By now, we all have well established line-ups of favourite series that we go back to time and time again when we can't decide what else to watch. Try something you've never seen before or re-watch New Girl for the eleventh time? Clearly, the answer is obvious. And it seems like that dedication has paid off, since fans have spotted something odd about the series. It turns out that every single episode contains a reference to bears. Yep, bears.
Sure, you're probably already aware of Bearclaw (played by Josh Gad), but it doesn't stop there. Every single one of the 146 episodes of the series, which ran from 2011 to 2018, contains a reference to bears. Either in one of the characters' lines or somewhere in the set.
One keen eyed fan first posited the theory on Reddit and others were quick to start working their way through the series to confirm it. This is where sheer leg work comes in, since as one user pointed out, it's not necessarily that the word "bear" is always used, instead it could be from an item a character is holding or a very subtle part of the scenery.
For instance, one fan spotted that in episode seven of series one, nobody actually uses the word however there is a picture of a bear on the fridge which Nick moves into Schmidt's room after an argument.
Meanwhile in episode three of series seven, there is a bear on a flag during the courtroom scene in which Winston testifies on a case.
But the references are very varied, for example during an episode on season three Winston calls himself as "Winnie the Bish," which many fans believe is a nod to Winnie the Pooh. And, of course there are the more obvious references, like Nick supporting the Chicago Bears football team, and Bearclaw who appears in season two and ends up heartbroken over Jess.
Well, seems like we're all going to have to go away and watch it all again and track down these references.
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