Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: UK comedy about Kim, a fifteen year old virgin who lusts for her friend Sugar.
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Year: 2005
Duration: 24 min
Language: UK/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Starring: Olivia Hallinan, Lenora Crichlow, Richard Lumsden, Sara Stewart, Kurtis O’Brien, Sarah-Jane Potts
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+Alt Tags+Episode 1, scene 1 – two high school girls are on a carnival ride. They look into each other’s eyes and kiss. Not just a peck, but a kiss full of passion. Cut to one of the girls in bed by herself … masturbating with an electric toothbrush and fantasizing about her new best friend. So begins ‘Sugar Rush,’ a 2005 UK series.

The focus for the show is Kim’s (Olivia Hallinan) obsession with her friend Sugar (Lenora Crichlow) and her love, lust and adolescent confusion. As she describes herself, ‘I’m a fifteen year old queer virgin obsessed with my best friend and her magnificent tits, and if I don’t shag her soon, I’ll explode.’

Set in Brighton, England, the cast also includes her gay neighbors and their teenage son, who has a crush on Kim. Kim’s mother Stella (Sara Stewart) is having an affair behind her husband’s (Richard Lumsden) back, causing even more angst for their daughter.

The series does a very good job of conveying Kim’s state of teenage lust, with her share of heartache and joy. It’s a great show, wonderfully acted and a lot of fun. The season will keep you wondering. Will Sugar ever return Kim’s feelings or at least have sex with her? Or will Kim finally turn elsewhere for love? Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Julie Birchill. (AB)