The Bear: Season 1 Reviews

Jul 4, 2022
A comedic, yet cutting view into the world of restaurant culture
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jul 2, 2022
In this era of Peak TV, The Bear is the rare series that doesn’t try to do too much. The series clocks in at a short, bite-sized half hour. The characters feel real and lived in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.7/5
Jul 2, 2022
Instead of 60 minutes of prestige TV padding, The Bear settles and thrives within the 30-minute format. Rather than cliché jokes about chefs spitting in food, the FX dramedy finds its humor in the much more fraught terrain of interpersonal trauma.
Jul 2, 2022
The Bear is not bad, and, frequently, it's very good. The performances are uniformly excellent...
Jul 1, 2022
Just as Carmy aspires to create a culinary workplace that doesn’t revolve around a single dictatorial auteur, The Bear is an ensemble production packed with prickly, vibrant performances.
Jun 29, 2022
It's difficult to classify The Bear as a comedy, since so much of the humor revolves around a pretty desperate situation, but sometimes finding the absurdity or exasperating ridiculousness of a situation is the only way you can laugh off a day...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jun 28, 2022
A steady course of drama, dark comedy, disappointment and redemption.
Jun 28, 2022
"Bear" is nerve-wracking and a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jun 24, 2022
A darkly funny, frenetic and intense gem...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jun 24, 2022
Unexpectedly thrilling—and maybe a little traumatizing, too.
Jun 24, 2022
Honestly, a frantically paced comedy series of people crammed into a hot, smoky, oily place every day for long hours? Bring it.
Jun 24, 2022
The Bear is more dark comedy than a laugh riot, but its anarchic style and family vibe make for a kinetic show...
Jun 23, 2022
If “System” is any indication of where The Bear is going, it’s going to be a fast, gritty, and thrilling ride, and I can’t wait to see what happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jun 23, 2022
From the performances to the directing, to the steady pacing of the episodes, there’s a thoughtfulness to The Bear that keeps it from sinking into the pit of self-pity that keeps tempting everyone who walks through the kitchen door.
Jun 23, 2022
There are tonal flaws here and there, particularly when the script pushes us too hard to view Carmy’s mission as heroic... [But] all in all, The Bear is [chef’s kiss].
Jun 23, 2022
The story, soundtrack, casting, and locations all come together to create what could be a new Chicago classic TV show.
Jun 23, 2022
These eight episodes may leave you breathless and a little dizzy. But when it’s over, prepare to say, “Thank you, chef.”
Jun 23, 2022
At a time when it can feel like so much is rigged and all is lost, it can feel profound to see TV and film remind us there’s a different story that’s also true. We’re all we’ve got.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jun 23, 2022
Once you’re acclimated, The Bear becomes something of a marvel, a show with its own rhythm and with characters you generally want to be around, even as they’re losing it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jun 22, 2022
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.