Masterchef meets The Sopranos in The Bear, and it’s exactly why you need to watch it

The series is popular for a reason.
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Running a grimy sandwich joint is no easy feat. Opening up a new restaurant, however, is even harder as we soon learn in season two of The Bear.

While season one found its cult following with the show’s lead, Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), as he inherits his brother’s sandwich shop following his death, season two reaches new heights as he attempts the unthinkable: turn the family-owned restaurant into a next-level spot.

Showcasing the soul-crushing realities of small business ownership while introducing strong-willed and colourful kitchen staff, not to mention the ins and outs of strained familial relationships, the audience gets a real taste of the highs and lows of working in hospitality.

And, fans will be pleased to know The Bear has been renewed for a third and fourth season, the former to arrive next month. Here, we gather all the details of the hit show, including where to stream it.

The Bear returns for a third season this year. (Credit: FX/Disney)

Where can I watch The Bear in Australia?

Currently, you can stream seasons one and two of The Bear now on Disney+ in Australia with a subscription of $13.99 per month, or $139.99 per year.

Season three will follow suit and launch on the streaming platform when it airs on June 27 this year.

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Who is cast in The Bear?

The Bear stars Jeremy Allen White as Carmy, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Carmy’s cousin ‘Richie’, Ayo Edebiri as sous chef Sydney, and Abby Elliott as Carmy’s sister Natalie ‘Sugar’.

Joining them in recurring roles as kitchen staff are Lionel Boyce as Marcus, Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina, Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebraheim and Matty Matheson as Neil ‘Fak’.

The series has gained a cult following. (Credit: FX/Disney)

Why is The Bear series so popular?

Having racked up numerous awards in its first season, including being honoured as an AFI TV Program of the Year, as well as a WGA Award, PGA Award, Film Independent Spirit Award, American Cinema Editors Award and ACE Eddie Award, the critically acclaimed series is popular for many reasons.

For starters, there are no filters in The Bear. What you see is what you get, and what you get is total and utter chaos fuelled by dysfunctional relationships and even more dysfunctional people – yet rooting for them all the same.

“The entire time I felt like I was watching Masterchef, The Sopranos and Gilmore Girls at the same time. It’s so dynamic, so expressive, without any fillers, no-nonsense, everything said and done had a purpose,” said one reviewer on Reddit.

“It’s a family/friendship drama, a comedy, an uplifting story and a culinary show all at the same time. And it works.”

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