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If you pay attention to new releases on TV, you’ve probably heard about the new TV show The Bear, which has been a huge surprise hit over the last two weeks. What’s the show about, why is everyone talking about it, and is it worth watching? Read on below to find out!
What is The Bear?
The Bear is a brand new cooking comedy-drama television series from FX. It premiered on June 23 on Hulu, with all eight episodes of the season being available from the release.
So far, the show has been met with stellar reviews from critics and fans alike. The show received an impressive 100% critic rating and a 95% audience rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Review site Metacritic also shows high ratings for the show, with a score of 86 out of 100 from critics and 8.0 out of 10 from casual viewers.
Why all the hype?
So why is The Bear such a big hit this summer? Several factors include the impressive filmography, the authentic feel of the restaurant, and a well-selected cast.
The camera work on this show is unmatched, and fans are raving about several long takes, including a whopping 17-minute take in episode seven. Considering how difficult it is to pull off a take that long, it’s clear that a lot of work went into perfectly nailing this show.
An authentic look at the restaurant business
The show has been especially popular among current and former restaurant workers, many of whom say it perfectly captures the stress of working in the food industry. About The Bear, one Twitter user tweeted, “The show perfectly captures the chaos of a kitchen. Truly amazing from beginning to end.”
If you’ve worked in a restaurant, this show is definitely not one to miss, but it seems to be very popular among those with no experience in the food business as well.
One major factor in the surprisingly quick success of The Bear is the casting, and several of the main characters have been incredibly popular with fans. Shameless’s Jeremy Allen White stars as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, a young chef who moves back to Chicago to help his family’s struggling sandwich shop. Other lead actors include Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Lionel Boyce, Liza Colón-Zayas, and Abby Elliott.
The show has also featured several prominent guest stars, including The Walking Dead and The Punisher’s Jon Bernthal, as well as Community’s Joel McHale. Additionally, this season also features a guest appearance from Molly Ringwald of The Breakfast Club, Riverdale, and more.
Will there be a second season?
As of now, there has been no official statement from FX or Hulu about a potential second season of The Bear, but fans would certainly be in favor of it. The studio hasn’t done any active promotion to garner interest for a second season, yet fans are taking to Twitter and other social media platforms petitioning for one.