Sweetbitter: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Sweetbitter fails to live up to its well-received literary source material -- or stand out from the many big-city coming-of-age television series that came before it.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 108
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Air date: May 6, 2018
Air date: May 13, 2018
Air date: May 20, 2018
Air date: May 27, 2018
Air date: Jun 3, 2018
Air date: Jun 10, 2018

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In Season 1, we follow Tess along the path of the L train circa 2006: the prestigious Manhattan restaurant where she serves an upscale clientele, an industry dive bar, a corner bodega in Williamsburg, and an East Village apartment with a bathtub in the kitchen. She came to the city without a friend or ambition because she wanted more from her life. Underneath the oysters and champagne is a love letter to the way New York City changes and can change you.

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Critic Reviews for Sweetbitter Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13)

Sweetbitter has some sensory pleasures, a good cast and better wine (or so we're told). Otherwise occasionally pretentious and ultimately superficial.

May 4, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's shallow to the point of being narcissistic, and that's not the kind of series anyone needs.

Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Everything from the acting to the dark, sterile art direction and cinematography robs the show of an identity. The show looks polished. However, it also feels empty.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

There are scenes in each episode that will resonate with fans of the novel.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Given the cultural obsession with looking at great food on TV screens, it seems natural that Sweetbitter would translate well to the TV screen. But alas, the Starz show feels like a shadow of its literary self.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Edgy coming-of-age story nails New York restaurant life.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sadly, the adaptation turned out puzzlingly flat, practically ignoring the period setting, reducing characters to vapid sketches and draining all pleasure from Danler's sensuous prose.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

I was left feeling like I'd been given the wrong show...

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The ultimately charming series explores the existential questions of a nearly quarter-life crises with sincerity, not cynicism, which gives it an unexpected warmth.

May 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Still, after six half-hour courses, it's like a meal that looks great on the plate but makes little impression on the tongue.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sweetbitter: Season 1

  • Jul 24, 2019
    Wow, this show makes servers look like non working lil bitches. But OMG Dey So Smat. 2 stars cause the lead and antagonist are beautiful. Otherwise this show is about as intellectually stimulating as watching porn. Honestly who wrote this shit? Some dumb idiot that had to stand on their feet for 8 hours a day? Yes most common folk know what it's like to work a shit job. Whomever is writing this is trying to make us believe serving at a high end joint is so much more impressive than working at a Denny's.
  • Jul 22, 2019
  • Jul 17, 2019
    There are a lot of plusses to the acting and physical production of this series but I keep asking myself if this is it? I gave it a chance and proceeded with the next few episodes, hoping it just needs to get going so I'll give a shit about another, high end restaurateur who hires an adorable but unqualified one-dimensional doe for the food service industry to "culture" vate. Girl from nowhereville has NO IDEA that there are different taste receptors on her tongue until taken underwing by pretentious and disillusioned New York City waitstaff. Quick, fly-over country, stop everything and make a bee-line straight to THE apple so black and white can transform into technicolor! Now I'm watching just to be amused at the post-show breakdown's belief that what they've produced is worthy of a 3-star Michelin rating. For my taste, the transformational sensory experience of the naive virginal protagonist, the show is attempting to capture, is like champagne that has never had any gas.
  • Apr 26, 2019
    This is funny because in some ways it's believable and in others absolutely not. As I too left home and worked in fine dining with not much experience at 20 in another country I relate to the scariness, but this girl is so unfocused and blase about most of her trial at the restaurant it's a but ridiculous that she would get the job. Also she is very unprofessional and unawaref her surroundings, plus she takes any drugs offered, even at work. However no one seems to care what she gets up to in these instances and she gets away with all sorts . The social aspect of it though is quite accurate and the family feel to their comaraderie is believable. It's light watching but the main character is bordering on flaky.
  • Oct 11, 2018
    I’m hooked by season one.
  • Jul 27, 2018
    thank god simone's going to be back on the air. it's a very good series and a lot of fun. and believe me, it is worth watching the show just to see the goddess simone week in and week out.
  • Jun 24, 2018
    I am honestly shocked at this low rating. This show is like heroin to me. It is the sexiEst most stimulating show i’ve Watched in years.
  • Jun 20, 2018
    I really enjoyed this series and things it brings a fresh new take on a coming-of-age drama. I was ENTHRALLED from the very first episode and thought the pacing of the storyline was perfect. IT gave you just enough to keep you wanting more.
  • Jun 18, 2018
    A great coming of age story set in NYC. Fully rounded characters add depth to the story that the novel lacked. A charming role for Ella Purnell who shines as our narrator. Welcome to the industry. Sure, season 1 gives us a taste... hopefully, there's more to come.
  • Jun 16, 2018
    Much better than 95% of the unwatchable drek that’s on most networks! The lead actress is adorable and the supporting cast quite credible.

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