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Binge Sugar on AppleTV+


Binge Sugar on AppleTV+ – Breathing strange new life into an old genre, “Sugar” makes overt connections to the detective movies of the 1940s and ‘50s, casting Colin Farrell as a modern private eye with a case that drags him through the seamy underbelly of Hollywood.

Yet even that description belies a series with unexpected twists, in a way that’s sure to be divisive but benefits from its genuine sense of surprise and discovery.

“I don’t like hurting people,” Farrell’s John Sugar, frequently narrating the story, muses early on, which doesn’t stop him from doing so quite efficiently when necessary.

After a quick introduction, characterizing him as both resourceful and a master of languages, Sugar gets approached by a movie mogul (James Cromwell) who is trying to find his missing granddaughter.

Binge Sugar on AppleTV+ – The case leads the detective on an odyssey that consciously resembles an old Raymond Chandler story, the kind that might have starred Humphrey Bogart or Robert Mitchum back in the day. (In his spare time Sugar watches old movies, an overt signal of the show’s inspirations.)


Storyline for Sugar on AppleTV+

Private investigator John Sugar examines the mysterious disappearance of Olivia Siegel, the granddaughter of a legendary Hollywood producer.

On the surface, Sugar is the story of John Sugar (Farrell), a dapper gumshoe who tracks down missing people on behalf of an elite clientele.

Sugar, who has a collection of bespoke Savile Row suits and speaks an astonishing number of languages, doesn’t like violence, but when the job requires it, he’s smooth and lethal.

After an opening black-and-white sequence in Tokyo, Sugar’s next job brings him back to Los Angeles, where he has a standing bungalow at an upscale hotel and a concerned handler, Ruby (Kirby, formerly Kirby Howell-Baptiste).

Ruby is worried about Sugar’s physical and psychological condition and urges him away from an upcoming case, but Sugar can’t be dissuaded from meeting with Jonathan Siegel (James Cromwell), a legendary film producer.


Episodes of Sugar on AppleTV+

S1.E1 ∙ Olivia
After solving a case in Japan, private eye John Sugar returns to LA to help find a missing woman with ties to a Hollywood legend.

Episodes of Sugar on AppleTV+, S1.E2 ∙ These People, These Places
Sugar suspects Melanie’s not telling the full story. Meanwhile, he and Ruby may not be the only ones looking into the mysterious body in Olivia’s trunk.

S1.E3 ∙ Shibuya Crossing
Melanie and Sugar get caught in a dicey situation – and make a new enemy. Sugar reunites with old friends, but he senses some are keeping secrets.

Episodes of Sugar on AppleTV+, S1.E4 ∙ Starry-Eyed
Sugar and Melanie track down Olivia’s friend, who shares disturbing information about Davy and his family. Davy and Kenny dig into Sugar’s past.

S1.E5 ∙ Boy in the Corner
Melanie gets a surprise visit that unleashes Sugar’s dark side. Ruby receives chilling guidance from a colleague. Davy makes a tragic decision.

Episodes of Sugar on AppleTV+, S1.E6 ∙ Go Home
Sugar thinks he’s made a break in the case. When a double cross forces him to do the unthinkable, he turns to Melanie and Henry for help.

S1.E7 ∙ The Friends You Keep
Sugar’s fears for the safety of his friends lead him to a clandestine gathering where he learns a dangerous secret — and the truth about Olivia.

Episodes of Sugar on AppleTV+, S1.E8 ∙ Farewell
A shocking realization points Sugar toward a discovery that changes everything.

Binge Sugar on AppleTV+

Binge Sugar on AppleTV+ – Created by Mark Protosevich (other producers include Farrell and Simon Kinberg), the eight episodes generally run a little over 30 minutes each, conjuring the spare sense of the early black-and-white detective series that “Sugar” also emulates.

Granted, those who can identify the old-movie clips peppered throughout will likely enjoy “Sugar” more than someone who’s never seen “Double Indemnity” or other examples of film noir from that period.

Binge Sugar on AppleTV+ – Even the uninitiated, though, should be drawn in by the moody atmosphere, enigmatic style and the show’s willingness to take risks in a way that rewards the audience’s patience.

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