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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 25, 2018
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83

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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 131 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.
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    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 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. Jul 11, 2018
    8
    Comedy version of Dexter. Morals and life experience it is lowered in a plot. The plot is simplest and transparent. Chechens who speak badComedy version of Dexter. Morals and life experience it is lowered in a plot. The plot is simplest and transparent. Chechens who speak bad Russian raise only a smile. As the start of a franchize the first season looks not bad. I expect the second season in which there will be more 8th episode. Expand
  5. Jul 8, 2018
    8
    I'm not usually a huge fan of Hader and his solo stuff but this show really grew on me as it progressed. Hader plays a hitman who discoversI'm not usually a huge fan of Hader and his solo stuff but this show really grew on me as it progressed. Hader plays a hitman who discovers his love of acting and wants to quit the game. Most of the comedy bits of the show come from the Chechyan mob who are pulling the strings behind the story. Noho Hank is clearly the star of the show and he really stands out during his scenes. While the story itself isn't as good as I think the writers think it is, it has its moments. The show also had some growing pains with a couple of plot holes and some characters not really fitting in very well with the rest of the cast. I am excited to see that this has been picked up for another season. I really feel like the show was just getting into its groove towards the end of its short 8 episode arc. Another season could really do wonders for its growth. As of now, it's a good start for a show with tons of promise that just goes through some minor growing pains during the first season. 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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