Barry: Season 1 (2018)

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Barry

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PTSD and comedy make strangely endearing bedfellows in Barry, which proves more poignant than its sketch show premise.

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Critic Ratings: 81

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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 25, 2018
2
Air date: Apr 1, 2018
3
Air date: Apr 8, 2018
4
Air date: Apr 15, 2018
5
Air date: Apr 22, 2018
6
Air date: Apr 29, 2018
7
Air date: May 6, 2018
8
Air date: May 13, 2018

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Starring Bill Hader as a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an aspiring actor. Barry follows his "mark" into an acting class and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene. He wants to start a new life as an actor, but his criminal past won't let him walk away -- can he find a way to balance both worlds?

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Critic Reviews for Barry Season 1

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (30)

Great work from Hader and Henry Winkler as his acting teacher elevates the story to something that stuck with me stubbornly all year.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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Once you get the style - Hader as director achieves a delicate counterpoint between the ironic and the gruesome, no easy task for a first-timer - it is really very funny.

Mar 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Barry is a series where Bill Hader confirms he's much more than a mugging sketch comic. He's a compelling actor with a unique voice who's created one of the best new shows of the year.

Mar 25, 2018 | Full Review…
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The series likely wouldn't have worked with one-hour episodes. But in a half-hour's time, Barry maximizes its punching power while knowing when and how to drop in a sight gag.

Mar 23, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Over the course of the season, Barry amounts to something, locating a hit man's shared humanity not in his competence, his guilt, or his remorse, but in his delusional belief that he's a decent person.

Mar 23, 2018 | Full Review…
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An understated treat.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Equal parts punchline and gut punch, Barry should be your next summer binge.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Bill Hader's Barry isn't refreshing because of how casually it reverses all the crime-thriller tropes but because of how cleverly it employs them.

Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The show [Hader] has created, and for which he even directed the first three of the eight episodes, has him in a delicately nuanced, understated performance. But make no mistake this is a comedy, perhaps morbidly so.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Barry isn't a funny character. As a depressed murderer, he's the intersection of a very serious Venn diagram. But Bill Hader is extremely funny.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Hader is a revelation here: It's a portrait of someone who is so unhappy in their own skin that they're trying to claw their way out by any means necessary.

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Cousineau's troupe of hopefuls is fairly diverse, but they're so one-dimensional that it's mostly symbolic.

Aug 18, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Barry: Season 1

  • Feb 18, 2020
    It's quirky humor and a great drama filled story. This show knocks it out of the park! I've always been a fan of Bill Hader but what he's able to pull off in this show is nothing short of incredible! This guy has acting chops! Great show and must watch!
  • Feb 09, 2020
    UNIQUE AF. GREAT GREAT OG CHARACTERS. NO FILLER.
  • Feb 03, 2020
    Kind of overrated, I don't understand why is this different for good from other series of this genre. The characters aren't also very interesting, nor even the story.
  • Jan 28, 2020
    A lot of fun. I would say it is too violent but it does such a great job of dealing with this that I can forgive any violence in this show.
  • Jan 13, 2020
    the main actor is great, everything else is below average.
  • Jan 04, 2020
    [Spoilers] Overrated show. There are a few laughs, some clever moments, e.g. when Barry misinterprets the role of Alec Baldwin's character from Glengarry Glen Ross (this kind of cross-reference to film and theater must be why critics love the show). Hader is not really convincing as an Afghan war vet marine who is becoming a thespian. He feels like a thespian playing a vet becoming a thespian. When he shoots his fellow marine, a nice husband and father, it's simply contrived--same with the detective at the end of the season. Hader has not created a story or character that renders this believable. There's nothing funny about the Fuches character. Winkler is good. The mafia comedy stuff is so stale and hackneyed. Overall, the writing is decent for a comedy to pass the time.
  • Jan 01, 2020
    Um wow. I dont know what to say. Except this is the best series I have seen in a long time. You do not know where the show is going to go. It's serious but there's comedy attached. There's twist and turns throughout the whole show. The acting is mind blowing. He should win an Academy award for this genius show. Bill Hader not only knocks it out the park but its a homerun every episode. Your on the edge of your seat a lot. Henry wrinkler is amazing. He never ceases to amaze me with how his acting skills just get better and better. Stephen coot is an amazing sidekick. The cast is brilliantly done. If you dont see it your missing out.
  • Dec 16, 2019
    Absolutely adore this show. Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg and Anthony Carrigan are outstanding. This mix of genres creates a gripping series that has kept me drawn in throughout.
  • Dec 06, 2019
    season 1 was ok. however story was too serious in some areas, and way too silly in others which totally broke the realism. could have been much better.
  • Nov 15, 2019
    Such a great vehicle for Bill Hader! Hilarious dramedy and excellent addition to the tv landscape.

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