Sweetbitter (Starz 2018, Ella Purnell, Paul Sparks)

Sweetbitter tells the story of Tess (Ella Purnell), a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. When she finds herself interviewing for a position at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world behind-the-scenes, tasting expensive wine, exploring dive bars, and learning who she can trust.

Sweetbitter illuminates the sensory journey of developing a palate. How the sweet, sour, salt, bitter, and umami threaten, complement and ultimately need each other so that we can learn to taste.

Sweetbitter is a show about the life that happens to you while you’re waiting. The series is adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by series creator Stephanie Danler who serves as executive producer and writer on the series.

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production details
USA | Starz – Plan B Entertainment | 6 Episodes
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Donna Bloom as Executive Producer
Richard Shepard as Executive Producer
Stephanie Danler as Original Author/Creator/Executive Producer
Stu Zicherman as Executive Producer

Ella Purnell as Tess
Caitlin Fitzgerald as Simone
Daniyar as Sasha
Eden Epstein as Ari
Evan Jonigkeit as Will
Jasmine Mathews as Heather
Jimmie Saito as Scott
Paul Sparks as Howard
Tom Sturridge as Jake

1 – Salt | Airdate: 2018-05-06
22-year-old Tess moves to New York City, without friends or a specific ambition. After an interview at one of the best restaurants, she’s invited to train. She attempts to keep up while observing her new coworkers.

2 – Now Your Tongue is Coded | Airdate: 2018-05-13
When Tess forgets her wallet at the restaurant, she goes back to discover what happens after-hours: shift drinks. Simone teaches her about the coding of our tongues, leading Tess to become even more enthralled by Simone.

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3 – Everyone Is Soigné | Airdate: 2018-05-20
Tess meets Serena, an alumna of the restaurant who married one of their wealthiest guests. Serena and Simone were best friends. To Tess, Serena has the perfect life. Simone teaches Tess not to believe everything she sees.

4 – Simone’s | Airdate: 2018-05-27
Tess has a day off and decides to go to Simone’s apartment unannounced; after Simone invites Tess into her world, her abrupt expulsion leaves Tess lonelier than ever.

5 – Weird Night | Airdate: 2018-06-03
Tess arrives at the restaurant in high spirits, but soon realizes this is a night where everything will go wrong. Tess and Sasha embark on a drug-fueled night of adventure to burn off stress until the night takes a turn.

6 – It’s Mine | Airdate: 2018-06-10
After partying until sunrise, Tess is not in an ideal state for her exam; the day’s events make her question if it is really worth it.

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