Life happens, even while you think you’re waiting for it to happen. This is exactly the case for 22-year-old Tess, who arrives in New York to begin a new life. The new original series from STARZ, Sweetbitter, follows Tess circa 2006 as she starts down a new path to find herself and where she belongs. Upon arriving in the city with no friends and no real ambition, she gets invited to train at one of the best restaurants in the city. Thinking this opportunity will provide her a steady income so she can safely wait until her life begins, Tess instead becomes intoxicated by the chaotic and stirring world of New York restaurant life. She finds a flair for expensive wine, explores dive bars and must learn who she can trust.
Based on the national bestselling novel of the same name by Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter’s synopsis decribes it as “a love letter to the way New York City changes and can change you.” It’s not just Tess’ story—it’s a testament to all the servers, bartenders and dishwashers as they discover friendship, navigate through intimacies, survive off lust and confront betrayal. “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.”
The series stars Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) as Tess, alongside Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex), Tom Sturridge (Far From the Madding Crowd), Paul Sparks (Thoroughbreds), Evan Jonigkeit (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and newcomers Daniyar, Eden Epstein and Jasmine Mathews. Author Danler also serves as creator, executive producer and writer on the series. Stu Zicherman serves as showrunner and executive producer, along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B.
The series premieres Sunday, May 6 on STARZ. See its trailer and key art below.