The Sanayi313 PAPER editorial team’s take on Netflix’s sensational new series Beef:

“That’s just like me in traffic!” is what I thought when I saw the opening scene of the new Netflix black comedy Beef. I was hooked instantly. I associated with all the characters in the series to some extent but what got me most was Amy’s struggle against fake sincerity and toxic positivism. I felt some consolation to see stories around the world were pretty much the same despite the varying dynamics of geography, education level, opportunities and social class. Hearing a song from the 2000s that still exists in my ‘all-time favorites’ playlist at the end of each episode was an added bonus for me. For any Millennials who still haven’t watched Beef – prepare to pump up the volume at the end of the episodes.

Gökçe Burdurlu CömertHead of Editorial Content

I haven’t seen such captivating and upbeat comedy about a silly and hostile obsession since the cartoons of my childhood. Witnessing class differences, family traumas, the toxic chemistry and existential hatreds of Amy and Danny through the eyes of an Asian American felt so liberating after over exposure to the predictable machinations we see on the screens.

Sebla TanıkEditor

Maybe it was my motherly instincts playing me up, but the new Netflix dark comedy Beef made me think about how difficult it is for a child to grow up in the egocentric world of adults. Mother of three-year-old June, Amy’s road rage incident with Danny is like a vortex that sucks you in. Both characters repeatedly find ways to get out of this mess, but neither has it in them to back down. ‘Beef’ is slang for having a complaint about or problem with something and how far people can take their problems with strangers. Watch and see the unexpected.

Sidni KaravilEditor in Chief

Creatively speaking, I liked Beef for its theatrical poster illustrations, episode titles and music. I wasn’t expecting a traffic incident to turn into a life-changing game of revenge. On their first encounter, Danny was desperate and Amy was angry and overwhelmed. The sense of revenge becomes an instrument for them to reconnect with life. The story plays on the feeling that we are all connected by invisible bonds. Watching two completely different lives with similar expectations is shocking for our monotonous routines.

Pelin KestanecioğluEditor

Real. Tense. Clever. Different. Tragicomic. Familiar.
Those are the words that come to mind after I watched the Netflix production Beef on my way from Istanbul to Çeşme for a breathing retreat. Every episode made me admire how great some minds work. A gripping storyline we can all associate with and real enough to make us look in the mirror again. Ten episodes full of big-city stress, the struggle to meet expectations, and endless conflict. Everyone has thanked me for recommending it and one spoiler will make you watch it, too: Take a deep breath before you honk at someone in the traffic…

Deniz BulutsuzEditor