where is beef set netflix

Over the course of the 10 episodes of BEEF, the twisty aftermath of an explosive road rage incident plays out against a backdrop of Southern California mansions, apartments and (naturally) traffic-congested streets.

Busy suburban junctions, sprawling countryside expanses, pottery studios and multi-million dollar mansions— there’s really nowhere Netflix’s new road rage drama, (with a 100 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes), Beef, doesn’t go. And as the series’ protagonists Amy Lau and Danny Cho chase each other around their city seeking revenge for what started off as a simple car park cussing out scenario, everyone has been Googling the same thing: where is Beef filmed?

The answer is: Southern California. But, when creating Beef, the series creator Lee Sung Jin had a seriously specific vision of how he wanted the show’s SoCal setting to look. The task of translating this vision to screen came down to Beef’s location manager Michael Percival who combined real life spaces with soundstage interiors to create the perfect hazy rage-fuelled city.

“The entire show was shot on location, mostly in the San Fernando Valley and [LA’s] Koreatown,” Michael told Netflix Tudum. “It was a very California thing that we were looking for.” So, in case you’re also hoping to inhabit the sun-drenched serenity of Amy’s house (minus the shooting and urinating, obv), here’s everything you need to know about Beef’s carefully sourced locations:

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Beef premiered at the 2023 SXSW Festival on March 18, 2023.[14] It premiered on Netflix on April 6, 2023.[15]

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On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 98% of 116 critics reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8.4/10. The websites consensus reads: “Ali Wong and Steven Yeun are a diabolically watchable pair of adversaries in Beef, a prime cut comedy that finds the pathos in pettiness.”[16] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 86 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.[17] The performances of

Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com gave Beef 3.5 out of 4 stars. In his review of the show, he noted that the general mood of the country, which is characterized by anxiety, frustration, and anger, was effectively used to create a “tonally daring” show that vacillates between comedy, drama, and thriller. Tallerico praised the show for its well-structured plotting and lauded the performances of Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, calling them the best he has seen that year, and applauds their ability to make their characters relatable and grounded. However, Tallerico also noted that the shows penultimate episode became “a little hard-to-swallow” and took away some significant decisions from the characters, which detracted from the thematically rich narrative.[18]

In her review for Variety, Alison Herman praised Beef for the excellent chemistry between Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, as well as for their performances. She noted that the show starts grounded in emotional concerns but spirals ever further out into surrealism and caricatures, sometimes distracting from the shows “core insights”.[19] In a review for NPR, Linda Holmes explained that the show is interested in big questions about meaning and purpose in life and “tackles them with inventiveness and deep empathy”. She praised the shows stunning, surprising, and empathetic portrayal of the muddled humanity of its very messy characters and its ability to blend humor with deep existential questions. Herman also praised the performances, especially Steven Yeuns, and the shows production design.[20]

Ben Travers of IndieWire gave the series a grade of B and stated that it does a fine job balancing the protagonists practical intelligence and impractical passions. He added that the series is designed to evoke empathy for each combatant while exploring their shared humanity and collective hardships, and it delves into their demons while drawing parallels between the two leads. He noted that despite some of the plot twists feeling forced, Wong and Yeun “shine throughout”.[21] Ellen E. Jones of The Guardian gave the show 4 out of 5 stars and described it as a “dark, existential thriller” and a “delicacy worth savouring”. She noted that the shows “extremely funny” dialogue and chaos highlighted the quality of its leads.[22]

In his review for The New York Times, television critic James Poniewozik described Beef as a “thrilling dark comedy” that “delves into the intricacies of anger via a road-rage feud between two drivers who share more in common than meets the eye”. He praised the shows attention to the motivations that led to the conflict and the personal and cultural specificity of its study of anger. Poniewozik also noted that the shows Asian cast was both a casual fact of the setting and integral to its themes.[23] In a review for the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper described Beef as “bold, darkly funny, emotionally bruising, provocative and wicked-smart social satire”. He commended the ensemble cast for their exceptional performances, particularly Ali Wong and Steven Yeun. Comparing the show to “Falling Down and Changing Lanes with a touch of The White Lotus”, Roeper claimed that it was the best series he had seen all year.[24]

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  • Steven Yeun as Danny Cho, a struggling contractor of Korean background who is involved in a road rage incident[3][4]
  • Ali Wong as Amy Lau, a small business owner and the other party in the road rage incident
  • Joseph Lee as George Nakai, a sculptor of Japanese background and Amys stay-at-home husband
  • Young Mazino as Paul Cho, Dannys unmotivated younger brother
  • David Choe as Isaac Cho, Danny and Pauls cousin, recently released from prison
  • Patti Yasutake as Fumi Nakai, Georges mother

Over the course of the 10 episodes of BEEF, the twisty aftermath of an explosive road rage incident plays out against a backdrop of Southern California mansions, apartments and (naturally) traffic-congested streets.

FAQ

Where is Netflix Beef filmed?

Most of the show was shot on location in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles’s Koreatown, location manager Michael Percival told Tudum.

Where does Amy live in Beef?

While the exterior of Amy’s house is a home in California’s West Valley, the interiors were shot on a soundstage to capture the specific look: an open floor plan, made up of architectural features and furniture with straight lines, that actually feels confined.

Where is Jordan’s house in Beef?

Did you know that Jordan’s House in beef. is not actually a house? It’s a performance hall. at the American Jewish University. And a bunch of other things have been filmed there.

Is the Beef based on a true story?

Beef on Netflix is based on a real road rage incident experienced by showrunner Lee Sung Jin, who followed a driver out of anger. The show explores the consequences of unexpressed rage and stress, diving into complex themes in a nerve-racking and sometimes hilarious way.

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