Barry (TV series)

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Genre Dark comedy[1]
Created by
Composer(s) David Wingo
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Alec Berg
  • Bill Hader
  • Aida Rodgers
  • Emily Heller
  • Jeff Buchanan
  • Kyle Reiter
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Alec Berg Inc.
  • Hanarply
Original network HBO
Original release March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Barry is an American dark comedy television series created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader. It stars Hader as the eponymous lead character, a Midwestern hitman who travels to Los Angeles to perform a "hit" and then finds himself joining the local arts scene, the series premiered on March 25, 2018 on HBO. On April 12, 2018, it was announced that HBO had renewed the series for a second season.


Barry follows former marine Barry Berkman, "who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]





No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Chapter One: Make Your Mark" Bill Hader Alec Berg & Bill Hader March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25) 0.564[3]
Barry Berkman, a disgraced marine turned hitman, is sent by Fuches, his handler, to Los Angeles to perform a hit for the Chechen mob. Barry meets with mob boss Goran Pazar and his right-hand man NoHo Hank, who want to kill a man having an affair with Pazar's wife. Barry tracks the target, Ryan Madison, to an acting class taught by the passionate, if temperamental coach Gene Cousineau. Under the pseudonym "Barry Block", Barry performs a scene with Ryan and is invited to a bar with the other students after class, he becomes attracted to Sally, one of the actresses, then drives a drunk Ryan home and befriends him while the mobsters spy on them. Later, Gene tells Barry he's a terrible actor, and Barry responds by telling Gene he's a killer, but Gene thinks it's an improvised performance and is impressed. Barry agrees to do the hit on Ryan, but he finds Ryan has already been killed by the Chechens, and they intend on killing Barry next, so he kills the mobsters. Barry goes to a diner where he tells the waitress, who is an actress, that he is also an actor.
2 "Chapter Two: Use It" Bill Hader Alec Berg & Bill Hader April 1, 2018 (2018-04-01) 0.641[4]
Police detectives investigate Ryan and the mobsters' murder and discover the lipstick camera in the front of the mobsters' car, only to become repeatedly stumped at how it works. Barry and Fuches are kidnapped by the Chechens, where Fuches is tortured via tooth-filing until Barry agrees to carry out one last hit on an informant against the Chechens. Barry reluctantly agrees under threat of Fuches being murdered if he does not comply, that day at class, Gene alerts the class that Ryan has been murdered, and the whole class plans a wake for Ryan where all members perform a piece in honour of him. Sally asks Barry to perform a piece from Doubt, the last piece her and Ryan performed together, at the wake, Barry suffers a panic attack after Gene invites Ryan's father to deliver a speech, something Barry has never been around for before. Deciding against performing the piece from Doubt due to its pedophilic nature, Barry walks Sally home and declines to have sex with her, much to her surprise, from afar, a Chechen takes photos of Sally.
3 "Chapter Three: Make the Unsafe Choice" Bill Hader Duffy Boudreau April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08) 0.595[5]
Barry is ready to kill the Chechens' next target, Paco, but he is told by NoHo Hank to wait. Pazar's new assassin, Stovka, arrives and he is instructed to kill Barry and Fuches once Barry returns. Fuches attempts to talk Stovka out of killing him, and Stovka ends up killing himself instead. Detectives Moss and Loach learn of Ryan Madison's connection to Pazar and they question the acting students in Gene's class. Barry helps Sally for an audition, at the audition, Sally learns the lead actress is someone who she had worked with previously on a failed TV series. Sally is devastated by the other actress' success and cries during her audition. Barry returns to his job of taking out Paco, but is interrupted by Sally who is venting about her problems on the phone and begs for him to come over. Barry misses his chance at killing Paco with a sniper rifle, and is forced to break into his house and strangles him to death. Barry then goes to Sally's house, where they have sex and Barry daydreams about a happy life with her.
4 "Chapter Four: Commit...To You" Maggie Carey Sarah Solemani April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15) 0.511[6]
Sally creates a Facebook profile for Barry, and he reconnects with an old military friend, Chris. Fuches gives Barry his next job: to raid a Bolivian stash house. Barry believes it's too dangerous and backs out. Sally prepares for an audition with her agent and she rejects his sexual advances, he brushes it off, claiming he was joking. At the audition, Sally is told by the casting assistant that her agent doesn't represent her and is told to go home, she is left devastated and cries in her car. Detective Moss meets with Gene at a restaurant after he tells her he has pertinent information about the case, she realizes that it's date, but she stays anyway. At the police station, the techs have unlocked the lipstick camera, revealing footage of a tall, unrecognizable figure, which unbeknownst to them, is Barry, on his way to a party held by Natalie, one of the acting students, Barry has another daydream about a happy life with Sally. At the party, Barry presents Sally with a gift: a new laptop, but she is offended by the gesture. Barry invites Chris to the party, and he shows up with his two other rowdy Marine friends, Zach and Taylor. Sally flirts with Zach, and Barry tells him to back off claiming she's his girl, which offends and angers Sally. Taylor finds Barry's envelope of intel on the stash house raid and Taylor tells Barry he wants in.
5 "Chapter Five: Do Your Job" Hiro Murai Ben Smith April 22, 2018 (2018-04-22) TBD
6 "Chapter Six: Listen With Your Ears, React With Your Face"[7] Hiro Murai Emily Heller April 29, 2018 (2018-04-29) TBD
7 "Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast, and Keep Going"[8] Alec Berg Liz Sarnoff May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06) TBD
8 "Chapter Eight: Know Your Truth"[9] Alec Berg Alec Berg & Bill Hader May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13) TBD



Promotional poster.

On January 11, 2016, it was announced that HBO had given the production a pilot order, the episode was to be directed by Bill Hader who was also set to co-write and executive produce alongside Alec Berg.[10] On June 2, 2016, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order,[2][11] on April 12, 2018, it was announced that HBO had renewed the series for a second season.[12]


Simultaneously with the announcement of the pilot order, it was confirmed that Hader would star in the pilot;[10] in February 2016, it was announced that Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, Anthony Carrigan, Henry Winkler, and Stephen Root had been cast in lead roles in the series' pilot.[13][14][15][16][17]


The show began shooting in 2017 around the Los Angeles area.[2]



On December 4, 2017, HBO released the first teaser trailer for the series,[18][19] on January 9, 2018, HBO released the first official trailer for the series.[20][21]


On March 21, 2018, the series held its official premiere at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.[22][23]

In April 2018, the series will be screened during the Series Mania Festival in Lille, France, it will appear alongside seven other television programs in the festival's "Best of the U.S." series of shows.[24]


Critical response[edit]

The first season of Barry has been met with a positive response from critics since it premiered, on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 98% approval rating with an average rating of 7.73 out of 10, based on 48 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "PTSD and comedy make strangely endearing bedfellows in Barry, which proves more poignant than its sketch show premise."[25] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 83 out of 100 based on 28 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[26]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Chapter One: Make Your Mark" March 25, 2018 0.2 0.564[3] N/A 0.538 N/A 1.103[27]
2 "Chapter Two: Use It" April 1, 2018 0.2 0.641[4] N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 "Chapter Three: Make the Unsafe Choice" April 8, 2018 0.2 0.595[5] 0.2 0.555 0.4 1.150[28]
4 "Chapter Four: Commit...To You" April 15, 2018 0.2 0.511[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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  28. ^ Porter, Rick (April 19, 2018). "'Fixer Upper' finale goes out strong: Cable Live +7 ratings for April 2-8". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 19, 2018. 

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