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In the endless quest to find something new to watch on the six streaming services you are subscribed to, it seems that a new contender has emerged that may be worth your time.
That would be The Bear, an FX series that you can watch on Hulu, which is just eight, short episodes that are all out right now, perfect for a binge. And it’s getting the kinds of reviews I have not seen for a long while from both critics and audiences, who these days, seldom seem to agree.
Right now, The Bear has:
- A 100% on Rotten Tomatoes from Critics and a 96% audience score
- An 85 on Metacritic (tying Netflix’s Heartstopper and Peaky Blinders)
- An 8.5 on IMDB from audiences and a 4.9/5 within Google reviews.
The show stars Jeremy Allen White, whose name you may not know, but you certainly will recognize him if you’re a fan of Shameless. Here’s the synopsis:
“Carmy, a young fine-dining chef, comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop. As he fights to transform the shop and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges crew that ultimately reveal themselves as his chosen family.”
Among the stellar reviews pouring in for The Bear, here are some of the perfect scores its gotten, and from big outlets at that:
Chicago Tribune (10/10) – “This is a show created by people who recognize that our lives are a group project. No person is an island and we have to accept that in order to get anything done. Sometimes that process can feel like rough edges forever jabbing at your soft spots. When regular people — not a special ops unit or a group of superheroes — figure out a way to work toward a common goal? There’s nothing better. It gets me in the gut.”
LA Times (10/10) – “An extraordinary show, not so much for the story it tells as how it tells it; you will have to go far to find another show so invested in and adept at portraying ordinary human speech and behavior, and even then you might not find one.”
I have yet to watch it myself, but as soon as I’m through this week’s Ms. Marvel, it’s next on my list. And it just a couple hours to get through the entire season. No word on a season 2 yet, or if it was even meant to have one, but FX has found a hit, and between this and Only Murders in the Building season 2 also getting a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes this week, it’s quite a time for Hulu.
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