Feed the Beast
This crime drama might be sitting with a 23% rating over at Rotten Tomatoes, but we promise it’s a worthwhile watch, still. Adapted from an original series in Denmark called Bankerot, the show is about Tommy Moran and Dion Patras, two friends on the brink of losing everything. Tommy and Dion are like brothers, and although each have their own share of downswings, these two dream one day of being able to open an upscale Greek restaurant.
Together, they set off an insane endeavor as they navigate the cut-throat restaurant world of New York, not to mention its criminal underbelly, filled to the brim with corrupt officials, petty thieves, and hostile mobsters.
It’s clear Feed the Beast isn’t a show that’s exclusively about food. Rather, it’s about chasing a dream face-to-face the grueling, almost unforgiving pursuit of opening up a place in New York City, the place of endless opportunity. In essence, it’s about chasing your dreams and the hangups and missteps you make toward that journey.
Truth be told, this is no Mad Men or Breaking Bad. It appears AMC’s golden days of television are now far behind it, but Feed the Beast is still something you should see. For the performances alone, this is a 10-episode run. David Schwimmer, particularly, shines as his character, amazingly absent of any imprint from his Friends days.
The screenplay reclines too comfortably on tropes for most of the show’s run, and truth be told, the writers could have polished their drafts a bit more before hitting record. What a shame, though, considering Clyde Phillips got this thing off the ground, and he made phenomenal hits like Nurse Jackie and Dexter.
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Director: Steve Shill, Jon S. Bair, Dan Attias, and more – Screenplay: Clyde Phillips, David Babcock, Liz Sagal, and more – Cast: – Run Time: 46 mins per episode