The Bear, one of the year’s best TV shows, is finally coming to AustraliaJuly 15, 2022
Get ready to add “Yes, chef!” to your daily repertoire because The Bear, a new, critically acclaimed drama set in a busy hole-in-the-wall style sandwich shop in downtown Chicago, will finally arrive in Australia next month.
The series debuted in the US in June this year to stellar reviews, pulling in an impressive 100 per cent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and will hit Disney+ on August 31. It’s already been hailed by some critics as the best TV series of the year.
The Bear follows the journey of chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White, who you might recognise from Shameless) from the world of high dining to The Original Beef of Chicagoland, his family’s sandwich shop. Carmy takes over the sandwich joint following the death of his brother, who previously ran things.
The Bear comes to Disney+ on August 31.Credit:FX
Sydney Adamu (Ayo Edebiri, Big Mouth) joins the kitchen – a “brigade” Carmy is keen to call it, styled on his familiarity with fine dining kitchens – and quickly rejects the “toxic hierarchical shitshow” that the new owner has turned it into.
While audiences are familiar with the internal workings of modern restaurants and the egos of many chefs thanks to Hell’s Kitchen and Chef’s Table, The Bear has been praised for its scarily accurate portrayal of what hospitality life is really like. The tense and frighteningly speedy movements in the highly confined Original Beef kitchen are a far closer representation of actual workplaces in commercial kitchens.
And it has received high praise from critics worldwide because it’s not just about a kitchen.
Ayo Edebiri is a stand out among the cast.Credit:FX
“The Bear is preoccupied with masculinity,” wrote critic Sophie Gilbert in The Atlantic, “and almost anthropological in its analysis of the ways in which men and male-dominated cultures are set up to fail.”
The show has quickly become one of the most popular TV events of the year, spreading through word-of-mouth and critical acclaim. It’s been widely praised by those in the restaurant business for its interrogation of modern hospitality work culture, drug use and mental health issues. But even if you don’t have any experience in working in restaurants, there’s enough comedy, drama and tension to keep you hooked.
This week FX Productions announced it was renewing the show for a second season after its initial run of eight 30-minute episodes.
“The Bear has exceeded our wildest creative, critical and commercial expectations,” the network’s president, Eric Schrier, said on Thursday. “We can’t wait to get to work on Season Two.”
Show co-runners Christopher Storer and Joanna Calo will continue working on the show in the next season.
“We are so grateful to FX, our insanely talented cast, our crew who worked hard, fast, and in the dead of winter, not to mention everyone who watched. And we can’t wait to bring you all back to The Bear in 2023,” they said in a statement.
Australian audiences can watch the series on Disney+ from August 31.
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