Critic Consensus: Barry follows up a pitch-perfect debut with a second season that balances darkness with comedy while steering clear of antihero overindulgence.
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The first three episodes of "Barry" are flat-out brilliant, balancing the show's dry wit and humor with its increasingly dark edge that sometimes makes it feel more like "Breaking Bad" than a traditional laugher.
The result is a more compelling anti-protagonist, and a more satisfying show.
"Barry" can be unsettling in the way that it leads us into laughing at levels of violence and dark subjects that aren't typically sources of TV comedy. But the show then turns around and asks its own tough questions.
It sounds like a precious premise. But great work from Hader and Henry Winkler as his acting teacher elevates the story to something that stuck with me stubbornly all year.
Barry is dark but hilarious and a worthy binge ahead of a third season.
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