‘Tell Me Lies’ Review: Hulu’s Bad Romance Is Very Good

Based on Carola Lovering's novel, the series follows Lucy (Grace Van Patten) and Stephen (Jackson White) through their poisonous relationship from college through early adulthood over the course of eight years.

Normally, after five hourlong episodes halfway through the season, this would be a bad thing.

I'm still not sure how to feel about Stephen (Jackson White), the male protagonist in Hulu's Tell Me Lies.

But in this case, it's just confirmation that the show is operating as it should.

Whenever he begins to veer into villainy, the series will give him a heartbreaking disclosure or a true moment of kindness.

It'll drop in a casual reminder of how brutally heartless he can be whenever he starts to become too charming.

The push-pull puts us in the same situation as heroine Lucy (Grace Van Patten), who spends years squirming on his hook before ultimately cutting herself free.

That profound awareness of the psychology behind its primary link is what sets it apart. Tell Me Lies from any number of passionate yet fatal romantic tales.