"The Bear" on Hulu

And isn’t it ironic for a show that many said depicted the gritty reality of restaurants?

I learned today that the Bagel Chateau in Maplewood NJ was one of the inspirations behind The Bear. The producer is from Maplewood.

How Would the Restaurant in ‘The Bear’ Work in Real Life? (gift link) Light spoilers for Season 3 therein. I snorted when I read that people asked after Richie at Ever after his Season 2 episode. It’s a TV show. He’s fictional! (I’m not a Chicagoan, so I actually didn’t realize that Ever is a real restaurant, with fictionalized staff for the show.)

Having now finished the season, I agree with both of these assessments. But I’m pretty sure the Faks are there to placate all the people whining that they “thought it was a caaaaah-medy.” (Some of us find comedy outside of the usual places, and it seems the series creators do as well.)

I think it’s one of the most effective and involving shows currently airing. Doesn’t hurt that its subject matter is one I’m very interested in.

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What is “faks”?

Neil Fak (the guy played by Matty Matheson) and kin.

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For all you Bear Stans.*


*Not a gift link this time.

Hah! Thanks. Watched second episode of season 3 last night and it was good. I think I’ve read so many takes on this season that I’m going into it with lowered expectations and hopefully will enjoy it. I didn’t really care for the first episode so was glad to see some forward motion in 2nd episode.

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Slander!! Black Swan is a great psychodrama, that happens to take a LOT of cues from Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue. Portman does tend to overestimate ’important’ films, like Jackie, but I find I like her very serious approach especially in genre fair, where her presence adds real stakes to the going’s on. See: Annihilation or V for Vendetta.

NB: This article discusses the whole of Season 3.

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The Bear was nominated in multiple categories this Emmy season for COMEDY. Not drama.
Surprised me.

Because it’s a comedy. It has a lot of dramatic moments, but it’s supposed to be - and is - funny. And as I’ve said before, it is structured like a comedy, i.e. about 30:00/episode with three interwoven stories.

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I didn’t laugh much this season. Unless you count the itty bitty banter btwn the back crew. YMDV from mine.

I don’t laugh during Young Sheldon, but that doesn’t make it not a comedy.

Hard pressed comparison but ok, lol.

My point was that comedy is a category of television that is not defined solely by “people think it’s funny.” Jane the Virgin was hilarious, as was Ugly Betty. But they were both dramas, because they are structured accordingly.

I’m not alone. On the heels of a nomination announcement…

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And so on.

“The Bear” is far from the only dramatic TV series ever to compete as a comedy for a better shot at glory. There have been many cases of what awards-watchers like to call “category fraud.” Dark shows like HBO’s “Barry,” Netflix’s “Russian Doll,” Amazon’s “Fleabag” all have competed (and won) as comedies in recent years.

And they’re all a half hour long. I have yet to see an hour show up for best comedy, or a half hour show up for best drama.