'The Bear': Why You Should Watch the Finale First

'The Bear': Why You Should Watch the Finale First

The business and artistic benefits of the “all episodes available at once” arrangement have been debated ever since Netflix gave us the opportunity to gorge ourselves on the onetime pleasure of Kevin Spacey talking directly at you. But really, there are no rules. At a time when religious observation is at a historic low, streaming allows you to play God. So, Gods, may I offer you the option of starting FX on Hulu’s The Bear with its finale if you’d like to watch the series definitively as a comedy. I did this by accident. (If you are reading this, FX PR, please order your screeners in ascending, not descending, order.) A finale makes for a very weird pilot, but there is an introductory quality to a monologue a lead character …
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