Buried by the Bernards season 1 review – is this a good advert for a family-run business? The clue is in the title.

February 12, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Buried by the Bernards brings a fresh angle in the reality genre, and it may not be a bad thing at all.

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3.5

Summary

Buried by the Bernards brings a fresh angle in the reality genre, and it may not be a bad thing at all.

Netflix’s Buried by the Bernards season 1 was released on the streaming service on February 12, 2021.

If there’s one statement we can make about reality TV, is that there’s clearly no limit in scope anymore. Netflix’s Buried by the Bernards follows a family-run business, and all the dramas that come with it — the business? A funeral home. Now, as someone who finds funeral homes mysterious and fascinating, I never thought I’d be watching a streaming series about a family running one. We are truly living in strange times.

But surprisingly, Buried by the Bernards season 1 is funny; the family is wonderfully dysfunctional, showing how they all take on different roles; from funeral directors to assistant managers, ensuring there is a succession plan — this is legit. But I do wonder who has the strength in a family to turn around one day and say “fancy running a funeral home?”. Some families have incredibly thick-skinned people, evidently.

As I enjoyed Buried by the Bernards, one thing did occur to me — is this series good for their family-run business? Let’s put this into perspective; if a loved one of mine has died, and the Bernard family was the closest funeral home to me — would I be sprinting to them to hand my money, or would this Netflix series push me away? This could work both ways for them — and considering in the first episode one of the family members forgot to arrange a pick-up for a grieving family to the funeral, it’s hardly a good advert for the opening chapter.

But maybe I’m the cynical one. At the end of the day, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”, so maybe this series will have the effect that Gordan Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares has, where the revived restaurant becomes a popular tourist spot. And I’m not saying that the Bernards are delivering a “bad service”, they are hilarious — it’s just a debate of how far reality TV can go. We are dealing with dead people, after all.

Buried by the Bernards brings a fresh angle in the reality genre, and it may not be a bad thing at all.

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