Have You Finished Bear? Here Are 7 Workplace Shows You Should Watch
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Have You Finished Bear? Here Are 7 Workplace Shows You Should Watch

Watching Bear is guaranteed to leave you hungry — especially if you like Chicago-style close-ups of meats and baked goods — but when I caught up on the show’s third season this weekend, I found myself craving something inedible: namely, more shows about camaraderie forged in the fires of a turbulent workplace. They didn’t even have to take place in a restaurant; they just had to involve a lot of professional chaos (and a little delicacy).

Have You Finished Bear? Here Are 7 Workplace Shows You Should Watch

Below you will find seven programs such as: Bearwhich are full of intense, downright heartbreaking jobs worth watching right now. (Leave it to them to make you feel infinitely better about every drama happening at your job.)


For those who need another show about eating out to keep them entertained, this one’s for you. While the FX series, adapted from Stephanie Danler’s bestselling book, wasn’t exactly a huge hit when it aired, its focus on food and the intricacies of restaurant politics (not to mention the hook-up culture that pervades so many kitchens) is worth watching. Plus, it stars Ella Purnell, aka Jackie from Yellowjackets!

Party down

This show is set on the fringes of the restaurant industry (i.e., in a catering company), but its three seasons feature enough special appearances by exciting guest stars—Kristen Bell! Ken Jeong! James Marsden! Kevin Hart! Jennifer, fucking Coolidge!—to make it at least a little bit The Bear-eque. Plus, it’s easily one of the funniest shows of the last 50 years, so save that one.


This series, about a group of horny young people who fight for steady work at a high-energy, high-stress London investment bank, is the perfect cure for the Monday blues: “The office may be tough, but at least I’m not working at Pierpoint & Co.” should be the new corporate motto, at least in my opinion. (The madness continues in Season 3.)


This NBC sitcom, about a group of employees at a fictional supermarket chain that is definitely not Walmart, does a great job of poking fun at all that is ridiculous and often unfair about low-paying, hourly work without ever falling into a dour documentary feel — and it offers plenty of laughs, too.

Bold type

It’s relatable to anyone who has worked in women’s media. Still, watching journalist Jane and her best friends Kat and Sutton try to make it in New York while pursuing careers in fashion and media in a fictional, Cosmos-inspired Scarlet The magazine strikes the perfect balance between mild stress and total calm.

Abbott Elementary School

As anyone who has ever taught children, been a child, or sent a child to school can probably attest, the classroom can be a setting for some truly absurd (and hilarious) human behavior. Watching Quinty Brunson’s character, Janine Teagues, do her best to liven up the decidedly unhappily Philadelphia school where she teaches second grade is at times heartbreaking but always hilarious.


What show could be more appropriate for a work-related watchlist than this iconic series? The Office has all the hallmarks of a perfect 9-to-5 work environment—from the gossip over the water cooler to the hilarious work parties and, of course, one of the most beloved office romances of all time. Jim and Pam will always have our hearts.

Originally published on Vogue.com