Barry: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 81


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User Ratings: 1007
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Air date: Mar 25, 2018
Air date: Apr 1, 2018
Air date: Apr 8, 2018
Air date: Apr 15, 2018
Air date: Apr 22, 2018
Air date: Apr 29, 2018
Air date: May 6, 2018
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 (28)

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…
Top Critic

An understated treat.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Barry takes risks, asking us to take seriously for a moment the sombre weight of killing someone; and presenting Chechen gangsters as goofballs gives the comedy an unnerving edge.

May 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's not a bad twist on the old usual Hollywood self-indulgence, and Barry has pathos to go with its cynicism. Much of this is down to Bill Hader.

Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Barry: Season 1

  • Aug 04, 2019
    Weird humour and strong black comedy sets this series apart from the typical style. HBO proves they are still number one when it comes to quality. You cannot dismiss a show that is clever and has a strong story beat at the centre. I can only hope the quality acting and storytelling is maintained as the story gimmick goes on. 15/06/2019 completed
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2019
    utter perfection amazing cast acting dark and comedic everything i could ask for in a show like this and the acting class bits are relatable if you are a training actor
  • Jun 29, 2019
    One of the best TV series I've ever seen. Classic storyline's that constantly pivot into the unexpected, great characters - man did I LOL a lot!
  • Jun 13, 2019
    Una sorpresa muy agradable, una comedia sumamente inteligente y con momentos de oscuridad y humor sublimes. No paro de recomendarla!
  • Jun 11, 2019
    Seriously funny with a perfect amount of violence.
  • Jun 04, 2019
    A great series that will let you pleading for more
  • May 28, 2019
    This show blew my mind. It is so perfect I don't know how to describe it. My ultimate favourite. (Oh and Bill Hader's acting is soooo goood)
  • May 27, 2019
    The best season of television I have ever seen.
  • May 27, 2019
    Wow! I had my reservations before watching this show, but this really made me laugh! The direction, acting, everything was brilliant!
  • May 24, 2019
    Best Dry Humor on television.

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