Beef is Netflix’s new Buzzy Awards contender starring Steven Yeun and Ali Wong and with plans for future seasons, will the show be able to live them on Netflix? Here’s what we know so far about Season 2 of Beef.
Created by Lee Sung Jin, this new Netflix original series was created by A24 Television stars Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, with their characters going head-to-head over the course of 10 episodes following a road rage incident that sparks a little rivalry.
It’s one of several major TV projects coming to Netflix from A24 Television, with more planned for later this year, including Survival of the thickest.
Official renewal status: not yet renewed
Our renewal prediction: Probable renewal
At press time, the series has yet to be renewed and while there is some confusion as to whether the series is limited (it’s not listed, but is being shipped to the Emmys as Limited Edition/Anthology), there is clearly more in the tank with the creator stating in interviews that there is three seasons plotted.
Our reason for the renewal is twofold. One, while we don’t expect it to do big numbers for Netflix, we hope it fills other needs for the streamer, being that it’s a well-reviewed award-winning series and, as we saw with Month, that defied the odds to get a season two renewal, Netflix evidently wants to keep its relationship with A24 alive.
Netflix typically waits about a month after launching a new show to announce any future seasons, so it’s likely that we’ll hear back in June or July about the future of Netflix. BEEF.
Using various metrics, we can see how well Beef is performing on Netflix.
Let’s start with the hourly stats that Netflix releases every Tuesday. In its first week, the show debuted as the third-biggest English-language show behind only the agent of the night and Love is blind.
|week period||Hours seen (M)||Range||Week in the Top 10|
|April 2, 2023 to April 9, 2023||34,080,000||3||1|
In our top 10 report, data guru and What’s on Netflix contributor Frédéric Durand called the show one of the weakest debuts on a Thursday at just 5.9 million CVEs (full viewing equivalent hours). totals of the top 10 divided by the execution time of the program) which puts it below that 90s show and resident Evil but up Unstable and the imperfect.
First data of Flix Patrol regarding the raw top 10 (they collect daily top 10 TV and movie rankings from 89 countries around the world) suggests that the show is playing well globally and is indeed rising in the top 10 after of his first week in service, earning 649 points at the top. 10s on April 11 and 12 after his initial 312-point debut.
External demand for the show also seems strong; according televisionstats.comfrom April 12 Beef was the second biggest show, behind only Succession, almost a week after their debut. They use statistics from places like Twitter, Wikipedia, Torrents, and Google Trends.
As mentioned above, where the show really excels is in its critical acclaim, both from critics and viewers.
Let’s take a look at the few aggregators so far:
- Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 99%
- Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 91%
- Metacritic: 86/100
- IMDb: 8.4/10
As mentioned, Netflix is already actively campaigning for the show for the upcoming awards season, listing the title within its limited series picks on its dedicated FYC site along with the likes of DAHMER, cabinet of curiosities, right from the start, and The vigilant.
Warning: Beef season 1 spoilers ahead.
By the end of ten episodes, things really started to get out of hand in the feud between Amy and Danny.
The season finally concludes with Danny on a hospital ventilator after being shot by Amy’s husband George. Other ongoing storylines include the fact that we find out that Paul hasn’t been dead as initially in the last moments of the final episode when he finally responds to Danny’s texts.
On Amy’s side, can she repair her relationship with George after he filed for divorce and secured emergency custody in June?
We also want to know if there are any additional consequences following the death of Jordan Forster and Michael in the penultimate episode.
Of course, since the show was submitted to the Emmys in the limited/anthology category, we could go for a whole new story in season 2 following a different couple and their fight with each other. As noted variety“shows in the limited or anthology run have frequently returned, with or without the original cast or storyline intact.”
Still, based on interviews, that doesn’t seem to be the case initially.
“I wanted it to have a conclusive feel just in case,” the the show’s creator told The Rolling StoneHe added, “but there are a lot of ideas on my part to keep this story going. I think if we’re blessed with a second season, Danny and Amy have plenty of ways to continue. I have a big general idea that I can’t really say yet, but I currently have three seasons planned in my head.”
We will have to wait and see what is behind the creative team Beef it occurs to him to move on.
You want to see Beef Return to Netflix for a second season? Let us know in the comments, and for a full list of all the shows Netflix has renewed, check out our list of renewals.