There’s something a little bit indulgent about Stan’s new TV series, Sweetbitter.
The series, which is based on Stephanie Danler’s book of the same name, follows the story of twenty-something Tess (Ella Purnell).
It also stars Caitlin FitzGerald as Simone (Serena on UnReal) and Paul Sparks as Howard (House of Cards, The Girlfriend Experience).
Sweetbitter is a delicious romp through the New York restaurant scene and one woman’s tumultuous twenties.
Like many fresh university graduates, Tess moves to New York City without a plan and without any real clue about what she wants to do with her life.
There she meets Howard, the owner of one of the city’s best restaurants. He sends her an “invitation” to work at his restaurant. She basically has to audition to be a waitress.
On her first day on the job, Tess discovers she’s in way over her head.
Twenty-something Tess is trying to work things out in Sweetbitter. Post continues.
The restaurant staff are cliquey and eccentric, and Howard is unpredictable and hard to please.
Tess has to navigate the confusing hierarchy of the restaurant while trying to learn a job she has absolutely no experience in.
And of course, in the tradition of these kind of fumbling twenty-something dramas, Tess stuffs everything up.
She breaks plates and glasses, forgets to complete crucial tasks, offends kitchen staff, and puts herself in a difficult situation with one of the restaurant’s most loyal customers.
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In short, she’s a fumbling hot mess and a bit of a trainwreck to watch.
But that’s also what’s so familiar and so comforting about Sweetbitter.
At some stage we’ve all been Tess. We’ve all been that twenty-something newbie who’s just trying to figure it out as she goes.
We’ve all moved to a new city or started a new job and found ourselves a little overwhelmed. We’ve all been a bit lost and a little listless, just trying to find our place in the world.
And we’ve all screwed up once or twice.
Sweetbitter isn’t a new concept, but it’s story we’ll never tire of because it shows the gritty, real growing pains of adulting.
Oh, and there’s lots of wine involved.
Sweetbitter is available to watch on Stan now.