The Bear offers a fascinating, character-driven glimpse into the inner workings of a restaurant kitchen through the prism of clashing egos – and a dysfunctional family work unit that somehow ties it all together when things heat up.
It’s a world that feels very authentic, and there’s good reason for that: The eight-part FX series — streaming exclusively on Hulu — was created by Christopher Storer (“Ramy”) and co-stars acclaimed chef Matty Matheson the co-producer (he also has a small role); Storer’s sister, Courtney Storer, is a chef and serves as culinary producer. The strong ensemble cast, led by Jeremy Allen White (Phillip “Lip” Gallagher from “Shameless”) as moody protagonist Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, creates an ego-deflating/inflating atmosphere full of suspense, hilarity, dark comedy, easygoing pettiness and connection.
Our story begins when Carmen, an acclaimed, tattooed, award-winning chef, quits her stressful job and toxic chef at a sterile, world-famous New York restaurant and returns to Chicago to take over the family’s messy sandwich shop after the suicide of his brother Michael, who committed the suicide Laden along with his best friend Richie Jerimovich (Ebon Moss-Bachrach).
The original Beef of Chicagoland is a dingy, seedy, grease-stained window section of a local neighborhood with a steady, loyal clientele (thanks in part to its ’80s video games). But it is so close into financial ruin, surviving on one wing and one prayer. As the series begins, Carmen has only been there a short time, trying—and mostly failing—to create some semblance of order for its unruly, veteran kitchen staff, who aren’t exactly rolling out the welcome mat for this hoity-toity wannabe intruder into their walled-off World. They’re still loyal to Michael and it doesn’t help when Carmen Sydney hires Adamu (Ayo Edebiri)a young, motivated sous-boss who immediately clashes with her long-established colleagues.
But there’s more than meets the eye; Carmen’s family and friends, particularly Richie – loud, argumentative and outspoken – resent the way he “left family behind” to pursue his lofty ambitions as a chef; his sister Natalie (Abby Elliott) – nicknamed “Sugar” – is supportive, but Carmen didn’t show up for Michael’s funeral and hasn’t seen her mother since he got back, so that’s it. “I’m going to fix this place,” he says to Sugar about the sandwich shop. “Nobody asks you either,” she replies. Meanwhile, he nears a critical juncture as he tries to make sense of Michael’s messy bookkeeping while micromanaging the staff and fending off an offer to buy the house from his uncle Jimmy (Oliver Platt) – to whom Michael owed mountains of cash – to adjust to his new surroundings and keep his fear bear at bay (and not having much luck in any of those scenarios).
The supporting cast are restaurant worker Marcus (Lionel Boyce), the resident baker with a talent for cake design and a willingness to learn; Tine (Liza Colon Zayas), who is extremely suspicious of Carmen and Sydney and is not afraid to hide her disdain; and Ebraheim (Edwin Lee Gibson), who doesn’t say much — but when he does, he gets his point across. Matheson plays Neil Fak, the good-natured jack-of-all-trades who considers himself part of the store’s family. They’re the glue that keeps The Bear rolling on all cylinders in a steady course of drama, dark comedy, disappointment and redemption – and it’s a powerful recipe for an entertaining series starring White, Edebiri and Moss-Bachrach at the helm Top.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/27/what-you-need-to-know-about-new-fx-dramedy-the-bear/ Everything you need to know about new FX drama The Bear