By Anna Smith
Art by Michelle Jun
I am always looking for a new show to binge, and when I heard that there was a reality show based in Memphis, I did just that. Finishing the eight-episode season in just four days, I fell in love with the show “Buried by the Bernards.”
This new Netflix series follows the Bernards through their lives running a funeral home. The family consists of Uncle Kevin, who serves as the comic relief, the grandmother Debbie Bernard, who has a say in everything, the owner Ryan Bernard, and his daughters Reagan and Deja. Each episode lasts around half an hour and takes the viewer on a new journey, whether it be buying a hearse with Uncle Kevin or watching Regan decide which college to attend.
The Netflix series began filming in late 2019 and wrapped up right before lockdown. The show is not only the experience of running a funeral home but also the family dynamics that come with running the business. The clashes between Ryan Bernard and his mother Debbie, bossy grandma Debbie’s punishments, and the family’s struggles with shooting a commercial together all represent the relatable family dynamics.
“Buried by the Bernards” has been well received by many. Neva Bowers said, “[I] loved watching "Buried by the Bernards" for a few reasons. First of all, it was hilarious and heart-warming, but also, it felt like an authentic portrayal of Memphis. It was so fun to see my favorite spots like Young Avenue Deli and City Silo on TV.”
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