The Bear Series-Premiere Recap: Ballbreaker
In the run-up to
— 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.