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: 1109
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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…

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
    Great story, Barry is a really interesting character, and the bad guys of the show are super funny, I recommend if you want something new and original.
  • 6d ago
    you need to watch this.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    I stumbled upon this show without really hearing much about it beforehand, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it combined humor with violence. The show has an amazing cast of quirky characters, with Bill Hader giving an unexpectedly layered performance of a Dexter-esque assassin turned actor. I'm so glad this show exists.
  • Oct 12, 2019
    Amazing. Way more than I expected, even given the buzz. A Top 10 show in 2018 for most major reviewers and I can see why
  • Oct 04, 2019
    Perhaps the most British humor thing from US
  • Oct 01, 2019
    people keep saying this is new comedy, its not its used overly so. save your time and watch something 20 years ago on hbo, same shit better acting
  • Sep 30, 2019
    Witty, anxious, goofy... Never taking itself too seriously and full of meta jokes about industry, all the while tackling questions of identity, morality and belonging.
  • Sep 29, 2019
    Barry is a great series to watch I highly recommend it. I loved the comedy, fast pace realistic action and depth of drama involved.
  • Sep 27, 2019
    In the spirit of Heath Ledger's Joker, sometimes " gotta do everything yourself". And that is exactly what Bill Hader does with Barry -- as executive producer, writer (ep. 1, 2, and 8), director (ep. 1-3), and leading actor (Emmy award winner, 2018). I have always felt that Hader's career (since his days on SNL and a few years thereafter, i.e. Forgetting Sarah Marshall) fell short of his true potential -- not at any fault of his own -- but rather due to artificial forces. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I blame it on the modern era of jealousy, where greatness is vilified and mediocrity is applauded. Conspiracy theories aside, Hader takes matters into his own hands and finally shines as the entertainment gods intended. It also pleases me that Hader is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves. This is one of the greatest shows I've seen yet; it might not be for everyone though. List of other shows I've enjoyed (for comparison): - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX/FXX) - Cobra Kai (Youtube Premium) - Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Sep 24, 2019
    Bill Haders acting is spot on. However, one I saw that the Fonz was going to be in the show, I had an idea of what type of comedy it was going to be. Arthur Fonzarelli pretty much plays the same role every time so that was a let down. The humor is dark humor but its very predictable. Its humor you've seen thousands of times in other tv shows, its nothing new nothing special. The only thing that keeps the show interesting is the few twists and turns that throw you off, and they have strong cliffhangers at the end of each episode, just enough to keep you interested to watch the next. But when you watch the next episode its starts off stale. Often times it feels like it drags. I was really hoping to expect more but its a pretty average show.

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