The show concerns sleazy press agent Sidney Falcone and his willingness to do anything to get ahead. Sidney manages to capture the attention and patronage of powerful gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker. JJ is the most popular columnist in America and holds the power of life and death for celebrities and the businesses that cater to them. With JJ's help, Sidney becomes one of the hottest agents in New York. However, catering to JJ's egotistical desires is dangerous business. When Sidney fails to keep JJ's sister Susan from running off with a jazz musician, JJ arranges for Sidney to be murdered.