"The Bear" new original series on FX/ Hulu

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by sberger, Jun 23, 2022.

  1. sberger

    sberger Dream Baby Dream Thread Starter

    This is fantastic! Stars Jeremy Allen White from Shameless as a high end chef who comes back to take over the family Chicago sandwich joint. Watched the first couple of episodes and everything about it is wonderful. Very realistic kitchen scenes, lots of tension, etc. Great supporting cast, wonderful writing.

    Highly recommended.

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  2. dsdu

    dsdu less serious minor pest

    Location:
    Santa Cruz, CA
    And here I was hoping it was about this guy.
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  3. sberger

    sberger Dream Baby Dream Thread Starter

    You spend too much time in this place.
     
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  4. normanr

    normanr Forum Resident

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    London, UK
    This looks a lot like Boiling Point, the 2021 one-take film starring the brilliant Stephen Graham as a chef.
     
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  5. sberger

    sberger Dream Baby Dream Thread Starter

    Haven’t seen Boiling Point yet but from its description I would agree that there are similarities.
     
  6. sberger

    sberger Dream Baby Dream Thread Starter

    Honestly this is my favorite show I've seen this year, and it's already been a great year for TV, IMO.
     
  7. fritz7784

    fritz7784 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago, IL.
    It's pretty well done and avoids the over-played Chicago cliches for the most part.

    I will say that locating the restaurant in current day River North is pretty ridiculous as that area has been thoroughly gentrified for a decade.
     
  8. sberger

    sberger Dream Baby Dream Thread Starter

    They do mention at least a couple of times how the neighborhood is changing and in once scene show a bar that has recently been shut down so I think there is at least some attention paid to that. But it's interesting nonetheless that I haven't read from any reviewer how they blew it on that.
     
  9. fritz7784

    fritz7784 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago, IL.
  10. sberger

    sberger Dream Baby Dream Thread Starter

    Well, I haven't been to Chicago, ever, so this doesn't matter to me one bit.

    But being from Boston, and having spent a lot of time in other places like NYC and San Francisco I've watched other shows that took fictional liberty with details similar to those cities and again it's just not important to me as long as the main thrust of the show is as good as this one is. It's a tv show. Is the story good, is the acting good? Is it believable? For me yes on all the above.
     
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  11. Myke

    Myke Rock Geezer

    Born and raised there, 1958-1972, my son suggested this series to me, and I enjoyed it as I was looking to be entertained and not doing a research paper on accuracy.
    Also, I've now added South Side to my list on HBO Max.

    Favorite Chicago moment(s) on a TV show : Gladstone Bakery being mentioned twice on ER. :love:
     
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  12. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Location:
    Cambridge, MA
    True. I mean, for every show like Cheers, which presents a realistic view of a functioning neighborhood bar in Boston, you have a bunch of wannabes.
     
  13. fritz7784

    fritz7784 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago, IL.
    The story's fine. The acting is excellent across the board. It's not particularly believable, imo, and of course that's fine (I'm going to watch episode 7 tonight...).

    Should you ever find yourself in Chicago do try Mr. Beef on Orleans. It's a pretty good example of a classic Italian beef sandwich (although I'm more partial to Johnnie's in Elmwood Park myself).
     
  14. sberger

    sberger Dream Baby Dream Thread Starter

    I assume you're being humorous. Right?
     
  15. sberger

    sberger Dream Baby Dream Thread Starter

    Having worked in those types of restaurants, with several folks like those in the show, I find it very believable and realistic.
     
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  16. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

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    Cambridge, MA
    :D
     
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  17. Jeff Kent

    Jeff Kent Forum Resident

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    Mt. Kisco, NY
    Watched 6(?) episodes last night. It was so realistic that at some point I felt like I was watching a documentary.

    I did enough time in a kitchen in high school that a lot of it rang true.

    I'm not sure the explosion of online orders on day one of their new system was entirely believable though.
     
  18. trumpet sounds

    trumpet sounds "The radio makes hideous sounds." Bob Dylan

    Location:
    Chicago, IL, US
    Did everybody see Molly Ringwald in episode 3?
     
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  19. Jeff Kent

    Jeff Kent Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mt. Kisco, NY
    Wow, I did NOT recognize her.
     
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  20. sberger

    sberger Dream Baby Dream Thread Starter

    While I agree that the online order scene was a little out of ordinary, I've been witness to takeout system insanity that was similar to that, especially with new restaurants. For the sake of why they had this happen to show how damaged the main character is I was ok with it.
     
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  21. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

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    Pittsburgh, PA
    My wife and I argued about whether or not that was her for a while until I looked it up (and found out she was right).
     
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  22. Jeff Kent

    Jeff Kent Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mt. Kisco, NY
    In a way I want a season 2, but then again...who wants to watch the restaurant to get gentrified and expensive?
     
  23. Humbuster

    Humbuster Big hat, no cattle

    Helluva show.

    Started a little slow for me, but caught fire quickly.

    Not very often we see new quality programs like this.

    Highly recommended. Bring on season 2.
     
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