Netflix viewers stunned after finding out hidden meanings in new series Beef
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Netflix viewers have been left absolutely stunned after finding out the hidden meanings in the new series, Beef.
The dark comedy has already been hailed as 'the best show of 2023', and people can't get their heads around all the secret symbolism peppered throughout the programme.
From the wardrobe to the very name of the show itself - there's a disguised meaning in just about every single scene. Check it out:
The Netflix programme, created by Lee Sung Jin, follows the lives of two complete strangers who get into a road rage incident, which soon brings buckets of chaos into their lives.
Starring The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun who plays failing contractor, Danny Cho, alongside Birds of Prey's Ali Wong who stars as self-made entrepreneur, Amy Lau, the series is definitely gaining some buzz online.
Only released to the platform last week (6 April), Beef has already received an impressive 99 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, people are starting to clock on to the many different recurring themes and hidden meanings laced throughout all 10 episodes of the show.
The name of the show
Jin explained that the odd title of the series was particularly thought out.
He revealed: "There are surprisingly few catchy words or idioms that sell the feud aspect of the show, and the few that exist have been done before."
The mastermind went on to note that if Netflix had seen the original list of 'aggressively bad' potential names, 'there might not be a show today'.
Wonder what they were...
George, played by Joseph Lee, has a whole load of some very abstract-looking sculptures, which apparently represent his own personal emotional state.
Production designer, Grace Yun, explained that the 'amorphous blob shapes represented how George floats through life and doesn’t really restrict himself'.
Yun went on to comment on the size of the sculptures increasing - revealing that the symbolism of growing artworks represents George becoming a 'bigger fixture inside the home'.
The episode titles
Netflix itself has commented on the cryptic episode titles - explaining the meaning behind each and every last one of the 10 episode names.
The platform explains: "There’s a reason they’re all so despairing, and if some of them sound familiar, chances are you might recognise them as part of a famous quote."
So, whether it's Sylvia Plath in episode three or Franz Kafka in episode seven, each quote is said to be an extended reflection on the wider themes of the episodes.
Jordan, played by Mario Bello, has a pretty whacky residence.
Filled with items and trinkets from Asia or South America, the eccentric abode is said to be a metaphor on Jordan's need to appropriate things, with set designers eager to use her home as a reflection of her 'eccentric, unique, powerful' personality.
While those are just a handful of the many hidden meanings in Beef, it's clear that fans are losing their minds on how there appears to be a secret symbolism behind nearly everything in the show.
One Twitter user posted: "The show is one of the best I've seen in a while, with incredible performances all around.
"Yeun and Wong are outstanding. The show is a perfect blend of humour, excitement, and tension. It's a definite winner for Netflix."
"Best show I've ever seen," wrote a second, "it’s perfect in every single way. I want 1000 seasons of this."
A final fan tweeted: "Beef on Netflix is fantastic. Great writing, amazing acting."
Beef is currently available to stream on Netflix.