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Barry: Season 1 (2018)



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


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

December 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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The premise of the show is a little tired, but the tonal tightrope Hader and his co-creator Alec Berg walk over the course of eight episodes is thrilling.

December 14, 2018 | Full Review…

An understated treat.

June 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.

April 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.

March 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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