Where to watch 'The Bear' as the foodie hit returns for a second season

The sizzling chef drama is back for more, and you can't miss out

Jeremy Allen White in season 2 of The Bear
(Image credit: Courtesy of FX)

Yes, chef! Carmy Berzatto is back, and you need to know where to watch The Bear as round 2 gets underway. Save yourself a slice of chicken piccata and get ready to dig into The Beef's transformation, which will surely present a few challenges along the way.

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Time and date:Thursday, June 22 at 12:01am ET
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Where to watch 'The Bear' no matter your location

How to watch 'The Bear' in the US

The Bear consists of 10 new episodes in season 2, all of which will debut on Hulu on Thursday, June 22 at 12:01am ET. Although The Bear is an FX Original, it will stream exclusively on Hulu at no additional cost to subscribers. It will not be available on the network. 

How to watch 'The Bear' from anywhere

Given that Hulu is unavailable in the United Kingdom or Australia, certain locales are going to have to turn to Plan B. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 19, a.k.a. when season 2 drops on Disney Plus in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

If you're a U.S. national abroad and don't want to wait, try using a VPN. It's a service that allows you to change your device's IP address and thus unlock content that may be barred from your current geographic location. 

We highly recommend Express VPN, the top-rated product from our sister site, TechRadar. You can try it risk-free with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, your activity is secure, data is private and help is available whenever you need, 24/7. Should you encounter any issues while using the VPN, remember to delete the cookies from your device or switch to a new server.

How to watch The Bear via ExpressVPN:

  1. Download ExpressVPN courtesy of the easy-to-follow instructions.
  2. Once you've installed your VPN, open the app and select your server location as anywhere in the United States.
  3. Log in to your Hulu account to watch privately and securely.

What is 'The Bear' about?

Shameless alum Jeremy Allen White stars as Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto, a James Beard Award-winning chef who has worked in the top restaurants in the world, who is tasked with running his family's rundown sandwich shop, The Original Beef of Chicagoland, after the death of its former owner, his brother Michael. 

"A world away from what he’s used to, Carmy must balance the soul-crushing realities of small business ownership, his strong-willed and recalcitrant kitchen staff and his strained familial relationships, all while grappling with the impact of his brother’s suicide," reads the official Hulu synopsis. 

In the second season, we see the restaurant staff completely transform to open something new, and needless to say, plenty of challenges await staffers. 

"We’re trying to build out the restaurant that Carmy has imagined for a long time; he's turning The Beef into something a bit more elegant," the actor told Esquire. "And I think the really interesting thing about Carmy's arc in season two is that he has the opportunity to get everything that he wanted when we met him, and the question becomes, 'Is that enough?'"

Watch 'The Bear' season 2 trailer:

'The Bear' cast: who's who?

Alongside series star Jeremy Allen White, the main cast of The Bear includes:

  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Richard "Richie" Jerimovich
  • Ayo Edebiri as Sydney Adamu
  • Lionel Boyce as Marcus
  • Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina
  • Abby Elliott as Natalie "Sugar" Berzatto

The series also featured some surprising guest stars in the debut season, including '80s queen Molly Ringwald as an Al-Anon meeting moderator and actor-comedian Joel McHale as a truly terrifying executive chef. We're excited to see who else joins the crew in the second season.

How many episodes of 'The Bear' are there?

We're being treated to an additional two episodes in season 2, rounding the total to 10. 

There are eight episodes in total in The Bear season one, with most editions of the drama series clocking in at around thirty minutes in length, save for its seventh episode. The 20-minute seventh episode of season one was filmed as a "one shot," when a scene or entire work is recorded in one single continuous take. 

The episode, titled "Review," follows the kitchen gang of The Original Beef of Chicagoland after they receive a surprising newspaper critique and roll out a brand-new to-go system, both of which lead to a serious flare-up of tension and drama. The single-take format allows the pressure to simmer until it fully bubbles over, something actor Jeremy Allen White appreciated.

"I’ll say from my perspective in film and television, oftentimes, I don’t know how much a single shot actually lends itself to the story. It’s kind of like: We’ve got a lot of money, we’ve got a lot of time, we can do this, it will be really impressive. And it is impressive," White told IndieWire. "But I think in our case, it really lends itself to the story and where the characters are at because the tension is building so quickly we don’t give the audience a break from it. There’s no reprieve—it’s consistent."

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Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere. 

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