This week, I’ve got a useful recommendation for your weekend binge watch. It’s a really good show that there are only a handful of episodes of, but it’s got more episodes to come. That means you can binge in one weekend and be ready for the next season, whenever it arrives. I’m talking about HBO’s Barry.
HBO has put a lot of its series out there for free to watch, though admittedly I don’t know if Barry is among them. I have to assume it is, though. Bill Hader stars as Barry Berkman, a depressed hitman who stumbles upon an acting class and decides he wants to be an actor. However, the world of violence and depravity he comes from won’t leave him alone. Barry just wants to act and live a Los Angeles life, but he’s being pulled in all sorts of directions.
This is a truly dark comedy. The show can be quite funny, but it’s violent and gory and also can be emotionally gutting. It’s not just laughs and gunfire. Sometimes the dark drama comes from heartache or depression or guilt. And then NoHo Hank will show up and be a delight for a few minutes and you’re laughing again.