The Bear Series-Premiere Recap: Ballbreaker

In the run-up to The Bear — Jeremy Allen White’s new FX series about a star chef struggling to revamp 

his family’s Italian beef spot in Chicago — many TV critics have been wondering

why there aren’t more shows about restaurants. It’s a good question, considering

how many shows have been made about offices, radio stations, schools, stores, and whatever else.

Restaurants invite intrigue and drama — people work long hours, they date (generally ill-advisedly),

and businesses can go bust in the wake of one bad review.

And yet TV has never really gotten the restaurant show right.

I would argue that it’s not just that Hollywood has never gotten the show right,

but that it’s never gotten the actual industry right.