What to Watch: August
I realize that August is almost over, but I’m going to be honest, I’m not at a shortage for shows to recommend. And I’m such a nerd about it! I actually started a spreadsheet of all of the shows I’ve watched over the last several years. Not surprisingly, its a very large number, 140 to be exact but I know I’m leaving some out! And its growing pretty quickly. YES, I know I have a problem!
So anyway my show recommendation for August is Sweetbitter, on Amazon Prime/Starz. I didn’t know until doing research for this post that the series is based on the novel Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. The series has two seasons so far and six episodes in the first season, and eight in the second season.
The show is about Tess (played by Ella Purnell), who has just moved to New York City by herself. It doesn’t ever specify Tess’ age, but she’s at least 21 and can’t be much older than that. Tess gets a job at an “iconic” restaurant in the city, that she ends up falling in love with. She learns about taste and how there are four major flavors — sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.
One thing I really liked about Tess was her innocence, curiosity and genuine interest in learning more about this career she has chosen. You don’t really see that so often anymore in an entry level type job. So I really loved how this was different in that way.
In Tess’ journey through the show she makes good friends and finds love and lust in her coworkers, and her love for food and her job continues to flourish.
This show is a really good escape into the night life of a small group of work friends in New York City. I really enjoyed the different characters, and relationships throughout the series as well as the different story lines taking place. The show does take on some serious topics like suicide and inequalities and racism in the work place.
Sweetbitter really is a hidden gem. Check it out next time you can’t find something to watch! You won’t be sorry and you can thank me later! 🙂