Shows You Might Have Missed: Queen Sugar
Each week, we take a look at some of our favourite offbeat shows that might not have made it onto your radar.
In the wake of a family tragedy, three estranged siblings must come together to save their family's ailing sugarcane farm in Louisiana, in stunning drama Queen Sugar.
The Bordelon siblings could hardly be more different.
There's Nova (Rutina Wesley, True Blood), a worldly journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn Lyen Gardner, Unforgettable), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.
Estranged for years, they are forced to put their differences aside and unite to bring their family’s 800-acre sugar farm back to life, while also managing their own complicated lives.
Co-created by Oprah Winfrey and director-writer Ava DuVernay (Selma), and based on the novel by Natalie Baszile, this sprawling family drama has been celebrated not only for its complex, compelling story-telling but for the diverse and inclusive casting and production behind the scenes.
Starring a predominantly African American cast, it also is the first television show to feature female directors for every episode of the series – creating a rich, authentic, and deeply compelling drama that gives voice to storytellers rarely heard in the mainstream television landscape.
A stunning, moving melodrama, Queen Sugar is history making television - and perfect for your next binge-watch.