A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The love of family (both blood and work) is a major theme. Grieving the loss of a loved one, and the loss of a former life, is also central to the show.
Positive Role Models
Carmy and Richie have good intentions and have a lot to learn from each other. Sydney and Marcus work hard and persevere to achieve their culinary goals. Lots of strife among staff, but in the end they act as a family and care for each other.
The series initially follows White men like Carmy and Richie, but over time, viewers get to know the rest of the kitchen staff. Sydney, who's Black, becomes a main character and other Black and Latino chefs in important roles include Marcus, Tina, and Ebraheim.
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Violence & Scariness
Suicide, while not shown, is a key theme. Loud arguments between family and work staff are frequent. A gun is shot into the air.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters infrequently flirt and kiss.
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Lots of swearing ("s--t," "f--k," etc.) throughout. Some swears are spoken in Spanish.
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Products & Purchases
On occasion brands like Coca-Cola are partially visible. Apple logo clearly shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lot of cigarette smoking. Characters occasionally drink beer, wine, and liquor. Drug and alcohol addiction is a theme, mostly discussed and implied rather than shown (e.g., a daughter quietly pours a bottle of liquor down the drain, etc.). In one scene, party guests share and smoke a joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bear is an edgy dramatic comedy series intended for older viewers. Themes center around suicide, family relationships, and grieving the loss of a former life. There's also lots of cursing and cigarette smoking, plus occasional drinking. Coca-Cola and other food brands are sometimes partially visible; the Apple logo is prominently shown. In later episodes, characters flirt and kiss.
Is It Any Good?
The well-written, well-performed series offers an honest and edgy portrayal of a young man coping with difficult personal circumstances while trying to turn around a struggling family eatery. Despite some humorous moments, The Bear takes an unapologetically hard look at the challenges that come with building and maintaining a small restaurant, regardless of how popular it is or how talented the owners are. But within this chaos, the series offers a bittersweet narrative about family, and how, despite ongoing differences, they always manage to be there for each other. Overall, it's a TV show that serves up a good story that is worth investing in.
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