Queen Sugar: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Queen Sugar

Critics Consensus

With an authenticity of culture and place and strong performances throughout, Queen Sugar rises above melodrama in this alluring, unhurried and powerful portrait of a fractious black American family.



Critic Ratings: 46


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User Ratings: 184

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Tv Season Info

When their father Ernest (Glynn Turman) dies, three estranged siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) must come together to save the failing Louisiana sugar farm they have inherited. With the assistance of their Aunt Violet (Tina Lifford) and her boyfriend "Hollywood" (Omar J. Dorsey), the three struggle through the difficulties of bringing the 800-acre farm back to life, while juggling their previous responsibilities. Season 1 of "Queen Sugar" is adapted from the novel of the same name by Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey.


Rutina Wesley
as Nova Bordelon
Dawn-Lyen Gardner
as Charley Bordelon West
Kofi Siriboe
as Ralph Angel Bordelon
Tina Lifford
as Violet Bordelon
Omar J. Dorsey
as Hollywood Desonier
Dondre Whitfield
as Remy Newell
Ethan Hutchison
as Blue Bordelon
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Critic Reviews for Queen Sugar Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (23)

Queen Sugar, which tracks the Bordelon family of Louisiana, is willfully stylized and leisurely.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…

In a world of cutting-edge TV with a glut of shows about anti-heroes who are often hard to root for, Queen Sugar gives viewers plenty of people, all of whom feel so familiar, to champion.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Queen Sugar is confident enough in itself and its audience that it offers up dreamy actors and hot pairings with no anxiety that this will somehow undercut its more serious aspirations. It is an extremely alluring combination.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Queen Sugar is one of the most beautiful shows ever to air on television.

Sep 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Queen Sugar skirts soapiness, but it does so with such an array of talent, such a specificity of culture and place, and with so much grace that it rises above mere melodrama.

Sep 2, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One can only hope hope the talented souls behind the scenes will find a way to put their significance onscreen.

Sep 2, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Well-written, beautifully shot, and relatable.

Aug 8, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

[Queen Sugar] has an insanely talented cast and is a truly beautiful and poignant look at family life, race relations and country politics that takes its time to craft each story perfectly.

Jul 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Queen Sugar is not a soap opera... Every outburst serves a narrative function, rather than just for the delight of the audience.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Queen Sugar's treatment of sexual assault feels grounded in how most people actually think and talk about sexual assault, rather than the language of a first-year gender studies class.

Sep 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Queen Sugar is winning, both on-screen and off. This premiere will be a family affair, for the Bordelon family, but for all of us as well.

Aug 15, 2017 | Full Review…

There's a lot to love about Queen Sugar even with its occasionally frustrating contradictions like how its tone veers from subtle intimacy to arch melodrama.

Mar 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Queen Sugar: Season 1

  • Aug 19, 2019
    It is a beautiful story that connects you with the realities of the human condition. Well rounded in the way it captures every single aspect of the characters' lives. Showing family, love, pain, loss, tears, laughter, heartbreak.... The fullness of human emotions and experiences. Every single episode makes me cry! I hate Ava Duvernay for this😭😭😭
  • Apr 24, 2017
    Incredible cinematography and acting
  • Dec 10, 2016
    Love this show! So well written and well acted.
  • Nov 18, 2016
    Fantastic, moving, emotional, funny exciting- great characters and acting
  • Sep 17, 2016
    The first episode was awful. The musical soundtrack might be the worst I've ever heard. From soul to middle-of-the-road to U2 soundalike. The characters are so cliched, plot so predictable....at least I don't have to continue watching this tripe.
  • Sep 17, 2016
    Finally a television show worthy of my time! I miss original storytelling and moments that linger in my memory!
  • Sep 15, 2016
    Shonda Rhimes has already given us more sex soap than we need. Now Opera has to join the bottom of the barrel too?

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