Where the Bears Are
|Where the Bears Are|
|Created by||Rick Copp |
|Opening theme||"Where the Bears Are" by David E. Zukofski|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||142|
|Running time||7–10 minutes|
|Production company(s)||3 Bears Entertainment|
|Original release||August 1, 2012 –|
November 1, 2018
Where the Bears Are is a comedy-mystery web series, which ran for seven seasons from August 1, 2012, to November 1, 2018. The series' creators and writers Rick Copp and Ben Zook star in the movie together with Joe Dietl.
Described by the creators as a cross between The Golden Girls and Murder, She Wrote, the series focuses on Nelson (Zook), Wood (Dietl) and Reggie (Copp), three gay bear friends sharing a house in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood who, in each season, are drawn into a different murder investigation which plays out as a season-long story arc.
- Rick Copp as Reggie Hatch
- Joe Dietl as Wood Burns
- Ben Zook as Nelson Dorkoff
- Ian Parks as Todd "Hot Toddy" Stevens
- Chad Sanders as Det. Chad Winters
- George Unda as Det. Marcus Martinez
- Tim Hooper as the Chief of Police
- George Sebastian as George Ridgemont
- Scott Beauchemin as Cyril Bowers
- Mark Rowe as Jeremy Richards
- Mario Diaz as Ramon Santiago
- Chaz Bono as Gavin Kelly
- Season one
- Season two
- Margaret Cho as Mistress Lena
- Chris LaVoie as Danny Pendleton
- Becky Thyre as Mary Ashley Pendleton
- Season three
- Season four
- Kevin Chamberlin as Beach Minister
- Season five
- Season six
- Chris Yonan as Prince Omar Al-Fayeed
- Serdar Kalsin as Rami
- Peter Hulne as Nick Flynn
- Jennifer Elise Cox as Laureen Flynn
In the first season, the bears are caught up in a murder investigation when they find a man dead in their bathtub the morning after Nelson's birthday party. The supporting cast also includes Ian Parks, Mario Diaz, Julio Tello, Jesse Meli, Scott Beauchemin, James Parr, Chad Sanders, George Sebastian, Tuc Watkins, Jackie Beat, Brooke Dillman and Bruce Daniels.
This season was presented as a series of 25 episodes, and a special Christmas episode was also produced. Subsequently a DVD was released of the series re-edited into a single, continuous film. The DVD also featured the Christmas special as part of its two-disc set, as well as bloopers and outtakes, deleted scenes, a feature-length commentary and behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and creators.
The second season premiered on June 10, 2013, with a plot in which the bears are again caught up in a murder investigation when Elliot Butler (Michael Gans), Reggie's former college roommate and a candidate for city council, turns up dead at his campaign launch party. New cast members in the second season include Howie Skora, Chris Lavoie, Mark Rowe, George Unda, Ray Singh, Shannon Ward and Margaret Cho.
The third season, again supported by a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, premiered on August 11, 2014. In the 22-episode third season, Reggie is producing a reality television pilot for a true crime series, and the bears consequently try to solve a string of murders involving models for Chunk Studios, a bear porn studio. New cast additions in the third season include Drew Droege and Sam Pancake.
The fourth season premiered on August 24, 2015. Inspired by the non-linear structure of the television series Damages, the fourth season starts with the shooting of Todd at his wedding to Nelson, and then flashes back to tell the story leading up to the event.
The fifth season premiered on September 1, 2016. It breaks from the murder mystery aspects to switch to a spy narrative, focusing this time on Todd Stevens (Ian Parks) as a newly minted spy for his security agency, setting the bears off on a madcap race to keep a dangerous computer virus from ending up in the wrong hands and sniff out a mole from the agency.
Meanwhile, Wood's and Reggie's love life flares out, George gets engaged to a Sporting Wood model, and Reggie dumps Frank Coley.
The sixth season premiered on August 31, 2017. It sees another madcap romp, with Nelson on trial for murder.
The seventh and final season premiered on September 10, 2018. It consisted of 16 episodes with the series finale airing on November 1, 2018.
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