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TV Show Review: Barry On Hotstar

TV ShowBarry
GenreCrime, Dark Comedy
TNS Score92.33
Run-Time30 min
No. of Episodes16
No. of Seasons2
Original NetworkHBO
Streaming AtDisney+Hotstar
CastBill Hader, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan, Henry Winkler
Creators Alec Berg, Bill Hader 


The story revolves around a disillusioned hit man, Barry, who is on a mission to kill an actor when the destiny plays its role and he is made to unravel his hidden talent in theatricals. The entire plan for which he is hired, goes down the drain and he is made to pay for it in this entire series full of dramatic realisations that Barry faces in dark humoristic ways. With multiple twists and twirls, we see the dilemmas that this grave character goes through, keeping us intrigued till the end.


The plot has been written with a genius sense of humour and entertainment. As the story proceeds, a detective is seen chasing Barry, a group of gangsters is seen chasing Barry and Barry is seen chasing his dream to become an actor and finally live a life of dignity.

The theatre stage scenes in which Barry is made to act in his awkward self, are just very well directed. On the contrary the scenes in which he is being his natural self, a true hit-man with extraordinary precision, are set in contradiction to the stage scenes. The brilliance of writing can thus be seen through the interwoven narratives all through the series, that accelerate the plot.


The series have been directed well, especially as it depicts the struggles of theatre artists in LA. Though represented in a coated humour, we are still made to feel their agony. The fact that all the sections of the society in question, that have been represented are given an extra tone that brings out the dark comedy with an ugly truth.

To top it all, Barry’s character is given an awkward demeaner and he is the one that knits the narratives together for the finale. It is through this directional perspective only that this otherwise grave narrative of a hit-man’s life is given a light texture.


Bill Hader plays the character of Barry, with a naturally awkward precision; the essence of the character is almost trapped by him through his brilliant skills. The gangster characters of Anthony Carrigan and Glenn Fleshler are very amusing, with every scene they share they display the quirkiness of their characters brilliantly, complimenting each other.

Sarah Goldberg further compliments the character of Barry through a perfect characterization of Sally Reed. The whole cast has done a great work in sync with the direction, screenplay and mood of the series.


Without a doubt, it is a complete package of entertainment. It’s brilliant how they narrate the seriousness of Barry’s situation in a comic way. With spot-on direction, script and performance, this series deserves its critical acclamations without any doubt. So, watch the show, right now!

Barry has received critical acclaim, with most praise going to its writing, humor, characters, and performances (particularly Hader’s and Winkler’s), and received various accolades, including 30 Primetime Emmy Award nominations; Hader won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series twice, while Winkler won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in the first season. For the second season, Winkler, Root and Carrigan all received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor, while Goldberg received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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