9 Shows Like ‘The Bear’ to Watch After Season 2

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The Bear has been making headlines as of late. Not only did it debut a new season on June 22, but it also made history as the most-watched premiere of any FX series on Hulu. The show follows a fine-dining chef named Carmy Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) who’s struggling to spearhead a rundown kitchen while dealing with his dark past.

If you’re looking for something to fill the void after watching season two, keep scrolling for a list of shows like The Bear.

1. Hell's Kitchen

  • Cast: Gordon Ramsey
  • Seasons: 21

If you’re looking for a real-life version of The Bear, look no further than Hell’s Kitchen. The competition series documents aspiring cooks as they compete to become Gordon Ramsey’s next head chef. They must endure grueling challenges and dinner services that are designed to expose their weaknesses in the kitchen.

2. Reservation Dogs

  • Cast: Paulina Alexis, K. Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Zahn McClarnon
  • Seasons: 2

The comedy series chronicles the adventures of four Native American teenagers on a reservation in Oklahoma who are determined to go to California. To do so, they must steal, sell and raise enough money all while navigating a dangerous turf war. The characters are like Carmy because they will stop at nothing to get what they want. (FYI, season three is set to premiere on August 2.)

3. The Other Two

  • Cast: Drew Tarver, Heléne Yorke, Case Walker, Molly Shannon
  • Seasons: 3

In this similarly fast-paced show, Cary and his sister, Brooke, are simply trying to make ends meet (just like Carmy). Everything changes when their teenage brother rises to fame and casts a shadow on their troubled lives. Oh, and just FYI, on July 11 and 12, Amazon is offering a 50 percent discount on a two-month Max subscription in honor of Prime Day.

4. Hacks

  • Cast: Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, Kaitlin Olson
  • Seasons: 2

Deborah Vance is a legendary Las Vegas comic who desperately needs to break free of her outdated jokes. When she teams up with a 25-year-old comedy writer, chaos and hilarity ensue. The story line is more comedic than The Bear, but it has a similar theme of trying (and failing) to live up to expectations.

5. Platonic

  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Luke Macfarlane, Seth Rogen
  • Seasons: 1

The show’s tagline is, “Friends don’t let friends have mid-life crises alone,” and it sounds a lot like Carmy’s current situation. The story focuses on two best friends who reconnect after a years-long fight. Prepare to laugh your socks off.

6. The Offer

  • Cast: Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Juno Temple
  • Seasons: 1

The series is a dramatization of Albert S. Ruddy’s career—in particular, it focuses on his experience making the 1972 film The Godfather with Francis Ford Coppola. Al’s dedication to his craft is reminiscent to that of Carmy. If you don’t have Paramount+, Amazon is offering a two-month 50 percent discount in honor of Prime Day. (The deal ends on July 12.)

7. Barry

  • Cast: Bill Hader, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan, Henry Winkler
  • Seasons: 4

Meet Barry, a low-level hitman who’s looking for a fresh start. During a hit in Los Angeles, Barry attends an acting class and falls in love with the art. The question is: Will his handler let him pursue a new career?

8. Shrinking

  • Cast: Jason Segel, Lukita Maxwell, Jessica Williams, Christa Miller, Harrison Ford
  • Seasons: 1

Jimmy Laird is a therapist who’s grieving the loss of his wife. When he realizes that his prolonged mourning is affecting his daughter, he tries a new approach to mend their relationship.

9. Sweet Magnolias

  • Cast: JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliot, Heather Headley
  • Seasons: 2

The series is based on the book series by Sherryl Woods and follows three childhood best friends—Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue—who never left their hometown of Serenity, South Carolina. Similar to Carmy, the Magnolias are trying to keep their business afloat while navigating mid-life drama.

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