BARRY: THE FINAL SEASON
Starring: Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan, Henry Winkler, and Robert Wisdom
Creators: Alec Berg and Bill Hader
Barry has probably been my favourite show since its first season aired in 2018, and I’m so impressed with where Bill Hader and Alec Berg have taken the series relative to where it started. Bill Hader is easily the most exciting director working today, and his shift to straight-up horror in some scenes is a masterclass in the craft. The show’s themes about the performances we put on for ourselves and the ones we put on for the people around us is fully realized by the series' final moments, which makes for a purposefully unsatisfying but perfect finale.
As terrific as the first three seasons of Barry are, my thoughts on the series’ fourth and final season are harder to define. Parts of it are exactly what you want and expect it to be, but once a confusing-in-the-moment time jump is revealed, the story loses some momentum. This is amplified by generally less humor than prior seasons, including not near enough NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan). The finale is where my real internal debate lies, though. I’ve gone from loving the final scenes to hating them in equal measure since I finished watching, which, admittedly, is fitting because leaving the audience conflicted is classic Barry.