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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 25, 2018
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83

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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 144 Ratings

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  • Summary: Low-level hitman Barry (Bill Hader) travels to Los Angeles to kill an would-be actor and finds his calling may actually be to act in this comedy from Hader and Alec Berg.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 23, 2018
    100
    Let me just declare how far over the moon I am about Barry, a funny, violent, gripping and masterfully melancholy half-hour show created by Hader and “Silicon Valley” producer Alec Berg. ... From start to finish, it’s just one hell of a show.
  2. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 19, 2018
    100
    Barry scores as a wildly original and sensationally entertaining hybrid of dark comedy and delirious action. ... Barry kills--in every way imaginable. [19 Mar-1 Apr 2018, p.13]
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 22, 2018
    91
    Barry not only shifts from comedy to drama convincingly and at the drop of a hat, but it dispenses various shades of each so that all eight episodes hold together as a grounded, honest story with a long road ahead. Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s series is highly entertaining and acutely heartbreaking, and that’s pretty damn special.
  4. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Mar 23, 2018
    83
    The result is very dry comedy early on, which can be a bit frustrating if you were expecting the kind of rapid-fire jokes from Berg’s and Hader’s other work. But when the wheels come off, as they do in the second half, the tragicomedy that ensues is one of the most compelling on TV. Viewer patience is definitely rewarded, but some of the characters still get the short shrift.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 24, 2018
    80
    A bittersweet dramedy that's uncomfortably funny and simultaneously dark and tense.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Mar 23, 2018
    80
    Plain broth is a good description for Barry’s personality early in the season, which makes it challenging at first to invest in what happens to him. Stick with it, though. Hader, best known for his comedic skills, has shown off his dramatic range before in films like The Skeleton Twins, but he’s the best he’s ever been here.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 21, 2018
    38
    Baffling, dull Barry is a bore, and so is the series named for him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 26, 2018
    10
    I went to a special premiere screening while in Portland, and I must say that the series really has something special on it's hands. The goodI went to a special premiere screening while in Portland, and I must say that the series really has something special on it's hands. The good guys are funny, the bad guys are funny, all the while the plot remains engaging and witty. Music is spot on and the tone is more of a comedy with sprinkled bits of dark subject matter.

    Summation: Excellent
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  2. May 8, 2018
    10
    Bill is the bees kneez..! This show captivated me with action, comedy, and great performances. I'd like to make a 'shout out' to Season1 Ep 7Bill is the bees kneez..! This show captivated me with action, comedy, and great performances. I'd like to make a 'shout out' to Season1 Ep 7 for the amazing performances, just wow..! Set the hook and reel'n me in. GREAT work keep it up, please! Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2018
    9
    This show is perfect. Why? Because Dexter has been off the air for too long. Plus, it's only 30 minutes long! And in weekly installmentsThis show is perfect. Why? Because Dexter has been off the air for too long. Plus, it's only 30 minutes long! And in weekly installments instead of a whole friggin' season at once! I will look forward to each episode. Great stuff! Expand
  4. May 18, 2018
    8
    Barry has layers man. I don't know how, but Bill Hader & friends made the simplistic and sorta worn out premise of a hitman struggling toBarry has layers man. I don't know how, but Bill Hader & friends made the simplistic and sorta worn out premise of a hitman struggling to retire into something truly special. This show is unexpectedly profound, the acting is top-notch (especially by Hader, who truly gets to shine) and last but not least it's just simply funny (Henry Winkler is effin hilarious). Couldn't recommend it enough, each episode is better than the last (except for ep. 7, that episode is absolutely fantastic). Expand
  5. Apr 25, 2018
    7
    Barry is a good show. It has great concept and story. I love Bill/Barry and his older friend as well. The only flaws is the HBO's so calledBarry is a good show. It has great concept and story. I love Bill/Barry and his older friend as well. The only flaws is the HBO's so called leftist agenda is so pronounced. Not only they don't even try to get at least a single feminine beauty, the slow and sure progressive feminism is ruining the mood. Sure it's a comedy but it is also an entertainment. It should be entertaining in the eyes of audience like me, especially when you have to pay extra money to see this. Slow down with the lecture and get a nice and pretty girl on the screen. Keep going with the agenda, you won't have a chance against legendary Dexter. Expand
  6. Apr 23, 2018
    6
    I think that overall this is a good comedy. My only comment is about actress Sarah Goldberg. I think that either this role does not fit her,I think that overall this is a good comedy. My only comment is about actress Sarah Goldberg. I think that either this role does not fit her, or the director has not made much impression on her. Expand
  7. Jul 30, 2018
    4
    I've watched parts of 2 episodes and have no interest in seeing any more. The premise is simply not beiievable as a hitman and acting, ifI've watched parts of 2 episodes and have no interest in seeing any more. The premise is simply not beiievable as a hitman and acting, if somehow brought together, would maybe be by some super extroverted type of person, not some introvert with no personality which he plays. So, this character is neither belivable as a hitman OR as an actor...as literally 0 of the things portrayed. Making it rather boring and uninteresting from the get-go. Could not get into and it was not good in any way shape or form. I did like Henry Winkler in his role, and the premise had promise, but it was not very well done, or believable. Expand

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