BEEF was named Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series at Monday’s delayed 2023 Emmys ceremony, capping a big night for Netflix’s Steven Yeun-Ali Wong dramedy. In addition to the top limited series prize, BEEF also walked off with trophies for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for Yeun, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Wong and writing and directing (both for series creator Lee Sung Jin).
BEEF beat out Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Daisy Jones & The Six, Fleishman Is In Trouble and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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“A lot of the suicidal ideation in this show was based on stuff that I and some of the folks up here have struggled with over the years,” Jin said in accepting the award. “And so I’m really grateful and humbled by everyone who watched the show who’ve reached out about their own personal struggles. It’s very life affirming.”
BEEF‘s Emmy triumph follows the show’s strong showing at Sunday’s Critics Choice Awards and last week’s Golden Globes. Its also comes amid uncertainty about a second season.
“We initially pitched the show as an anthology series where every season is a new beef with new characters,” BEEF creator Lee Sung Jin told The Hollywood Reporter last summer. “At the same time, I really love Danny [played by Steven Yeun] and Amy [Ali Wong] and George [Joseph Lee] and Paul [Young Mazino] and the world we created. So, I’m really open to it all. Most importantly, I really want to keep working with this crew that I’ve really fallen in love with.”
At the end of BEEF‘s first season, Danny and Amy survived a near-death experience, only for George to find them out of nowhere and shoot Danny down. Amy then appeared to be staying by Danny’s bedside, as a result of their newfound connection. She then climbed into bed to cuddle with him just seconds before the credits rolled. (Read our finale post mortem with Yeun and Wong here.)
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