FX’s The Bear: “Review” – One Episode in One Take

FX’s The Bear is one of the best shows to come out of 2022! Find out how they filmed most of a single episode in one take.

The Bear is easily one of my new favorite shows this year. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but from the moment I casually started watching, I was hooked. From the storylines, to the acting, to the set design… in my opinion, it’s hard to find any flaws with the series (I have no doubt an entire section of the internet disagrees with me). Some of the most impressive work on the show is not the writing, the acting, or the set design (although everyone is at the top of their game); it’s the camera work. And there is no better example than a single take in the bottle episode, “Review.”

In “Review,” the restaurant uses a new online ordering system but is inundated with orders after realizing they didn’t disable the system overnight. While trying to fix the situation, Carmy (Jeremy Allen White), and everyone else in the kitchen, unravel. The story and acting are so great in this episode that it’s easy to overlook all the technical brilliance, like most of the episode was filmed in one take. But, once you know, you’ll want to watch The Bear episode 7 over and over again. It’s so impressive!

Watch the breakdown of The Bear’s infamous shot, and look back at some other impressive oners in television history, in the video below:

FX’s latest show, the bear, is a stressful watch, sometimes exhausting, and the defining example of this dysfunction comes in the seventh episode of the series, “Review,’ which follows the kitchen on a particularly stressful day, leading to the near destruction of the entire restaurant, all in one 17 minute uninterrupted take. In this video, I’ll be discussing the history and theory behind the one take in tv, and why it works so effectively to build tension in ‘the Bear.’