When I first looked at the cover of Sugartown, I thought it was a rom-com movie. When I filipped it over to read the back, I realized that it was a really short TV series. Really short, as in only 3 episodes long short. This did not fill me with confidence as I settled back to watch the show, but I have a tendency to like TV shows that go off the air quickly, so I was hoping I was wrong. I wasn’t.
Each episode is a little under one hour long, but I went for the marathon viewing instead, making it seem a bit more like a movie. The show is set in Yorkshire, in a small sea-side town called Sugartown. It’s famous as the birthplace of rock candy and the main factory, Burr’s, is still the town’s main source of employment. The oldest of the Burr brothers,Jason, manages the factory and is trying to keep it afloat. His brother, Max has plans to redevelop the factory and the town as a resort, complete with casino.
Further complicating matters is the semi-interesting but predictable love triangle between the brothers and the local beautician. The bumbling cast of supporting characters attempt to save the town by reviving it’s dance history, but the plotline goes nowhere fast. This show features a lot of stereotypes: the “outspoken” older woman, the former hippie, and the plain Jane. Fans of The New Normal will recognize actress Georgia King in the “troubled but affable daughter” role, but even she couldn’t keep this series on track.
I think the problem for me was that the show couldn’t decide what it wanted to be. Soap Opera? Check! Drama? Sure! Comedy? Yep! There were too many storylines and not enough development. There were moments that made me smile and warmed my heart and there were others that made me cringe! In the end, Sugartown was a light-hearted show that was quickly forgettable and a little too sticky-sweet for this viewer!