How to watch 'Sugar' online and from anywhere

John Sugar (Colin Farell), petting a dog while driving a convertible car in "Sugar"
(Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

Film mogul Jonathan Siegel tasks sharp suited, cinephile gumshoe John Sugar (played with effortless cool by Colin Farell) with finding his missing granddaughter in this stylish new L.A. noir. 

Colin Farrell stars in this 8-part comedy as the titular PI, alongside Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Amy Ryan, James Cromwell and Anna Gunn, with new episodes now airing on Friday each week.

'Sugar': watching info, streaming, release date

Released: Friday, April 5, 2024
Global stream: Apple TV Plus
Episodes: 8

Noir thriller? Neo-noir? The distinction would be essential to to John Sugar, the charismatic private eye (played by Colin Farrell) hired to find Olivia, a film mogul’s missing granddaughter. 

As much movie nerd as he is PI, film is John Sugar's thing. He's a man with taste and artistic passion not just a hard man for hire. He is, according to Farrell, "A tender character... [who] obviously inhabits a world of darkness and criminality and lives alone."

But regardless of which sub-genre of noir you wish to place "Sugar" in, noir it is with all the tropes of the hard boiled detective story - inner turmoil, heavy drinking, sharp one liners and casual violence - front and centre. But what makes John different from the cinematic PIs before him is his self awareness. He's obsessed with film, a motif referenced by quick cut flashbacks to “Double Indemnity” and “The Big Heat”. 

It shouldn’t work but it does. The rest looks after itself as a sun-drenched California provides the backdrop and Farrell, channelling Bogart as a 21st century Sam Spade, walks, talks and looks the part. 

With secrets starting to be revealed and the façade of glamour and sophistication surrounding the film business beginning to drop away to reveal the ugly truth, it is the suave John Sugar who is emerging from it all as a new and genuine small screen hero.

Here's how to watch "Sugar" on Apple TV Plus anywhere, including details of the Apple TV Plus free trials you can take advantage of.

"Sugar" episode titles and dates

The first two episodes of "Sugar" dropped on Apple TV Plus on Friday, April 5 with subsequent installments coming out every Friday around midnight ET / 5 a.m. BST / 3 p.m. AEDT until May 17. Here's the schedule in full:

  • Episode 1: — "Olivia" — Friday, April 5
  • Episode 2:  — "These People, These Places" — Friday, April 5
  • Episode 3: — "Shibuya Crossing" — Friday, April 12
  • Episode 4: — "Starry-Eyed" — Friday, April 19
  • Episode 5: — "Boy In The Corner" — Friday, April 26
  • Episode 6: — "The Gun" — Friday, May 3
  • Episode 7: — "Cabal" — Friday, May 10
  • Episode 8: — "Farewell" — Friday, May 17

Watch 'Sugar' anywhere

How to watch 'Sugar' in the U.S., U.K. and Australia

Apple TV Plus

"Sugar" airs exclusively on Apple TV Plus. There's an Apple TV Plus 7-day free trial for new customers. After that, the service costs $9.99 / £8.99 / AU$12.99 per month.

Apple TV Plus features fantastic original programming including "Masters of the Air," "Killers of the Flower Moon," "Criminal Record," and "Severance".

How to watch 'Sugar' from anywhere

Away from home at the moment and blocked from watching the show via your subscription? Don't worry, you can still watch "Sugar" from anywhere thanks to the wonders of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). 

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Who is in the cast of Sugar?

  • Colin Farrell as John Sugar
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Ruby
  • Amy Ryan as Melanie Mackie
  • James Cromwell as Jonathan Siegel
  • Anna Gunn as Margit
  • Dennis Boutsikaris as Bernie Siegel
  • Nate Corddry as David Siegel
  • Sydney Chandler as Olivia Siegel
  • Alex Hernandez as Kenny
  • Lindsay Pulsipher as TBC
  • Txunamy Ortiz as Patricia
  • Miguel Sandoval as Thomas Kinsey
  • Elizabeth Anweis as Mrs Siegel
  • Jason Butler Harner as Henry
  • Massi Furlan as Carlos
  • Adrian Martinez as Glen
  • Eric Lange as Stallings
  • Scott Lawrence as Dr Vickers

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Bill Borrows

Bill Borrows is an award-winning journalist, feature writer and columnist (Times Magazine/ Guardian/ Telegraph/ Daily Mirror/ Mail On Sunday/ Radio Times), author (The Hurricane: The Turbulent Life and Times of Alex Higgins) and book editor. A frequent contributor on talkSPORT and talkRADIO, his areas of specialisation include sport, history, politics, TV and film. He doesn’t get much free time but does admit to an addiction to true crime podcasts, following Man City home and away, and a weakness for milk chocolate cookies