Get ready! The Bear will be back for more business in the much-awaited third season.
If you were looking for some cheerful updates, then here’s your sign because, after months of speculation, the dedicated fans of The Bear can finally rejoice as their patience has finally been rewarded by FX/Hulu. Yes, you read it right! The beloved comedy-drama television series created by Christopher Storer has no doubt garnered a massive following since its premiere with the first season last year, which peaked after the premiere of the second season earlier this year.
Due to this, the streaming platform had to listen to the demand of their subscribers and finally confirm that the series where an award-winning chef who returns to his hometown of Chicago to manage the chaotic kitchen at his deceased brother’s sandwich shop, isn’t getting scrapped anytime soon, and it has been picked up for a third season. The renewal was confirmed four months after Season 2 debuted all-new 10 episodes as a part of the summer streaming season on June 22, 2023.
— FX Networks (@FXNetworks) November 6, 2023
Many reports have highlighted that this sudden delay in the renewal announcement was caused by various logistics factors, including Hollywood’s two biggest strikes: the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which halted many platforms from giving out early renewals in case any uncertain production hurdles came unplanned on the way. Right now, even though the WGA strike has officially ended, the actor’s strike (SAG-AFTRA) is still ongoing as negotiations are being made to reach a fair agreement.
Despite all these difficulties, many were certain that this romantic drama streaming television series will be picked up without a doubt as the series continues to draw large numbers of viewership from passionate audiences.
For context, The Bear was the second most watched program across all platforms in the United States during the week of June 22, 2023, and the most during the week of June 29, 2023. According to JustWatch, The Bear was the most streamed television series across all platforms in the United States during the week ending June 25, 2023. According to FX, the second season was the most-watched season premiere in the network’s history.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season holds an approval rating of 99% with an average rating of 9.3/10, based on 92 critic reviews. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Instead of reinventing the menu, The Bear‘s second season wisely opts to toss its lovable characters into another frying pan of adversity, lets ’em cook, and serves up yet another supremely satisfying dish.” Whereas, Metacritic assigned an average score of 92 out of 100 based on 42 critic reviews, indicating “universal acclaim.”
— The Bear (@TheBearFX) September 19, 2023
At last, it’s good to know that The Bear has secured its place and will now be a part of next year’s streaming, as the network has confirmed that the acclaimed restaurant drama series will return in 2024. It will air exclusively on Hulu from FX. We would like to emphasize that the exact release window has not been confirmed, as there is still time left for the production to officially commence before such details are acknowledged in the coming months once the actor’s strike ends.
In addition to this, details about the upcoming plotlines have been kept under wraps as it is way too early to disclose them, but on the bright side, Nick Grad, President of FX Entertainment, has shed some light on what the fans can expect:
“The Bear, which wowed audiences in its first season only to achieve even greater heights in season two, has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Nick Grad.
Further adding, “We’re so proud to partner with Christopher Storer, Joanna Calo, Josh Senior, and the rest of the creative team, as well as the brilliant cast led by Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. What they and the crew have done is truly remarkable, and we and our partners at Hulu join fans in looking forward to the next chapter in the story of The Bear.”
The series stars Jeremy Allen White as Carmy Berzatto and also stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Abby Elliott, Lionel Boyce, and Liza Colón-Zayas. Matty Matheson was also upped for season 2, while Edwin Lee Gibson, Corey Hendrix, Oliver Platt, Jon Bernthal, José Cervantes, Richard Esteras, Carmen Christopher, Chris Witaske, Joel McHale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gillian Jacobs, Robert Townsend, Molly Gordon, Alex Moffat, Ricky Staffieri, Mitra Jouhari and Maura Kidwell recur.
These cast members may return since many fans believe the new season will demand they finish their character arcs with some new additions, which may also occur in the projected ten-episode third season, which has been speculated by the fans as the exact episode count has not been revealed. On the other hand, the series is created by Christopher Storer, and the Storer executive produces alongside Joanna Calo, Hiro Murai, Josh Senior, and Matheson. It is produced by FX Productions.
— The Bear (@TheBearFX) August 31, 2023
A Quick Recap of The Bear Season 2
The second season showcased Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), Sydney Adamu (Ayo Edebiri), and Richard “Richie” Jerimovich (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) as they work to transform their grimy sandwich joint into a next-level spot. As they strip the restaurant down to its bones, the crew undertake transformational journeys of their own, each forced to confront the past and reckon with who they want to be in the future.
Of course, it turns out the only thing harder than running a restaurant is opening a new one, and the team must juggle the insane bureaucracy of permits and contractors with the beauty and creative agony of menu planning. The transition brings a newfound focus on hospitality as well. As the entire staff is forced to come together in new ways, pushing the boundaries of their abilities and relationships, they also learn what it means to be in service, both to diners and each other.
The recently released The Bear Season 2, along with the first season, is currently available to stream on Hulu for US viewers and international viewers, depending on the viewers’ location and membership plans, which the users can choose from to renew their accounts and watch the series. The Bear is also available to stream in Australia (Disney+) and India (Disney+ Hotstar). The episodes are also available on Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ in all other territories.
Also, before streaming all the new episodes, check out the official second season’s trailer of 1:59 minutes which reflects that “The Bear is about food, family, the insanity of the grind, the beauty of Sense of Urgency and the steep slippery downsides. As the young chef Carmy flights to transform both The Original Beef of Chicagoland and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges kitchen crew that ultimately reveals themselves as his chosen family.”
Take a look at the official trailer below: