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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Air date: May 6, 2018
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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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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…
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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…
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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…

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