Beef: Full Season 1
April 8, 2023 5:49 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Two people let a road rage incident burrow into their minds and slowly consume their every thought and action.

‘Beef’ Review: Mad in America [NYT / Archive]
Beef Serves Up Road-Rage Revenge With a Side of Withering Social Satire [Inverse]
Beef review – Ali Wong’s dark, existential thriller is deliciously subversive [Guardian / Archive]
In ‘Beef,’ Road Rage Is Only the Beginning [NYT Interview / Archive]
How Beef Cuts To The Heart Of Asian American Angst [Inverse Interview]
posted by ellieBOA (13 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I really enjoyed this! Excellent meditation on the destructive nature of repressed anger, Steven Yeun was brilliant as always, Ali Wong was so good, Lee Sung Jin was fantastic for a first time series creator and showrunner, I can’t believe David Choe (Isaac) had never acted before, and love that he did the paintings for each episode’s title credits!
posted by ellieBOA at 5:53 AM on April 8 [2 favorites]

Trigger warning for attempted suicide in this series.
posted by ellieBOA at 6:02 AM on April 8 [2 favorites]

I am not big on bingeing shows, but I was up till one am finishing this. I'm stunned by how good it is.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 7:38 AM on April 8

I watched it over 2 days and also stayed up till 1am finishing it!
posted by ellieBOA at 8:01 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]

There's so much about this show that I loved, but the part that made me straight up gasp was when they started talking about the crows and the Dick Cheney mask, because I remember that story! (Sadly paywalled NYT link here.)
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:43 AM on April 8

Archive link for the NYT story.
Love that it was true!
The crows bit in the last episode was very rocks in EEAAO without spoilers for that movie!
posted by ellieBOA at 8:55 AM on April 8 [4 favorites]

i have not finished this yet but I'm absolutely loving it. I don't know why it's so engaging to watch two characters continually make the absolute worst decisions over and over again but Ali Wong and Steven Yeun are utterly mesmerizing in this.
posted by dis_integration at 12:26 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]

I thought this was really good. Brilliant performances all round.
posted by mrjohnmuller at 2:18 PM on April 10

More links!
In Beef, Therapy Isn’t the Answer [Vulture / Archive]
Netflix’s Beef Is Very Stressful — It’s Also an Incredible Work of Art [Autostraddle]
What’s the Meaning Behind the ‘BEEF’ Episode Titles? [Netflix Tudum]
The Art of ‘BEEF’ Was Inspired by Magazine Spreads, Yoga Poses — and Play-Doh [Netflix Tudum]
posted by ellieBOA at 9:52 AM on April 12

This was really difficult to watch. Though, I did like that ending. I started watching episode two fresh off of finishing the book Hidden Valley Road, and the intensity of those two stories brought up some painful memories and I had to walk away from the show for a few days.

But I could feel the power of this show pulling me back, and while it didn't really get any easier to watch, I'm glad I returned. I wouldn't call it a redemption story, but that ending was what I really, really needed from this show.
posted by Stanczyk at 9:25 AM on April 16

Loved it. I've heard that it's good for rewatching, so I think I want to try and put the end next to the beginning. Oh, and I don't know if I fell asleep but it seemed like Danny just popped up with the new truck and I only figured out the "Isaac's money" part afterward? Did that coincide with him rocking everybody's world at the church?

And just so I have this right, pretty much everybody wound up [click for spoiler] in jail except for Amy, Danny, Paul and both halves of Maria Bello? And Mia, and Naomi, and etc...Isaac, Bobby, Michael, and George?

posted by rhizome at 8:44 PM on April 19

So can I just say that I started watching this under solely the pretense "comedy about a road rage incident gone awry" and that left me WHOLLY UNPREPARED? My lord. This show is outstanding but VERY STRESSFUL and I don't know how y'all can stand to binge watch it. My nervous system couldn't possibly handle it. Just finished ep 7 last night, I both cannot wait and am dreading to see what's next.
posted by obfuscation at 9:21 AM on May 22 [3 favorites]

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