YES CHEF! Critically acclaimed TV smash hit The Bear is returning for a third season in 2024, FX announced on Monday.
“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, the president of FX Entertainment, in a press release. “We and our partners at Hulu join fans in looking forward to the next chapter in the story of The Bear.”
The series, set in a gritty Chicago beef sandwich shop, was renewed just four months after the sublime season 2 aired to both critical acclaim and public fanfare. Following the story of Carmy Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a fine-dining chef who returns to run his late brother’s beef sandwich shop, The Bear captures the intensity, tension, camaraderie, and claustrophobia of a working kitchen while exploring themes such as suppressed grief, vaulting ambition, and the joy to be found in digging deep into something you love.
While the emotionally stunted Carmy is the series’ main POV, the ensemble cast are all given space to, er, cook, from ambitious sous-chef Sydney (Ayo Edebiri), scene-stealing cousin Ritchie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), pastry cook Marcus (Lionel Boyce), mechanic Neil (Matty Matheson), and kitchen vets Ebraheim (Edwin Lee Gibson) and Tina (Liza Colón-Zayas).
Season 1 earned 13 Emmy nominations, while White won a Golden Globe, a SAG, and a Critics Choice award for lead actor. In season two of The Bear the season-long story arc saw the crew overhauling The Original Beef of Chicagoland into an upscale restaurant called The Bear. The season was highlighted by some heavyweight Hollywood cameos from Olivia Colman, Will Poulter, John Mulaney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, and Gillian Jacobs, with Molly Gordon joining the cast as Carmy’s love interest, Claire.
Standout episodes included episode 6, a searing Christmas flashback in which the full extent of the Berzatto family’s dysfunction is revealed and episode 7, in which fan favourite, Ritchie, hitherto lost without a clear purpose in the restaurant industry, discovers his innate talent for service during a week spent in one of Chicago’s finest dining establishments.
Season 2 ended with a successful restaurant opening, however, the night is marred by Carmy getting locked in the cool room and managing to make a mess of things with Claire—he fears he can’t be the chef he needs to be to make the restaurant a success if he’s happily distracted by a romantic partner—as well as getting into it with Ritchie. As always on this show, a step forward is met with a couple of steps back.
When will season 3 of The Bear be released?
At this stage, ‘next year’ is about as specific as we can be about the release of Season 3 of The Bear. Stay tuned for more updates.
How will the SAG-AFTRA strike affect the release of The Bear?
Good question. While the WGA strike has been resolved, which means the writers of The Bear are likely putting pen to paper as we speak, the SAG-AFTRA strike remains in effect and could impact scheduling, depending on when the strike is resolved. Other big series, such as HBO’s Euphoria and The White Lotus, have been delayed by the strike and will not air until 2025. The fact that FX seems confident it can achieve a 2024 release perhaps indicates how big a priority the series is for the network.
Where can I watch The Bear Season 3?
In Australia, The Bear Season 3 will be available to watch on Disney Plus.