On Reddit, u/Dave_santzzz made a post asking if any other fans of Lip Gallagher, Jeremy Allen White’s character in Shameless, had seen The Bear. The post received a variety of reactions, with some users admitting that they believe The Bear and Shameless, both taking place in Chicago, are more alike than fans of the two shows would initially assume.
For example, u/aznhoopster wrote, “I just watched the series recently, I really enjoyed it and I like the other actors in it too. [It] could also probably pass as a lip spin-off in some ways.” Elsewhere, u/enjoyt0day similarly noted, “It [definitely] feels like you’re watching a lip spinoff.” However, in the same Reddit thread, u/purplenecktie wrote, “I’m on my second iteration [of ‘The Bear’] now. Lip wasn’t even my absolute favorite character, but Jeremy Allen White is so talented and the show is so compelling.”
In other words, it’s safe to say that “The Bear” is something that TV viewers, whether they’re fans of White’s appearance on “Shameless” or not, might enjoy. However, “Shameless” fans aren’t the only ones who have noticed some similarities between Lip Gallagher and Carmy Berzatto. In an interview with Vulture, White even acknowledged some similarities between the two characters, but also revealed, “Where I see a really big gap between them is their confidence.”
“While Lip and Carmy can both be seen as fragile characters, Carmy is on the sidelines all the time,” White added. As anyone who’s seen The Bear knows, the actor’s description of Carmy is certainly not inaccurate either. Still, “Shameless” fans around the world can take comfort in knowing that they’re not the only ones who have noticed some similarities between him and “The Bear.”