Barry: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

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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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Air date: Mar 25, 2018

In the premiere of this dark comedy about a former marine working as a hit man in the Midwest, Barry is sent to L.A. to kill an aspiring actor who's having an affair with a Chechen mob boss's wife, but winds up getting involved in the local theater scene, a move that doesn't sit well with his ruthless superiors.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2018

In the wake of some shocking news, Gene encourages his class to channel their feelings into their work. Meanwhile, resolved to quit his job and put the past behind him, Barry tries not to get pulled back in by Fuches and the Chechens; and Sally tries to crack the nut that is Barry.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2018

A frustrated Barry misses an acting class to honor an obligation; Detectives Moss and Loach try to piece together a murder puzzle; Gene presses Barry to take more risks; Sally is thrown for a loop during an audition, and turns to Barry for comfort; the Chechens rejoice when a legendary assassin arrives.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2018

Barry finds that distancing himself from Fuches and the Chechens might be harder than he thought; Sally is dismayed to learn that an audition arranged by a prospective agent has strings attached; Gene promises Moss a bombshell, but only over dinner; Barry invites a Marine buddy and his two pals to a party given by his classmate Natalie, where Zach, a rising actor, threatens Barry's claim on Sally.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2018

Barry looks to hit the reset button with Sally, but a scene from "Macbeth" triggers a reaction that pushes them farther apart; Moss moves to interrogate members of Gene's acting class after a shooting video surfaces; Barry finds himself in a quandary after teaming up with Taylor, a reckless new acquaintance, in a dangerous mission to wipe out a group of Bolivians.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2018

Barry (Bill Hader) tries to fly solo at a remote airstrip, but Taylor (Dale Pavinski) still wants in. Vacha (Mark Ivanir) looks to exact revenge on the man who killed his brother, despite Pazar's (Glenn Fleshler) hands-off orders. Moss (Paula Newsome) tries to end her association with Gene (Henry Winkler), but finds herself drawn to his classroom at a critical juncture. Sally (Sarah Goldberg) lobbies for a major acting challenge.

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Air date: May 6, 2018

After a deadly shootout at the airstrip, Barry must make a difficult decision to evade capture. Meanwhile, Pazar blames Fuches for convincing him to declare war on Cristobal Sifuentes, a ruthless yet civilized Bolivian drug lord; and Sally fears her performance in the class production of "Macbeth" will be compromised, ruining her chance to impress another top Hollywood agent.

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Air date: May 13, 2018

In the Season 1 finale, Barry vows to give up his life of crime, once and for all. Meanwhile, Pazar enlists Vacha's replacement to take care of Fuches; and Moss and her team close in on a major arrest in hopes of finally cracking the Madison case.

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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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An understated treat.

Jun 7, 2018 | 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…
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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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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…

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…

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

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Barry: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    This is an odd premise but it works.
  • Sep 01, 2020
    Barry is one of the Best Shows in the Matters of Mixing Hilarious Comedy with Intense or Dramatic Scenes. One of the Reasons why there so good at this is because of the great Bill Hader who plays Phenomenally, Created it, Wrote some Episodes and as well as Directed some. RATING: 4,8
  • Aug 17, 2020
    Love the comedy factors and the sudden stop at some certain points, and the actors are just so amazing with their acting inside acting.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    phenomenal writing, performances, everything, camerawork, everything in general.
  • Aug 01, 2020
    One of the best shows of the 2010s. It continues to distinguish itself as uniquely witty and darkly hysterical show, with some excellent supporting characters, and a genre bending performance by Bill Hader as both the creator and titular character. The further one ventures into the world of these characters, the better it gets. While many shows tend to stumble in the first season, Barry starts off strong and carries itself into an even stronger second season. Highly recommend, especially for fans of Bill Hader.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    This is a gem. And really loved the work of every cast and crew. The writing is brilliant. I love the chemistry between Bill Hader and Anthony Carrigan
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Genius writing, hilarious characters, fun spin on the life of a hitman
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Barry is everything you are looking for
  • May 01, 2020
    best tv show after better call saul
  • Apr 30, 2020
    So good I watched all of season one in a single night, flawless! The cast was perfect

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