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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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An understated treat.

June 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.

March 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.

March 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.

March 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.

March 23, 2018 | Full Review…
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High body count and lots of laughs


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