Lucy Albright, that guy is Stephen DeMarco.

In Tell Me Lies, Hulu's adaptation of Carola Lovering's debut novel, the two college freshmen meet and become intertwined. Despite the lack of green flags, Lucy trudges on and practically drowns in the toxic relationship. 

This union quickly becomes everyone's problem, though. As the show’s description states, the young couple “fall into an addictive entanglement that will permanently alter not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.” 

Years later, when the two are off-campus, will they be able to make things work, or will they part ways for good? The story comes with plenty of twists and turns, so you’ll want to add it to your fall TV lineup without question. Allow us to introduce you to your new favorite series.

'Tell Me Lies' Hulu

In the steamy trailer, we get a glimpse of Stephen and Lucy's incredibly intimate connection. We're seemingly dealing with two twin flames, but the fire is put out relatively quickly. There are lies, there are trust issues, there's mystery and it seems Stephen isn't exactly who he says he is. There's something from his past that he's hiding.

The show flirts with the the thriller genre all while keeping us devoted to a relationship that's been wrong from the get-go. Tell Me Lies' sneak peek pretty much guarantees we're in for a bumpy ride (not that we're complaining—we love TV shows about gossip, drama and matters of the heart). 

Like the novel, the ten-episode series will follow Lucy and Stephen's relationship on campus and their post-college lives when they're both making a start for themselves in New York City. 

'Tell Me Lies' cast

If you're a bookworm, you'll be pleased to know that the brains behind Belletrist, Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss, will executive produce the TV adaptation of the 2018 bestseller. 

Here's who's who on screen: 

  • Grace Van Patten as Lucy Albright
  • Jackson James White as Stephen DeMarco
  • Catherine Missal as Bree
  • Spencer House as Wrigley
  • Sonia Mena as Pippa
  • Branden Cook as Evan
  • Benjamin Wadsworth as Drew
  • Alicia Crowder as Diana

'Tell Me Lies' premiere

The Hulu series will drop its first three episodes on September 7. The subsequent episodes will premiere on Wednesdays.

'Tell Me Lies' book


Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
$13.58, £8.99

For those asking "What should I read next," if you haven't already taken Lovering's book out of the library or ordered it from your favorite indie bookstore, now's the time to change that. 

You'll want to catch the story in its original format—before Stephen infuriates you. Speaking of Stephen, this fictional character actually stems from real life, though the author is tight-lippped about his true identity. 

"The problem is that the closer you look at the line between fiction and truth, the blurrier it gets. I’ve been so hesitant—and scared—to talk about the 'real' Stephen, because while there is certainly a person who inspired his character, that person isn’t actually the character. And that is a distinction I need to keep intact," she wrote for The Cut

You know where to find us on September 7. For more book-to-screen adaptations, check out how to watch Everything I Know About Love, Dolly Alderton's story that's finally airing in the US. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.