Netflix and A24, two of the biggest names in entertainment, have teamed up to produce a new series titled BEEF that has received a rare 100% grade on Rotten Tomatoes.
The show, created and show-run by Lee Sung Jin, stars Steven Yeun and Ali Wong as strangers in Los Angeles whose chance encounter on the road turns into a revenge-driven feud. Critics have praised the show for its biting social satire and disarming sense of empathy for the flawed humanity of its characters.
Entertainment Weekly called the show an intense, philosophical, and sometimes meandering exploration of generational trauma, the Asian immigrant experience, and the fathomless mystery of our inner selves.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that the show’s premise, which involves Amy and Danny engaging in an endless cycle of revenge that includes defacing each other’s property, sabotaging each other’s careers, and undermining each other’s families, is hilarious and empathetic.
The show emphasizes the characters’ flawed humanity and their existential despair.
Vulture praised BEEF’s initial setup, a deceptively simple series that takes a wide turn into harrowing, almost Lynchian territory. The show, both a comedy and a drama, critiques the notion of inner peace and is engaging feel-bad TV that keeps audiences hooked.
Slant Magazine noted that BEEF is a gut-wrenching, hilarious, and sincere dramedy. The stakes get higher with each episode until it’s genuinely hard to believe that all this drama was sparked by inconsiderate driving.
IndieWire praised the performances of Yeun and Wong, noting that their characters’ grudges prompt shocking choices, but even when BEEF goes too far, it’s held together by the two lead actors and the understanding that this kind of rage doesn’t always make sense.
Financial Times noted a rubbernecking thrill in watching how low and how far Amy and Danny are willing to go. However, the show is more psychologically and emotionally eloquent than the Looney Tunes setup might suggest.
What is ‘BEEF’ About?
Netflix series BEEF revolves around a road rage incident between two strangers in Los Angeles, Danny Cho and Amy Lau. Danny is a blue-collar worker struggling to find footing, while Amy is a self-made woman with a picturesque family.
Everyone has a bad day, but few let a car honk turn into a high-speed chase. Throughout the 10-episode series, Danny and Amy’s feud spirals into an obsession with revenge that not only consumes each of them but also takes over the lives of their loved ones.
The show stars Steven Yeun, Ali Wong, Joseph Lee, Young Mazino, David Choe, and Patti Yasutake. Maria Bello, Ashley Park, Justin H. Min, Mia Serafino, and Remy Holt are recurring cast members.
The show runs for ten episodes and is streaming from April 6th, 2023, only on Netflix.