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Sugar: release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know

Colin Farrell in Sugar on Apple TV Plus.

We're now mid-way through the first season of Sugar, a new detective show on Apple TV Plus which is bringing back the classic genre of hard-boiled noir fiction.

Colin Farrell stars as John Sugar, a private investigator hired to investigate the disappearance of Olivia Cromwell, a 25-year-old who's a part of the famous Siegel family of Hollywood producers and actors. 

Sugar's quest will take him through Los Angeles in a quest to unravel the secrets of the Siegel family, in a story that also features Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Amy Ryan and James Cromwell.

Interested in learning more about Sugar? Here's all we know about the show so far.

Sugar release date

Sugar was let out of the bag on Friday, April 5, which was the show's premiere date. Three episodes released on that day, and we've enjoyed a new one each week from then. The show is set to air its finale on Friday, May 10.

You'll be able to watch all of Sugar using Apple TV Plus, as the drama show is an exclusive production for Apple's platform. You can test out the streamer for free pretty easily, and we have a guide to all the Apple TV Plus free trials on offer.

Sugar trailer

Several weeks after announcing Sugar, and a month before its premiere, Apple unveiled a trailer for Sugar:

The Sugar trailer sets up Colin Farrell's John Sugar as well as the case he's investigating, the people he comes face-to-face with on his quest and also a mysterious affliction that Sugar seems to be dealing with.

Oh, and we find out that Sugar drives around LA with a dog in his passenger seat!

Sugar plot

(Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

Sugar looks at the Siegel family, headed by the patriarch, a famous Hollywood producer Jonathan Siegel. When his granddaughter Olivia disappears, detective John Sugar is brought in to track her down and discover why she's gone.

However in doing so, Sugar finds himself wading through the much of the Siegel family, with their secrets proving just as much of a dirty mystery as the whereabouts of Olivia Siegel.

We'll find out the secrets of many members of the Siegel family, and how they link to a dangerous crime ring, as well as a mission Olivia was on that may have got her in hot water.

Sugar cast

(Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

Starring in Sugar is Colin Farrell as John Sugar, a private detective who we hope uses a cane to keep with the name. Farrell is a widely-known actor who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Bansheers of Inisherin and whose other well-known roles include In Bruges, True Detective season 2 and The Lobster.

Other big-name actors star. Above you can see Kirby Howell-Baptiste, (Killing Eve) alongside Farrell, and in the "Plot" section you saw Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) in another promo image. Other actors in the show include James Cromwell as Jonathan Siegel, Anna Gunn as Margrit, Nate Corddry as David Siegel, Dennis Boutsikaris as Bernie Siegel, and a cute dog called Wiley.

Is John Sugar an existing detective?

Lots of neo-noir detective shows opt to dust off existing and well-known heroes for their stories. For example Philip Marlowe has been in books or on screen for nearly 100 years, most recently in Liam Neeson drama Marlowe.

Sugar's detective of John Sugar is a brand-new creation for the show, so you won't have seen him in anything else. If the name sounds familiar, though, it's because it's very reminiscent of other hard-boiled-fiction names like Sam Spade and Mike Hammer.

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