"The Bear" Gives Us the Imperfect Restaurant and Workers We All Know

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Jeremy Allen White as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto in "The Bear"

Generally speaking, TV shows and movies set in restaurants aren’t good. For every “Big Night” or “Ratatouille,” there’s the overly serious (“Burnt”), incredibly boring (“No Reservations”), or show so awful you question your faith in humanity (“Little Italy”). So when I started seeing commercials for “The Bear” on Hulu, I didn’t have high hopes. 

But the series takes a different approach. The show centers on Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), an award-winning chef who...