Sugar (Season 1/2024/USA) Series Review

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Sugar is a unique crime drama set in the enigmatic Hollywood entertainment industry. John Sugar is a Private investigator in the show. He takes up a disappearance case linked to the high-profile Siegels in Los Angeles.

Thus, Sugar’s investigations focus on the powerful Siegel family based in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. The Siegels are in the movie-making business; however, they are hiding some sordid secrets.

Colin Farrell As ‘Sugar’ Is Addictive, But Some May Not Like That One Big Twist In Tale

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The official – storyline/plotline/summary/synopsis

John Sugar (Colin Farrell), a private detective, is on the trail of Olivia Siegel (Sydney Chandler), the cherished granddaughter of Hollywood producer Jonathan Siegel (James Cromwell), who has mysteriously vanished. As Sugar delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a trove of family secrets belonging to the Siegel family, some long buried and others more recent.

We wish to tell you more but then that will ruin your viewing pleasure. Nevertheless, we have shared the summary of its eight episodes below.

So, what did we like about this series?

Well, first of all, we liked that the protagonist detective ‘Sugar’ is played by smart and suave Colin Farrell. He has owned the character of a smooth Private Investigator (P.I.) Sugar completely. While he is on the screen, it is difficult to not succumb to his charming ways. Even when speaking Japanese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Swahili, etc., his accent remains impeccable. Not to discount the fact that being a proverbial old-soul gentleman, he drives a classic 1966 Chevrolet Stingray Corvette convertible in the show. We liked this private detective.

“I don’t like hurting people. I really don’t.”


The show consists of talented ensemble cast members. These actors and actresses played the supporting roles quite well in it, Kirby (Ruby), Amy Ryan (Melanie Matthews), Dennis Boutsikaris (Bernie Siegel), Nate Corddry (David Siegel), Alex Hernandez (Kenny), James Cromwell (Jonathan Siegel), Anna Gunn (Margit Sorensen), Sydney Chandler (Olivia Siegel), etc.

It seems that the show creator Mark Protosevich loves the bygone era of classic Hollywood. He has found some of the creative ways to incorporate those black-and-white filming scenes into this contemporary drama. Both the writers and directors have done well to build up the suspense and mystery in the early part of the series. We felt that we were watching one of those well-made crime dramas of the yesterday years. They have smartly used both the colour and the monochrome in the cinematography, to narrate the tale.

What did we not like about this series?

But, then the unexpected twist in its story shocked us. We did not see it coming and did not like it. On the one hand, plenty of folks may like the surprise sci-fi element. But, we think, that some may not appreciate its inclusion in its tale. Maybe the writers thought that the gentleman characters like ‘Sugar’ could not be human. Hopefully, now that the supernatural mystery is out in the open. The audience will be more likely to accept this fact in season two onwards.

The conclusion

Given all these facts about his P.I. character, the possibilities of his investigation cases are enormous. Now, we look forward to seeing where he goes next. Meanwhile, enjoy this well-made crime mystery starring Colin.

Rating: Sugar (Season 1/2024) Series

FM Rating3.75/5
Sugar (Season 1/2024) Series – FM Rating.

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Key Details: Sugar (Season 1/2024) Series

GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Original languageEnglish (USA)
SeasonOne (1) Season
EpisodesEight (8) Episodes
CreatorMark Protosevich
WritersMark Protosevich, Donald Joh, Sam Catlin, & David Rosen
DirectorsFernando Meirelles & Adam Arkin
CastColin Farrell (John Sugar), Kirby (Ruby), Amy Ryan (Melanie Matthews / Melanie Mackintosh), Dennis Boutsikaris (Bernie Siegel), Nate Corddry (David Siegel), Alex Hernandez (Kenny), James Cromwell (Jonathan Siegel), Anna Gunn (Margit Sorensen), Eric Lange (Byron Stallings), Sydney Chandler (Olivia Siegel), Jason Butler Harner (Henry Thorpe), Elizabeth Anweis (Wendy Siegel), etc.
NetworkApple TV+
Sugar (Season 1/2024) Series – About.

Spoilers Alerts: Summary of Eight Episodes

Summary of Eight Episodes of the Season (1) One of the ‘Sugar’ series
(Released between April 5, 2024, to May 17, 2024)

Olivia (S1, E1)

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.

These People, These Places (S1, E2)

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.

Shibuya Crossing (S1, E3)

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.

Starry-Eyed (S1, E4)

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.

Boy in the Corner (S1, E5)

Melanie gets a surprise visit that unleashes Sugar’s dark side. Ruby receives chilling guidance from a colleague. Davy makes a tragic decision.

Go Home (S1, E6)

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.

The Friends You Keep (S1, E7)

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.

Farewell (S1, E8)

A shocking realization points Sugar toward a discovery that changes everything.

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