Peacock’s One Of Us Is Lying is the latest bestselling young adult novel to get a small screen adaptation for a streaming service. The series is hyped as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars and follows four high schoolers who become murder suspects after a student dies while in detention. Despite being from different cliques, the four survivors must team up and learn to trust each other to clear their names and find out who really killed Simon.
The eight-episode season 1 just finished airing on Peacock and has left many fans hoping that the show will get picked up for a season 2. With no renewal in sight yet, fans have been left scrambling to fill the void the murder mystery has left behind. Luckily, there are plenty of teen and adult drama shows that are similar to One Of Us Is Lying.
Cruel Summer (2021-) – Available On Hulu
Like One Of Us Is Lying, Cruel Summer began airing in 2021 and quickly became a massive hit. In fact, it’s been reported that the first two episodes were the most-watched series debut ever on Freeform. The drama thriller follows two teen girls in the ’90s, with one claiming that the other witnessed her abduction and never reported it.
While Cruel Summer deals with some deeper issues than One Of Us Is Lying, like the ganders of child grooming and domestic abuse, the shows also have similarities. Namely, both series feature young, female characters at the lead of the investigations.
Gossip Girl (2007-2012) – Available On HBOMax
While both the original and the rebooted Gossip Girl would make great choices for a show to binge on after One Of Us Is Lying, the original wins because it has way more seasons. The series began with characters in high school who are being mysteriously watched by a gossip website.
The characters in Gossip Girl might hail from wealthier backgrounds than the characters in One Of Us Is Lying but they’re both still dealing with being spied on by a gossip website. Even though the website is more anonymous than the About That page in One Of Us Is Lying, both jeopardize the lives of the characters.
Nancy Drew (2019-) – Available On Hulu
The iconic Nancy Drew is arguably one of the most well-known young female detectives in popular culture and in 2019 she got her own show on The CW. This time, Nancy finds her college plans put on hold as she and her friends are accidental witnesses to a murder.
Nancy is most like Brownyn from One Of Us Is Lying in that they both are determined to solve the murder mystery they witnessed. Both series also feature an ensemble cast of teenagers from different backgrounds, rounding out the traditional stereotypes of a brain, a jock, a criminal, and the princess.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (2021-) – Available On Amazon Prime Video
Prime’s I Know What You Did Last Summer is yet another young adult novel to have earned a TV series and is also loosely based on the 1997 film. A group of teenagers’ lives is forever changed after a fatal accident occurs on the night of their high school graduation. However, none of them expected to be stalked by a mysterious killer a year later.
Unlike One Of Us Is Lying, I Know What You Did Last Summer leans more into the horror side of things than the mystery. However, the shows are similar in that they rely on a group of teenagers working together to keep each other safe — even if the teens in IKWYDLS are guilty.
Only Murders In The Building (2021-) – Available On Hulu
Hulu’s comedy murder mystery series Only Murders In The Building has made quite the impression on audiences of all ages. The series revolves around three true-crime podcast fans who launch their own podcast as they investigate the mysterious death of a resident in their apartment complex.
While both of these shows are drastically different in tone, they both lead audiences on a wild goose chase that makes for the biggest plot twist ending after a series of plot twists.
Outer Banks (2020-) – Available On Netflix
Outer Banks has become one of Netflix’s best teen series and rightfully so. The mystery adventure series follows a group of friends as they set out to track down a mysterious treasure while hoping to discover what really happened to John B’s father.
While Outer Banks doesn’t start out as a murder mystery, it sort of evolves into one as they uncover more clues about John B’s father’s disappearance. Both shows also play off the found-family trope as the teenagers lean on each other more than the adults in their lives.
Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017) – Available On HBOMax
Pretty Little Liars is one of Freeform’s most popular series and has earned several spin-offs and even a reboot (which fans worry might ruin the franchise). The series centered on four friends who begin to receive threatening anonymous messages one year after their best friend has gone missing.
This series is a great comp to One Of Us Is Lying for fans who liked the “About That” plot of the teen series. Both “A” and Simon’s “About That” apps are designed to reveal secrets about people which can have dangerous repercussions.
Sweet/Vicious (2016) – Available For Purchase On Apple TV
Sweet/Vicious is a highly underrated show, having been canceled after one season by MTV. The dramedy centered on two unlikely friends who team up to teach sexual assaulters a lesson when their university refuses to punish them.
While it may not seem like this vigilante show has a lot in common with One Us Is Lying, it actually does. Both feature young women in lead, investigative roles taking control of their lives. They also both focus on bringing about justice when those in power refuse to do so.
T@gged (2016-2018) – Available For Purchase On Apple TV
T@gged is a web series from AwesomnessTV that briefly made its way to Hulu before moving to pay-per-episode streaming platforms. The psychological thriller centers on three teen girls who are mysteriously tagged in a dangerous social media video where someone appears to be getting shot.
Like One Of Us Is Lying, the girls set out to figure out who is behind the social media account before anyone suspects they have something to blame. Both shows also feature the heroes being stalked by the perpetrator adding to the suspense.
13 Reasons Why (2017-2020) – Available On Netflix
While 13 Reasons Why is the source of much criticism because of its content, the series was groundbreaking and curated quite the fanbase during its four-season run on Netflix. The series regularly involved a mystery at the center of its season with Clay and his friends desperate to bring about justice.
Both One Of Us Is Lying and 13 Reasons Why deal with the topic of suicide but in many different ways. However, it’s the later seasons of 13 Reasons Why that are more similar to the series as they follow Clay on his quest to figure out who is behind the gross and dangerous sexual assault happening on his high school campus.
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