The Bear series has been winning the awards of the season with an undeniably excellent performance by Jeremy Allen White as the talented chef who abandons a promising career when tragedy strikes his family. Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, known as “Bear”, used to work in the world of fine dining but returns to Chicago to run her family’s Italian beef joint after the suicide of her older brother, who she left behind. debts, a rundown kitchen, and an undisciplined staff. So we know him dealing with personal grief, professional frustration, and life expectations. And you know what else? The series is inspired by a true story. So it is!
The story of the famous The Original Beef of Chicagoland, in North River, was the basis of the script for the series, which already has a second season guaranteed. Rebuilt in detail to the point that it looks like it was shot on location, The Bear spans the drama over eight episodes and has been a huge hit with critics. Carmy is also mirrored in the story of Doug Sohn who, in 2006, made Hot Doug’s a world-famous place when he started serving sausages and condiments based on foie gras (something mentioned in the series).
Without relieving the dramas, both creator Christopher Storer and co-showrunner Joanna Calo, who frequented the place, bet on the fast pace and avoid usual formulas, focusing on how Carmy overcomes her trauma and how the kitchen team unites little by little, inspired by the chef’s undeniable talent. Obviously, he wants to raise the quality of the menu, with a more gourmet approach, with the support of the sous chef, Sydney Adamu (Ayo Edebiri).
Jeremy’s charisma in the title role guarantees a high level of performance from the entire cast, which includes the participation of the muse of the 1980s, Molly Ringwald. Ebon Moss-Bachrach is equally amazing as Carmy’s friend and antagonist Richie, but the whole cast is in perfect harmony and that’s the secret to The Bear’s success. And if you’re hungry… well, skip watching.