“Beef” is a gripping series that explores the consequences of an encounter between two individuals that quickly spirals out of control. The show provides a nuanced and intimate look at the lives of Danny Cho and Amy Lau, two individuals from vastly different backgrounds who find themselves at odds after a road rage incident.

The series is anchored by powerful performances from Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, who both deliver emotionally charged portrayals of their respective characters. Yeun’s Danny is a complicated figure, filled with simmering anger and frustration at his failed career and personal life. Wong’s Amy is a strong-willed and determined entrepreneur who is unafraid to stand up for herself.

As the series unfolds, we witness the impact of their conflict on their families, their careers, and their personal lives. The show explores themes of race, class, and privilege, and how these factors can influence our perceptions of others and our behavior towards them. The pacing is brisk, with each episode leaving the viewer wanting more. 

“Beef” is a well-crafted and powerful series that packs an emotional punch. It is a timely exploration of the consequences of our actions, and how even the smallest altercation can have far-reaching consequences. Highly recommended for fans of drama and social commentary.

Lee Sung Jin, was inspired to write the series by an infuriating encounter with an angry driver on the streets of L.A.

Now streaming on Netflix.