Barry is one of the best, most original shows I’ve seen this year. It reminds me of Breaking Bad in the way it combines something extraordinarily criminal with something very mundane, except that this is 60% comedy 40% drama whereas Breaking Bad was mostly drama.
Bill Hader plays Barry, a hitman who while pursuing a new victim somehow ends up in an acting class. Barry finds a new purpose in this acting class and must now juggle the consequences of being a hitman while trying to pursue a life as an aspiring actor.
The drama moments are good, but what I love most about this show is the humor. The cast is largely comprised of comedic actors, which just makes the humor so apt. What’s really impressive is that these comedic actors often deliver on the drama scenes as well, though I will say they are at their best when performing comedy.
Some standout characters are of course Bill Hader’s Barry, Noho Hank, and Henry Winkler. These guys have some of the funniest dialogue in the show. Hader’s character is quiet and reserved, which I think is the best form for a dramatic character performed by Bill Hader. Hader is hilarious, but he’s no Daniel Day Lewis. I like that they don’t put him in scenes that have too much dramatic dialogue because his demeanor is simply too goofy to believe him delivering whole paragraph of overly complex drama.
The thing I really love about this show is that each episode is only half an hour. So many “must watch” shows are an hour or more long. These shows are weighty commitments. Barry is a pleasurable tryst.
Also worth mentioning is episode five from season two. That episode is a masterpiece. One of the best things I’ve seen in the past few years.
Overall, Barry is must watch television. I hate to say it, but it brought me so much more entertainment than the ending of Game of Thrones. Barry is funny and serious. Though the serious parts are good, it’s the funny parts that keep me coming back.