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Barry stars Bill Hader as the titular character. A hit-man who wants to get out of the life and become an actor. He is caught between these two very different lives and struggles to balance them both. However, he is determined to continue his dream of acting and a normal life, and is willing to kill anyone who may get in the way.

A premise like this one is a bit odd to say the least, but this is one of my new favorite shows. Barry is certainly comedic, but also is a great deal dramatic and revolves around issues such as PTSD and what is considered evil.

Bill Hader is phenomenal as Barry, he’s clearly a bit psychotic and needs mental help. He has great but very different relationships with his mentors/father-figures, Gene (Henry Winkler), his acting coach is generally very supportive of him, and Fuches (Stephen Root), wants him to continue being a hit-man and has no care for his dreams. Anthony Carrigan as Hank steals the show for me – he is utterly hilarious and oddly lovable. Sarah Goldberg as Barry’s love interest, Sally, is also good though I don’t totally get their relationship since she is very self-centered.

Barry, however hard he tries to leave the hit-man life behind, always finds himself sucked back in. His fantasy of being with Sally and having a normal life will never be fulfilled. You can’t help but feel bad for the guy, but he does do plenty of unspeakable things. But at the end of the day, you want him to continue killing because Barry’s chaotic life is just so enjoyable to watch.

I give Barry an A.



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