Buried by the Bernards
GenreReality television
  • Debbie Bernard
  • Ryan Bernard
  • Deja Bernard
  • Raegan Bernard
  • Kevin Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producerIan Gelfand
ProducersWarren D. Robinson
Marcia Fields
Joanna White Oldham
Tim Phares
Michael Spear Tamara Martin
Production locationsMemphis, Tennessee
CinematographyPedro Feria Pino
Running time24 minutes
Production company13Brains
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseFebruary 12, 2021 (2021-02-12) –

Buried by the Bernards is an American reality comedy series created by Netflix. The series centers on the Bernard family, who operate R. Bernard Funeral Services in Memphis, Tennessee. The series consists of eight episodes that were released on February 12, 2021.[1]


The series follows the day-to-day operations of a funeral home in Memphis, run by the Bernard family matriarch, Debbie; her son, Ryan; Ryan's uncle, Kevin; and Ryan's daughters, Reagan and Deja.[1][2]


R. Bernard Funeral Services opened in 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee.[3] The Bernard family received national publicity for the funeral home due to viral marketing campaigns.[1][3] After the business received publicity, Ryan Bernard was contacted by producer Warren D. Robinson about developing a comedic reality series.[4]

The series was filmed in early 2020 just prior to social distancing restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] While the show is not scripted, certain episodes shot in a single day were sometimes depicted as if they happened over several days.[2]

Buried by the Bernards debuted on Netflix on February 12, 2021.[5]


The series received mainly positive reception. In a positive review, Kathryn VanArendonk wrote for Vulture, "The appeal is really in the family dynamic. The Bernards are palpably exasperated with one another, and they also come across as people who sincerely care about each other."[6] Noting the greater context of a show about funeral homes airing amid a deadly pandemic, Allison Herman of The Ringer asserted, "Even a show that actively tries to be escapist can't transcend subject matter this heavy—far heavier than the Bernards could have anticipated when they were mugging for the cameras. In the end, Buried with the Bernards is unfortunately trapped between the light and the macabre."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Herman, Alison (February 15, 2021). "'Buried by the Bernards' Is a Different Kind of Netflix Reality Show". The Ringer. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Lorre, Rose Maura (February 16, 2021). "Ryan Bernard Answers All Your Burning Buried by the Bernards Questions". Parade: Entertainment, Recipes, Health, Life, Holidays. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Nicolaou, Elena (February 12, 2021). "The Stars of "Buried By the Bernards" Talk Growing Up in a Funeral Home". Oprah Magazine. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  4. ^ McCoy, Chris. "Life, Death, and Laughs: Buried by the Bernards Premieres on Netflix". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "Memphis family at center of 'Buried by the Bernards' reality show talks filming ahead of this week's premiere". localmemphis.com. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  6. ^ VanArendonk, Kathryn (February 12, 2021). "Is Now the Worst Time for Buried by the Bernards? Or Is it the Best Time?". Vulture. Retrieved February 23, 2021.