Tell Me Lies
GenreDrama
Created byMeaghan Oppenheimer
Based onTell Me Lies
by Carola Lovering
Starring
ComposerJay Wadley
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
  • Meaghan Oppenheimer
  • Emma Roberts
  • Karah Preiss
  • Matthew Matruski
  • Shannon Gibson
  • Samantha Schlaifer
  • Laura Lewis
  • Stephanie Noonan
  • Jonathan Levine
Producers
  • Mathew Hart
  • Jessica Badenoch
  • Gillian Bohrer
Cinematography
Editors
  • Julie Cohen
  • Joe Leonard
  • Jeff Israel
  • Bradley Cheyne
  • Bridget Case
  • Genevieve Butler
Running time45–53 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkHulu
ReleaseSeptember 7, 2022 (2022-09-07) –
present (present)

Tell Me Lies is an American drama streaming television series created by Meaghan Oppenheimer, based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Carola Lovering.[1] The series was released on Hulu on September 7, 2022.[2] It follows a relationship between Lucy Albright and Stephen DeMarco as it unfolds over the course of 8 years after meeting at college. In November 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.[3]

Synopsis

Set in 2007 at a fictional upstate New York school called Baird College, this drama chronicles a turbulent but seductive romance between college freshmen Lucy Albright (Grace Van Patten) and college junior Stephen DeMarco (Jackson White) over the course of eight years. Although their relationship starts off like any other campus romance, they quickly become ensnared in an addictive entanglement that will forever change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]Prod.
code
1"Lightning Strikes"Jonathan LevineMeaghan OppenheimerSeptember 7, 2022 (2022-09-07)1HMK01
2"Hot-Blooded"Erin FeeleySamir MehtaSeptember 7, 2022 (2022-09-07)1HMK02
3"We Don't Touch, We Collide"Erin FeeleyMona MiraSeptember 7, 2022 (2022-09-07)1HMK03
4"Take Off Your Pants and Jacket"Sam BoydSinead DalySeptember 14, 2022 (2022-09-14)1HMK04
5"Merry F*cking Christmas"Sam BoydChisa HutchinsonSeptember 21, 2022 (2022-09-21)1HMK05
6"And I'm Sorry If I Dissed You"Isabel SandovalMeaghan OppenheimerSeptember 28, 2022 (2022-09-28)1HMK06
7"Castle on a Cloud"Isabel SandovalBill KennedyOctober 5, 2022 (2022-10-05)1HMK07
8"Don't Go Wasting Your Emotion"Ed LillySamir MehtaOctober 12, 2022 (2022-10-12)1HMK08
9"Sugar, We're Going Down Swinging"Ed LillySinead DalyOctober 19, 2022 (2022-10-19)1HMK09
10"The Bedrooms of Our Friends"Robin WrightMeaghan OppenheimerOctober 26, 2022 (2022-10-26)1HMK10

Production

Development

On September 1, 2020, it was announced that Emma Roberts has inked a first-look deal at Hulu via her production company, Belletrist TV, and her first project was adapting Carola Lovering's Tell Me Lies for television.[5] On August 3, 2021, it was reported that Hulu had given the production a straight-to-series order. The series is created by Meaghan Oppenheimer is also expected to executive produce alongside Roberts, Karah Preiss, Laura Lewis, and Shannon Gibson. Production companies involved with the series are Belletrist Productions, Rebelle Media, and Vice Studios.[1] On April 14, 2022, Jonathan Levine joined the series to direct the pilot and executive produce the series.[6] The series was released on September 7, 2022.[2] On November 29, 2022, Hulu renewed the series for a second season.[3] Filming for the second season began on January 17, 2024.[7]

Casting

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Grace Van Patten was cast in a lead role.[8] On November 19, 2021, it was announced that Jackson White joined the main cast.[9] On December 9, 2021, it was reported that Sonia Mena, Catherine Missal, and Alicia Crowder were cast as series regulars.[10] On February 4, 2022, it was announced that Branden Cook, Spencer House, and Benjamin Wadsworth joined the cast in starring roles.[11] On April 14, 2022, Gabriella Pession, Edmund Donovan, and Natalee Linez joined the series in recurring capacities.[6]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 70% approval rating with an average rating of 5.4/10, based on 10 critic reviews.[12] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 65 out of 100 based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

References

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 3, 2021). "'Tell Me Lies' Drama Series Starring Grace Van Patten Ordered By Hulu With Emma Roberts Exec Producing". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Betancourt, Bianca (August 8, 2022). "Consider 'Tell Me Lies' Your Next Ultra-Sexy Binge Watch". Harper's Bazaar. Archived from the original on September 7, 2022. Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Rice, Lynette (November 29, 2022). "'Tell Me Lies' Renewed For Season 2 By Hulu". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 29, 2022. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  4. ^ "Shows A-Z - tell me lies on hulu". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 17, 2022.
  5. ^ White, Peter (September 1, 2020). "Emma Roberts Inks First-Look Deal At Hulu & Sets 'Tell Me Lies' Adaptation As First Project". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Petski, Denise (April 14, 2022). "'Tell Me Lies': Jonathan Levine To Direct Pilot & EP; Gabriella Pession, Edmund Donovan & Natalee Linez Join Cast Of Hulu Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 14, 2022. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  7. ^ Hatchett, Keisha (January 17, 2024). "Tell Me Lies Finally Starts Season 2 Production — See the Cast Photos!". TVLine. Archived from the original on January 18, 2024. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 3, 2021). "Emma Roberts Drama Starring Grace Van Patten Nabs Hulu Series Pickup". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 19, 2021). "'Tell Me Lies': Jackson White To Star In Hulu Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 19, 2021. Retrieved November 19, 2021.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (December 9, 2021). "'Tell Me Lies': Sonia Mena, Catherine Missal & Alicia Crowder To Co-Star In Hulu Drama Seriess". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 9, 2021. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (February 4, 2022). "'Tell Me Lies': Branden Cook, Spencer House & Benjamin Wadsworth Join Hulu Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 4, 2022. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  12. ^ "Tell Me Lies: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  13. ^ "Tell Me Lies: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 10, 2022.