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“Beef”, the newest Netflix series that aired April 6th, is a complex, wild story about two people who have an explosive road rage encounter that leads the lives of these polar opposites into a downward spiral. “Beef” was based off of a true story about the creator, Lee Sung Jin, who actually had his own road rage incident.


The story follows Danny  (Steven Yeun) and Amy  (Ali Wong) as the two meet in a road rage incident gone too far. The two characters come from two different ways of life, with Danny, a Korean immigrant contractor, trying to gather enough money to bring his parents back to the US, and Amy, an upper class art store owner, who thinks she has maybe given up too much trying to balance her work life and raising her daughter. These two characters both depict two people who have had enough letting things slide and try to take things into their own hands. In the process of doing that it leads them down a rabbit hole of lying, catfishing, money laundering, robbery, assault, and so much more.  


One of the things that makes “Beef” so enjoyable is the chemistry between Steven Yeun and Ali Wong. Both actors are known for their comedic talents, and they play off each other beautifully in this show. Their banter is witty and fast-paced, and they both bring a lot of heart to their performances. “Beef” is possibly one of the best projects Yeun and Wong have done in a long time and their acting in it shows. 


One of the best things about the show is that both the main characters aren’t good guys but they’re not saints, they are victims of their own circumstances and their actions to deflect and protect show that throughout the show. This show will take your emotions and morals on a ride of who is right, who is wrong, and how your actions create a domino effect.