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Yet their surprising similarities connect them and explain their poor decision-making. They face pressure from family, fervent loneliness, depression, and a blinding need to scream away the agony. But they have no idea how to deal with it all in a healthy way, so going after each other, as ridiculous as it may be, helps relieve the tension. However, these traits also help humanize them. It’s a tough needle to thread because Amy and Danny loathe each other and could appear awful and childish in their actions. Somehow Wong and Yeun’s powerful work ensures that doesn’t happen as they bring magnanimity to their respective roles. This is really why Beef works as well as it does.

Amy and Danny would have never met without the inciting road-rage incident. That said, they also never would have found the only person who might “get them.” Beef explores how powerful it can be when another person sees and accepts you for who you are, as twisted as it might be. The show takes a while to get to its thesis, which subtly unfolds across the season. There’s a slight whiplash from an action-heavy penultimate half-hour ahead of the surreal finale. And Beef marginally suffers because Amy and Danny’s feud gets repetitive. However, none of it detracts from the magic Wong and Yeun create. Seriously, Emmy voters better be watching. Boosted by tremendous editing, cinematography, and an impressive supporting cast, Beef is ready for its (Michelin) star.

Beef premieres April 6 on Netflix.