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Sweetbitter: Season 1 (2018)



Critic 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.


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

April 27, 2018 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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.

October 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…

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