Barry: Yet Another HBO Show to Add to Your Queue

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Barry: Yet Another HBO Show to Add to Your Queue

Julianna Boyson, Editor-in-Chief

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Looking for a new TV show to start watching is hard. I don’t know about you but I always find myself looking through every streaming service app just to try and find a new series that piques my interest. Towards the end of July, I had just caught up on Silicon Valley and had started on my quest to find the new perfect show for me. I settled on Barry. All I really knew about the show was the fact that it had that guy who played Stefon on SNL a couple of years ago. I’m pretty sure I also watched an interview where someone pitched it as “A hitman accidentally stumbles into an acting class.” That wasn’t some weird comparison they were making: a literal hitman stumbles into an acting class after chasing down his next target.

The first few episodes center around the main character Barry dealing with the fact that he wants to give up his life as a hitman to pursue acting. The episodes slowly turn darker and darker as Barry realizes that when you kill people for a living, it’s kind of hard to just pack up and change careers. He’s forced to make hard decisions in order to allow himself to start over, culminating in 2 dramatic final episodes.

Don’t let this intense premise fool you though — the show’s still a comedy. The premise is so ridiculous that the show can’t help but poke fun at itself which helps to lighten the mood. The cast includes comedy alum Henry Winkler, as well as Bill Hader who, as previously mentioned, was on SNL for 8 years.  However, one of the main sources of comedic relief comes from the lesser known actress Paula Newsome, who plays Detective Janice Moss on the show. Although I can’t reveal what she’s investigating without spoiling some of the more important plot points, I will say that she somehow manages to be a bad-ass and smart detective while still providing a good number of laughs to the show. Also, the fact that she’s a well written character in a powerful position played by a woman of color is an added bonus.

The show is only 8 half-hour episodes which means it’s perfect to binge over the course of a couple of days (or a single day, I won’t judge). It’ll keep you hooked and anxiously awaiting the second season – which is set to premiere next year. I personally finished the series in a day, promptly finding myself in another arduous search for the next show to watch. I cannot recommend Barry enough and hope that all of you will find an HBO Go password to steal so you can enjoy it as much as I did.

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